Dogs – Infant Storytime

I hadn’t done a dog storytime for a while (you can see my last one here), so I thought it was time for a little puppy fun.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: In the Toaster*


Where’s Spot?
 by Eric Hill

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?
Where has My Little Dog Gone Flannelboard 1 logo cropped Where has My Little Dog Gone Flannelboard 2 logo cropped
Idea taken from Drake Community Library Story Tree blog

This is a fun hide-and-seek flannel board along the lines of “Little Mouse, Little Mouse”

Start by singing the song:

Where, oh where, has my little dog gone,
Oh where, oh where can he be?
With his ear so short
And his tail so long.
Oh where, oh where can he be?

While you are singing the song, mix up the flannelboard shapes and hide the dog behind one of them.  Towards the end of the song, place the pieces, one with the dog behind it, on the flannel board.  Then go shape by shape to see if you can uncover the dog.

The kids especially liked when the dog hid behind the triangle, which is a little too small for the dog.


BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman. 

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*


One Two That’s My Shoe! 
by Alison Murray

TICKLE: Chicken in the Barnyard*

SONG: “Babies Little Self” from the album Here I Am! by Caspar Babypants

Hickory Dickory Dock
Flannelboard pattern taken from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra.

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one – Ding-dong
The mouse ran down
Hickory Dickory Dock
MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*


Book: I Love Dogs by Barney Saltzber
Book: Dogs by Emily Gravett

A fun storytime!  Where’s Spot? is a classic and always works wonderfully.  Each time I read that book, I try to channel my library school profession Virginia Walter who presented it to my class as an example of dialogic reading, and try to live up to that rendition.

Last time I did a dog storytime, I used Dog’s Colorful Day as my flannelboard of choice.  I think this one worked better with infants, because it wasn’t so long.

ATTENDANCE: 36 people

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

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