Toddler Time: Farm Animals

Was feeling kinda “meh” this week, so what better than a classic storytime theme to snap me out of it!? Hello, farm animals.

Opening Song: My Hands Say Hello

Nursery Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock and Diddle Diddle Dumpling

Opening Fingerplay: Open Them, Shut Them

Book: Here a Chick, Where a Chick by Suse MacDonald

A fun book that combines lift-the-flap with animals sounds for a sure-fire winner. Bright colors and easy text make it a great choice for toddler time!

Song: Old MacDonald

You can’t read Here a Chick, Where a Chick without singing Old MacDonald! Always fun to make animals noises. Although my toddlers were feeling kind of shy, so it was just me making the noises by myself. Oh well!

Book: Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson and Jennifer Rofe

A title I haven’t used before, Piggies has short, rhyming text that’s fun to read and listen to. The round, happy farm animals that sneak in to the illustrations are fun to spot, too.

Flannel: Five Little Chicks

My colleague had a five little chicks pattern, so I snagged it and finally joined the ranks of Five Little whatever users! Weeee!

Song: The Animals on the Farm

I also co-opted this song from my flannel-lending-coworker. It’s to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus. It’s really great because you’re making the noise sooo many times, and even the most shy or timid can will usually join in by the end.

The animals on the farm
all make a sound
make a sound
make a sound
the animals on the farm
all make a sound
and we can too!

(the pig on the farm…oink oink oink, chick on the farm…cheep cheep cheep)

Book: Charlie the Chick by Nick Denchefield and Ant Parker + Chick by Ed Vere

These two popups are short and sweet. Toddlers love popups more than anything, I’m pretty sure. Plus these are both silly and funny.

Shaker Songs: We’re Going to Kentucky and Shake Your Shakers High

Song: Rum Pum Pum

Goodbye Song: Goodbye, Goodbye I’ll See You Soon

This storytime proved that classic themes are popular for a reason. Although I’m still a little confused as to why we, as a society, are so in to kids knowing the sounds that animals make as soon as possible, it’s a fun thing to talk about.

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3 thoughts on “Toddler Time: Farm Animals

    1. It’s a riff off of a Laurie Berkner song that I inherited from previous story-timers. It goes like this

      A rum pum pum
      a rum pum pum
      Gooley gooley gooley gooley
      rum pum pum

      A rum pum pum
      a rum pum pum
      gooley gooley gooley gooley
      rum pum pum

      a rooooovey
      a rooooovey
      gooley gooley gooley gooley
      rum pum pum.

      You pat your lap for the rum pums, roll your fists for the gooleys, and throw your hands in the air for the arooveys. Very silly but super popular!

      1. Thanks! We call it Ram Sam Sam here! And do Arafi instead of a roooovey. Now I want to do this with the little guys both ways. And maybe make up our own silly version. Fun! Thanks again! 🙂

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