Chicken – Toddler

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Action Rhyme Ten Fluffy Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs
That makes ten
Sitting on top is the mother hen
Crackle, crackle, crackle
What do I see
Ten fluffy chickens
As yellow as can be!
Book Is Everyone Ready for Fun by Jan Thomas
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Nursery Rhyme Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Book Hurry Hurry by Eve Bunting
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Sign Language Chicken
Traditional Rhyme This is Big, Big, Big/Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Flannel Five Little Eggs
There are five little eggs
And what do we see
They’re about to crack open
“My goodness me,”
said Mother Hen.The first egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a snappy little alligator
Looking at me.

The second egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a little purple dinosaur
Looking at me.

The third egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a little green turtle
Looking at me.

The fourth egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a pretty little bluebird
Looking at me.

The fifth egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a little yellow chicken
Looking at me.
“My baby!”
said the mother hen,
as happy as can be.

“Mommy!” said the chick.
“Did you meet all my sisters and brothers?”
“What!” shrieked Mother Hen,
“My goodness me.”
Source:Kids Blog
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Action Rhyme Chicken in the Barnyard
Chicken in the Barnyard (bounce child up and down)
Staying out of trouble
Along comes a turkey and…(slow down and build dramatic tension
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! (pretend to nibble/tickle)
Source:Felt-Tastic Flannel Board Fun Time
Dance Song Chicken Dance
Dance Song I Know a Chicken by Laurie Berkner
Cool down ABCs, Count to 5
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

Craft: Chicken headband! Source of inspiration.

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Elephants – Preschool

Introduction Welcome
Book I Want to Go First! by Richard Byrne
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Flannel Rhyme Elephants in the Bathtub
One elephant in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock, (Clap twice with “Knock, Knock.”)
Splash, Splash, (Slap knees twice with “Splash, Splash.”)
Come on in! (Motion with both hands to come in.)
Two elephants elephants in the bathtub… etc.
(Until…)
Five elephants elephants in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
They all fell in!
Source: Storytime Katie

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Book Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
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Action Rhyme Up the Hill
Here goes a turtle up a hill, creepy, creepy creepy! (crawl)
Here goes a rabbit up a hill, boing, boing, boing! (jump)Here goes a snake up a hill, slither, slither, slither! (make snake motion with arms)
Here goes the elephant up the hill, thud, thud, thud! (stomp)
Here comes the elephant down the hill, boom, boom, boom! (bounce to ground and clap)
Source: Storytime Katie
Action Rhyme Elephants have Wrinkles 
Elephants have
wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles,
Elephants have
wrinkles everywhere!
Wrinkles on their (insert body part)!
Source:The Loudest Librarian
Action Rhyme Who is He?
Tune: Feres Jacques
Big and slow, hear him go,
Oh, so huge; oh, so huge.
He makes a sound like thunder,
Who is he, I wonder?
See his Trunk. Elephant.
Source: Unsure of where I found this one.
Dance Song No More Monkeys by Asheba
I busted out the parachute and threw some balls on it. The kids tried to keep the balls on the parachute.
Dance Song If You’re Happy and You Know It by The Big Kidz Band
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye Song  It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Craft: Here is the template for the elephant.
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Elephants – Toddlers

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Fun Opening I Went to Visit the Zoo One Day
I went to visit the zoo one day
Saw an elephant along the way!
And what do you think I heard him say?
[elephant noise]
Source: Abby the Librarian
Book I Dream of an Elephant by Ami Rubinger
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Nursery Rhyme I Asked My Mother
I asked my mother for fifty cents,
To see the elephant jump the fence,
He jumped so high,
He reached the sky,
And didn’t come back till the Fourth of July!
Book That’s Not My Elephant by Fiona Watt
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ASL Elephant
Action Rhyme This is the Way
This is the way I stomp my feet,
Stomp my feet, stomp my feet.
This is the way I stomp my feet,
Cause I’m an elephant!
Other actions can include: Wave trunk, shake tail, etc.
Action Rhyme The Elephant Hokey-Pokey
You put your trunk in,
You put your trunk out,
You put your trunk in,
And you shake it all about.
You stomp around on your big feet
And turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.Right ear in…
Left ear in…
Tail in…
Tusks in…
Whole self in..
Source:Falling Flannelboards
Dance Song Wag Your Tail by Super Simple Learning
Dance Song No More Monkeys by Asheba
I busted out the parachute and threw some balls on it. The kids tried to keep the balls on the parachute.
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

Craft: Here is the template for the elephant.

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Pumpkins – Preschool

Introduction Welcome
Book Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins
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Flannel Rhyme Where’s My Pumpkin
Tune: Where is Thumbkin
Where’s my pumpkin? Where’s my pumpkin?
Here it is! Here it is!
(______) jack-o-lantern.
(______) jack-o-lantern.
Looks likes this. Looks like this.
Source: Sing a Song of Season: Over 200 Original Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays by The Mailbox
Flannel Rhyme FIVE LITTLE JACK-O’LANTERNS
Five little jack-o’lanterns glowing by the door
Father took one and that left four.
Four little jack-o’lanterns, a sight to see
Mother took one and that left three.
Three little jack-o’lanterns lit through and through
Brother took one and that left two.
Two little jack-o’lanterns greeting everyone,
Sister took one and that left one.
One little jack-o’lantern, with a great big grin
I picked him up and took him in.
Source: Preschool Express 
Book The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
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ASL Pumpkin
Action Rhyme Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Sitting on the wall, (sit on the floor)
Pumpkin, pumpkin
Tip and fall. (fall to one side)Pumpkin, pumpkin
Rolling down the street, (roll on floor or roll hands)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Trick-or-treat.
Source: Busy Bees Fun for Two’s and Three’s by Elizabeth McKinnon
Action Rhyme Pumpkin Roll
Pumpkins, pumpkins (Have the kids roll around on the floor like pumpkins)
On the ground,
Rolling, rolling
All around.
See them rolling
Down the hill-
Now they stop
And lie so still
Source: Busy Bees Fun for Two’s and Three’s by Elizabeth McKinnon
Action Rhyme Pumpkin Song
[tune: “I’m a Little Teapot” ]I’m a little pumpkin orange and round.
Here is my stem, there is the ground.
When I get all cut up, don’t you shout!
Just open me up and scoop seeds out!
Source: DLTK
Dance Song Pass the Pumpkin by Carole Stephens
We passed a pumpkin around in a circle. I did modify the instructions.
Dance Song Pumpkin Polka
Cool Down ABCs, Count to 15
Goodbye Song It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Craft: Super easy craft! The mouth is bat die-cut upside down.
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Pumpkins – Toddler

Introduction Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed
Fun Opening Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, turn around (spin around)
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, roll on the ground. (roll hands over each other).
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, dance on your toes (walk on tiptoes)
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, light up your nose. (touch nose)
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, reach up high (reach hands up high)
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, jump to the sky. (jump)
Jack-O’-Lantern, Jack-O’-Lantern, smile with heat. (point to smile).
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year’s Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming by Carol Garnett Hopkins
Book Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas

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Nursery Rhyme Peter, Peter, Pumpkin-eater
Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater;
Had a wife, and couldn’t keep her:
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well.
Book You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie by Natalie Marshal

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ASL Pumpkin
Flannel Recognize the Pumpkin Face

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We identified the different feelings of the jack-o-lanterns. Here is the pattern I used. We then sang this song with the different feelings.

Where’s My Pumpkin
Tune: Where is Thumbkin

Where’s my pumpkin? Where’s my pumpkin?
Here it is! Here it is!
(______) jack-o-lantern.
(______) jack-o-lantern.
Looks likes this. Looks like this.
Source: Sing a Song of Season: Over 200 Original Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays by The Mailbox

Action Rhyme Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a big circle)
Once you were a seed so small (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball (make a big circle overhead)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a big circle)
Source:SurLaLune Storytime
Action Rhyme Pumpkins Over There
Pumpkins small,(put hands low where a small pumpkin might stand).
And pumpkins tall, (raise hands high up in the air
Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere (spin around)
Pumpkins fat, (move hands out far to the sides)
And pumpkins thins, (move hands close together in front of body).
Pumpkins, pumpkins, over there! (point across the room with both hands.
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year’s Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming by Carol Garnett Hopkins
Action Rhyme Pumpkins Are Growing
Pumpkins are growing
On the ground (point downward)
Look at all the pumpkins
Orange and round! (form circle with arms)
Source: Busy Bees Fun for Two’s and Three’s by Elizabeth McKinnon
Dance Song I’m a Little Seed by Carole Stephens
Dance Song Pass the Pumpkin by Carole Stephens
We passed a pumpkin around in a circle. I did modify the instructions.
Cool Down The Alphabet and we counted to 10.
Goodbye Song Say Goodbye

Craft: Super easy craft! The mouth is bat die-cut upside down.
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Unicorns – Preschool

 

Introduction Good Morning
Book Almost Everybody Farts by Marty Kelley
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Flannel or counting rhyme Five Little Unicorns
I saw five little unicorns – creatures from folklore
I watched the blue one prance away, and then there were four.
I saw four little unicorns resting by a tree
I watched the orange one prance away, and then there were three.
I saw three little unicorns, but as near to them I drew
The green one pranced away, and then there were two.
I saw two little unicorns – I watched them run and run
the yellow one pranced away, and then there was one.
I saw a lonely pink unicorn standing in the sun.
when I blinked by eyes, it pranced away, and then there were none.Source: Jen in the Library
Book You Don’t Want a Unicorn by Ame Dyckman
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Sign Language Unicorn 
Action Rhyme Unicorn
There were green alligators (extend arms like long gator mouth)
And long neck geese (fluff your neck feathers)
Humpy back camels (put your hands on your back as humps)
And Chimpanzees (make chimp arms)
Cats (ears), and Rats (whiskers), and Elephants (one arm is trunk while the other arm supports the first arm)
As sure as you’re born (cradle baby)
But the Loveliest of all was the Unicorn. (Show your best horn!)
Source: Library Village
Action Song If you’re a unicorn and you know it. . . Your magic will surely show it.
Shake your horn.
Stamp your hooves.
Toss your mane.
Twitch your tail.
Prance around.
Source: Verona Storytime
Action Song Uni the Unicorn
Hooves up
Raise your horn
If you believe in magic, make a silly sound
Hooves up
Trot the trail
Giddy up!
Shake your tail
If you believe in magic, make a silly sound
Source: Miss Claire’s Storytime
Action Song Two little unicorns sitting on a hill
Two little unicorns sitting in the grass, one named slow, the other named fast.
Two little unicorns sitting on a wall. One named big, the other named small.
Two little unicorns flying in the sky, one named low, the other named high
Source: Verona Storytime 
Dance Song Magic Horn
Magic horn in the air
Magic horn draw a square
Magic horn way up high.
Magic horn wave goodbye
Credit: Youth Literature with modifications
Dance Song Jump Up
Dance Song Clap Your Hands
Closing Songs ABC, Count to 20
Goodbye Song  Skidamarink

Craft: Glued to my Crafts

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Unicorn – Toddlers

Introduction  Hello Hello!
Book I am a Unicorn by Michaela Schuett

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Flannel Little Unicorns
5 little unicorns galloping near the shore
1 pranced away and then there were 4
4 little unicorns eating apples from a tree
1 pranced away and then there were 3
3 little unicorns talking with cousin caribou
1 pranced away and then there were 2
2 little unicorns playing in the sun
1 pranced away and then there was 1
1 little unicorn wanted some fun
So he went to find his friends, then there were none
Source: Miss Claire’s Storytime
Book My Mom is Magical by Sabrina Moyle
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Nursery Rhyme Ring Around the Rosie
Ring around the rosie
Pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down
Traditional Rhyme This is Big, Big, Big/Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Sign Language unicorn
Action Rhyme Two Little Unicorns
Two little unicorns sitting on a hill
Two little unicorns sitting in the grass, one named slow, the other named fast.
Two little unicorns sitting on a wall. One named big, the other named small.
Two little unicorns flying in the sky, one named low, the other named highSource: Verona Storytime
Dance Song Milkshake Song
Dance Song Shake Your Sillies
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 15
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft: Glued to my Crafts

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Rhyming to Read: Patience is a Virtue

Introduction Good Morning
Introduction of Rhyme Patience is a Virtue
Patience is a virtue,
Virtue is a grace,
Grace is a little girl
Who wouldn’t wash her face!I decided to focus on the aspect of not washing her face this session. We talked about germs and the importance of washing our hands.
Book Sick Simon by Dan Krall

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Game All the Little Germs
All the little germs, dirty and mean,
Hiding on your palms, (point to where they’re hiding)
Where they cannot be seen.
Wash them, (rub hands together)
Scrub them, (rub knuckles together)
Rinse them away. (whisk hands across each other)
Then we’ll have clean hands, (hold hands out palm up)
Hip, hip, hooray! (jazz hands!)
…hiding between your fingers…
…hiding behind your hands…
…hiding on your thumbs…
…hiding under nails…
…hiding on your wrists…
Source: Storytime Katie
Game Found this game on Pinterest. I had my volunteer cut out die-cut handprints, put a variety of “germs” into baggies, and made me a custom dice labeled with the designated sides.

The kids enjoyed this game and we played it three times.

Teaching Patience I put out a bucket of water, soap, towel. I was supposed to have pudding to represent mud/germs, but I forgot to bring some. I then told the kids a good rule of thumb is to sing your ABCs while washing your hands. I then soaped up my hands and we all sang ABCs while I washed my hands.
Science Activity My last project was a science activity. I recommend you setting up this activity before your program.
Goodbye Song  Skidamarink

Craft: There wasn’t a lot of crafts out there for “Patience is a Virtue,” so we created our coloring sheet.

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And then we had a hand washing craft.
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Dinosaurs VS. Tea Party

I might be 31 years old, but I do LOVE dinosaurs. The newest Jurassic Park movie releases this Friday, and I am as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. This means I’m a sucker for anything Dinosaurs. I figured a Dinosaur program would be popular, but I wanted a larger appeal, so I threw in a tea party because…..Why not?!

This was a really fun program to plan. Most of my crafts were tea party focused.

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Majority of activities were dinosaur focused.

Create a Dinosaur with toilet paper tubes.

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Dinosaur Eggs. This was probably the most popular station and definitely the messiest. The eggs were also very easy to make. Recipe.

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Tea Party with Water Beads

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Cave Paintings. I figured this was a nice bridge between the dinosaur aspect and the tea party era.

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Finally, we had a guest appearance….

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My coworker and I both agreed that the purchase of this costume was two thumbs up!

Overall: This was a huge hit for our community. I believe we had over 100 people attend. Clean-up was an event itself. I would ALWAYS recommend tarps for messy activities. Way easier to clean-up versus picking up tiny pieces.

Party – Preschool

Introduction Good Morning
Action Birthdays
If your birthday is in January, turn around.
If your birthday is in February, touch the ground.
If your birthday is in March, march along.
If your birthday is in April, sing a song.
If your birthday is in May, wiggle your nose.
If your birthday is in June, shake your toes.
If your birthday is in July, jump up high.
If your birthday is in August, reach the sky.
If your birthday is in September, tap your shoe.
If your birthday is in October, call out “Boo!”
If your birthday is in November, tickle your ears.
If your birthday is in December, give three cheers. (hip, hip, hooray!)Source: Sunflower Stortyime
Flannel or counting rhyme Candy
Five little candies on the shelf at the store.
CRUNCH [I act like I’m eating one and then put it behind the felt board]… and then there were four.Four little candies, sweet as could be.
CRUNCH… and then there were three.

Three little candies, red, pink, and blue.
CRUNCH… and then there were two.

Two little candies, melting in the sun.
CRUNCH… and then there was one.

One little candy, looking so yummy.
CRUNCH… they’re all in my tummy

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Source: Abby the Librarian

Book Everyone Loves Cupcake by Kelly DiPucchio
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Sign Language Cake
Action Rhyme Make a Wish
Big birthday cake  (make huge circle with arms)
Ice cream in a dish  (cup hands)
Here are the candles  (wiggle fingers on one hand)
Now make a wish!  (blow and make fingers into a fist)
Source: Library Village
Action Song Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday to me
Happy birthday dear MEEEEE
Happy birthday to meSource: I can’t remember.
Book The Dinosaurs are Having a Party by Gareth P. Jones
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Action Song Balloons
This is the way we blow our balloons
Blow, blow, blow (pretend to blow)
This is the way we break our balloons
Oh! Oh! Oh! (clap 3 times)
Source: Perry Public Library
Dance Song Cupid Shuffle by Kidsplay
Dance Song Chicken Dance
Closing Songs ABC, Count to 20
Goodbye Song  Skidamarink

Craft: The kids made their own birthday cake crown. The picture below is the inspiration. Unfortunately, I cannot locate the original source.
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