story time

Zoo Story Time (Outreach 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 // We stretch and sing hello // We wave and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Book: The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo by Laura Murray; illustrated by Mike Lowery

the gingerbread man loose at the zoo.jpg

The Gingerbread Man visits the zoo with his class but gets lost. How will he find them? I love the rhymes in these books, I think they’re very clever. Before we started I asked each kid what their favorite zoo animal was. Giraffes were the clear favorite so it was nice that they were featured in our first book!

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*)

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.

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!! (stamp out the bugs)

Book: ‘Twas the Day Before Zoo Day by Catherine Ipcizade; illustrated by Ben Hodson


Rhyming book about the zoo animals and trainers getting ready for a school visit the next day.

Song: The Animals at the Zoo (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,

Roar, roar, roar,
Roar, roar, roar,
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,
All day long!

The snakes … hiss, hiss, hiss // The hyenas … ha, ha, ha // The monkeys … eee, eee, eee //
The birds … tweet, tweet, tweet
Source: Librionyian

Action Rhyme/Puppet: Five Little Monkeys Swinging from the Tree

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Stop Snoring, Bernard! by Zachariah Ohora

stop snoring bernard

Bernard snores. Loudly. Will he ever find a place to sleep where he won’t bother anyone? I love this one. Any day where I can utilize a loud, comic snore is a good day.

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)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

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