The first storytime of the new year I wanted to focus on saying “hello” and “goodbye.” So here’s what we did:

The Books:


Extension Activities:

Song: “Hello Everybody!” by Carole Peterson (Cd: Sticky Bubble Gum…and Other Tasty Tunes)
Hello, everybody, how do you do?
How do you do? How do you do?
Hello everybody, how do you do?
I like you, to-day!

If you like the color red, pat your head!
If you like the color blue, pat your shoe!
If you like the color green, pat your knees!
I like you, to-day!
Other verses:
If you like choo choo trains, blow your whistle! (toot, toot)
If you like ice cream, say yum! (rub your tummy)
If you like dinosaurs, let me hear you roar! (roar)
source: Macaroni Soup

Action Rhyme: “How Do You Say Hi?” (do actions as they are said)
Hey! Hi! Howdy! Yo!
There are many ways to say hello!
Wave your hand. Nod your head.
Smile big or wink instead.
Blow a kiss. Tip your hat.
Shake your hands. Give a pat.
Of all the ways to say hello,
Here’s the way I like to go…HELLO!
Source: Storytime Katie

This one has become a favorite of ours. I use it every time when we begin storytime.

Flannelboard: “Can We Find?” (tune: “The Muffin Man”)

Can we find a _ _ ?
A _ _? A _ _?
Can we find a _ _?
We want to say hello!
(hide five different animals/items under the houses. Look for each one after singing the refrain. Greet each item with a loud hello when found)
source: Storytime Katie

This flannel board was super easy because I used animals that I already had from another flannel board and house from yet another flannel board that I had. Plus, it was a lot of fun having the kids find the animals. Afterward I asked them how they thought that animal might say “hi!”

Goodbye song: “It’s Time to Say Goodbye” by Dr. Jean


Handprints with different ways to say “hello” and “goodbye”
I found this cute idea over at Storytime Katie and thought it would go perfect with Rachel Isadora’s book. To save a bit of time I printed off a template for the hands and our amazing clerks cut them all out for me. I also created a document with all the ways to say “hello” and “goodbye” in several different languages (including what language it was). This was a great craft for our storytime theme. I’ve included them below. 



hand template



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