A Zoo to You!

In celebration of me going to the zoo last Saturday and of our upcoming A Zoo to You! program at the Dundee Library (Real live animals! At the library!), our last summer storytime (sniff sniff) was all about Zoo Animals 🙂

Our fall storytime schedule starts back up on Monday, September 8! Have a great rest of the summer!

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

Read-aloud #1: Zoo Animals 123 by Rebecca Fjelland Davis
*Flannel: Elephants in the Ring
**Action Song: This is the Way We Clap Our Hands
Read-aloud #2 (Big Book): Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Action Song: Silly Hat Song
Action Song: Fun with Hands
Read-aloud #3 Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Flannel: Sam Who Never Forgets by Eve Rice
Read-aloud #4 (Big Book): Head to Toe by Eric Carle
*Action Rhyme: Not Say a Single Word
Dancing Song: “Animal Action” from Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion

Closing song: We Wave Goodbye

*Elephants in the Ring (Source unknown.)
Little elephant in the ring
standing on a piece of string
My, my! What a stunt!
Let’s all clap for the elephant!
(Continue with all 5 elephants)

**This is the Way We Clap Our Hands
(Tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we clap our hands,
Clap our hands, clap our hands.
This is the way we clap our hands,
So early in the morning.

This is the way we tap our toes…
This is the way we touch our nose…
This is the way we stomp our feet…

***Not Say a Single Word
(Suit actions to words.)
Can you hop, hop, hop like a bunny?
Can you run, run, run like a dog?
Can you walk, walk, walk like a elephant?
Can you jump, jump, jump like a frog?
Can you swim, swim, swim like a goldfish?
Can you fly, fly, fly like a bird?
Can you sit right down and fold your hands,
And not say a single word?

Catch a Tiger…at the ZOO!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
Catch a tiger by the toe
If he hollers let him go,
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.

Stories Shared:
Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand
Whose Baby am I? by John Butler
Zoo Animals 123 by Rebecca Fjelland Davis
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Round and Round the Garden

Bonus Rhyme:
“Five Elephants in a Bathtub” felt board rhyme
(My Five Elephants in the Bathtub felt board set came from Artfelt.)

One elephant in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
(Clap twice with “Knock, Knock.”)
Splash, Splash,
(Slap knees twice with “Splash, Splash.”)
Come on in!
(Motion with both hands to come in.)

Two elephants…
Three elephants…
Four elephants…

Five elephants in a bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
They all fell in!

Animal Planet Presents Sing with the Animals
Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion (Animal Action)