Chickens – Infant Storytime

We finished up our Summer Infant Storytime session with a clucking good storytime about chickens.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCES: Ride a Little Pony*
In the Toaster*
Roly Poly*


Pepo and Lolo are Friends
 by Ana Martín Larrañaga.

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

5 Eggs and 5 Eggs
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Template and Rhyme taken from Storytime Katie who got it from Mel’s Desk

Five eggs and five eggs
(Add a clutch of eggs each time you say “five eggs”)
And that makes ten
Sitting on top
(Add the hen)
Is Mother Hen
Crackle crackle crackle
(Clap hands as you say Cackle!)
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens
(Flip over each clutch of eggs.)
Yellow as can be.

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*


Chick by Ed Vere

TICKLES: Round and Round the Garden*
Slowly Slowly Very Slowly*

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

Hickety Pickety My Black Hen
Flannelboard pattern taken from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra.

Hickety pickety, my black hen,
She lays eggs for gentlemen.
Gentlemen come every day
To see what my black hen doth lay.
Sometimes nine and sometimes ten,
Hickety, pickety, my black hen.
Recite the rhyme once.  Then place either 9 or 10 eggs on the flannelboard.  Count the eggs with the audience to see how many the black hen laid today.  Then repeat the rhyme once more.
TICKLES: Chicken in the Barnyard*
These are Baby’s Fingers*
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: Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple by Ana Martín Larrañaga
Book: This Little Chick by John Lawrence
Book: Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

I was surprised that I didn’t find more great chicken books to use with infants.  This was probably because I was all about the last-minute planning this session.  Do you know of any other great chicken books I could use for this age group?

This was my first time reading Vere’s Chick, and I was a little concerned that some parents might not like the fact that the book mentions poop.  But I figured, these are parents of infants, they deal with poop everyday.  If anyone would understand about little ones pooping, it would be them.  And no one said anything about it.

Since this was my last storytime of the Summer Session, I like reviewing all the different bounces and tickles that we did throughout our ten weeks together.

ATTENDANCE: 31 people

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

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