Squirrels – Preschool Storytime

It’s Fall, and I haven’t done a squirrel storytime sine 2010!  That was pre-blogging times for me.  It seemed like it time to revisit these frisky friends.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*


“Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music


Where Are My Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi


Frisky Squirrel
taken from Miss Kate’s Storytime Wiki
(to the tune of “The Grand Ol’ Duke of York”)

Oh the frisky little squirrel
He gathers nuts and seeds
He hides them for the winter months
So he’ll have all he needs.

Oh up-up-up he goes (stretch up to the sky)
And down-down-down he comes (bend/squat down to the floor)
He runs around (turn around)
Goes up-and-down (stretch up and then bend/squat down quickly)
His work is never done.

Repeat refrain.



5 Little Squirrels

(to the tune of “Five Little Ducks”)
song taken from Storytime Stuff
template taken from Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love by Diane Briggs, illustrated by Thomas Briggs.

1 little squirrel went out to play
Up in the branches one autumn day.
He had such enormous fun,
he called for another little squirrel to come.


5 little squirrels went out to play
up in the branches on chilly day.
They had such enormous fun,
Then they all scurried home ’cause winter had come.


5 Little Acorns
(to the tune of “Five Little Ducks”)
song taken from Story Time Secrets
template taken from Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love by Diane Briggs, illustrated by Thomas Briggs.

Down around the corner by the big oak tree
Sat five little acorns looking so yummy
Along came a squirrel with a big busy tail
He took one acorn and ran off down the trail.



“Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs by Raffi


My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora


“Squirrel for a Day” from Curious George: Zoo Night and Other Animal Stories

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*


Book: Acorns Everywhere! by Kevin Sherry
Book: Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins
Book: Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
Book: Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett
Book: Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert

Storytime Stuff – Squirrely Squirrels Storytime
Story Time Secrets – Story Time Starter: Squirrels
The Wielded Pen – Squirrels! – A Storytime Outline
LiBrionyian – Squirrels – Preschool
storytime katie – Squirrels!
Verona Storytime – Squirrels Story Time – Toddler
one little librarian – toddler time: feeling squirrelly

ATTENDANCE: 36 (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ Children’s Room

*To see the words to these movements and activities I use frequently, please visit my
A-capella Movements Section on my Storytime Movements and Music Page

Apples – Preschool Storytime

A few weeks ago I did an apple storytime, but I forgot to post it on here!  So, I figure better late than never.

September always makes me think of starting school (even though school starts here now in August!), and fall (even though it’s in the high 80s, mid 90s).  So how else could celebrate the first Saturday in September than with a storytime about apples, the most quintessential of fall fruits?

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Jump Jump” from I’m a Rock Star by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights


by Ragnhild Scamell

A Little Apple Seed
(to tune of “Itsy Bitsy Spider”)

Once a little apple seed
was planted in the ground.
Down came the raindrops falling all around.
Out came the big sun
Bright as bright could be
And that little apple seed grew up
to be an apple tree.

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(to tune of “Bingo”)There is a fruit that’s good to eat
and apple is its name-o.
and apple is its name-o.

Now when we turn the apple over, and you don’t see a letter, you clap instead! (Do this one apple at a time — I just took this photo when two apples were turned over.)A-P-P-L-E Flannelboard2

There is a fruit that’s good to eat
and apple is its name-o.
and apple is its name-o.

Continue singing  and clapping until all apples are turned over.
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MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

An Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree (lift hands above head)
Four red apples (hold up 4 fingers)
smiled at me (smile)
So I shook that tree as hard as I could (pretend to shake the tree)
And down came an apple.
Mmm… was it good! (rub tummy).

Continue with the rhyme until all apples have been eaten!


Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray


“Chicka Chicka 1 2 3” from Chicka Chicka 1 2 3  — and more stories about counting

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*


Book: A New House for Mouse by Petr Horácek
Book: Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
Book: Little Apple Goat by Caroline Jayne Church
Book: Apple by Nikki McClure

Though we say this is a preschool storytime, we actually end up with a wide range of ages in the audience on any given Saturday.  I started out with the book Ouch! because that is one of my favorites – I love the illustrations, and the kids and the adults both seem to get a kick out of it.  However, with the group I had this Saturday, the story felt rather long.  That’s why for my second book I chose Apple Pie ABC – it’s still engaging, and the photos are wonderful, but it is a lot shorter and I hoped that would help with the concentration of the audience.  I think it worked.  Also, the video was a good one – again, slightly long, but since it is one the kids are familiar with I think that helps.  I swear I could hear a little voice singing along, but I couldn’t locate where it was coming from.

ATTENDANCE: 67!! (adults and children)

*To see the words to these movements and activities I use frequently, please visit my A-capella Movements Section on my Storytime Movements and Music Page