story time

Elephant Story Time

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

Book: Ellie by Mike Wu


I had a really great group for story time today. Rowdy during songs and rhymes but nice and quiet during stories. They enjoyed Ellie’s sweet story.

Flannel/Rhyme: One Elephant Went Out to Play
One elephant went out to play
On a spider’s web one day
He had such enormous fun
That he called for another elephant to come
Two // Three // Four
Five elephants went out to play
On a spider’s web one day
The web went creak, and the web went crack
And all of the elephants went KERSPLAT!

Wiggle Rhyme: Watch Out for the Bugs (to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Clap your hands, stomp your feet
Wiggle all around
Throw your hands up in the air and now let’s touch the ground
Touch your head, touch your hips, give yourself a hug
Now sit down upon the floor
But watch out for the bugs!!

Book: Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev; illustrated by Taeeun Yoo


When I searched for this book cover image I came across this darling:


Perhaps the book is based on this image? However, I believe this picture has been doctored. This is the original image:

A young visitor and her toy elephant finds that the elephant house at London Zoo is closed for their winter holidays, January 1927.
Photo: Fox Photos/Getty Images

Which is somewhat disappointing but it’s adorable either way.

Anyway, the kids really liked this book. I love the themes of friendship and inclusion and the kids loved looking for the other odd pets like penguins, anteaters, and bats.

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Sung three times, getting faster each time.

Flannel: Five Elephants in the Bathtub
One elephant in the bathtub going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees)
Come on in! (motion with both hands to come in)
Two // Three // Four
Five elephants in the bathtub going for a swim
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
They all fell in!

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: My Elephant by Petr Horácek


This book went over very well which kind of surprised me! I thought the kids might not get the concept of an imaginary elephant but I think they understood and related to not being believed by grown ups and the feeling of sadness and wanting to be alone sometimes. Another winner!

Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The 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.

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