Pets in Storytime 3-2-16

By Awnali Mills

Today was all about the pets.  The books I chose were Dino Pets Go to School by Lynn Plourde, Doggone Dogs by Karen Beaumont, and Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.

Dino Pets Go to SchoolDoggone DogsKitten's First Full Moon

A kitty cat puppet hid inside my magic bag, and after he came out, we did Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat (a variation of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear) with the puppet:

Kitty cat, kitty cat, turn around
Kitty cat, kitty cat, touch the ground
Kitty cat, kitty cat, reach up high
Kitty cat, kitty cat, touch the sky
Kitty cat, kitty cat, find your nose
Kitty cat, kitty cat, find your toes
Kitty cat, kitty cat, find your knees
Kitty cat, kitty cat, sit down please

Then, to help the kitty cat go to sleep, we sang Soft Kitty to him.

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur
Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr.

Kitty went to sleep and we read Dino Pets Go to School.  The kids seemed delighted by all of the dinosaurs tearing up the school.  After this story, we sang How Much Is that Doggy in the Window? 

How much is that doggy in the window? (bark, bark)
The one with the waggly tail. (wave arm fast)
How much is that doggy in the window? (bark, bark)
I do hope that doggy’s for sale!

How much is that kitty in the window? (meow)
The one with the twitchity tail. (wave arm slowly)
How much is that kitty in the window? (meow)
I do hope that kitty’s for sale!

How much is that bunny in the window? (hop, hop)
The one cottony tail. (form hands into a ball)
How much is that bunny in the window? (hop, hop)
I do hope that bunny’s for sale!
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Then we read Doggone Dogs.  We talked about those silly dogs and all of their crazy antics before going on to Five Little Kittens in a Row:

Five little kittens standing in a row
They nod their heads to the children, like so.
They run to the left, they run to the right,
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight.
Along comes a dog who’s in for some fun,
Meow, see those kittens run.

Instead of doing this as a fingerplay, we stood up and did it as an action rhyme, running from one side of the room to the other and then running all over the room, away from the dog.  This led to our Early Literacy Tip: “Isn’t it amazing that play is not just fun, but it’s how children learn and understand new concepts and ideas?  When  you encourage play, you’re building your child’s understanding of the world!”

After we were all seated, we did the flannel Doggy, Where’s Your Bone?.  Basically, I have flannel doghouses of every color and hide a bone behind one.  Then the children guess colors and we all chant, “Doggy, Doggy, where’s your bone?  Is it behind the ________house?  Then I lift the house to see if the bone is there.  This and all of its variations are always a huge hit.  I think kids could play this for an hour.  One little girl was particularly good at it, so she may have been able to see the outline of the bone underneath.

Because we were running a little low on time, I skipped Kitten’s First Full Moon and went right into the Doggy Pokey.  You know this one.  You put your right paw in, then your left one, then your ears, and then your tail.  Shake them all about…you know the drill.

Peek-A-Boo appTo finish, I pulled out a new-to-me app, Peek-A-Boo Pets Play ‘n’ Learn by Doo Doh Boo.  A cartoon drawing of a pet with its eyes covered appears on the screen.  You guess what the pet is, tap the screen and the pet uncovers its eyes.  Words and a voice tell you what the pet is, then you hear the sound the animal makes followed by cheering.  There were some more unusual pets like ferrets, a pony and a canary in the group, so that was fun as well as being good vocabulary.  I was able to show it on the large screen after a brief panic attack when a trial run before storytime had the app immovably upside down on the large screen.  Shutting down the app and being sure that I had the screen held just the way the app wanted when it came on ensured that the app mirrored correctly to the screen.  Whew!



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