Rhyming to Read: The Lion and the Unicorn

 

Opening Song Welcome
Opening Activity Bread and Butter
Bread and Butter
Marmalade and Jam
Let’s say hello as quiet as we can (whisper hello)Loud as we can.
Slow as we can.
Fast as we can.
High as we can.
Low as we can.
Nice as we can.
Source: Jbrary
Rhyme The Lion and the Unicorn
The lion and the unicorn
Were fighting for the crown
The lion beat the unicornAll around the town.
Some gave them white bread,
And some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum cake
and drummed them out of town.
Sorting Activity Dairy vs Grains
I had the kids tell me if the picture fell into Grains or Dairy. I had a trick picture of a plum. They yelled fruit right away!
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Matching Activity Match the Rhyme
I found some clipart that related to the rhyme. I then had the kids identify each piece while I hid them under the bread slices (not all pictured). The kids then played a game of memory.
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Activity Toast in the Toaster
Toast in the toaster.
Toast in the toaster.
Getting Very hot.
Tick tock, Tick, tock,
Up I pop!
Battle of the Unicorns and Lions I divided my group up into four teams. Two teams of unicorns and two teams of lions. I then gave each group a mason jar filled with heavy whipping cream. While I played the Rocky theme song, the groups had to see who could make their butter the fastest! The little kids went gaga for this. It does take some time with little kids’ strength! I strongly encouraged the adults to also shake the jar also.
Treat We made butter! I then had white bread and brown bread (Technically I bought honey wheat. I wasn’t sure if all little kids enjoyed true wheat bread.) for them to enjoy their butter. I also had grape jelly as a stand-in for plums.
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Naughty/Mischievous -Toddler

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose

Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes,
touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your toes,
touch your toes?

Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy, rub your tummy?
Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy?

Books

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I Am Bear by Ben Bailey Smith
No, David! by David Shannon

Traditional Rhymes

This is Big Big Big

This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk

Clap, Clap, Clap Your hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

Beep, beep, beep your nose
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders
Tap, tap, tap your knees
Shake, shake, shake your feet

Jack Be Nimble

Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over the candlestick!

Finger Rhyme

Don’t Touch the Baby

Mama says: “Don’t touch the baby.”
Papa says:  “Don’t touch the baby.”
Grandma says:  “Don’t touch the baby.”
Grandpa says:  “Don’t touch the baby.”
Little Sister says:  “Don’t touch the baby.”
Where’s the baby?  “Don’t touch the baby!”

Waaahhhhh! You touched the baby!?
Source: King County Library System

Action Rhymes

I’m Stretching Very Tall

I’m stretching very tall
And now I’m very small
Now tall, now small
Now I’m a tiny ball
Source: Storytime 101

Activity Songs by Joe Scruggs

No-No-No Dance Song  by Sesame Street
No More Monkeys by Asheba  (We used the parachute with this song.)

Take Home Craft

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song
Counting to 20.

Closing Goodbye Song

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot

Observations

I interchanged the word naughty/mischievous. I didn’t want anyone to get any other idea of what this storytime was supposed to be. It was a fun storytime, but it was very difficult to plan.