Sensory Friendly Story Time Theme: Down on the Farm

18 Jan

Sensory Friendly Storytime Theme- (4)Today was our first try at providing a sensory-friendly story time at the library.  Unfortunately, no one showed up.  I’m not giving up though, sometimes this happens – especially for a brand new program targeting a specific part of the community.  Many families that have children with disabilities do not frequent the public library, so providing this group of people with information is even more difficult.  We’re still planning on offering two more for children ages 3 – 5 and then we’ll also offer three story times for children ages 5 – 8.  I’m hoping that at least someone shows up for our next one!  Meanwhile, I figured I’ll share my story time theme and plan anyway, because I’ll definitely be using it at some point down the line.  So without further ado, here’s what I was planning on doing!

Opening Song: Open, Shut Them

Book: Three Little Pigs by James Marshall

Flannel Board/Folder: “Open Up the Barn Door”
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.”

Rhyme (Fine Motor): Five White and Fluffy Sheep
Five white and fluffy sheep (hold up five fingers)
In the pasture fast asleep (hands under head, lean over)
Their wool kept them cozy all night long (hug yourself)
Snore! Snore! (make snore sounds)
The farmer slipped away with one (hold up one finger)
And sheared the wool till he was done (clap)
Then there were 4 white fluffy sheep (hold up four fingers)
Baa! Baa! (baa!)

Book: Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner (repeated phrase)

Song: Old MacDonald

Activity (Gross Motor): Yoga Poses (dog, cat, cow, cobra)

Book: Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee (flannel board)

Closing Song: We Wave Good-Bye Like This


2 Responses to “Sensory Friendly Story Time Theme: Down on the Farm”


  1. Sensory Friendly Story Times | literacious - September 3, 2014

    […] a look at some of my sensory friendly storytime plans here (colors), and here (snakes), and here (farm), and finally here (sing-a-long […]

  2. Flannel Friday | literacious - September 5, 2014

    […] I use the flannel board for my story time usually for 5 Little Monkeys, and sometimes I’ll use it for other songs like Old McDonald or The Itsy Bitsy Spider, but I haven’t used it very often for storytelling.  I can’t quite figure out how to hold a book, put up flannel pieces and tell the story at the same time.  As I was working on a storytime plan for my sensory storytime, I found a great book that would work really well with a flannelboard – Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee.  This story has great a great refrain that kids can repeat, “clip-clop, clippity-clop” with characters that are well-known in the barnyard – perfect for a farm themed storytime. […]

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