Bird Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: bird

Book: Birds by Kevin Henkes

Cover of the book BIRDS by Kevin Henkes.

Song: “Owl in a Tree” (Tune: “Skip to my Lou”)
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Skip to my lou, my darling.

Robin in the nest goes, “Tweet, tweet, tweet…”
Duck in the pond goes, “Quack, quack, quack…”
Rooster in the yard goes, “Cock a doodle doo…”
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Action Rhyme: “Little Birds”
Little birds, little birds, jump up and down
Little birds, little birds, don’t make a sound
Little birds, little birds, tip-toe to me
Little birds, little birds, bend your knees
Little birds, little birds, peep, peep, peep
Little birds, little birds, sleep, sleep, sleep
Little birds, little birds, fly to the leaves
Little birds, little birds, sit down please

Book: Night Owl by Toni Yuly

night owl

Flannel: Five little owls sitting in the tree

Song: “The Little Bird” – Georgiana Stewart: Nursery Rhyme Time Songs

Book:  I am a Penguin by Karen Durrie

i am a penguin

Song: “This is the way we clap our hands” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

Song: “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Closing song

Craft: Bird and nest on a paper plate (Credit: La La’s Home Daycare)

bird nest

Birds – Everybody Story Time

Opening Song

Book: Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray, illustrated by Kenard Pak

haveyouheardthenestingbird

Song: “If I was a Bird” — Old Town School of Folk Music: Wiggleworms Love You

Puppet: Bird puppet lands on different body parts.

Book: Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins

peck peck peck

Action Rhyme: “Little Birds”
Little birds, little birds, jump up and down
Little birds, little birds, don’t make a sound
Little birds, little birds, tip-toe to me
Little birds, little birds, bend your knees
Little birds, little birds, peep, peep, peep
Little birds, little birds, sleep, sleep, sleep
Little birds, little birds, fly to the leaves
Little birds, little birds, sit down please

Book: Early Bird by Toni Yuly

earlybird

Rhyme: Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away, Jack! And fly away, Jill!
Come back, Jack! And come back, Jill!
Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named Soft and one named LOUD . . .
Two little blackbirds flying in the sky
One named Low and one named High. . .
Two little blackbirds sitting on a stick
One named Slow and one named Quick. . .

Book: Night Owl by Toni Yuly

night owl

Closing Rhyme

Craft:

Bird

 

Birds Story Time – Baby

Opening song

 Sign language: Bird

Book: Birds by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek

Birds

Song (puppets): Owl in the tree (Tune: “Skip to My Lou”)
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Skip to my Lou, my darling

Blue bird in the nest goes, “Tweet, tweet, tweet…”
Duck in the pond goes, “Quack, quack, quack…”
Rooster in the yard goes, “Cock a doodle doo…”

Song: Hop, hop, hop along (Tune: “Row Your Boat”)
Hop, hop, hop along (hop)
Or bounce on someone’s knee (bounce)
Higher and higher and higher and higher (lift)
Bunny hop with me. (hop)

Book: Silly Little Goose! by Nancy Tafuri

Silly Little Goose

Rhyme: One, two, buckle my shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe (clap, tap shoes)
Three, four, shut the door (clap, cover eyes)
Five, six, pick up sticks (clap, wiggle fingers)
Seven, eight, lay them straight (clap, raise arms)
Nine, ten, a big fat hen (clap, widen arms)

Song (iPod): “The Little Bird” – Elizabeth Mitchell; Blue Clouds

Book: Nest by Jorey Hurley

nest

Rhyme: Trot, trot to Boston

Flannel: Five little owls

Song: Forgot a bag to carry (Tune: “Ring around the Rosie”)
Forgot a bag to carry (sign for bag)
Our books at the library (sign for book)
Stack’em, stack’em (lift baby, or stack hands)
They all fall down (baby to lap, or hands open)
Credit: Leah Portz

Book: Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

Big Fat Hen

Song (shaky eggs): “I Know a Chicken” – Laurie Berkner; Whaddaya Think of That?

Closing rhyme

Bird Story Time – Baby

Opening Song

Our sign for today is “bird.” Your thumb and forefinger make a beak in front of your mouth; open and close.

Book: Birds by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek

Cover of the book BIRDS by Kevin Henkes.

Song: Kookaburra (first two verses)

Photo of a kookaburra bird and several gumdrops.

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh! Kookaburra, laugh!
Kookaburra, gay your life must be.

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Eating all the gumdrops he can see
Stop! Kookaburra, stop!
Kookaburra, save some there for me.

Rhyme: One arm goes up, one arm goes down, one arm goes up and down.
Two arms go up…
One leg goes up…
Two legs go up…

Book: What’s Up, Duck? by Tad Hills

Cover of the book WHAT'S UP, DUCK? by Tad Hills

Song: Little Bird
Little bird, little bird,
fly around the town.
Up to the sky,
Down to the ground.

Little bird, little bird,
flap your wings,
Open your beak
and sweetly sing.

Little bird, little bird,
fly right to your nest.
Now it’s time to
take a rest.

Song: I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
They’re a part of me.

I can make my feet go stomp, stomp, stomp, etc…
I can make my hands wave bye, bye, bye…

Book: I am Small by Emma Dodd

Cover of the book I AM SMALL by Emma Dodd

Rhyme: “Four Little Owls”

Four little owls sitting in a tree.
They looked the same,
But they were as different as could be.
One little owl had a wide white stripe,
One little owl had a small brown dot.
One little owl said “Whooo, whooo, whooo,”
One little owl said “Zot, zot, zot!”

Photo of four flannel owls as described in the accompanying song.

Rhyme: The little clock goes tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock (swing baby side to side while standing)
The big clock goes ding-dong, ding-dong, ding-dong (swing back front to back)

Song (with shaky eggs): “Six Little Ducks” — Fisher Price Little People

Closing rhyme

 

Bird Story Time – Baby

Opening Song

Book: Birds by Kevin Henkes

Birds

Rhyme: Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away, Jack! And fly away, Jill!
Come back, Jack! And come back, Jill!

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named Soft and one named LOUD . . .

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky
One named Low and one named High. . .

Two little blackbirds sitting on a stick
One named Slow and one named Quick. . .

Rhyme:Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel
My little baby deserves a tickle! [tickle baby]
One for her nose, and one for her toes
And one for her belly where the hotdog goes!

Book: Silly Little Goose by Nancy Tafuri

Silly Little Goose

Song: “Little Bird, Little Bird” by Elizabeth Mitchell: You Are My Little Bird (with stuffed bird props)

You are my little bird

Song: Owl in a Tree (to the tune of “Skip to my Lou”)
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Skip to my lou, my darling.

Robin in the nest goes, “Tweet, tweet, tweet…”
Duck in the pond goes, “Quack, quack, quack…”
Rooster in the yard goes, “Cock a doodle doo…”
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Rhyme:
Roly poly ever so slowly (roll hands slowly)
Roly poly faster, faster, faster! (roll hands quickly)

Rhyme: Five Little Owls (with flannel board)

Five little owls sitting in a tree
One flew away! How many do you see?
One, two, three, four.

Four little owls sitting in a tree
One flew away! How many do you see?
One, two, three. (etc.)
Credit: Storytime Katie

Book (choral reading): Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Big Fat Hen

Song: “I Know a Chicken” (with shaky eggs) – The Laurie Berkner Band: Whaddaya Think of That?

whaddaya think of that

Closing Rhyme