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Pets Storytime

May 17, 2012

Turtle stamp

Pets always make a great storytime theme. There’s a wealth of great pet stories, both humorous and serious (although I favour humorous). As well, children love talking about their pets and imagining their life with pets. Here’s my most recent iteration:

Gathering music: A Pet Like That by Monty Harper

Opening stretch: Can You?
Can you hop like a rabbit?
Can you jump like a frog?
Can you waddle like a duck?
Can you wag your tail like a dog?
Can you fly like a bird?
Can you swim like a fish?
Can you sit back down and be still like this?

pet for petunia

A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid. Petunia wants a pet skunk ’cause skunks are AWESOME! Lots of laughs. Great read aloud.

Song: B-I-N-G-O
We used cards with the letters on one side and a picture of a dog on the other to flip as we remove each letter.


Dogfish by Gillian Shield. It’s not always possible to have the pet you want. A sweet tale about making the most of what you have. Lots of laughs and feel-good moments.

Song: If You’re a Pet and You Know It
If you’re a doggie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.
If you’re a doggie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.
If you’re a doggie and you know it,
And you really want to show it,
If you’re a doggie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.

Repeat with kitty/meow, fishy/blub, hamster/run in place, bird/tweet.
Source: Storytime with Miss Mollie

pet shop lullaby

Pet Shop Lullaby by Mary Ann Frazer. A cute tale that is a great opportunity to talk about the challenges of nocturnal pets.

Fingerplay: Five Kittens
Five little kittens standing in a row (hold up five fingers.)
They nod their heads to the children so. (bend fingers up and down)
They run to the left; they run to the right. (run fingers to the left and then to the right.)
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight. (stretch fingers out tall.)
Along comes a dog who’s in for some fun. (hold up one finger from opposite hand.)
ME-OW! See those little kittens run! (run five fingers behind back)

dog is a dog

Dog is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan. This book doesn’t specifically talk about a dog as a pet, but this rascally dog is one kids would love to know. Great rhyming clues.

Picture Book Video: Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown

Handstamp: the turtle shown above from Stampin’ Up’s Fox and Friends set. I was happy that two of the children owned a pet turtle.

Other pet titles I like:
Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks
The Best Pet Ever by Victoria Roberts
The Doghouse by Jan Thomas
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
I Don’t Like Gloria by Kaye Umansky
93 in my Family by Erica Perl
What Pet to Get by Emma Dodd

Some other pet storytimes by Flannel Friday friends:
Storytime with Miss Mollie
Storytime Katie

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