We shared some great stories and flannel rhymes about finding, cooking and eating food!  Well it wasn’t just about food!  The books we read taught us about sharing, doing great things (even when you are small), and guarding against false assumptions.  Sound deep?  Yes, it was!  But it was also fun!

Here are the books, songs, flannel boards, action rhymes and video we shared.

Books We Read

In Morris Mole by Dan Yaccarino, we meet a mole who isn’t at all like his brothers; he dresses differently, is not as loud and is much, much tinier.  That doesn’t mean Morris can’t make a difference.  When his BIG brothers decide to dig deeper to get more food, Morris gets the bright idea that they should dig higher.  No one hears his idea, but he gathers up the courage to go it alone!  When he emerges from the dirt, he sees a world full of food choices and other beautiful things.  He also runs into a dangerous fox but he solves that problem too.  A great story that teaches little ones that they are never too small to make an impact.

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems is funny and imparts a great message about sharing.  The pigeon finds a scrumptious hot dog and can’t wait to eat it.  There’s just one obstacle, a little duckling who asks way too many questions.  Of course we see the duckling try to guilt the Pigeon into sharing his meal…do you think it worked? Read the story to find out!

Chicken Soup by Joan van Leeuwen teaches us that we shouldn’t always assume the worst! When the farm animals begin whispering to each other the message gets a little convoluted.  By the time the chickens hear it, they’ve come to the conclusion that the farmer is looking for live chickens to make chicken soup.  YIKES!  All of the chickens run to hide.  However, little chick has a cold in his beak and he lags behind.  One too many sneezes take him right into the hands of the farmer.  Don’t worry though, there is a happy ending!  The farmer’s wife just wanted to serve her little chick some “vegetable” soup so he’d feel better.

Flannel Board

(or fingerplay)

Five Ripe Berries 


Five ripe berries sitting in a bowl.

The (strawberry, etc.) fell out and started to roll. (Roll hands)

It bumped the table and hit my toe (clap once, and touch toes )

How many berries in the bowl? 1-2-3-4 (Count berries)

Repeat rhyme until there are no more berries left in the bowl!

Credit: Adapted from Five Big Lemons! at Recipes for Reading

Action Songs & Fingerplays

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)

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.

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider
Went up the water spout
Down came the rain and
Washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
Now the itsy bitsy spider
Went up the spout again

You are my Sunshine

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
And I love you more every day.

Goodbye Friends (in sign) – Video:  Goodbye Friends

Goodbye babies, 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 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

“We’re Going to the Market” from I Love to Hear the Sounds by Kathy Reid-Naiman [With Shaker Eggs]

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

“Jazzy ABCs” from  Go Baby Go!  by Baby Loves Jazz

Video We Shared

The video we watched:  Pete’s a Pizza

Continue the Fun at Home

If you’d like to read more books about food, check out these yummy books from your local Pasadena Public Library!