Toddler Storytime: Farm!

Yesterday’s Toddler Storytime was all about animals on the farm. We made the faces of these animals with shapes:

farm shapes

We sang Old MacDonald Had a Farm and then read a book called Dinnertime for Chickies by Janee Trasler, in which a pig and a sheep are struggling to get the baby chicks to try new foods for dinner. If you liked the chickies book, you could also try Bedtime for Chickies and Pottytime for Chickies.

Dinnertime for Chickies

We sang a song I picked up from the NickJR show Peppa Pig, called “I’m a Little Chick”:

I’m a little chick saying cheep-cheep-cheep
I like to pick up food with my beak-beak-beak
I have a fuzzy yellow head and straw for my bed
And I jump up and down singing cheep-cheep-cheep

Then we told a story about five little chicks using our flannelboard:

five little chickies

We guessed at the animals hiding in my I Spy box, and met a pig, a lamb and a cow. Then we read our second book, Peek-a-Moo by Marie Torres-Cimarusti and illustrated by Stephanie Peterson. This is a great book for sharing with a group because the pictures are large and bright! I’m always happy with how that one works out for storytimes.

Peek-a-Moo

After that we sang 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 fun felt activity where we matched the animal sounds to the correct animals:

Animal Sounds felt board mixed up

Animal Sounds felt board fixed

We watched a video from the Click, Clack Moo DVD about a cow named Hendrika who lives in Holland and longs for a more exciting life. She falls into a canal and gets to see the city. It’s based on an old book, The Cow Who Fell In The Canal by Phyllis Krasilovsky. We don’t have any copies of the book anymore, but at least we have a cute animated film of it.

Hope to see you all again 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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