Bunnies: Toddler Storytime


Books We Shared

Rabbit Pie is an adorable book by Penny Ives, which shares a mama bunny’s recipe for “Rabbit Pie,” a perfect bedtime recipe: take six rabbits, a game of hide-and-seek, a soapy bath and a warm bed, and make sure to sprinkle lots of kisses!

Bunnies by Laura Ellen Anderson offers lots of action prompts to share with a group and get kids to participate by jumping and thumping along.


Puppets

We used puppets to perform the song “Little Bunny Foo Foo”:

Little Bunny Foo Foo

Little bunny Foo Foo
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head!
Down came the good fairy
And the good fairy said:
“Little bunny Foo Foo, I don’t wanna see you
Scooping up the field mice and boppin’ ’em on the head!
I’m gonna give you two more chances,
Then I’m gonna turn you into a toad!”
Little bunny Foo Foo
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head!
Down came the good fairy
And the good fairy said:
“Little bunny Foo Foo, I don’t wanna see you
Scooping up the field mice and boppin’ ’em on the head!
I’m gonna give you one more chance,
Then I’m gonna turn you into a toad!”
Little bunny Foo Foo
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head!
Well, the good fairy was mad now and little bunny Foo Foo had to run away…

My bunny puppet went and hid under the tablecloth, and the fairy left too. So we said, “Come out, Foo Foo! The coast is clear!” And what do you think came out of the tablecloth?

Then we recited the “Here comes a bunny” song (see farther down), a magic spell to turn Foo Foo back into a bunny. 🙂


Flannel Boards

Five little bunnies standing by the door.
One hopped away and then there were four.
Four little bunnies sitting by a tree.
One hopped away and then there were three.
Three little bunnies looking right at you.
One hopped away and then there were two.
Two little bunnies enjoying the sun.
One hopped away and then there was one.
One little bunny, all alone.
He hopped away, and then there were none.


Songs and Rhymes We Shared Without Music

Here is a Bunny

Here is a bunny with ears so funny (hold up index and middle fingers for ears)
And here is his hole in the ground (make a circle with the other hand)
At the first sound he hears, he pricks up his ears (extend two fingers)
And hops in the hole in the ground (fingers jump into the hole)

(Credit: Early Literature and Storytime Katie)

Here Comes a Bunny

Here comes a bunny–hippity-hop (hop)
With ears so funny–flippity-flop (wiggle fingers on sides of head)
When in danger he–sniffity-sniffs (wiggle nose)
Then hides in his hole–jiffity-jiff! (cover eyes)

(Credit: Teaching Mama)

Little Bunny

There was a little bunny who lived in the wood. (hold up two fingers)
He wiggled his ears as a good bunny should (wiggle on head)
He hopped by a squirrel. He hopped by a tree. (hop, hop)
He hopped by a duck. And he hopped by me. (hop, hop over fist)
He stared at the squirrel. He stared at the tree. (stare, stare)
He stared at the duck. But he made faces at me! (stare, make faces)

(Credit: Texas State Library and Storytime Katie)

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)

Fleas

On my toe there is a flea
Now he’s climbing on my knee
Past my tummy, past my nose
On my head where my hair grows
On my head there is a flea
Now he’s climbing down on me
Past my tummy, past my knee
On my toe… Take that, you flea!

(Source: https://kcls.org/content/on-my-toe-there-is-a-flea/)

Peekaboo

Peekaboo, where are you
hiding in your… PLACE! PEEKABOO!
Peekaboo, I see you
and your smiling… FACE! PEEKABOO!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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!

More Fingerplays

Where is Thumbkin?

Itsy-Bitsy Spider


Music from CDs We Shared

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

“The Shaker Hop,” from Dancing Feet by Carole Peterson

“Goodbye in the Bayou” from Bon Voyage by Jazzy Ash

“Goodbye Song” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty


Video We Shared

We watched a video about bunnies hunting for Easter eggs. I hope nobody minded that. In it, Ruby is hunting for eggs and hoping to win the Chocolate Chicken, and keeps flaunting to Max that she will win it, but Max gets sneaky. Now what will Ruby get for having the most eggs?


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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