Waiting – Preschool Storytime

I can’t wait for storytimes – it’s one of the best parts of being a children’s librarian.  But today, our storytime was all about waiting!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate”  by Jim Gill from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

MOVEMENT: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

The Mouse and the Apple
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Idea and pattern taken from Mel’s Desk.
Based on the book by Stephen Butler, which we don’t have in our collection, so I found the words to the story thanks to this YouTube video from sheelahdog323.

One day, Mouse saw a lovely ripe apple up on the tree.
It was shiny, and red, and it looked delicious.
Mouse waited for the apple to fall

Along came Hen:
“Hello Mouse, what are you doing?, “ said Hen.
“I’m waiting for the apple to fall,” said Mouse.
“That’s a good idea,” said Hen hopefully.  “I’ll wait with you.”
So Mouse and Hen waited for the apple to fall.

Along came Goose:
“Hello Mouse!  Hello Hen! What are you doing?”
“We’re waiting for the apple to fall,” said Hen.
“Apples are my favorite,” said Goose greedily. “I’ll wait with you.”
So Mouse, Hen, and Goose waited for the apple to fall.

Along came Goat:
“Hello Mouse!  Hello Hen!  Hello Goose! What are you doing?”
“We’re waiting for the apple to fall,” said Goose.
“I love apples,” said Goat hungrily. “I’ll wait with you.”
So Mouse, and Hen, and Goose, and Goat waited for the apple to fall.

Along came Cow:
“Hello Mouse!  Hello Hen! Hello Goose! Hello Goat! What are you doing?”
“We’re waiting for the apple to fall,” said Goat.
“I was just thinking about apples,” said Cow, licking her lips. “I’ll wait with you.”
So Mouse, Hen, Goose, Goat and Cow all waited for the apple to fall.

They waited.  And they waited.  And they waited.
Mouse waited patiently.
But Cow, Goat, Goose and Hen soon grew restless.
They thought of ways to make the apple fall.

“I’ll fly up and knock it down,” said Hen.  And she ran towards the tree, flapping her wings.  But she tripped and fell on her beak with a bump.  Ow!

“I’ll honk it down,” said Goose.  He opened his beak wide. “Honk! Honk! Honk!” But the apple didn’t move.

“I’ll butt it down,” said Goat.  He ran at the tree and butted it as hard as he could.  But the apple didn’t budge.

“I’ve got a good idea,” cried Cow.  She jumped up and down on all four hooves.  The tree trembled, and the apple began to quiver.

“Everybody jump!” cried Cow, jumping up and down.  Goat jumped up and down.  And Goose jumped up and down.  And Hen jumped up and down.

The tree shook, and the apple wobbled.  But the apple didn’t fall.

Meanwhile, Mouse waited patiently.

“Let’s go” Cow said grumpily.  “That apple’s probably rotten anyway.”

“Or sour,” said Goat.

“Or hard,” said Goose.

“Or soft,” said Hen.

Now only Mouse was left.  All of a sudden, the shiny red apple fell to the ground with a plop!  It wasn’t rotten. Or sour.  Or hard.  Or soft.   It was the crunchiest, sweet most delicious apple Mouse had ever tasted.


MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

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“Leo the Late Bloomer” from Splat the Cat… and Other Furry Friends. Based on the book by Robert Kraus, illustrated by Jose Aruego

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

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Book: Mervin the Sloth is About to Do the Best Thing in the World by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Ruth Chan
Book: Wait by Antoinette Portis
Book: Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki, illustrated by Komako Sakai
Book: If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, pictures by Erin E. Stead
Book: I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
DVD/Book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Pleasingly Patient
taken from Hartford County Public Library
(tune: Are You Sleeping?)
I am patient.
I am patient.
Watch me wait.
Watch me wait. One, two, three, four, five,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
I can wait.
I am great!
The Mailbox Magazine, Preschool edition Aug/Sep 2010

I really liked this as a theme.  Originally I think I thought waiting would be a fun one because of I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda, and then the Henkes book.  But I thought I would try reading an Elephant and Piggie book in storytime, which (surprisingly) I hadn’t done before.  Of course it went over well and everyone loved it (How could they not?).

For preschool storytimes, I usually like my movements to be focused around my theme, but I didn’t find too many movements that worked with waiting or patience.  Since I’m in the thick of infant and toddler storytime, I used a few of my standbys from there, and they still seemed to work well with the preschool crowd.

I also like that there are enough books that I really like that I didn’t use, so I can repeat this theme, but use different materials.

ATTENDANCE: 49 (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