Safari – Toddler Storytime

Today we took a trip to see lots of different animals.  We went on safari!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

Tiny Little Fly by Rosen

Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider*


10 Elephants


One Little Lion (filed under Lions – Count Up Rhymes)
Lions Counting Rhymes Flannelboard

Rhyme from ABC Literacy Storytimes: Storytimes to Promote Literacy and Learning by Marilyn Lohnes

One little lion, roaring at the zoo,
Called for another: ROAR!
Then there were two.

Two little lions, underneath a tree,
Called for another: ROAR! ROAR!
Then there were three.

Three little lions, who heard a distant roar,
Called for another: ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!
Then there were four.

Four little lions, happy and alive,
called for another: ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!
Then there were five.

Five little lions.
Ran off to play
And then there were no more.

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

Splash by McDonnell

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

Poky Little Puppy DVD

“Mouse in the House” from The Poky Little Puppy and Friends

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*


When the Elephant Walks by KaszaDear Zoo by CampbellDo Crocs Kiss by YoonLittle Elephant by FordWatch Us Play by Ford

When the Elephant Walks by Keiko Kasza
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Do Crocs Kiss? by Salina Yoon
Little Elephant by Miela Ford
Watch Us Play by Miela Ford

Flannelboard: 10 Lions (for Counting)


This storytime came about because I really wanted to try reading Tiny Little Fly to a group.  I had put it on my good books list a while back, but hadn’t gotten around to using it, so I thought it was time.  I think I want to try it again with a preschool audience to see how it works there.  It was fine with these groups, but I think I either need to try it with a different age group or practice a bit more to get the most out of it.  Splash! worked well as it always does.

:  10 am:  36 people      11 am: 33 people

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