story time

Jungle Story Time (2018)

This is one of my favorite themes because I love these three books and I always read them for jungle story time. I know I should be looking for new and exciting books to introduce to the kids but they’re never as good as these three. 😀

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see, clap them now with me.
Wiggle your feet // Stretch your arms // Zip your lips

Book: Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

giraffes-cant-dance

Rhyming book about Gerald the Giraffe. Gerald is awkward and shy but he wants to join in the jungle dance. How will he fit in?

Flannel: Down in the Jungle
Down in the jungle where nobody goes,
There’s a big fat elephant washing his toes.
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his toes!

Down in the jungle when nobody there,
There’s a great big lion washing her hair.
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his hair!

Down in the jungle, if you look in the trees,
There’s a cheeky monkey washing his knees.
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his knees!

Down in the jungle, if you care to check,
There’s a very long snake washing his neck.
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his neck!

Down at the river if you look underneath,
There’s a great big tiger brushing his teeth.
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his teeth!

I don’t remember the source for this flannel rhyme so if it’s yours, let me know!

Wiggle Rhyme: Watch Out for the Bugs (to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Clap your hands, stomp your feet
Wiggle all around
Throw your hands up in the air and now let’s touch the ground
Touch your head, touch your hips, give yourself a hug
Now sit down upon the floor
But watch out for the bugs!! (stamp out the bugs)

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Book: The Jungle Run by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees

the jungle run

Rhyming book about jungle animals competing in a race. They tell little lion she’s too young to participate. Or is she?

Song: Ten Little Crocodiles
One little, two little, three little crocodiles,
Four little, five little, six little crocodiles,
Seven little, eight little, nine little crocodiles,
Ten little crocodiles hatch from eggs.

Ten little, nine little, eight little crocodiles,
Seven little, six little, five little crocodiles,
Four little, three little, two little crocodiles,
One little crocodile swims away.
Source: Miss Christi’s Storytime Blog

Egg ShakersShake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Oh, No! by Candace Fleming & Eric Rohmann

oh no

The animals get stuck in a hole. Then tiger offers to “help” them out. Oh, no!

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

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