Cowboys & Girls Family Storyime

Oh, how I love a western theme and how I love our branch’s pony puppet.  Yeehaw!

areyouahorse    tabackfarmanimals

Hello Song — Hello Hello Everyone
[to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star]

Hello, hello, everyone
Now you’re here
We’ll have some fun.
First we’ll clap our hands just so.
Then we’ll bend and touch our toes.

Hello, hello, everyone
Now you’re here
We’ll have some fun.

(adapted from Welcome Everyone on

pony puppet

Introduction to Theme — Wild West Clipart & Pony Puppet (everyone gets a pet)

Weekly Opening Song — The More We Get Together (x2)
With signs for more, together, happy, and friends.

Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter (x6)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam, [slap hands on knees to the beat]
Can you say hello as slowly as you can?
Hello [very slow]

We repeated this with slowly, quickly, high, low, and ended with loud and quiet.

Little Horse Little Horse

Flannel/Felt Guessing Game — Little Horse, Little Horse
Nice try, Little Horse. We see you there on the sheriff’s badge!  This was a fun western version of Little Mouse, Little Mouse.

Transition — If You’d Like to Read a Book, Clap Your Hands
Additional verses included stomp your feet, shout yeehaw, sit down quietly. I always seem to forget the best one, “do it all!”

Horses & Ponies

Book — Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash
Felt a little long for some of the younger kids, but would definitely try this one again.

Fingerplay — Ten Horses
Ten little horses came to town [hold up all ten fingers]

Five were black [hold up five fingers]
Five were brown [hold up other five fingers]
They galloped up [“gallop” all your fingers upward]
And they galloped down [“gallop” all your fingers downward]
And then they galloped out of town. [“gallop” all your fingers away]

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 [count down on your fingers]
Yeehaw! [make a lassoing motion]

(from Hennepin County Library’s video)

Fingerplay –10 Little Cowboys

Say Hello To the Morning by Kathy Reid-Naiman

Action/Circle Song: The Ponies Are Walking, They’re Walking Along
(from Kathy Reid-Naiman’s CD, Say Hello to the Morning)

Action Rhyme/Transition — Andy Spandy Sugar and Candy
Andy spandy, sugar and candy
We all jump up
Andy spandy, sugar and candy
We all jump down
Andy spandy, sugar and candy
We all jump in
Andy spandy, sugar and candy
We all jump out
Andy spandy, sugar and candy
We all sit down.

On the Range & On the Farm

Book — Giant Pop Out Farm Animals OR Taback’s Farm Animals
These books are like storytime magic!  I hope to eventually get them all for our storytime collection.

Flannel/Felt/Song — She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain
From our system wide prop collection. Sorry, no photo!  I sent it back to our central branch before snapping a pic.


Shaker Rhyme: Shake Your Shakers In the Air

Shaker Song: We’re Going to Kentucky

On My Way to Dreamland by Kathy Reid-Naiman

Music on CD: Cowgirl’s Lullaby
(from Kathy Reid-Naiman’s CD, On My Way to Dreamland)

We just shook our shakers along to the rhythm. Many of the kids seemed a little confused by this, but I think we just need to do this a bit more often with recorded music, and then they’ll catch on.


Weekly Goodbye Rhyme — Wave High, Wave Low, Wave Goodbye ‘Cause It’s Time to Go

To avoid the stamp stampede (stamp-ede?) to the front that occurs at the end of pretty much every storytime, I’m trying out a suggestion from one of my colleagues — tell the kids to freeze where they are, just like statues, and put their hands on their heads.  This has largely been working, except with the really little ones.


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