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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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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Party – Toddlers

Introduction Hello Hello!
Opening Rhyme Balloon
I’m going to blow up this party balloon
And never, never stop.
I’ll blow and blow and blow and blow and
POP!
(Hands make the shape of the balloon and get bigger, then clap loudly on the pop.)Source: AnnesLibraryLife
Book Puppy Pool Party!: An Underwater Dogs Adventure by Seth Casteel
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Flannel 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

Source: Abby the Librarian

Book Where is Baby’s Birthday Party by Karen Katz
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Nursery Rhyme Patty Cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Pat it, roll it and mark it with a B
Put it in the oven for baby and me.
Traditional Rhyme This is Big Big Big
This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk
Sign Language Cake
Action Rhyme Jell-O in the Bowl
I sang this to the tune of “A Hunting We Will Go.”  We started out slow and with each repetition got faster and faster!Jell-O  in  the  bowl, (cup hands and wiggle around)
Jell-O in  the  bowl.
Wibble Wobble
Wibble Wobble
Jell-O  in  the  bowl.Cookies in the jar, (form “jar” with hands and shake)
Cookies in the jar,
Shake ‘em up,
Shake ‘em up,
Cookies in the jar,

Candles on the cake, (hold up ten fingers)
Candles on the cake,
Blow ‘em out, (“blow out” fingers)
Blow ‘em out,
Candles on the cake.

Credit: Awesome Storytime

Action Song Birthday Cake
Birthday Cake
Birthday Cake
Frosting galore
Frosting galore
Count the pretty candles
Count the pretty candles
Blow them out
Blow them out
Source: ME!
Dance Song  Around and Around by by Miss Carole
Dance Song  Chicken Dance
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 15
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft: We made birthday cake crowns. This picture (I cannot find the original source anymore) was the inspiration for our craft. However, we had stickers and foamies for the kids to decorate their cakes.

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Crayons – Preschool

Introduction Good Morning
Book  The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
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Flannel or counting rhyme Five Little Crayons
Five little crayons standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
The first one said, “I’m red, you know!” (wiggle the fingers as you talk about them)
The second one said, “I’m green like a tree”
The third one said, “I’m blue like the sea”
The fourth one said, “I’m yellow as the sun”
The fifth one said, “Being purple is fun!”
Five little crayons, happy as can be (hold up 5 fingers)
Coloring pictures with you and me (point to person and then self)
Source: Adventures of a Bookworm
Book I’m Feeling Macaroni and Cheese: A Colorful Book about Feelings by Tina Gallo
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Sign Language Color
Action Rhyme Colors
Red, red, red is the color,
The color that I spy.
If you’re wearing any red,
Raise your hand up high!Blue, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Green, Black,
Source: More Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan
Action Song Color Rhyme
by Jean Warren 
If your clothes have any red
Put your finger on your head
If your clothes have any blue
Put your finger on your shoe.
If your clothes have any green
Wave your hand so you’ll be seen
If your clothes have any yellow,
Smile like a happy fellow.
If your clothes have any brown,
Turn your smile into a frown.
If your clothes have any black,
Put your hands behind your back.
If your clothes have any white,
Clap your hands with all your might.
Source: King County Library System
Action Song Green Says Go
Green means “GO!” Go! Go! Go! (march in place)
Yellow means “Slow.” Slow… slow… slow. (march in slow motion)
Red means “STOP!” (stop suddenly)
Go! Go! Go! (move fast!)
Slow… slow… slow. (move slowly)
Stop!
Source: King County Library System
Action Song If You See Something Yellow
Tune:  “If You’re Happy and You Know It”If you see something yellow, wiggle, jiggle.
If you see something yellow, wiggle, jiggle.
If you see something yellow,
Wiggle, jiggle just like Jell-O.
If you see something yellow, wiggle, jiggle.
Source: Preschool Express
Dance Song  Beep Beep by Mr. Eric & Mr. Michael
Dance Song  Little Red Caboose by Old Town School of Folk Music
Closing Songs ABC, Count to 20
Goodbye Song  Skidamarink

Craft:

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Source: Crafty Pammy

Crayons – Toddler

 

Introduction Hello Hello!
Book The Crayons’ Books of Colors by Drew Daywalt
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Flannel BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Turn around.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Touch the ground.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Reach up high.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Touch the sky.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Bend down low.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Touch your toe.
Adapted Traditional
Book Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
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Nursery Rhyme Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes sir, three bags full.
One for my master and one for my dame,
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
Traditional Rhyme This is Big Big Big
This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk
Sign Language Color
Action Rhyme Put Your Crayons
Put your crayons up (raise hands)
Put your crayons down (lower hands)
Hold your crayons up and turn around (turn in a circle)
Put your crayons up
Put your crayons down
Put your crayons on the ground (touch floor)
Source: Adventures of a Bookworm
Action Song Color, Color
Color, Color up and down
Color, color all around.
Color, color knees and toes,
Color, color on your nose.
Color, color on your tummy,
Color, Color on your mommy
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Dance Song  Paint A Rainbow Georgianna Stewart
Dance Song  Little Red Caboose by Old Town School of Folk Music
Traditional Song ABC, Count to 15
Goodbye Song Skidamarink

Craft:

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Source: Crafty Pammy