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Pigeon Wants to Find a Job

We did a community helpers theme in honor of Mr. Rogers birthday, and I wanted to use a flannel activity that represented a wide range of helpers. We were reading Mo Willems Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and I thought it would be fun to let him drive some other vehicles after the book!



We identified who would drive each vehicle, pigeon was hidden behind one as we put them up, then we sang this song.


Tune: Do you know the muffin man

Pigeon wants to find a job, find a job, find a job.

Pigeon wants to find a job, what will he be today?


Then the kids told us which vehicle to look behind, until we found the pigeon. Lots of fun!




This Flannel Friday is being hosted by Reading With Red


Community Helpers Storytime

This was put together in honor of Mr. Rogers upcoming birthday.

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Hardworking puppies – Lynn Reiser



(This is a bit long for storytime, so we focused on the subtraction aspect, and it went over pretty well. A parent asked to borrow it afterwards!)

Activity: Tools We Work With- Matching



We identified each job as we put it up, and then showed the tools in a different order, and let the kids identify which job it went with. 

Rolling pin- Chef, Seeds – Farmer, Hammer – Construction Worker, Soccer Ball – Athlete, Letter – Postal Worker, Band aid – Doctor, Book – Librarian




(This was a fun activity, our librarian was a ‘storyteller’ though, which I didn’t mind at all! ) 

Book: Fire Fighter Piggywiggy – Christyan and Diane Fox



(Bright simple illustrations and big blocky text make this a great series, just the right length for storytime.) 

Activity: Hurry, hurry, drive the firetruck…

Hurry, hurry drive the fire truck, (hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. (ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner, (lean to the right)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner, (lean to the left)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner,
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. (ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder….(climb the ladder)

Hurry, hurry, spray the water hose  (wave arms side to side)
Slowly, slowly, back to the fire station…. (lean slowly to the left and
to the right)

 BRRRRRRRING!! Sounds like another fire, ready to do it again?!

(After Piggy Wiggy pretended to be a fireman, we had to as well! A great get-the-wiggles out song, it left me worn out!)

Book: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems


(Pigeon wants to drive too, but not the firetruck. Always a hit.) 

Activity: Pigeon Wants to Find a Job

Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man?

 Pigeon wants to find a job, find a job, find a job.

Pigeon wants to find a job, what will he be today?



I think it would be nice to let pigeon drive something, let’s see if we can guess what he’ll be driving today!




(The kids love guessing games, and this was a hit. They guessed so well we had to play a couple of times.) =]

Book: Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash – Barbara Odanaka


(A fun, bright, noisy book!)

Activity: Instruments

(Then we let the kids make their own noise with instruments, and did they ever!

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Seasons Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

First the kids identified what the four seasons were. We got to do a little guiding about what holidays and weather were, and that seasons were different. Then went on to the program!

Book: How Will We Get to the Beach? – Brigitte Luciani


(A story for summer. Lots of fun, the kids are great at identifying what is missing, even if not on the first try.)

Activity: There’s something in my garden

Some people like to stay home during the summer, rather than traveling to the beach. And they can be visited by animals in their garden.

There’s something in my garden,
That I can’t really see.
There’s something in my garden
Now what can it be?
Hear its funny sound….
A FROG is what I found!

continue with other animals. this time we did a frog, rabbit, bird, mouse, and bee.


(Another fun guessing activity, the kids were very good at this one.) 

Book: That Pup!Lindsay Barrett George

That pup

(A simple story with great talking points. ‘who is watching the puppy’, ‘do you know how the acorns got there?’.)

Activity: A Leaf is on my nose – Adapted from the traditional, which uses a fly in place of a leaf

 A leaf is on my nose, a leaf is on my nose

Hi-ho just watch me blow

this leaf right off my nose!

Continue with other body parts. The kids can give great suggestions!


Book: A Kitten Tale – Eric Rohmann


(Three kittens aren’t too excited about winter coming, but one can’t wait! Cute and simple, made a great addition to the program.)

Activity: Planting seeds/Mr Golden Sun – from the CD Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

First you take the seed and you plant it in the ground (pretend to plant seeds in hand)
Next a little rain cloud comes that waters all around (Use hand to simulate rain)
And the sun sends beams, shining bright without a sound (make circle over head with arms)
Then in a few days, a flower can be found! (cup hands together, then open fingers with wrists touching.)

(We also did this fingerplay in the musical interlude during Raffi’s song.)

Mr. Sun
Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,
~arms up, rock in time to the rhythm

Please shine down on me.
~wiggle fingers down toward face
Oh Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,
~arms up again
Hiding behind a tree
~ASL sign for ‘tree’ in front of face to ‘hide’

These little children are asking you,
~gesture towards children

To please come down
so they can play with you,
~sign ASL sign for ‘Play’

Oh, Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,

~arms up again

Please shine down on me.
~wiggle fingers down toward face

 (This was good times! Bright bouncy song)

Book: Home for a Bunny – Margaret Wise Brown


(In spring, bunny is trying to find a home. In a nest? A pond? Where will it be? Such a cute story. Deffinatly a new, old, favorite.) 

Activity: Flowers on parachute


We then bounced flower die-cuts on our parachute, like the flowers that fall from the trees in spring.

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Letter O Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Tickley Octopus – Ruth Galloway


(A nice, colorful book with a good message. Thought it might be a bit long, but the kids handled it fine.)

Activity: Biggest Thing in the Ocean – from the book by Kevin Sherry


Giant Squid is the biggest thing in the ocean, or so he thinks.


The whale (made of foam board) is certainly bigger, but still…


the Giant Squid is the biggest thing in the whale!


(A fun little story, made even more impactful with a BIG visual. Even the parents chuckled at the final line.)

Book: Owl Babies – Martin Waddell


(Such a charming story, the kids are really engaged throughout.)

Activity: Flap Any Way You Want To – adapted from dance any way you want to (Ralphs World)

(Then we acted like owls and flapped around! A great movement activity.) 

Book: Opposnakes – Salina Yoon


(We did some opposite flapping …fast and slow…which was a great transition to this book of opposites. The kids were pretty good at knowing what was going to unfold, and love the illustrations.) 

Activity: Open Up the Barn Door – found on Storytime Katie

Open up the barn door, the spring goes “Boink.”
There’s a pig in the barn, saying, “Oink, oink, oink.”
Open up the barn door before the clock strikes two.
There’s a cow in the barn, saying, “Moo, moo, moo.”
Open up the barn door, it’s a sunny day.
There’s a horse in the barn, saying, “Neigh, neigh, neigh.”
Open up the barn door, singing, “Tra-la-la.”
There’s a sheep in the barn, saying, “Baa, baa, baa.”
Open up the barn door, while the sky is blue.
There’s a rooster in the barn, saying, “Cock-a-doodle-do!”
Open up the barn door and don’t get off the track.
There’s a duck in the barn, saying, “Quack, quack, quack.”


(We had the kids hold their hands together until we ‘opened’ the door. Then they identified the animal that we showed and helped make the noise. Fun times!)

Book: Are You Ready to Play Outside? – Mo Willems


(It’s hard to go wrong with Mo Willems. I particularly like the worms cameo.)

Activity: Streamers

(Then we used streamers to wiggle like an octopus. I had to convince one boy that his arms and legs could count, and he only needed four streamers to have eight octopus ‘legs’)

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