Pets

IntroductionWelcome By Miss Carole
Opening Action RhymeCan You Nod Your Head? (with puppets)
From Nancy Stewart; see nancymusic.com .
Can you nod your head like kitty cat
Can you nod, nod, nod your head
Can you wag your tail like kitty cat, wag your tail
Can you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle like kitty cat,
Can you wiggle wiggle, wiggle all around
Can you stand up just like kitty cat, and then fall down!
Book Ah-Choo! by Lana Koehler
Nursery RhymeSoft Kitty
Soft kitty,
Warm kitty,
Little ball of fur,
Sleepy kitty.
Happy kitty,
Purr! Purr! Purr!
Book I did a second book, but I can’t recall which one I did.
ASLPet
Weekly RhymeThis 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
Source: Melissa Depper, a children’s librarian in the Denver metro area
Finger RhymeWhere Is Big Cat (Tune: Where is Thumbkin)
Before starting I introduce the kids to Big Cat (my thumbs) and Little Cat (my pinkies). The cats give a little meow and the kids show me their Big Cat and Little Cat. Where is big cat, where is big cat (hide thumbs)
Here I am, here I am (bring thumbs out)
How are you today cat (wiggle one thumb)
Very well I thank you (wiggle other thumb)
Meow, meow, meow (put thumbs behind back)
Meow, meow, meow
Source: https://www.adventuresofabookworm.com/2015/03/18/storytime-kitten/
Action RhymeFish, Fish
Tune: Skip to my Lou
Fish, fish, swim up high.
Fish, fish, swim down low.
Fish, fish, swim so fast.
Fish, fish, swim so slow.
source: https://kcls.org/content/fish-fish/
Action RhymeSome Dogs Bark (make appropriate noises)
Some Dogs Bark.
Some dogs growl.
Some dogs yip.
Some dogs howl.
And some dogs just wag their tail. (wiggle bottom)
Source: Storytime Katie
Dance SongWag Your Tail by Super Simple Songs
Dance SongRing Around the Rosie by Baby Casparpants
Cool DownABCs, Count to 10
Goodbye SongSkidamarink

Our library is finally getting back into storytimes! Here was the craft that I picked for my pet theme. It was inspired by No Toy Gifts!

Kittens–Toddler

Opening Song

If You Want to Hear a Story
Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

If you want to hear a story, clap your hands!
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands!
If you want to hear a story,
If you want to hear a story,
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands!

 

Books

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Cat Secrets by Jeff Czekaj
Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin

 

Action Rhymes

Can You Meow Like Me (make appropriate noises)

Meow very loudly.
Meow like a giant cat.
Meow in a squeaky voice.
Meow like a scared cat.
Meow like a happy cat.
Meow like a sad cat.
Meow like an angry cat.
Meow in a whisper voice.
Source:bclschidren

 

 Flannel Board

Rainbow Kittens

Six little kittens found a box of paint.
They jumped right in…their mother will faint!
The first little kitten came out all red.
“I’ll be orange,” the second kitten said.
The third little kitten turned bright yellow.
“I’ll be green,” said the next little fellow.
The fifth kitten said, “My favorite is blue.”
“Purple for me,” said the sixth with a mew.
Dancing home the kittens go
To show their mother a KITTEN RAINBOW!
Source: Read Rabbit Read

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Take Home Craft

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Source: Toddler Approved

 

Closing Dance Song

Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill

 

Observations

We had a blast with this storytime. The kids really enjoyed making cat noises with me. The books also went over really well. I was able to hook the kids with Cat Secrets by doing voices for each cat. It was also recommended to me that Cat Secrets makes an awesome puppet storytime. The kids also liked trying to find Tippy in Where is Tippy Toes? I had a third book, but I scraped it. I felt like the flow would have been disrupted by adding a third book.

The flannel board was AWESOME! I started by telling the kids that I bought six friends with me and their mama. Like the puppy storytime, we named the six kitties. Then when I started dipping each kitty in their specific color, I received lots of “ooooohhhhhs and ahhhhhs” from the crowd. I did add my own twist on this flannel. Another blogger mentioned that she had cat puppet that licked all the kitties back to white. I decided to make a flannel mama kitty and then have her change to a tie-dye color after she cleaned all her kittens. The crowd really liked this surprise.