Virtual Storytime: Favorites

Song: Hello Friends
With American Sign Language
Hello friends
Hello friends
Hello friends
It’s time to say hello

Song: Aiken Drum
There was a man lived on the moon
On the moon, on the moon
There was a man lived on the moon
And his name was Aiken Drum

He played upon a ladle
A ladle, a ladle
He played upon a ladle
And his name was Aiken Drum

And his hair was made of spaghetti
Spaghetti, spaghetti
His hair was made of spaghetti
And his name was Aiken Drum

And his eyes were made of meatballs
Meatballs, meatballs
His eyes were made of meatballs
And his name was Aiken Drum

And he played upon a ladle
A ladle, a ladle
He played upon a ladle
And his name was Aiken Drum

And his nose was made of cheese
Cheese, cheese
His nose was made of cheese
And his name was Aiken Drum

And his mouth was made of pizza
Pizza, pizza
His mouth was made of pizza
And his name was Aiken Drum

And he played upon a ladle
A ladle, a ladle
He played upon a ladle
And his name was Aiken Drum

There was a man lived on the moon
On the moon, on the moon
There was a man lived on the moon
And his name was Aiken Drum

Book: Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit by Catherine Rayner

Song: Put Your Hands Up High
Tune: Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Put your hands up high
Put your hands down low
Put your hands in the middle
And wiggle to and fro

Put your elbows in the front
Put your elbows in the back
Put your elbows in the middle
And say, “Quack! Quack! Quack!”

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes
Knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes
Knees and toes
And eyes
And ears
And mouth
And nose
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

(Repeat at varying speeds and rhythms)

Fingerplay: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider
The itsy-bitsy spider went up the waterspout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again

Song: Goodbye, Friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
It’s time to say

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October 16, 2020 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Fall

Song: Hello Friends
With American Sign Language
Hello friends
Hello friends
Hello friends
It’s time to say hello

Song: I Like Fall Best of All
There are four seasons in a year
At least there are in Michigan, if you are living here
Winter, spring, summer, fall
I love them all, but I love fall most of all

Winter time is beautiful, especially when it snows
But if I play outside too long, then I can’t feel my toes
Winter, spring, summer, fall
I love them all, but I love fall most of all

When it’s spring time, all the flowers bloom and bud
But it rains so much that my whole yard turns to mud
Winter, spring, summer, fall
I love them all, but I love fall most of all

I don’t love summer, as much as I had thought
I love summer vacation, but it’s always way too hot
Winter, spring, summer, fall
I love them all, but I love fall most of all

Fall time isn’t hot or cold, it’s just chilly enough
I love to rake up all the leaves, and then run up and jump
Winter, spring, summer, fall
I love them all, but I love fall most of all

Book: Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Christian Stead

Scarf Song: Autumn Leaves are Falling Down
Tune: London Bridge
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Falling on the ground. 

Autumn leaves are whirling round
Whirling round, whirling round
Autumn leaves are whirling round
Whirling all around   

Take a rake and pile them up,
Pile them up, pile them up.
Take a rake and pile them up,
Then we toss them high! 

Scarf Song: The Leaves on the Trees
Tune: The Wheels on the Bus 
The leaves on the trees turn orange and red,  
Orange and red,
Orange and red
The leaves on the trees turn orange and red
All around the town.

The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish.
The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish
All around the town.

The leaves on the trees tumble down,
Tumble down,
Tumble down.
The leaves on the trees tumble down
All around the town.

We’ll rake the leaves and jump right in,
Jump right in
Jump right in!
We’ll rake the leaves and jump right in
All around the town. 

Book: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

Song: Goodbye, Friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
It’s time to say

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October 9, 2020 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Animals

Song: Hello Friends
With American Sign Language
Hello friends
Hello friends
Hello friends
It’s time to say hello

Song: The Flamingo Song
Out of all the birds around the world
And across the globe 
My favorite is a silly pink bird 
Called the Flamingo

A flamingo stands on just one leg 
And bends its neck real low 
Can you stand and touch your toes? 
Just like a flamingo? 

Let’s hop, hop, hop on one leg 
And then try to touch our toes 
Cause a flamingo stands on just one leg 
And bends its neck real low

Out of all the birds around the world
And across the globe
My favorite is a silly pink bird
Called the flamingo

A flamingo can fly up high
And it likes to stand up on its toes
Can you move your wings and stand up tall?
Just like a flamingo?

Let’s fly, fly, fly with our wings
And stand up as tall as we can go
Cause a flamingo likes to fly up high
And stand on its tip-toes

Out of all the birds around the world
And across the globe
My favorite is a silly pink bird
Called the flamingo
It hops, hops, hops
And touches its toes
And stands up tall
And bends real low
It’s my favorite bird and it’s called the flamingo 

Book: The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming

Shaker Song: “The Rattlesnake Song”
Shake high, shake low
Shake high, shake low
Shake high, shake low
Yes, a rattlesnake shakes its tail to and fro

Shake fast, shake slow
Shake fast, shake slow
Shake fast, shake slow
Yes, a rattlesnake shakes its tail to and fro

Book (with Puppets): Jump! by Scott M. Fischer

Song: Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye
Now it’s time to say, “Goodbye!”
Say, “Goodbye!” Say, “Goodbye!”
Now it’s time to say, “Goodbye!”
Goodbye, friends

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October 2, 2020 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Construction

Song: Hello Friends
With American Sign Language
Hello friends
Hello friends
Hello friends
It’s time to say hello

Song: I’m a Construction Worker
I’m a construction worker
I’m a construction worker
Today I need to make a road
I work with machines and things that go
I’m a construction worker, yes, I am

Let’s use the jackhammer
Let’s use the jackhammer
It goes boom, boom, boom
Boom, boom, boom
Boom, boom, boom
I have a jackhammer, yes, I do

Let’s use the bulldozer
Let’s use the bulldozer
It goes push, push, push
Push, push, push
Push, push, push
I have a bulldozer, yes, I do

Let’s use the concrete mixer
Let’s use the concrete mixer
It goes spin, spin, spin
Spin, spin, spin
Spin, spin, spin
I have a concrete mixer, yes, I do

Let’ s use the steam roller
Let’s use the steam roller
It goes roll, roll, roll
Roll, roll, roll
Roll, roll, roll
I have a steam roller, yes, I do

I am a construction worker
I’m a construction worker
Today we went and made a road
With all our machines and things that go
We’re construction workers, yes, we are!

Book: The Construction Crew by Lynn Meltzer

Felt Board Song: “Old MacDonald Had Some Tools”
(Tune: Old MacDonald Had a Farm)
Old MacDonald had some tools
E-i-e-i-o
And with those tools he had a screwdriver
E-i-e-i-o
With a twist, twist here
And a twist, twist there
Here a twist, there a twist, everywhere a twist, twist
Old MacDonald had some tools
E-i-e-i-o

(Repeat: “pliers/pinch,” “hammer/bang,” “wrench/turn,” “drill/buzz”)

Scarf Song: Put Your Hands Up High!
(Tune: Do Your Ears Hang Low?)
Put your hands up high
Put your hands down low
Put your hands in the middle
And wiggle to and fro

Put your elbows in the front
Put your elbows in the back
Put your elbows in the middle
And say, “Quack, quack, quack!”

(Repeat at varying speeds)

Song: Goodbye Friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
It’s time to say, “Goodbye!”

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September 25, 2020 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Farms

Song: Hello Friends
With American Sign Language
Hello friends
Hello friends
Hello friends
It’s time to say hello

Song: The Farmer in the Dell
The farmer in the dell
The farmer in the dell
Hi-ho the derry-o
The farmer in the dell

The farmer takes a wife
The farmer takes a wife
Hi-ho the derry-o
The farmer takes a wife

The wife takes the child
The wife takes the child
Hi-ho the derry-o
The wife takes the child

The child takes the cow
The child takes the cow
Hi-ho the derry-o
The child takes the cow

The cow takes the pig
The cow takes the pig
Hi-ho the derry-o
The cow takes the pig

The pig takes the dog
The pig takes the dog
Hi-ho the derry-o
The pig takes the dog

The dog takes the cat
The dog takes the cat
Hi-ho the derry-o
The dog takes the cat

The cat takes the mouse
The cat takes the mouse
Hi-ho-the derry-o
The cat takes the mouse

The mouse takes the cheese
The mouse takes the cheese
Hi-ho the derry-o
The mouse takes the cheese

The cheese stands alone
The cheese stands alone
Hi-ho the derry-o
The cheese stands alone

Book: Click Click Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Song: Farm Sounds
(Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)
The cows in the barn go
Moo, moo, moo
Moo, moo, moo
Moo, moo, moo
The cows in the barn go
Moo, moo, moo
All around the farm

The pigs in the pen go
Oink, oink, oink
Oink, oink, oink
Oink, oink, oink
The pigs in the pen go
Oink, oink, oink
All around the farm

The hens in the coop go
Cluck, cluck, cluck
Cluck, cluck, cluck
Cluck, cluck, cluck
The hens in the coop go
Cluck, cluck, cluck
All around the farm

The ducks in the pond go
Quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack
The ducks in the pond go
Quack, quack, quack
All around the farm

The rooster on the fence goes
Cock-a-doodle-doo
Cock-a-doodle-doo
Cock-a-doodle-doo
The rooster on the fence goes
Cock-a-doodle-doo
All around the farm

Puppet Song: I Had a Little Rooster
I had a little rooster by the barnyard gate,
That little rooster was my playmate,
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo

I had a little duck by the barnyard gate,
That little duck was my playmate,
That little duck went quack, quack, quack,
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo

I had a little sheep by the barnyard gate,
That little sheep was my playmate,
That little sheep went baa, baa, baa,
That little duck went quack, quack, quack,
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo

I had a little cow by the barnyard gate,
That little cow was my playmate,
That little cow went moo, moo, moo,
That little sheep went baa, baa, baa,
That little duck went quack, quack, quack,
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo

I had a little horse by the barnyard gate,
That little horse was my playmate,
That little horse went neigh, neigh, neigh,
That little cow went moo, moo, moo
That little sheep went baa, baa, baa,
That little duck went quack, quack, quack,
That little rooster went cock-a-doodle-doo,
Dee-doodle-dee, doodle-dee, doodle-dee-doo

Song: Goodbye Friends
Now it’s time to say goodbye
Say goodbye, say goodbye
Now it’s time to say goodbye
We’ll see you all next time!

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September 18, 2020 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Virtual Baby Time: All About Me

Song: Smile & Wave
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb

Everybody smile and wave,
Smile and wave,
Smile and wave.
Everybody smile and wave,
I’m so glad you’re here.

Fingerplay: Dance Your Fingers
Dance your fingers up
Dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side
Dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy
And put them all to bed

Song: Hands Are Clapping
Hands are clapping, clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping, clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping, clap, clap, clap
Clap your hands, my darling

Wiggle your fingers, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle . . .
Eyes are hiding, peek a boo . . .

Book: Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz

Song: This is the Way
This is the way we wash our hands
Wash our hands
Wash our hands
This is the way we wash our hands
So early in the morning

This is the way we . . .
Brush our teeth
Comb our hair

Book: Horns to Toes and in Between by Sandra Boynton

Rhyme: Criss Cross Applesauce
Criss, cross, applesauce
Fingers tickling your tummy!
Cool breeze (blow)
Tight squeeze (hug)
Now you’ve got the shivers!

Song: Baby Put Your Pants On
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3
Legs to the left
Legs to the right
Wiggle and jiggle and pull them on tight

Scarf Song: Put Your Scarf in the Air
Put your scarf in the air, in the air
Put your scarf in the air, in the air
Put your scarf in the air, now set it on your hair
Put your scarf in the air, in the air

Put your scarf on your knees . . . be sure not to sneeze
Put your scarf on your tummy . . . now rub it, nice and yummy
Put your scarf on the floor . . . now pick it up once more

Song: Wave Goodbye
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Everybody wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye
Everybody wave goodbye
I hope to see you soon

For fun playtime activities at home, roll a ball back and forth, turn a sheet into a parachute, try a virtual play date, or play with bubbles! Try these DIY bubble recipes!

September 3, 2020 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Rhythm

Song: Hello Friends
With American Sign Language
Hello friends
Hello friends
Hello friends
It’s time to say hello

Chant: We’re Going on a Dino Hunt
Let’s go on a journey to the Mesozoic era!
Get into your time machine (pretend to open door and step inside)
Buckle up (pretend to get fasten a seatbelt)
Hold on tight (pretend to hold on)
Press go! (pretend your zooming through time)
We landed!
Let’s open up the door and step outside! (pretend to undo seatbelt, open door, and step out)

CHORUS:
(pat a rhythm on your legs, this verse can be sung as a call and repeat)
We’re going on a dino hunt,
We’re going to catch a fierce one,
What a beautiful day,
We’re not scared.

WAIT!
(mime the actions of this verse)
I see something!
It’s tall,
And colorful,
And wet,
It’s a tropical forest!

We can’t go over it,
We can’t go under it,
What should we do?
Let’s go through!
Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh, swoosh (pretend to walk through the forest)

CHORUS

WAIT!
(mime the actions of this verse)
I see something!
It’s rocky,
And deep,
And steep,
It’s a crater!

We can’t go over it,
We can’t go under it,
What should we do?
Let’s go through!
Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch (pretend to trek through the crater)

CHORUS

WAIT!
(mime the actions of this verse)
I see something!
It’s wide,
And wet,
And windy,
A river!

We can’t go over it,
We can’t go under it,
What should we do?
Let’s swim through!
Splash, splash, splash, splash (pretend to swim through the river)

CHORUS

WAIT!
(mime the actions of this verse)
I see something!
It’s big,
It has a tail,
And back plates,
It’s a stegosaurus!

QUICK! (pat a faster rhythm)
(mime the actions of this verse)
Splash, splash, splash, splash through the river
Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, through the crater
Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh, swoosh, through the forest
Get back into your time machine! (pretend to step inside)
Buckle up (pretend to get fasten a seatbelt)
Hold on tight (pretend to hold on)
Press go (pretend your zooming through time)
Whew, we made it back! (pretend to land)

Song: I Can Count to Three
By Mr. Austin
1, 2, 3 . . .
I can count to three
I can count to three
I can dance, I can sing
I can count to three
Take a look at me
Counting from one to three
Just for fun I’ll count three to one
Take a look at me

Book: I Love All of Me by Lorie Ann Grover, pictures by Carolina Buzio

Song: The Tempo Marches On
By Jim Gill
We are marching to the rhythm,
We are marching to the beat.
We are lifting up our knees
and we are stamping down our feet.
But the song keeps getting faster
with each verse that we complete.
The tempo marches on.
CHORUS:
Faster, faster, faster, faster.
Faster, faster, faster, faster.
Faster, faster, faster, faster.
The tempo marches on.

Songs with Rhythm Sticks
Make your own rhythm sticks by rolling up paper or cardstock and taping or use cardboard tubes.

This is the Way We Tap Our Sticks
Tune: Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush

This is the way we tap our sticks,
Tap our sticks, tap our sticks.
This is the way we tap our sticks,
So early in the morning.

Scrape our sticks
Tap them high
Tap them low
Tap them fast
Tap them slow

You can do other opposites, too, like loud and soft, front and back, or other ways you might think of.

Can You Tap Along With Me?
Can you tap along with me?
Along with me, along with me?
Can you tap along with me?
Tap your sticks on your . . . knees

Shoulders
Tummy

What other body parts can you think of to tap your sticks on?

Song: Goodbye Friends
With American Sign Language
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
It’s time to say goodbye

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September 3, 2020 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Bedtime

Song: Hello Friends
With American Sign Language
Hello friends
Hello friends
Hello friends
It’s time to say hello

Book: If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden & Melissa Castrillon

Song: My Bonnie
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
My Bonnie lies over the sea,
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
O bring back my Bonnie to me.
Bring back, bring back, bring back my Bonnie to me, to me
Bring back, bring back, O bring back my Bonnie to me.

Book: How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

Song: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
With American Sign Language
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are

Song: Goodbye Friends
With American Sign Language
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
It’s time to say goodbye

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September 3, 2020 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Pets

Song: Hello Friends
With American Sign Language
Hello friends
Hello friends
Hello friends
It’s time to say hello

Song: Baa Baa Black Sheep and Mary Had a Little Land
Baa, baa, black sheep Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir
Three bags full

One for the master
And one for the dame
One for the little boy
Who lives down the lane

Baa, baa, black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir
Three bags full

Mary had a little lamb
It’s fleece was white as snow, yeah
Everywhere the child went
The lamb, the lamb was sure to go, yeah

He followed her to school one day
And broke the teacher’s rule
And what a time did they have
That day at school

Song: There’s a Rat on Belly
There’s a rat on my toe on my toe,
There’s a rat on my toe, on my toe.
There’s a rat on my toes,
Better stretch high then low,
There’s a rat on my toe, on my toe

//Knee/shout happily
//Belly/wiggle jiggle just like jelly
//Head/tuck her into bed

Book: They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Song: B.I.N.G.O.
There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-I-N-G-O
(clap)-I-N-G-O
(clap)-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

Guessing Game: Animal Sounds
Play this game with puppets or stuffed animals and have your children fill in the blanks!

This is my pet [insert animal name].
She/he/they makes this sound [insert animal noise].

Song: Goodbye Friends
With American Sign Language
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
It’s time to say goodbye

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August 21, 2020 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Royalty

Song: Hello Friends
With American Sign Language
Hello friends
Hello friends
Hello friends
It’s time to say hello

Song: Old King Cole
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe,
And he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.
Ev’ry fiddler had a fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he.
Tweedle dee, tweedle dee,
Tweedle dee, tweedle dee,
Tweedle dee, tweedle dee,
Went the fiddlers three,
Oh there’s none so rare
As can compare,
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.

Book: King Alice by Matthew Cordell

Song: Clapping in the Castle
There is clapping in the castle, there is clapping in the castle
There is clapping in the castle, we’re clapping all around!
There is jumping with the jesters, we’re is jumping all around
There is twirling in the towers, we’re twirling all around
There is dancing on the drawbridge, we’re dancing all around

Story Song: Princess Pat
(Repeat after me)
The Princess Pat
Lived in a tree
She sailed across
The seven seas
She sailed across
The channel too
And brought with her
A ricca-bamboo

A ricca-bamboo
Now what is that?
It’s something made
By the Princess Pat
It’s red and gold
And purple too
That’s why it’s called
A ricca-bamboo

Now Captain Jack
Had a very fine crew
They sailed across
The channel too
But their ship sank!
And yours will too
If you forget
A ricca-bamboo

Songs with Scarves

Noble Duke of York
Oh, the noble Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill and
Marched them down again

And when they were up, they were up
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only half way up
They were neither up nor down

All Through the Land
The wings on a dragon go up and down,
Up and down,
Up and down,
The wings on a dragon go up and down,
All through the land

The princess in the tower twirls all around,
All around,
All around,
The princess in the tower twirls all around,
All through the land.

The brave knight gallops on his horse,
On his horse,
On his horse,
The brave knight gallops on his horse,
All through the land.

The people in the kingdom jump and shout,
Jump and shout,
Jump and shout,
The people in the kingdom jump and shout,
All through the land.

Song: Goodbye Friends
With American Sign Language
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
It’s time to say goodbye

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August 14, 2020 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

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