Toddlers: Zoo

Hello Everybody
(clap hands on lap and then together, clap twice on the word “you”)
Hello everybody, how are you?
Hello everybody, how are you?
It’s such a lovely day, I’m so glad you came to play,
Hello everybody, how are you?

Action Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance your fingers in and out
And all around the town.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy
Then tuck them into bed.

Action Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big
This is big big big (Hold arms out to side)
This is small small small (Cup hands together)
This is short short short (Hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (Reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (Circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (Circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (Nod)
This is no no no (Shake head)

Action Rhyme: Itsy Bitsy Spider (with feltboard)
The Itsy Bitsy Spider crawled up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
And the Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the spout again.

I always get lots of help with this one!

Action Rhyme: Alligator, Alligator
Alligator, Alligator
Long and green
Alligator, Alligator,
Teeth so mean
Snapping at a fly
Snapping at a bee
Snapping at a frog
But you can’t catch me!
Credit: Esther Storytimes via Storytime Katie

If You’re Ready for a Story
Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re ready for a story, rub your belly!
If you’re ready for a story, rub your belly!
If you’re ready for a story,
If you’re ready for a story,
If you’re ready for a story, rub your belly!

(…sit down, please- For this verse, I have kids and parents stand and then sit throughout the song until the end when they sit for the story.)

Book: Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith and Valerie Petrone (Clarion Books, two at the zoo©2009)
As we read the story, we looked for the spiders and alligators from the two previous songs.

1 little 2 little 3 little bubbles
4 little, 5 little, 6 little bubbles
7 little 8 little, 9 little bubbles
10 little bubbles go pop, pop, pop.

Ring Around the Rosie
Ring (or skip or hop, etc.) around the rosie
Pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!

The cows are in the meadow
Eating buttercups
Thunder, lightning,
We all jump up!

Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the clouds.  Tickle your toes.
Turn around,
And tickle your nose!
Reach down low. Reach up High.
Storytime’s over, wave goodbye!

Play: Stacking toys like the Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack  or the Kidoozie Nest and Stack Bucket which are very popular with these storytime kids right now.

Book image: Danna Smith


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