Wild Pets – Toddlers

IntroductionPut Your Little Foot By Miss Carole
BookPiggies by Audrey Wood
Nursery RhymeThis Little Piggy
(with action rhymes)
This little piggy went to market, (shake one arm)
This little piggy stayed home, (shake the other arm)
This little piggy had roast beef, (shake one leg)
This little piggy had none. (shake the other leg)
This little piggy went …
Wee, wee, wee, (tickle belly)
all the way home!
BookPet the Pets: A Lift-the-Flap by Sarah Lynne Reul
ASLChicken
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.
This is yes, yes, yes.
This is no, no, no.
Source: Melissa Depper, a children’s librarian in the Denver metro area

We do it twice. Once with our traditional hand movements and second time with ASL.
Librarian Action RhymeI’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
And I don’t like it very much!

Oh no, oh no, he swallowed my toe,
he swallowed my toe

Oh gee, oh gee, he’s up to my knee,
he’s up to my knee

Oh fiddle, oh fiddle, he’s reached my middle,
he’s reached my middle

Oh bleck, oh bleck, he’s up to my neck,
he’s up to my neck

Oh dread, oh dread, he swallowed my…. schlirppp!
Source: One For the Books

I used a tunnel as a snake. I slowly moved it up until the “snake” ate me.
Action RhymeGot a Feather
(to the tune of Clementine with a die-cut feather)
Got a feather,
got a feather,
got a feather on my [nose, toe, etc.]
First I lost it,
then I found it
Got a feather on my [nose, toe, etc.]
Source: The Buckeye Librarian
Dance SongI Know a Chicken (with shake eggs)  
Dance SongSuper Shaker Song by Culture Queen
Cool DownABCs, Count to 15
Goodbye SongSay Goodbye

We made hedgehogs!

Inspiration Source: Glued to My Crafts

Wild Pets – Preschool

Introduction Put Your Finger in the Air by Carole Peterson
Opening RhymeThe Little Skunk
I stuck my head in a little skunk’s hole.
And the skunk said, “Well, bless my soul!”
Take it out (clap-clap)
Take it out (clap-clap)
Re-move it!  
Well, I didn’t take it out, and the little skunk said,
“If you don’t take it out, you’ll wish you had!”
Take it out (clap-clap)
Take it out (clap-clap)
Psss-ssst!
P- U…I removed it too late! (pinch nose with fingers as you say this line)
Source: Book Besotted Librarian
BookOne Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
Finger RhymeTen Little Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs, (hold up ten fingers)
That makes ten.
Sitting on top is the mother hen. (cover one hand with the other)
Crack, crack, crack, (clap 3 times)
What do I see?
Ten little chicks,
As cute as can be! (Hold up ten fingers)
Source: Teaching Mama
BookHello, World! Pets by Jill McDonald
ASLChicken                                       
Egg
Action RhymeThis is the Way the Chicken Moves
This is the way the chicken walks,
Bob the head, chin in front,
Bob the head, chin in the front.
This is the way the chicken stretches,
Flap, flap, flap your wings,
Flap, flap, flap your wings.
This is the way the chicken dances,
Move your tail feathers to the left,
Move your tail feathers to the right.
This is the way the chicken sits,
Fold your legs on the nest like so, Fold your legs on the nest like so.
Source: The Artsy Toddler
Action RhymeAlligator Elevator (parachute)
An alligator went for an elevator ride
Said the elevator operator, “Step inside”
First floor, second floor, up and down
It’s the only alligator elevator in town!
Group ActivityI’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein (parachute):
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
And I don’t like it very much!

Oh no, oh no, he swallowed my toe,
he swallowed my toe

Oh gee, oh gee, he’s up to my knee,
he’s up to my knee

Oh fiddle, oh fiddle, he’s reached my middle,
he’s reached my middle

Oh bleck, oh bleck, he’s up to my neck,
he’s up to my neck

Oh dread, oh dread, he swallowed my…. schlirppp!
Source: One For the Books

I used a tunnel as a snake. I slowly moved it up until the “snake” ate me.
Dance SongChicken Dance by The Hit Crew
Dance SongGalloping Country Style by Mr. Al
Cool DownAlphabet Count to 15
Goodbye SongWiggle Finger! By Miss Carole
Inspiration Source: Glued to My Crafts