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Hippo Story Time (2019)

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!

We tap and sing hello (tap knees) //
We stretch and sing hello (stretch arms up) //
We wave and sing hello (wave)
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Book: Big Little Hippo by Valeri Gorbachev

Little Hippo feels so, well, little! His mother is big. His father is big. His brothers and sisters are big. But what happens when one of the littlest creatures in the jungle needs Little Hippo’s help?

Flannel: Five Hungry Hippos
Five hungry hippos eating grass by the shore,
One cannon balls into the water and now there are four.
Four hot hippos under a shady tree,
One slides into the water and now there are three.
Three grazing hippos found some grass to chew,
One dives into the water and now there are two.
Two hot and cranky hippos want to get out of the sun,
One does a back flip into the water and now there is one.
One lonely hippo needs the others for some fun,
He jumps into the water and now there are none!
But wait!
Look in the water and what do we see?
Five cool hippos as happy as can be!
Adapted from Fun with Friends at Storytime

I made a brand new flannel to go along with this rhyme and it was so cute. It actually caused a minor stir when I was putting the hippos on the felt board. 🙂

I based them on this adorable clip art I found online. And we didn’t have enough gray flannel to make five so I used spring colors for the other four. I think they came out really well.

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of The Bear Went Over the Mountain)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Book: That’s What Makes a Hippopotamus Smile! by Sean Taylor and Laurent Cardon

I love the illustrations in this book detailing all of the activities you can do with your visiting hippo.

Song: The Feet of a Hippo go Thump, Thump, Thump (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The feet of a hippo go thump, thump, thump, (stomp feet)
Thump, thump, thump,
Thump, thump, thump.
The feet of a hippo go thump, thump, thump,
All day long.

The nose of a hippo goes snort, snort, snort (wiggle nose and snort) //
The tail of a hippo goes swish, swish, swish (wiggle back and forth)
Source: Librionyian

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Hippos Go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton

No one does hippos better than Sandra Boynton! This is one of my favorite rhyming books to read aloud.

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

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