Storytime – Pets!

It’s been three months since I dropped off the first boxes in our Preschool Book Box Program so it’s time for another round of books and storytimes! The school that I dropped off with today is about to get a resident puppy so only a pet themed story time would do!

Literacy Activity:

Magnetic Shapes on Trays – Sorting

Opening:- If you’re ready for a story take a seat

Daisy and the Wibbily Wobbily song

Book 1 – Horray for Fish (Lucy Cousins)

Song: 5 little fishies, swimming in the sea, teasing Mr Shark you can’t catch me, you can’t catch me. Along came Mr. Crocodile, quiet as can be and SNAP! Four left. (and so on)

Book 2 – Children Make Terrible Pets (Peter Brown)

Song: 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?

Book 3: Bark George (Jules Feiffer)

Flannel Board/Magnet Board

Ten Little Fishes (fish bowl and numbered fish handed out to the kids)
Ten little fishes were swimming in a school
This one said, “Let’s swim to where it’s cool.”
This one said, “It’s a very warm day.”
This one said, “Come on, let’s play.”
This one said, “I’m as hungry as can be.”
This one said, “There’s a worm for me.”
This one said, “Wait, we’d better look.”
This one said, “Yes, it’s on a hook.”
This one said, “Can’t we get it anyway?”
This one said, “Perhaps we may.”
This one, so very brave, grabbed a bit and swam away.”

Book 4 : The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willams

Closing: We wave goodbye like this

Alternate books: I can look after sizzles Lauren Child. I want a Pet, Lauren Child,
Fred Stays with Me, Doggies


How it Went:

Children Make Terrible Pets is a little on the long side, so with a squirmy or younger crowd, it might need to be replaced, but these guys were troopers and loved the whole thing. Five Little Fishies in the Sea is always a big hit and you can make this into a get-up-and-stretch activity by having the kids all stand up and acting as the fish, while you are a shark. Each time you SNAP, one child sits down. Overall, this was a great storytime and the kids really enjoyed it.