Our theme this week was Pets and I gave each of the kids an opportunity to tell me about their pets, which happened to be all dogs in our room.  They did like to hear that I used to have turtles though (Henrietta and Franklin).  They also included some of their favorite stuffed animals as pets and told me their names (we have Coco the monkey who joins one of the boys each week).

After having a little time to tell me their own stories, we started as we always do with our Opening Song, Hi Hello.

Pets Picture Books:

mutt dog
Mutt Dog
By Stephen Michael King
boris and the snoozebox
Boris and the Snoozebox
By Leigh Hodgkinson
the pet dragon
The Pet Dragon
By Christopher Nieman
meeow and the big box
Meeow and the Big Box
By Sebastien Braun

I also have been doing this book at the end of every storytime (but before our closing songs) to get the kids stretching a little bit. Their favorite is the Lion Roar!
little yoga
Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga By Rebecca Whitford and Martina

Songs and Fingerplays:

“If You’re a Pet and You Know It”
(tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re a doggie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.
If you’re a doggie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.
If you’re a doggie and you know it,
And you really want to show it,
If you’re a doggie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.
Repeat with kitty/meow, fishy/blub, hamster/run in place, bird/tweet

“Grey Squirrel”
I actually did this one for color’s week and had many requests to do it again so I kept the basic song and the kids helped me think of new verses along the way
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel
Shake your bushy tail!
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel
Shake your bushy tail!

Alternate verses: Brown dog Brown Dog, Black Kitty Black Kitty, Yellow Bird Yellow Bird, Green Turtle Green Turtle
Kid’s verses (these got pretty fun): Happy boy Happy Boy, Excited Girl Excited Girl, Purple Grandma Purple Grandma, Mooing Cow Mooing Cow.

“Can You”
Can you hop like a rab­bit?
Can you jump like a frog?
Can you wad­dle like a duck?
Can you wag your tail like a dog?
Can you fly like a bird?
Can you swim like a fish?
Can you sit back down and be still like this?

I am also going to add this song to the “Get the Wiggles Out” section because it ends with the kids being quite and sitting down.

We also did a BINGO feltboard activity. I just had the felt pieces for B-I-N-G-O and we sang the song and then at the ends the kids helped me count the letters and name the colors each letter was.

We ended with our Closing Song, Tickle the Clouds.

Pets Craft

Cat and Dog paper bag puppets

Cat and Dog Paper Bag Puppet Printable!!

SAM_4063 SAM_4070


Paper Bags
Googly eyes (I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: my favorite things to use in crafts)
Black, Brown, Pink Construction Paper
Yarn/Streamer for tails

We had some pretty creative kids this week– one boy named his cat “Dinosaur” and another named his dog “BooHooHooHoo”

Other Pet’s Storytime Ideas:

Awesome Storytime: Pets!Youth Literature: Pets
Storytime With Miss Mollie: Pet’s Galore
Roving FiddleHead: Pet’s Storytime