Bark! Meow! Toddler Storytime

Here’s one of my favorite themes: Dogs and Cats!

*Opening: The More We Get Together
*Rhyme: Where is Thumbkin?
Book: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Prop: Swallowing “George” Puppy (with finger puppets inside; I put on latex gloves and removed the animals from inside George)
*Rhyme: Old MacDonald
**Flannel: Five Little Cats
Book: What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
*Rhyme: Apples
Puppet Story: Who Said Meow? from the book by Maria Polushkin (See librarian Steven Englefried’s YouTube demonstration.)
*Rhyme: Beehive
Dancing Song: “Animal Action” from Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion
*Closing: We Wave Goodbye

Craft: Dog and Cat popsicle stick puppets

*Rhymes can be found on the August/September 2018 Toddler Rhyme Sheet

**Five Little Cats (Source Unknown)
5 little cats were playing near the door.
One ran away, and that left 4.
4 little cats were underneath a tree.
One heard a dog bark, and that left 3.
3 little cats were wondering what to do.
One chased a butterfly, and that left 2.
2 little cats were sitting in the sun.
One ran to chase his tail, and that left 1.
1 little cat was looking for some fun.
He heard his mommy calling… and now there are none!

Pets are Fun!

Panera AND Randall Oaks Storytimes today! I’m continuing to entertain over at the Panera in Elgin the first and third Mondays of each month at 9:30 am. I also started another 6 week session of FUN over at our Randall Oaks Branch Library today at 10:30 am. Today, we had extra FUN with a PETS storytime 🙂 Bark! Meow!

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (Also: use swallowing “dog” puppet with various animal finger puppets inside)
Song (with finger puppets): Barnyard Gate [version available on Ed McCurdy: Children’s Songs: the Greatest Hits (I Had a Little Rooster)]
(Flannel: Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill)
Read-aloud #2: What Will Fat Cat Sit On? By Jan Thomas OR The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Read-aloud #3: I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec
Flannel: The Three Little Kittens
Read-aloud #4: Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
*Flannel: Silly Dog
Song: Do Your Ears Hang Low? (Lyrics and Melody can be found here. Miss Jennifer made the song extra silly by wearing pantyhose on her head and pretending the “legs” were her ears! We only sang the first verse.)
(Read-aloud #5: Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown)
(“Dancing” Song: “Animal Action” from Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion)

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

*Silly Dog flannel (Source unknown)
The dog is red,
His tail is yellow,
His nose is blue.
He’s a handsome fellow!
His ears are pink,
His feet are green.
He’s the silliest dog
I’ve ever seen!

Cat’s Meow

There’s nothing like snuggling up next to a warm cat on a cold day!

Cats Preschool Storytime with Jennifer

OPENING:
Intro: Count and name animals in “Ten in the Bed” prop. Wear purple cat flannel in my hat.
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop by Meilo So
Fingerplay: Five Little Kittens (TEWS by Cole)
Read-aloud #2: The Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone (sung)
Song (with finger puppets): Ten in the Bed
Read-aloud #3: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Song: ABCs
Read-aloud #4: Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Movement Song: “Shake My Sillies Out” (Raffi)

MOVIE:
Here Comes the Cat!

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

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Cat and Dog Finger Puppets Coloring Handout

Cats and Dogs!

Today’s storytime was all about two favorite furry pets: cats and dogs!

Books Shared:
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill (Patterns can be found here.)
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? By Jan Thomas
The Three Little Kittens by Lorianne Siomades

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Animals on the Bus
Fun with Hands
Apples
Once there was a Pumpkin

Bonus Song:
Do Your Ears Hang Low? (Lyrics and Melody can be found here. Miss Jennifer made the song extra silly by wearing pantyhose on her head and pretending the “legs” were her ears! We only sang the first verse.)

Music:
Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion (Animal Action)

Halloween Cats

Happy Halloween, Friends! Black cats are a must for Halloween fun, so today’s storytime centered mostly on cats with a few Halloween treats thrown in.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Stories Shared:
In a Dark, Dark Wood pop-up version by David Carter
Kitty’s Cuddles by Jane Cabrera
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
Three Little Kittens illustrated by Lorianne Siomades
Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
I Wiggle My Fingers
The Quiet Mouse
Old MacDonald
Apples
Fun with Hands

Bonus Rhyme:
Pumpkin, pumpkin, round and fat
Turned into a jack-o-lantern just like that!

Music:
Wee Sing: For Halloween
Raffi: More Singable Songs (Shake My Sillies Out)