“Cats” toddler storytime

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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 – There are Cats in this Book by Vivienne Schwartz

A Kitten is Hiding
A kitten is hiding under a chair
(make fist, pet fist with other hand)
I looked and I looked for her everywhere
(put hand over eyes, look around)
Under the table, on top of the bed
I looked in the corner and when I said, (pretend to look under/over furniture)
“Come, kitty, come, kitty, here’s milk for you.”  (make bowl with hands)
Kitty came running and calling, “Mew, mew.”
Source: Surlalune

Pussycat, Pussycat
Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?
I’ve been to London to visit the Queen.
Pussycat, pussycat, what did you there?
I frightened a little mouse
Under her chair.
Source: Traditional

Little Kittens
One little, two little, three little kittens
Were napping in the sun.
One little, two little, three little puppies
Said, “Come, let’s have some fun!”
Up to the kittens the puppies went creeping
As quiet, as quiet as could be.
One little, two little, three little kittens
Went scampering up a tree.
Source: Perry Public Library

Book – Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastien Braun

Coffee
Use your arms as train wheels that slowly rotate into action.
Coffee, coffee, coffee (say the words and move your arms very slowly)
Fish and chip, fish and chips,
fish and chips (a little faster)
Cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers
(even faster)
Meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes (faster still!)
Soup! Soup! Soup!  (Mimic a train whistle)
Source: King County Library System

Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Source: Traditional

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: Read books about your favorite animals. Take a trip to the zoo or a nature center.

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