Bunnies! Toddler Storytime

We read books about bunnies and other creatures that hop during our second storytime of the spring session.  There was also a finger puppet play with two little bunnies, some magic rabbits and a whole host of songs & rhymes.  There was even a little movie about a hopping frog…well bunnies & frogs hop don’t they?  Hope everyone enjoyed our bunny hopping time together.

Listed below are the stories, songs, rhymes, flannel boards and video we shared.

Books We Shared


What’s the Matter Bunny Blue? by Nicola Smee is a sweet tale about a blue bunny who’s feeling “blue” because he can’t find his granny.  All of the animals he encounters try to help him find her but they sure ask a lot of questions!  In the meantime, Bunny Blue is crying his eyes out – “…Boo Hoo Hoo.”  Is there a happy ending you ask?  But of course!  Nicola Smee writes some great picture books for the toddler crowd – they are visually simple, yet appealing and the story lines are easy for a little one to follow.

Mama Look by Patricia J. Murphy and David Diaz is an exploration into the various creatures we find in nature.  I don’t think there are many children who haven’t asked:  “Mama Look!” or “Papa Look!”  Just talking with your baby about the world around you creates so many opportunities for bonding and supporting language development.  Each page of this book leads to a new animal or insect..grasshoppers, ants, butterflies, frogs, puppies, squirrels, and more!  At the very end though it’s the baby bee who notices the human baby on Mama’s back! 

“A Little Brown Bunny”

(Finger Puppet Play)


View video clip below for the words & movements:


Flannel Boards We Shared

Five Magic Rabbits


Five magic rabbits and a TALL black hat (point to rabbits and hat with wand)

Along came a magician and gave each one a pat. (pat rabbits with wand)

S/he waved his magic wand high above their ears AND…


A rabbit disappeared!  (place rabbit in black hat)

Countdown the rabbits until you have none than say…

Five magic rabbits and a TALL black hat

Along came a magician and gave the hat a pat,

S/he waved his magic wand high above the hat AND

ABRACADABRA poof, they all came running back. (pull rabbits out of hat and place them on the Flannel Board)

Action Songs & Fingerplays We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment here.

Welcome, Welcome Everyone
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle)

Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!
First we clap our hands just so,
Then we bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun

Open Shut Them – Video:  Open Shut Them

Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close hands)
Give a little clap, clap, clap.  (clap three times)
Open shut them, open shut them (open and close hands)
Put them in your lap, lap, lap. (place hands in lap and bounce them 3X)

Creep them, crawl them, creep them crawl them, (crawl fingers up arms)
Right up to your chinny  chin chin. (place fingers on chin)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth and say ahhhhhh)
But do not put them in!! (put hands behind your back)

This is Big, Big Big – Video:  This is Big

This is big big big
Hold arms out to side

This is small small small
Cup hands together

This is short short short
Hold hands with palms facing each other

This is tall tall tall
Reach one hand above head

This is fast fast fast
Circle fists quickly

This is slow slow slow
Circle fists slowly

This is yes yes yes

This is no no no
Shake head

Credit:  Mel’s Desk

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Video:  Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Goodbye Friends (in sign) – Video:  Goodbye Friends

Goodbye babies, goodbye babies
Goodbye babies, it’s time to say goodbye.

Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the action songs & rhymes on CD that we used in storytime.  Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“ABC”  from Go Baby Go! Baby Loves Jazz by Baby Loves Jazz Band

Two Little Blackbirds” from  Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

NEW “Oh Children Ring Your Bells” from I Love to Hear the Sounds by Kathy Reid-Naiman

Video We Shared

We watched:  “Where’s the Frog?”


If you want to read more books about bunnies, check these out at your local Pasadena Public Library!


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