Sloths Hang Out in the Rainforest

It’s World Rainforest Week… and October 19 is Sloth International Day… so I found it appropriate to do a Sloth/Rainforest Storytime. Plus I had sloth socks and a sloth puppet that I wanted to show off! 😉

As the kids gathered for storytime, I showed them fun pictures of real sloths from A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke while my sloth puppet just hung around on my arm, snoozing. Later, I also showed them my cool rain stick!

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1 (Big Book): Step Inside the Rain Forest by Meish Goldish
Fingerplay: Rain Is Falling Down
Action Song: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Read-aloud #2 (Nonfiction): The Sloth: World’s Slowest Mammal by Joy Paige
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Song/Fingerplay: Blackbirds (Only I changed it to “Two little parrots…” for our rainforest theme)
Read-aloud #3: “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle
Flannel: 5 Little Sloths (Thank you, Storytiming blog for an awesome idea!)
Action Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (We sang the sloths a lullaby)
Read-aloud #3: The Very Sleepy Sloth by Andrew Murray
Flannel: Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Dancing Song: “B-Banana/Monkey See, Monkey Do” from Carole Peterson’s Stinky Cake

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

ADDITIONAL BOOKS: Had my group been slightly older, I would have liked to have shared Sparky! by Jenny Offhill. Another fun “general” rainforest book is Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree by Jan Peck.

*Rain Is Falling Down
Rain is falling down,
(Raise hands up high and flutter fingers down)
Splash!
(Slap floor with gusto)
Rain is falling down,
(Raise hands up high and flutter fingers down)
Splash!
(Slap the floor)
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
(Quietly. Flutter fingers delicately.)
Rain is falling down,
(Flutter fingers down.)
Splash!
(Slap floor with gusto)

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