Toddler Storytime: Jungle!

Today’s toddler storytime was about the jungle. We made our shapes into animal faces:

jungle animals

We read the book Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Kevin Waldron. Rosen is very good at writing books that have the right balance of lyric and repetition to make them fun to do in a group. And Waldron’s illustrations are large which also makes it a great choice.

Tiny Little Fly

We did an animal sounds song with egg shakers:

Listen to the sounds of the jungle
What can we hear in the jungle?
The tiger says …. Roar (3x)
That’s what you hear in the jungle

The monkey says… oo-oo ah-ah
The elephant says… ah-woo!
The parrot says… squawk!

We did a counting story about ten little monkeys who are hungry for bananas:

one banana two banana

One banana, two bananas, three bananas, four;
All the little monkeys look around for more.
Five bananas, six bananas, seven bananas, eight;
The monkeys are so hungry, they can hardly wait!
Nine bananas, ten bananas, one for every tummy.
What do all the monkeys say? “Yummy, yummy, yummy!”

(adapted from song on King County Library System website:,_Two_Banana; flannel template borrowed from

and we sang a movement song to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”:

If you’re an elephant and you know it, STOMP your feet
If you’re a monkey and you know it, JUMP up and down
If you’re a crocodile and you know it, SNAP your jaws
If you’re a tiger and you know it, give a ROAR!


We read a book called Bedtime in the Jungle by John Butler. We counted all the baby animals in the pictures.

Bedtime in the Jungle

(Just so you know, I link all the books I talk about in case anybody would like to check them out or request them from our catalog!)

We told a story about Three Talking Toucans:

three talking toucans

Three talking toucans sitting in a tree
The first one turned and squawked at me!
Three little toucans sitting like kings
The second one said, “Watch me flap my wings!”
Three little toucans sitting side by side
The third one said, “I can open my beak wide!”
Then a chameleon the toucans spied
But he changed color so he could hide!
(flip the chameleon around to the dark green side)

(adapted from the song found at

We learned a movement song to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”:

I’m a little panda in a tree
I like to climb up high where I can see
Every day I munch on thick bamboo
I eat it for lunch, and I hide in it, too!

Then we learned the Peek-a-Boo Song:

Peek-a-Boo, where are you? Hiding in your…place! Peek-a-Boo!
Peek-a-Boo, I see you and your smiling… face! Peek-a-Boo!

We did a Boogie Woogie jungle song:

Down in the jungle, if you look in the trees,
There’s a cheeky little monkey washing his knees,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his knees!
Diddly-ah, oh, a boogie, a woogie,
Diddly-ah, oh, a boogie, a woogie,
Diddly-ah, oh, a boogie, a woogie,
A boogie-woogie jungle monkey washing his knees!
Down in the jungle where nobody goes,
There’s a big huge elephant washing his toes,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his toes!
Diddly-ah, oh, a boogie, a woogie,
Diddly-ah, oh, a boogie, a woogie,
Diddly-ah, oh, a boogie, a woogie,
A boogie-woogie elephant washing his toes!

(adapted from

And we watched a video about Bert and Ernie visiting the rainforest, on the Sesame Street Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures DVD.

Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures

We wrapped up storytime with a few songs from the song cube.

There’s a fun event on Thursday at 3 pm at Lamanda Park which might interest you guys: it’s an animal magic show! Feel free to visit the Lamanda Park branch for that and I’ll see you all next Tuesday!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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