Silly and Real Animals (January and February 2023)

Books we Read

Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera (preschool and toddler)

Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoesby Eric Litwin (preschool)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? by Bill Martin Jr/Eric Carle (toddler)

Life-Size Zoo by Teruyuki Komiya (preschool and toddler)

Songs we Sang

10 Little Snowflakes

1 little, 2 little, 3 little snowflakes

4 little, 5 little, 6 little snowflakes

7 little, 8 little, 9 little snowflakes

10 little snowflakes on my tongue

*Can also count backwards*

Credit: Fantastic Fun and Learning

5 Little Snowmen

5 little snowmen standing in a row

Each with a hat and a big red bow

Out came the sun and it shone all day

Then one little snowman melted away

4 little…3 little…2 little…1 little

Credit: King County Library System

Old Mac Donald with props

I made these props a while ago and I like bringing them out every so often because they are so fun

Old Mac Donald had a farm


And on that farm he had a *animal*


Early Literacy Tip

Use different early literacy practices to teach colors or animals or other words and letters. Sing, talk, read, write, and play.


This craft used scrap paper, glue, scissors, markers, and crayons! It was an easy prep and the kids loved using their handprints. They were much cuter with the small handprints too.

It was adorable to see how theirs turned out because they all looked so different!

How it Went

This storytime was a HIT!

Polar Bear’s Underwear always gets the cutest giggles and is one of my favorite storytime reads for all ages. Pete the Cat is also always a win. The Life-Size animal books are my favorite nonfiction books to read and the kids get crazy running up to touch the pages to see how big the animals are in comparison. I always make this my last book because they get a little wild after this book.

This craft was really cute and I loved seeing what they created and they get so excited to show me. I have had parents tell me that they don’t craft with their kids much so they love the storytime crafts which is great to hear.