Storytime: Zoo

This program was held for 3-5 year olds (the majority were 3) and it was a blast, anything that allows the kids to make animal  noises and hop around is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Before reading “Animal Strike at the Zoo It’s True” I did have to give the children a brief explanation of what a strike was, and the children acted out each move while I read “From Head to Toe,” but surprisingly “Gladys Goes Out to Lunch” was the big hit of story time!

Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Animal Strike at the Zoo It’s True by Karma Wilson








Five Elephants in the Bathtub

This can also be turned into a flannel board, I just didn’t have the time to make one!

One elephant in the bathtub going for a swim (swimming motion)

Knock, knock (clap twice)

Splash, splash (slap knee twice)

Come on in (motion with hand to come in)

Two elephants…

Three elephants…

Four elephants…

Five elephants in the bathtub going for a swim

Knock, knock

Splash, splash

They all fell in (raise both arms)

Source: Jbrary

Funky Spunky Monkey (Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider)

The funky spunky monkey climbed up the coconut tree (climbing motion)

Down came the coconut and bonked him on his knee (wave hand down and slap knee)

Along came his mama and kissed away his pain (blow a kiss)

So the funky spunky monkey climbed up the tree again (climbing motion)

Source: Jbrary

Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys swimming in a tree

Teasing Mr. Alligator

“You can’t catch me, no you can’t catch me”

Along comes Mr. Alligator, as quiet as can be

And snatched that monkey right out of the tree

(count down…)

Animal Action by Greg and Steve

“Kids in Motion”

Zoo Train Flannel Board

From 1001 Rhymes & Fingerplays (1994)




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