Cat Story Time – Sensory Friendly

Opening Song

Book: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Kitten's First Full Moon book cover

Song: “If You’re a Kitty and You Know It”

If you’re a kitty and you know it lick your paws. (pretend to lick paws)

Continue with:
…show your claws (show claws)
…swish your tail (wiggle bottom)
…say “Meow!”

Book: Cat Nap by Toni Yuly

Song: “Mat Man” – Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer: Get Set for School Sing Along

Movement: Learn the yoga pose “cat”

Social Story: “Playing and Sharing”

Closing Song

Craft: Glue tissue paper squares  on a cat coloring sheet

Pet Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Sign Language: Pet

Book: The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems

pigeon wants a puppy cover image

Song: “There’s a Dog in School” – Stuart Stotts and Tom Pease: Celebrate

Book: I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs

I Spy Pets book cover

Rhyme:  I went to the pet store (with puppets)
I went to the pet store and made a special wish.
The pet that I wanted was a very special (fish)!
I went to the pet store, I went there at a jog,
To get a pet with a wagging tail, it was a little (dog)!
I went to the pet store, it had become a habit.
The pet I wanted now was a soft, fluffy (rabbit)!
I went to the pet store, I’m sure this sounds absurd,
But the pet I wanted was a colorful flying (bird)!
I went to the pet store, it was no mistake.
What I really wanted now was a hissing green (snake)!

Song: “Clap Your Hands”- Old Town School of Folk Music: Wiggleworms Love You

Book: How do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

how do dinosaurs choose their pets cover image

Song: If you’re a dog­ and you know it, wag your tail.
If you’re a dog­ and you know it, wag your tail
If you’re a dog­ and you know it, and you really want to show it,
If you’re a dog­ and you know it, wag your tail

Repeat with kitten/meow, fish/ swim around, hamster/run in place, bird/flap your wings.

Book: Cat’s Colors by Airlie Anderson

cat's colors cover image

Closing Rhyme

Craft:

paper cat preschool story time craft

Cats Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Some Cat! by Mary Casanova, illustrated by Ard Hoyt

Some Cat! book cover

Rhyme/ Puppets: “Five Little Kittens”
Five little kittens standing in a row
They nod their heads to the children so
They run to the left, they run to the right
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight
Along comes a dog, who’s in for some fun
M-e-oooow, see those kittens run!
(Credit: Los Angeles Public Library)

Book: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Kitten's First Full Moon book cover

Flannel: The cat of many colors

Song: “If You’re a Kitty and You Know It”
If you’re a kitty and you know it lick your paws (lick paws)
. . . show your claws (show claws)
. . . swish your tail (wiggle bottom)
. . . chase some yarn (swat high)
. . . say “Meow!”

Book: Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin

where is tippy toes

Craft: Standing paper cat

paper cat preschool story time craft

Closing Rhyme

Cat Story Time – Toddler

Opening song with cat puppet

Sign language for cat

Book: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

kittens first full moon

Song/poster: Hey, diddle, diddle

Rhyme: Tiptoe Soft by Margaret Hillert
Tiptoe soft as a pussycat
Soft on little cat feet.
Flap your wings like a baby bird.
Open your beak for a treat.
Clomp, clomp, clomp like a big old horse.
Pick up a hoof, and then
Tip, tip tip on the tips of your toes
Soft as a cat again.

Song: “If You’re a Kitty and You Know It”

If you’re a kitty and you know it lick your paws. (pretend to lick paws)

Continue with:
…show your claws (show claws)
…swish your tail (wiggle bottom)
…say “Meow!”

Book: Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin

where is tippy toes

Flannel: The Cat of Many Colors

Song: “I’m a little kitty cat” (Tune: “I’m a little teapot”)
I’m a little kitty cat
Nice and sweet
Here are my whiskers
And here are my feet
When I go out hunting
Mice beware
Or you might just have a scare!
(Source: Jbrary)

Book: Three Little Kittens by Lorianne Siomades

three little kittens

Book: If You’re Happy and You Know It by David Carter

if youre happy

Song (with shaky eggs): “Kitty Cat” – Laura Doherty: Kids in the City

kids in the city

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Glue paper cat and yarn on “C is for Cat” paper

 

Pets Story Time – Preschool

Introduction: Talk about pets, what kind of pets we have at home.

Opening song

Discuss: “Good Pet or Bad Pet?” Showed the kids photos of different animals and had them say whether it would make a good or bad pet.

 pets

Book: Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman

katie loves the kittens

Song: “There’s a dog in school” – Stuart Stotts and Tom Pease: Celebrate: A Song Resource

Book: Peanut by Linas Alsenas

peanut

Song: “Fiddle-i-Fee” – Dog on Fleas: Cranberry Sauce Flotilla

Book: The Pets You Get by Thomas Taylor, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds

pets you get

Prop Story: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

bark george

Movie: The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog! By Cynthia Rylant, Spoken Arts

great gracie chase


Craft:
Dog ears headband

dog ears

 

 

 

Cat Story Time – Baby

Opening song (with cat puppet)

Sign language for cat

Book: Mama Cat has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming

mama cat has three kittens

Rhyme (with poster): Hey, diddle, diddle

Rhyme: Icky bicky soda cracker (bounce)
Icky bicky boo
Icky bicky soda cracker
Up goes you! (lift baby)

Rhyme: I have fur upon my back (Pat baby’s back)
I have whiskers just like that (Trace whiskers on baby’s cheeks)
I have ears–I flick them twice (Touch baby’s ears)
I have paws for catching mice! (Hold your hands in front of you like paws, then clap them together when you say “catching!”)
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Book: What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas

what will fat cat sit on

Rhyme: X marks the spot (draw on baby’s back)
Dot, dot, dot,
Up and down, around and around,
Oooooh! (tickle)

Rhyme: Exercises, exercises
Let’s all do our exercises (lift baby’s arms, repeat with legs)
(Credit: Babies in the Library by Jane Marino)

Book: If You’re Happy and You Know It by David Carter

if youre happy

Rhyme: Let’s go riding in an elevator
First floor, second floor, third floor, fourth floor (slowly lift baby)
Down (bring baby back down)

Song (with shaky eggs): “Kitty Cat” – Laura Doherty: Kids in the City

kids in the city

Closing rhyme