A Good Case of the Stripes Family Storytime

Here is another instance where I did the same basic storytime two days in a row, and took the opportunity to refine things on the second go ’round. It was like instant feedback on which elements were keepers and which elements needed to be replaced

Round #1

itsatiger  buzzbuzz  sealsonthebus


Attention Getting Song — Hello Hello Everyone
Hello hello everyone
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!
First we’ll clap our hands like so
Then we’ll bend and touch our toes.
Hello, hello everyone
Storytime has just begun!

Source:  ??

basket of striped puppets

Theme/Guessing Game with Puppets –There’s Something in My Basket
There’s something in my basket
There’s something I can’t see
There’s something in my basket, now what can it be?
I think I can hear it making a sound
Grr, grr, grr, grr
A tiger’s what I found!

Repeated with raccoon, zebra, and bee puppets

Weekly Opening Song with Signs — The More We Get Together (x2)
Signs used were more, together, happy, and friend.

Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter
Bread and butter
Marmalade and jam
Can you say hello
As quickly as you can?

Repeat with slowly, high/low, loud/quiet.  My Fabulous CoWorker taught me this one.


Book: It’s a Tiger! by Rochelle

Action Rhyme: The Tiger
[Tune: Frere Jacques]
Orange and black, Great big cat, (hold hands out wide to side)
Four big paws, (hold up hands)
Long sharp claws, (curve fingers like claws)
Through the jungle running, (pretend to run)
Do you see her coming? (shade eyes with hand pretending to look)
What a sight! Will she bite?

(from PUB-YAC listserv)


Audience Participation Song — The Colour That I See
Red, red is the color that I see. (clapping)
If you’re wearing red, then show it to me!
Stand up, turn around. (follow actions)
Show me your red, then sit back down!

This one was a bit of a mess, with kids standing up for every color, but it was still fun for the kids to do *all* the actions, regardless of what colour clothes they were wearing.  My coworker said this is her go-to song for toddler storytimes and I’m totally willing to try it again!

(from hushlander)

Transition — Roly Poly, Roly Poly
[should have been to the tune of Frere Jacques, but apparently I thought chanting it tunelessly and changing the  words was a way better idea]
Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up,
Roly poly, roly poly
Down, down, down

Repeated with in/out, push/pull, and end with loud/quiet.


Book — Buzz, Buzz, Buzz Went Bumblebee by Colin West

Fingerplay — Here is the Beehive
Here is the beehive
But where are the bees?
Hiding inside where no one can see
See them come creeping
Out of the hive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Action Song — I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee
Oh, ouch! It stung me!

This is a blast from the past! I learned this in Girl Guides as a child.


Big Book — The Seals on the Bus by Hort
The stripes were on the tigers and the skunks, in case you were thinking I went off theme.  Nosirreebob.

Action Song — Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands

Goodbye Rhyme — Wave High, Wave Low
Wave high,
Wave low,
Wave goodbye,
‘Cause it’s time to go.

(from ?? I’ve seen it all over the web so it really could be from anywhere 🙂 )


I know a lot of others out there love It’s a Tiger for storytime, but it just didn’t fly for me. I think my reading style made it obvious that I wasn’t too sure about it.  The kids got up for pretty much every colour during “The Colour That I See,” but I forged a head anyways. I think it was pretty fun in any case. Overall, an okay storytime, though I was sorely disappointed in myself for not using my zebra flannel for a counting rhyme.  Luckily for me, there was a Round #2 on the horizon.

Round #2

oh nopigspicnic


Attention/Hello Song — Hello Hello Everyone

Theme Guessing Game —  There’s Something in My Basket (tiger, raccoon, zebra, bee)

Weekly Welcome Song — The More We Get Together

Weekly Opening Song —  Bread and Butter


Book — Oh No! by Fleming and Rohmann

Action Rhyme — The Tiger

Audience Participation Song — If You’re Wearing Red Today
Still a mess. Still fun anyways.

Transition — Roly Poly


Flannel/Felt — Pig’s Picnic

Pig's Picnic 1  Pig's Picnic Finish

This felt is based on the book by Keiko Kaszo.  Mr. Pig (with the blue bowtie) wants to ask Miss Pig (with the pink bow) out for a picnic but he isn’t feeling very confident.  His friends Fox, Lion, and Zebra meet him along the way to Miss Pig’s house and each loans Mr. Pig his best feature — Fox’s tail, Lion’s mane, and Zebra’s stripes.  Mr. Pig feels pretty darn handsome by the time he gets to Miss Pig’s door, but Miss Pig has a different opinion.

The flannel/felt pig  design comes from Mel’s Desk.  The fox design comes from Elli.com’s woodland cuteness and the lion comes Elli.com’s Valentine goodness.  Her Valentine’s inspired the zebra too!

Movement — Zebra Hokey Pokey

5 little zebras

Flannel/Felt/Counting Rhyme — 5 Little Zebras
Five little zebras at the door.
One ran away and then there were four.
Four little zebras saying, “Neeee, neee!”
One jumped away and then there were three.

Three little zebras, here’s someone new
It’s a lion! Now there are two.
Two little zebras, watch them run.
One was faster, now there is one.

One little zebra, looking for his friends.
No more zebras, that’s the end!

(From: MCLSkids.pbworks.com)

Flannel/felt made using Ann Wood’s Cardboard Stampede templates.


Action Song —  I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee
A winner both times!

Optional Fingerplay –Here is the Beehive


Song/Big Book — he Seals on the Bus by Hort

Closing Song —  Wave High, Wave Low, Wave Goodbye, Cause it’s Time to Go

Stamp — Bee


I was much more comfortable with Oh No!  but I still didn’t read it in a way that it connected with the kids.  I was pretty impressed with my flannel version of The Pigs’ Picnic and was excited to take my first foray into storytelling when I retold the story in my own way.  I was also awfully fond of the zebra felts I made.  The kids didn’t really get The Seals on the Bus during the second go ’round, but it was still fun.  Overall, Round #2 was definitely better than Round #1.


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