Walkers–October 2014

Opening Song

Hello Song
Tune: London Bridge

Hi, hello and how are you?
How are you? How are you?
Hi, hello and how are you?
How are you today?

Action Rhymes

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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

Additional Verses:
Tap,tap, tap your knees.
Shake, shake, shake your feet.
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders.

Patty-cake, patty-cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it, and pat it, and mark it with a “B,”
And put it in the oven for baby and men!

Doing the Chocolate Shake
Tune: Hokey Pokey

You squat right down (squat)
Up you stand (stand up)
Stamp your feet (stamp feet)
Shake your hands (shake hands)
Wiggle all over (wiggle)
And mix it real well (roll hands)
Doing the Chocolate Shake! (clap hands)
Yum! (reach up high)


Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

Flannel Board

Five little cookies, with frosting galore.
Mother ate the pink one, then there were four.

Four little cookies, two and two, you see,
Father ate the green one, then there were three.

Three little cookies, but before I knew,
Sister ate the blue one, then there were two.

Two little cookies, oh, what fun!
Brother ate the orange orange one, then there was one.

One little cookie, watch me run!
I ate the red one, then there none!

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The Muffin Man Dance with Carole Peterson

Activity Cd

Shake Your Sillies Out by The Wiggles

Closing Rhyme 

This is big, big, big (hold arms out to the side)
This is small, small, small. (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short. (hold hands with palms facing together)
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. (nods head)
This is no, no, no. (shake head).

Closing Song

Good-bye Song
Tune: London Bridge

Good-bye, good-bye,
We’ll see you soon,
See you soon, see you soon.
Good-bye, good-bye
We’ll see you soon,
On another day.
How are you today?


I substituted for my co-worker for her walkers’ program, as she got hitched this past weekend. She gave me a full program of different songs and activities, and I just picked which things I wanted to do.

The flannel board was my favorite part. As I read each line, I acted like I was eating the cookie.


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!


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I put several different animals into these two boxes. I then pulled each animal out of the box and we talked about what noises they made.


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Peek-A-Zoo by Marie Torres Cimarusti
Zoo Animals by Pop and Play

Action Rhymes

Let’s Hear You Roar Like a Lion

Let’s hear you roar like a lion!
Let’s see you jump like a frog.
Let’s see you snap your jaws like a crocodile.
Let’s hear you woof like a dog.
Pretend you’re an elephant with a big, long trunk.
Pretend you’re a monkey; let’s see you jump, jump, jump.
And now you’re a mouse. Just let me see
How very, very quiet you can be.
Source:So Tomorrow


An elephant goes like this and that,
He’s terribly big,
And he’s terribly fat,
And he has no toes,
But goodness gracious, what a nose!
Source:Storytime Source Page

The Elephant Hokey Pokey

You put your elephant ears in.
You put your elephant ears out.
You put your elephant ears in,
And you shake them all about.
You do the elephant pokey,
and you stomp yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

…elephant trunk…
…elephant foot…
…whole self…
source:Falling Flannelboards

I Know a Giraffe

I know a giraffe
With a neck that’s so high
She stretches and stretches it
Up to the sky (stretch head high or raise arms above head)
She lives on the plains
With her family, too
But you might see her
When you visit the zoo.(Point to others)
Source: Preschool Education

Flannel Board

Five Elephants in a Bathtub

One elephant in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock, (Clap twice)
Splash, Splash, (Slap knees twice)
Come on in! (Motion with both hands to come in.)
Two elephants elephants in the bathtub… etc.
Five elephants elephants in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
They all fell in!
Source: Storytime Katie

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Take Home Craft

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Source: First Palette

Closing Dance Song

See Ya Later Alligator by Laura Doherty

Closing Goodbye Song

We Wave Goodbye Like This
Tune: “Farmer in the Dell”

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.


I do not believe you can go wrong with a zoo storytime. The kids really enjoyed themselves, and I even had two of them try to break into my preschool storytime! One had to be carried out by his mother because he refused to leave.

This is also a great storytime to introduce younger children to new animals. I had one mom tell me that her daughter wanted books about bears and pandas after we talked a little bit about each one.

The books were very age-appropriate for this session. We all guessed the animals in Peek-a-Zoo and the kids demanded to count the teeth and bugs in Zoo Animals.

The flannel board was very fun. By the second elephant, the parents were helping me sing the tune. They were all surprised when I knocked down the elephants.

My only advice for this storytime is to have water! I got very thirsty and had trouble saying some of the action rhymes by the end.


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!




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.


 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



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.