Dig Into Reading: Burrowing Animals! (toddler)

I loosely based my storytime this week on burrowing animals, but figured the toddlers would not care if I snuck in a non-burrowing animal in there.  I introduced storytime this week as “animals that live underground or near the ground” which really leaves my options open.

Our signs this week were “Under” and “Worm” and we incorporated these with the songs and books. Our opening song was Hi, Hello.

Burrowing Animals Picture Books:

Mouse Count Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh What a Treasure! What a Treasure! by Jane Hillenbrand
underGROUND underGROUND by Denise Fleming

Songs & Rhymes

Herman the Worm
I love love love this song and incorporate it any way I can!
I start out by having the kids practice chewing their bubblegum, playing the yo-yo and asking, “what happened?”

I was sittin’ on my fencepost, chewing my bubblegum
(chew, chew, chew, chew)
Playin’ with my yo-yo, wee-oo! wee-oo!
When along came Herman the worm
And he was this big
And I said: “Herman? What happened?”
And he said: I ate a _______
(I had him eat some books, the castle in the library, the library, and the entire town)

at the end Herman is soooo tiny and when you ask him what happened he says, “I burped, ‘scuse me!”

**stealth edit: check out Jbrary singing Herman the Worm!



I also did an ant at a picnic flannel, which I may include in a flannel friday post sometime, but that actually might not happen….

Extension Activities

I am actually do this one more in depth in a flannel friday activity later this week but here’s a hint to look forward to:


Instead of a craft this week we did some parachute activities and the kids really responded well to it.


Miss Meg