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Toddler Storytime: Going to the Zoo

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And we can stay all day!

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Outline:

Hello Bubbles

Hands Are Clapping (now that they know this song it works really well to bring everyone back after bubbles)

Two Little Blackbirds (regular, high, quiet)

Book: Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

Jump Like a Frog

Parent Message: proof that repetition works, Edith could have led us in that rhyme! When we do things over and over again your children are more likely to learn them.

(This girl is seriously ADORABLE. She’s been coming long enough to know have this wiggler down pat so she stands by me and does it facing the group. She uses all my “extras” like when I say “Jump like a Frog”, I follow by saying “jump, jump, jump”. The parents don’t usually say that part, but Edith does! She’s 20 months.)

Puppets: We Went to the Zoo One Day (with Leo the Lion, an elephant, giraffe, monkey, and octopus-I left out the giraffe in the one year old class)

The Elephants at the Zoo 

Book: Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Annie Kubler for Tiny Tots and From Head to Toe by Eric Carle for Toddlers

Note: the parents were super noisy in toddler time during From Head to Toe. To get their attention I asked the kids to find their grown up’s shoulders. We probably spent a minute finding shoulders but I could not have continued with the book without getting their attention back. Yeesh!

Shakers: We’re Tapping by Kathy Reid-Naiman

We’re Going Down to Portland (We’re Going to Kentucky), we’re going to the zoo, to look at all the animals and everything they do. (then finish w/ traditional words)

Book: Toddlers only Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Annie Kubler

Goodbye Bubbles

Splish Splash by Bobby Darin

Activity: drawing on the windows! Let’s strengthen those writing muscles and have some fun at the same time. If you’re child likes drawing on the walls (what child doesn’t?) you can put paper on your walls (or paint them with blackboard paint-comes in many colors), or use washable markers or tub crayons in bathtub.

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Author: Kendra

Children's Librarian in the Northwest. Lover of toddlers, twitter, and TV (T's, too, apparently!).

2 thoughts on “Toddler Storytime: Going to the Zoo

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