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On the Farm Storytime


Storytime and other Library programs.

Let the wild rumpus start!

On the Farm Storytime

Scott Bahlmann

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi


Book: Cock-a-doodle Quack! Quack! – Ivor Baddiel


(This was a hit! The kids really liked all the mistakes the little rooster made.)

Activity: 5 Pigs
from Mel's Desk 
(tune: 5 green and speckled frogs)


(The pigs are two sided, one clean and one dirty. It was a happy surprise for the kids when they got 'dirty' in the mud. Afterwards I 'cleaned' them all off with my hand.)

Five pigs so squeaky clean, cleanest you've ever seen,
wanted to go outside and play. Uh huh!
One jumped into the mud, landed there with a thud.
Now there are four pigs squeaky clean. Oink, oink!


Book: Blue Chicken – Deborah Freedman


(Fun illustrations, and the kids quite enjoy it.)

Activity: Go and Get the Cows -
traditional, hear a version here!


( This was a bit more popular the last time I did it, but still worked well enough.)

 (Place cows on flannel board. Fall 'asleep' and remove them all.)

Wake up you sleepyheads Go and get the cattle,
Wake up you sleepyheads Go and get the cows.

(All the cows have run away, Oh no!)

The cows are lost. The sun is warm.
So I'll just rest, Til they come home.

)Replace cows incrementally, ours were all different colors so we identified them as they ‘came back home’)


Book: The Cow Loves Cookies – Karma Wilson

The Cow Loves Cookies

(I feel like the repetition gets just a bit old, the kids attention wandered just a bit. The payoff is worth it though. )

Activity: Old McDonald - traditional


(I used our farm stuffed animals with this song, and ended with a Dinosaur, which was a fun surprise.)

Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o
And on his farm he had a cow, ee-i-ee-i-o
With a moo-moo here,
and a moo-moo there
Here a moo, there a moo,
everywhere a moo-moo
Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o

(continue with other animals)


Book: Thirsty Thursday – Phyllis Root


(I wish this were just a bit longer, a fun story with nice pictures about a girl who tickles clouds to get rain.)

Activity: Streamers