Baby Animals

TODDLER PROGRAM

OPENING SONG: Mister Sun

OPENING RHYMES: 

FINGERPLAY: Where Is Brown Bear?
Tune: Frere Jacques

Where is baby bear? Where is baby bear?
Here I am! Here I am!
How are you today, bear?
Very well, I thank you.
Growl, growl, growl.

Where is piglet? Where is piglet? (Oink)….
Where is puppy?  Where is puppy? (Woof)….

BOOK 1: Who Are You Baby Kangaroo? by Stella Blackstone
A curious little puppy travels around the world finding out the names of different baby animals (wolves, beavers, zebra, and many more!).  I had to skip a few pages to make it short enough for my toddler group.

SONG with PUPPETS: When Ducks Get Up in the Morning by Nancy Stewart
I searched through my stuffed animals and puppets to use as props for this song.  I put them all in a bag and pulled them out one at a time.  I made each animal’s sound, and then had the children guess the animal before pulling it out of the bag.

When ducks get up in the morning, they always say good day
When ducks get up in the morning they always say good day
Quack, quack, quack, quack, and that is what they say
Quack, quack, quack, quack, and that is what they say

Cows – Moo
Dogs – Woof
Cats – Meow
Pigs – Oink
etc.

BOOK 2: Baby Animal POP! With Five Incredible, Life-Size Fold-Outs by National Geographic
This lives up to its title – it is incredible and life-size! 

ACTION SONG: Pig On Her Head by Laurie Berkner

I printed out clipart photos of all of the animals in this song (half-sheet size.)  Then I called the children up (anyone wearing blue shoes…purple shoes…brown shoes…etc.) and I gave them one of the animals.  Once everyone had an animal, we practiced the names of the animals and their sounds.  “Everyone with a sheep – hold it up in the air!  Now put it on your head!  What sound does a sheep make?”  We practiced with each animal before I turned on the music.  The song starts with “Laurie’s got a pig on her head….”  So everyone with pigs put them on their heads.

The animals in this song (in order) are:

  1. Pig
  2. Cow
  3. Sheep
  4. Alligator
  5. Elephant
  6. Hair (I didn’t print out a picture of hair)
  7. Skunk

CLOSING SONG: Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends

3 thoughts on “Baby Animals

  1. I have been following your posts for about a month now, and I think they are fabulous! I teach a story time here in Kuwait and have found your ideas super helpful! I’m also glad to find a Nancy Stewart fan! I use sooo many of her songs, and “When Ducks get up in the Morning” is one of our favorites. Just yesterday I was searching for a storytime about baby animals, and lo and behold, today you have a post about it!! So amazing! Thank you for sharing!!!

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    • Hi April in Kuwait 🙂 Thanks for the kind words…and for reminding me that “When Ducks Get Up in the Morning” is a Nancy Stewart song! I was drawing a blank when writing this post. I’ve added her name and a link to her site. Hooray for collaboration!

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