Horses – Toddler Storytime

Yee-haw!  It’s time for this Tuesday’s Toddler Roundup!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

THEMED MOVEMENT:
Ponies in a Meadow
10 Little ponies in a meadow green (hold up 10 fingers)
Friskiest ponies I’ve ever seen (wiggle fingers)
They go for a gallop, they go for a trot (“gallop” and “trot” fingers)
They come to a halt in the big feed lot. (hold hands up like “stop”)
10 little ponies fat and well fed
Curl up together in a soft straw bed (interlace fingers and hands into lap)

BOOK:
NoniThePonybyLester
Noni the Pony
by Alison Lester

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

COUNTING SONG:*
10HorsesFlannelboard
Horses

FLANNELBOARD:
I Gave My Horse an Apple
IGaveMyHorseAnAppleFlannelboard

Template and idea from In the Children’s Room
Rhyme from here

I gave my horse an apple,
(pretend to give something)
And she gave me a neigh.
(neigh)
I gave my horse a carrot,
(pretend to give something)
And she moved her head this way.
(move head up and down)
I gave my horse a sugar lump,
(pretend to give something)
She gave me a smile.
(smile big)
And then she took me for a ride,
For more than half a mile.
(slap hands on thighs like galloping)

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

THEMED MOVEMENT:
Ten Galloping Horses
Ten galloping horses (hold up 10 fingers)
Came galloping through the town (slap hands on legs)
Five were white (hold up 5 fingers)
Five were brown (hold up 5 fingers on other hand)
They galloped up (slap hands on thighs then move them up)
They galloped down (move hands down) 
Ten galloping horses
Came through the town.
Then WHOA!
They all slowed down (place hands in lap). 

BOOK:
Clip-ClopbySmee
Clip-Clop! by Nicola Smee

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:
StorytimeWithSpotDVD
“Spot’s Hobby Horse” from Storytime with Spot

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:

Hush Little Horsie by Jane Yolen
Horses: Trotting! Prancing! Racing! by Patricia Hubbell
A is for Amos by Deborah Chandra

 HOW IT WENT:
There was a lot of activity in today’s storytime.  To combat this, I tried adding in a few more fingerplays, both of which ended in a soothing manner.  I hoped this would prepare the audience for the stories that were to follow, but it didn’t go quite as well as I planned.  I actually picked a horse theme because I wanted to read Noni the Pony and I think it went over pretty well, it was just a tad long (which could have been just because attention spans were short today).

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  39 people      11 am: 39 people      (I had 39 at all three storytimes today!)

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

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