“Farm Friends” toddler storytime

toddler farm friends

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them,
Creep them, crawl them,
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your little mouth,
But do not put them in.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Clip Clop by Nicola Smee 

Walking Ol’ Joe
Walking Ol’Joe, walking ol’ Joe
You’re the best horse in the county-o
Walking ol’ Joe, walking Ol’ Joe
WHOA, JOE!
Other verses: Trotting ol’ Joe
Galloping ol’ Joe
Source: Intellidance

This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried wee wee wee
All the way home.
Source: Traditional 

Ten Galloping Horses
10 galloping horses came through the town
5 were white, and 5 were brown.
They galloped up, and they galloped down
10 galloping horses came through the town
Source: King County Library System

Book – Hurry Hurry by Eve Bunting

Song (with egg shakers)- Laurie Berkner “I Know a Chicken 

Chicken in the Barnyard
Chicken in the barnyard
Staying out of trouble
(draw a little circle in child’s palm)
Along came a turkey
(slowly creep fingers up arm)
And . . . “Gobble, gobble, gobble!”
(tickle underarm, or move in for a gobble on child’s neck)
Source: King County Library System

Song (with puppets) – The Learning Groove “Old MacDonald 

Mr. Turkey and Mr. Duck
Mr. Turkey went out one day (one hand comes from behind back and makes a beak)
In the bright sunshiny weather
He met Mr. Duck along the way (other hand comes from behind back and makes a beak)
And they stopped to talk together.
Gobble, gobble, gobble (hands “talk” to each other)
Quack, quack, quack.
Gobble, gobble, gobble
Quack, quack, quack.
Gobble, gobble, gobble
Quack, quack, quack.
And then they both went back. (both hands behind back)
Quack!
Source: King County Library System 

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 Rainbows in my Bubbles
Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early literacy tip:  Social-Emotional Development The development of strong attachment relationships with family and primary caregivers may be the central task of infancy. It is in the context of warm, loving relationships that infants learn to trust, to feel safe exploring their worlds, and to develop a sense of competence and confidence in their own ability to master new skills. This growing sense of self-esteem and personal identity prepares them for later success as communication partners, readers, and writers.
Source: Zero to Three

 

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