Storytime: Forest Friends

by | Jul 7, 2021 | Blog, Kid's Corner, Story Time | 0 comments

“Over in the forest underneath the pine trees sat a brown mother bear and her babies three!” Can you make some new friends in the forest? Try out some of these books and activities below to see the creatures who live in the forest. You can also put together the Cardboard Roll Shadow Puppets and make up your own stories with your new forest friends.

Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

When your children have happy experiences, they want to repeat them. Starting kindergarten can seem as an extension of informal library classes. Children who have had joyful experiences in the public library often approach school with a positive attitude, ready and excited to learn.

- Lambert

Activity

After you attend Storytime, talk with your child about what they enjoyed most. Then sing the songs that were presented. You can find the words and links on this blog post.

Books Presented

Shake the Tree by Chiara Vignocchi

Various animals take turns shaking a tree in search of a tasty meal. It starts with Mouse who wants a nut so she shakes the tree a little to the right, and a little to the left. But it isn’t the nut that falls from the tree, it’s Fox who thinks that Mouse looks pretty tasty! Soon a warthog and then a bear come along with similar ideas. Little readers will enjoy the just-made-it escapes and the fun shaking-action that readers can do along with this interactive picture book

Find Fergus by Mike Boldt

Fergus the bear wants to play hide and seek with the reader, but will need help–and practice–to hide well.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Shake My Sillies Out

Gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I gotta clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I gotta jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
Jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
Jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
And wiggle my waggles away

I gotta yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away
And wiggle my waggles away

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

Attention all astronauts

Please report the rocket ship
Prepare yourself for blast off

Thank you!

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

If you want to take the trip
Climb aboard my rocket ship

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
We have blast off!

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

If you want to take the trip
Climb aboard my rocket ship

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
We have blast off!

If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

 

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet
If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet

If you’re happy and you know it nod your head
If you’re happy and you know it nod your head
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it nod your head

If you’re happy and you know it do all three
If you’re happy and you know it do all three
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it do all three

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this cute forest scene and enjoy coloring! 

Make a fun cardboard roll shadow puppet!

Additional Books

Fear the Bunny by Richard T Morris

In a forest where everyone fears rabbits, a fierce tiger tries to persuade the animals that they should fear him, instead.

Who Wants a Hug? by Jeff Mack

 Everyone likes Mr. Bear except grouchy Dr. Skunk, who devises a plan to make Mr. Bear stop being happy and hugging others.

Animal Hide and Seek by Dahlov Ipcar

Sometimes, you need to know what to look for in order to see an animal, even if it’s hiding in plain sight! In Animal Hide and Seek, author and artist Dahlov Ipcar first offers young readers portraits of woodland animals and then, on the companion page, sets the animal into its natural setting, camouflaged for the careful reader to find. Gentle prose describes the animals and their habits, from deer to rabbits, from squirrels to salamanders.

Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson

Bear and his friends persuade a bashful owl to play with them.

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