“Zoo” toddler storytime

zoo toddler

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.)

Hello, Hands. Good-bye, Hands.
Hello, hands. (Wave hands in front of face.)
Good-bye, hands. (Hide hands behind back.)
Hello, hands. Good-bye, hands.
My hands were feeling shy today. (Keep hands hidden.)
But now they’re feeling better! (Bring hands out, wave frantically, and smile HUGE.)
Repeat with feet, face, etc.
Source: King County Library System

Book- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

 Animals at the Zoo
(Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,
Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar,
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,
All day long!
The snakes at the zoo go hiss, hiss, hiss,
The hyenas at the zoo go ha, ha, ha,

The monkeys at the zoo go oooh, oooh, oooh
Source: Adapted traditional

The Elephant
The elephant has a great big trunk (pretend an arm is the trunk)
That goes swinging, swinging so.
(swing trunk)
He has tiny, tiny eyes
That show him where to go. (point to eyes)
His huge, long ears go flapping up & down, (pretend hands are ears)
His great feet go stomping, stomping on the ground. (stomp around)
Source: King County Library System

 Monkeys at the Zoo
(action song; tune = “Farmer in the Dell”)
The monkeys at the zoo,
The monkeys at the zoo,
Hi-ho they laugh and play,
The monkeys at the zoo
The monkeys run & hide,
The monkeys run & hide,
They like to play & run away,
The monkeys at the zoo.
The monkeys love to swing,
The monkeys love to swing,
They love to sing as they swing,
The monkeys at the zoo!
Source: King County Library System

Book – Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. 

Scarf Play
Peek a boo
Scarf Toss – 1,2,3, wee! 1,2,3, wee!


Scarf Dance
(Tune: Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush)
Wave the scarf above your head,
Above your head, above your head.
Wave the scarf above your head,
Then drop it on the ground.

Stretch your arms up to the sky,
to the sky, to the sky.
Stretch your arms up to the sky,
Now make a clapping sound.

Pick the scarf up off the ground,
Off the ground, off the ground.
Pick the scarf up off the ground,
Then twirl and dance around!
Source: King County Library System

To the tune “The Farmer in the Dell”,
My scarf goes up.
My scarf goes down.
My scarf goes round and round and round And round and round and round.
My scarf goes in.
My scarf comes out.
My scarf flies about, about, about.
Source: Oakland Schools


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:Book-reading times should be like a game of give-and-take. First, you do something (turn the page, for example). Then your child does something (smiles and gets excited). Keep the game going by saying, “The baby is looking at you!” The more your child looks, touches, and enjoys the book-sharing activity, the better.
Source: Early Literacy Learning

 

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