Archive for September, 2013

Music & Movement – September 27, 2013

September 27, 2013


Emily Loves to Bounce by Stephen Michael King
That Pup! by Lindsay Barrett George

“Warm-Up/ABC”Georgiana Stewart, Cool Aerobics for Kids
“Hey Lolly, Lolly” – Greg & Steve, Jumpin’ & Jammin’
Roll With the Waves” – Eric Litwin, Rockin’ Red
“Jump Jim Joe” – Carole Peterson, Dancing Feet
“Pop Goes the Weasel” – Sharon, Lois & Bram, Great Big Hits
“Here We Go Loopty Loo” – Movin’ & Shakin’ for Youngsters

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: Hands Up High
(Tune: London Bridge)
First we wave our hands up high,
Hands up high, hands up high.
First we wave our hands up high,
Then we clap them.
Then we shake our hands down low,
Hands down low, hands down low.
Then we shake our hands down low,
Then we hide them.

Movement Activity: Can You?
Can you hop, hop, hop like a bunny?
Can you jump, jump, jump like a frog?
Can you walk, walk, walk like a duck?
Can you fly, fly, fly like a bird?
Can you swim, swim, swim like a fish?
But can you still be a quiet little child?
And sit as still as this?


September 27, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: September 25, 2013

The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
That Pup! by Lindsay Barrett George

“Apple Pickin'” – Pre-K Hooray
“Ribbons in the Air” by Pam Schiller, Leaping Literacy

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Brown Squirrel
Brown squirrel, brown squirrel, shake your bushy tail
Brown squirrel, brown squirrel, shake your bushy tail
Wrinkle up your funny nose
Put a nut between your toes
Brown squirrel, brown squirrel, shake your bushy tail

Mrs. Oak Tree
Mrs Oak Tree, Mrs Oak Tree
Tall and brown, tall and brown
Here comes a little breeze
There go your little leaves
Swirling down, to the ground.

Autumn Leaves
(Tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
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,
All over town.

Apple Tree
Way up high in an apple tree
(hold arms above head, fingers spread)
Two little apples did I see
(make fists)
So I shook that tree as hard as I could
(wiggle entire body)
Down came the apples
(lower arms)
Mmmmmmm, they were good!
(rub tummy)

September 25, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Woolbur & Friends

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski, illus. by Lee Harper
Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox, illus. by Judy Horacek
It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle


Charlotte Diamond’s World – Charlotte Diamond
“Down on the Farm” – Greg & Steve, We All Live Together, vol. 5
Mary Had a Little Lamb” – Hap Palmer, Classic Nursery Rhymes

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
I have ten little fingers and they all belong to me.
I can make them do things, would you like to see?
I can shut them all up tight or open them up wide.
I can put them all together, or make them run and hide.
I can make them jump up high, or I can make them hang real low.
I can fold them in my lap and hold them just like so.

Song: Woolbur
From the Michigan Reads! Programming Guide
(Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Woolbur was a special sheep, special sheep, special sheep
Woolbur was a special sheep and he was pretty great.

He carded his own wool one day . . . and that was pretty great
He rode around the spinning wheel . . .
He dyed his own wool blue one day . . .
He wove his forelock in the loom . . .
He helped the other sheep laugh and play . . .

Nursery Rhymes
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary had a little lamb,
Little lamb, little lamb.
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow.

Baa Baa Black Sheep
Baa, baa, black sheep have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full.
One for the master, and one for the dame,
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.

Little Bo Peep
Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And can’t tell where to find them.
Leave them alone and they’ll come home,
Wagging their tails behind them.

Fingerplay: The Lamb Went
From Storytime Katie
The lamb went…
Around the cow in the corn (trace circle in palm)
Under the haystack (go under the hand)
Up the hill and down the hill (go up the arm and down the arm)
Over the fence (go above the hand)
Through the door (slide hands and clap)
And was back in time to meet the teacher (trace circle in palm)

Song: See What I Can Do
by Elizabeth Scofield
(Tune: Hokey-Pokey)
Oh, I can reach up high,
Oh, I can reach down low.
Oh, I can clap real fast.
Oh, I can clap real slow.
I can do so many things,
I can twirl around.
That’s what I can do!


September 19, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: September 18, 2013

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett
1,2,3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle

“You’re an Elephant” by Geof Johnson, Exercise Party
“Going to the Zoo” by Raffi, Singable Songs for the Very Young

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree
5 little monkeys sitting in a tree (hold up five fingers)
Teasing Mr. Alligator, “Can’t catch me!” (put thumbs in ears and waggle fingers)
Along came the alligator quiet as can be (put palms together like an alligator mouth and weave back & forth)
And SCARED that monkey right out of the tree! (open palms wide and clap loudly on “scared”_

Alice the Camel
Alice the Camel has 2 humps
Alice the Camel has 2 humps
Alice the Camel has 2 humps
So go, Alice, go!
Alice the camel has 1 hump…
So go, Alice, go!
Alice the camel has no humps…
Because Alice is a horse!

The giraffe is tall as tall can be
(stretch arms up)
He eats the leaves right off the trees
(hold hand over head & “eat” with the fingers)
His neck is long and his legs are too
(point to neck and legs)
And he can run faster than me or you
(run in place)

One Elephant Went Out to Play
One elephant went out to play
On a spiderweb one day
She had such enormous fun
That she called for another elephant to come: “Oh, Elephant!”
(Raise hands to cup mouth, and call loudly, then slap hands on thighs to make “running” sounds)
Two elephants went out to play…
Three elephants…
Four elephants…
Five elephants went out to play
On a spiderweb one day
They had such enormous fun
That they played until the day was done!

Criss Cross Applesauce
Criss, cross, applesauce (draw an X on child’s back with fingers)
Spiders running up your back (walk fingers up child’s back)
Cool breeze (blow gently on back of child’s head)
Tight squeeze (give child a big hug)
Now you’ve got the shivers! (tickle child gently all over)

September 18, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Music & Movement – September 13, 2013

September 13, 2013

Pete the Cat: I love my White Shoes by James Dean & Eric Litwin
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett

“Stretch”Dragon Tales, Dragon Tales
“The Freeze” -Greg & Steve, Kids in Motion
“She’ll be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain” – Sharon, Lois, & Bram, Great Big Hits
“The Hokey Pokey” – Georgiana Stewart, Cool Aerobics for Kids
“Get Read to Wiggle (sing along) [Instrumental]” – The Wiggles,Crunchy Munchy Music

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Fingerplay: Ten In the Bed
There were 10 (9,8,7…) in the bed
And the little one said,
“Roll over! Roll over!”
So they all rolled over
And one fell out

There was 1 in the bed
And the little one said,
“At last!”

Song: Down by the Bat
(have your child repeat you after each line)
Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
Have you ever seen a whale with a pola-dotted tail? Down by the bay!

Have you ever seen a moose, kissing a goose?
Have you ever seen a bear combing his hair?
Have you ever seen a pig dancing a jig?

Song: Old MacDonald’s Instruments
Old MacDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o
And on his farm he had a (shaker/stick/bells), e-i-e-i-o
With a (shake-shake/tap-tap/jingle-jingle) here and a (shake-shake/tap-tap/jingle-jingle) there
Here a (shake/tap/jingle), there a (shake/tap/kingle)
Everywhere a (shake/tap/jingle)
Old MacDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o

Rhyme: Here are my Ears
Here are my ears.
Here is my nose.
Here are my fingers.
Here are my toes.

Here are my eyes
Both open wide.
Here is my mouth
With white teeth inside

Here is my tongue
That helps me speak.
Here is my chin
And here are my cheeks

Here are my hands
That help me play.
Here are my feet
For walking today.

September 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

Baby Time: September 11, 2013

Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora
Peek-a-Moo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti, illus. by Stephanie Peterson 

“Clap, Tap, Bend” by Carol Hammett & Elaine Bueffel, It’s Toddler Time
“Flitter Flutter” by Johnette Downing, The Second Line

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

I see you, peek-a-boo!
(Put hands over eyes, remove them quickly)
I see you, I see you
(Point to baby)
I see your button nose
(Point to nose)
I see your tiny toes
(Point to toes or shoes)
I see you (Point to baby)

Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
(Hide hands behind back)
Where is Thumbkin?
Here he is,
(Bring out one hand, thumb up)
Here he is.
(Bring out other hand, thumb up)
Mighty glad to see you,
(Wag one thumb at the other)
Mighty glad to see you.
(Wag other thumb)
There he goes,
(Put one hand behind back)
There he goes.
(Put other hand behind back)

Five Little Babies
One little baby rocking in a tree (pretend to rock baby)
Two little babies splashing in the sea. (make splash sound with hands)
Three little babies crawling
On the floor (make 3 fingers crawl on arm)
Four little babies banging on the door. (clap hands)
Five little babies playing hide and seek (cover eyes)
Keep your eyes closed tight
Till I say PEEK!

The Cows in the Barn go Peek-a-Moo
(Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The cows in the barn go peek-a moo,
peek-a moo, peek a moo.
The cows in the barn go peek a moo.
All day long.

Piggies in the pen go peek-a oink,
peek-a oink, Peek-a oink.
The piggies in the pen go peek-a oink,
All day long.

The mouse in the field go peek-a squeak,
peak-a squeak, peek-a squeak.
The mouse in the field goes peek-a sqeak
All day long.

The owl in the tree goes peek-a whoo,
pee-a whoo, peek-a whoo.
The owl in the tree goes peek-a whoo.
All day long.

September 11, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Woolbur’s Barnyard

Tuesday, Sept. 10 2013


Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, Illus. Felicia Bond
Clip, Clop by Nicola Smee
Busy Chickens by John Schindel, photos by Steven Holt
Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski


“I Know a Chicken” by Laurie Berkner, Whaddya Think of That?
Singing along with shaker eggs.

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Fingerplay: Here is the Barn
Similar to the fingerplay, ”Here is the church, Here is the steeple”.

Here is the barn (Make a barn by interlacing fingers of two hands inside palm of hands)
Open it wide.
Let’s go inside where the animals hide.
Here are the horses, here are the cows.
They’re eating their dinner and drinking right now.
They’ll stay here till night turns into day.
When we open the doors, they’ll all mosey away.
Out in the pasture, they’ll eat grass and hay.
The cows will moo softly, the horses will neigh.

Finger Rhyme: Five Little Farmers

Five little farmers (fingers of one hand closed tightly over thumb)
Woke up with the sun, (open hand, with fingers and thumb standing upright)
For it was early morning
And chores must be done.
The first little farmer goes to milk the cow.
(Close both fists, make milking motions up and down.)
The second little farmer gets ready to plow.
(Grasp a steering wheel and pretend to drive.)
The third little farmer feeds the hens and chicks.
(Pretend to scatter corn.)
The fourth little farmer has gates to fix.
(Make hammering motions.)
The fifth little farmer sells vegetables in town.
(Cup hands around mouth as if calling out.)
Five busy little farmers work ’til the sun goes down.
(Yawn, stretch, sleep)

Song: Old MacDonald Had a Farm

It was nice to have the puppets join us for this song…

Old MacDonald had a farm,

And on his farm he had some chicks,

With a chick, chick here,
And a chick, chick there,
Here a chick, there a chick,
Everywhere a chick, chick,

Old MacDonald had a farm,

2. Duck – quack, quack
3. Turkey – gobble, gobble
4. Pig – oink, oink
5. Cow – moo, moo
6. Cat -meow, meow
7. Sheep – Baa baa
8. Dog – woof woof


September 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

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The library has many of the books and music we use in our storytimes in the collection, so you can check them out and use them at home. We also get resources from MelCat, our inter-library loan system. For help finding these materials, stop by the Youth Desk.