Owls

TODDLER STORYTIME

Last week I came into the library to set up for storytime and found that a pipe had broken and flooded the lower floor of the library sometime during the night.  So instead of storytime last week, I was calling a plumber and using a shop vac.  Despite the storytime room stillbeing closed this week, my group showed up today and we had a great storytime ….upstairs.  Enjoying a fun storytime definitely made up for the craziness of the past week!

OPENING SONG: The More We Get Together

OPENING RHYMES:

BOOK 1: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
An oldie but goodie.  Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone.  Mother does, of course, eventually return.  It’s a simple story, but the pictures are what make this book exceptional.

FLANNEL RHYME: Five Hoot Owls Sittin’ In a Tree


Print my 5 Hoot Owls template

Five hoot owls sittin’ in a tree
One flew away! How many do you see?
One, two, three, four.

Four hoot owls sittin’ in a tree
One flew away! How many do you see?
One, two, three.

BOOK 2: A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
This book was a new for me, but I’m definitely adding it to my storytime repertoire.   It is unique and enchanting and the kids loved it.  My favorite illustration has a giraffe sleeping with his head on a cloud – so sweet!


FLANNEL SONG: Hoot Owl Count
Tune: Skip to My Lou.
Visit  Mel’s Desk to get her clipart file.

Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Skip to my lou, my darling.

Robin in the nest goes, “Tweet, tweet, tweet…”
Duck in the pond goes, “Quack, quack, quack…”
Rooster in the yard goes, “Cock a doodle doo…”

ACTION SONG: Do the Owl by The Wiggles
Download MP3 here

Chorus
Ooo-ooo, Ooo-ooo,  Arms bent with hands under armpits, flap arms quickly
Do the owl.  Shake hands and fingers near eyes

Ooo-ooo, Ooo-ooo,
Do the owl.

Verse
Make big slow flapping with arms fulling extended.
Then make circles with hands around eyes (“owl eyes”)
You can also crouch down and “get in your nest” and then get back out and fly again during one of the verses.

I took some of the actions from this Wiggles video

SONG: Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends
Tune: “She’ll Be Comin’ Around the Mountain”

Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
clap hands to beat and wave during ‘goodbye’
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Now it’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands,
Wink your eye,
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Credit: Miss Cathy’s Corner

CRAFT: Toilet Roll Tube Owl

Supplies:

  • Toilet roll tube
  • Scraps of fabric or paper for wings
  • Orange construction paper, but into small triangle
  • Sticker eyes or googly eyes
  • Glue sticks

Instructions:

Bend down top of toilet roll tube to create the owl’s ears (see pictures.)  Cut two wings per owl and use a glue stick to attach them to the roll.  Glue on beak and eyes.

Check out some more complicated, but amazing, toilet roll tube owls here.  I’d try making these with preschoolers.

ADDITIONAL BOOK: Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton

4 thoughts on “Owls

  1. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, glad to hear the books are safe and that your story time crowd still came because I love this story time! 🙂

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