Toddler Storytime: Pigs

Books We Shared

Flannel Board Counting

Five Pigs So Squeaky Clean
(to the tune of Five Green and Speckled Frogs)

(Credit: storytimekatie)

Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
Oink! Oink!
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a big THUD
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs!

(Take a pig and flip it over to show it getting dirty. Repeat the rhyme with one fewer pig mentioned, until there are no more clean pigs)

Five Little Piggies in the Bath

(Credit: Artsy Toddler Storytimes by Carol Garnett Hopkins)

One little piggy was taking a bath
The water was splashing and the bubbles were rising
When another little piggy came to join the fun!

Two little piggies were taking a bath…

(Continue up to five pigs, then flip them over to show them all clean:)

The bathtub is full. The piggies are clean.
And the slippery little piggies get out of the bath!

Letter of the Day

To emphasize writing skills I have the toddlers practice drawing the letter of the day in the air. Our letter of the day was “P.” We talked about things that start with P.

Video We Shared

Since Thanksgiving is this week, and there will be visits to relatives and friends, I showed the Peppa Pig episode “My Cousin Chloe,” in which Peppa’s older cousin comes for a playdate, and Peppa, George and Chloe have to figure out what they can play together that will work for everyone.

Rhymes & Bounces & Songs We Shared without Music

We sing a lot of songs during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics to those songs without music here.

Open Shut Them

Open, shut them (open and close fingers)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap (clap hands)
Open, shut them (open and close fingers)
Open, shut them
Place them on your lap, lap, lap (pat knees)
Creep them, crawl them, creep them, crawl them (“crawl” your fingers very slowly from your knees up to your face)
Right up to your chin, chin, chin (touch chin)
Open up your little mouth BUT…(open wide!)
Do not let them in! (quickly and abruptly move hands behind your back and smack lips shut)

Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin? (hands hidden behind back)
Here I am! Here I am! (bring each hand to front with thumbs pointing upward)
How are you today sir?
Very well and thank you!
Run away! Run away! (hide each hand once more)

Storytime’s Over
Hands up high! (Put your hands in air)
Now give a big sigh (sigh and bring hands down)
Our storytime’s over
So wave bye-bye (wave)

Goodbye Friends

Click here for video:  Goodbye Friends 

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

Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs/bounces on CD that we used in storytime.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music

Additional Activities

I also told the story of the Three Little Pigs using pig hand puppets. I wore a hat to play the Big Bad Wolf. As I blow the piggies’ houses down, the pig puppets run into the arms of the children, who are invited to pass the puppets around so that everyone can pet them.

Continue the Fun

Want more stories about pigs?  Check these out at your Pasadena Public Library branch:

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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