Eggs: Preschool Storytime

For our Easter Weekend Preschool Storytime, we read books about eggs!


Books We Shared

Our first story, A Friend for Bo by Elisabeth Zuniga, tells about a cute bunny rabbit who tries to make friends with an egg, but finds his new friend isn’t much good at talking, playing or anything else! But to his surprise, Bo’s efforts do bring his friend out of his shell.

Our second book, Eggs 1 2 3: Who will the babies be? by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Betsy Thompson, was a guessing game about the many different kinds of animals that hatch from different eggs.

Our third book, The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas, was a hilarious demonstration of Easter Egg dying by the Easter bunny and his overexcited and smelly friend Skunk.


Flannel Board Counting

Five Little Easter Eggs

Rhyme from Loving2Learn

Five little Easter eggs,
lovely colors wore,
mother ate the blue one
and then there were four.
Four little Easter eggs,
two and two you see,
daddy ate the red one
and then there were three.
Three little Easter eggs,
before I knew,
sister ate the yellow one
and then there were two.
Two little Easter eggs,
oh what fun,
brother ate the purple one
and then there was one.
One little Easter egg,
see me run,
I ate the green one
and then there were none.

Video We Shared

Our film story, based on the book The Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helme Heine, followed a group of chickens as they each tried to lay the most wonderful egg so that they could be named princesses.

Songs and Rhymes We Shared Without Music

Eggs in a Nest

I gave everyone a rhyme with a picture of a nest, and I cut slits in the picture for people to put their fingers. Then I encouraged the kids to say the rhyme with me and use their fingers to be the baby birds poking through their eggs.


Music from CDs We Shared

I love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs and CDs we used in storytime.

“Shake Your Sillies Out” from Raffi’s The Singable Songs Collection

You gotta shake, shake, shake your sillies out
Shake, shake, shake your sillies out
Shake, shake, shake your sillies out
And wiggle your waggles away

You gotta clap, clap, clap your crazies out
clap, clap, clap your crazies out
clap, clap, clap your crazies out
And wiggle your waggles away

You gotta jump, jump, jump your jiggles out
jump, jump, jump your jiggles out
jump, jump, jump your jiggles out
And wiggle your waggles away

You gotta yawn, yawn, yawn the sleepies out
yawn, yawn, yawn the sleepies out
yawn, yawn, yawn the sleepies out
And wiggle your waggles away

You gotta shake, shake, shake your sillies out
Shake, shake, shake your sillies out
Shake, shake, shake your sillies out
And wiggle your waggles away


“Hello & How Are You?” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music. We basically just shook our shaker eggs to this because it has a great rhythm! This song is basically the same each verse, but in three languages: English, French and Spanish.

Hello, hello, hello and how are you?
I’m fine, I’m fine, and I hope that you are too
Hello, hello, hello and how are you?
I’m fine, I’m fine, and I hope that you are too

Now everybody clap your hands (clap)
clap your hands, clap your hands
Now everybody clap your hands
Come on and clap your hands

Bonjour, bonjour (hello, hello)
Un petit mot d’amour (a loving word:)
Bonjour, bonjour
Amour pour tous les jours! (Love for every day!)
Bonjour, bonjour
Bonjour–Comment ça va? (hello–how are you?)
Ça va? Ça va! (how are you? I’m good)
J’espère que toi aussi! (I hope you are too!)

Now everybody stomp your feet (stomp)
stomp your feet, stomp your feet
Now everybody stomp your feet
Come on and stomp your feet

Hola, hola (hello, hello)
Hola y ¿cómo estás? (hi and how are you?)
Estoy bien, muy bien (I’m well, very well)
y espero que tú tambien (and I hope you are too)
Hola, hola (hello, hello)
Hola y ¿cómo estás? (hi and how are you?)
Estoy bien, muy bien (I’m well, very well)
y espero que tú tambien (and I hope you are too)

Now everybody wave hello (wave)
wave hello, wave hello
Now everybody wave hello
Hello, hello, hello


“I was a bird” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

If I was a bird,
I’d flap my wings all day (flap arms)
If I was a bird,
I’d flap my wings all day (flap arms)
Flap my wings all day (flap arms)
If I was a bird

If I was an elephant
I’d swing my trunk all day (swing arm)
If I was an elephant
I’d swing my trunk all day (swing arm)
Swing my trunk all day (swing arm)
If I was an elephant

If I was a kangaroo,
I’d hop and hop all day (jump)
If I was a kangaroo,
I’d hop and hop all day (jump)
hop and hop all day (jump)
If I was a kangaroo

If I was a monkey
I’d swing from branch to branch (reach out with arms)
If I was a monkey
I’d swing from branch to branch (reach out with arms)
Swing from branch to branch (reach out with arms)
If I was a monkey

If I was a snake
I’d slither in the grass all day (put hands together and wave your “snake” slowly side to side)
If I was a snake
I’d slither in the grass all day (put hands together and wave your “snake” slowly side to side)
Slither in the grass all day (put hands together and wave your “snake” slowly side to side)
If I was a snake

If I was a cheetah
I’d run really fast all day (run in place)
If I was a cheetah
I’d run really fast all day (run in place)
Run really fast all day (run in place)
If I was a cheetah


“The Itsy Bitsy Spider” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Blueffel

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout (dance fingers up slowly)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out (bring fingers down and then down again emphatically)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain (lift hands above head in a round sun shape)
So the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again (dance fingers up slowly)


Continue the Fun

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AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. 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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