Creating DIY Storytimes for Caregivers & Children: Silly Animals

by - May 12, 2020

I'd love to offer more intensive online storytimes during these closures but I'm hesitant to encourage little ones to spend a lot of time on the phone/tablet/computer. It is not developmentally positive. How can we limit screentime for little ones while doing storytime?

I've found a good middle ground by posting short 5-8 minute videos of me reading 2-3 books from my house. These are posted with a suggested DIY Storytime for the caregiver and child to do together, featuring links to 3 free e-books via BookFlix and songs and activities they can do together. I'm posting the story videos on Facebook for 4 weeks at a time in the interests of fair use boundaries.

I've thrown together a handful so far, and please feel free to use them and share them freely and please make your own with the resources your community offers. 

Silly Animals Storytime
Do these activities with your child through the week. Little kids LOVE repetition!

Username: Learning20
Password: Clifford
Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
That New Animal by Emily Jenkins

Ask your child…
What animal sounds do you know? (Dog, cat, duck, cow, pig, etc.!)
What is your favorite animal?
If you could have any kind of animal as a pet, which would you have?

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout.
Down came the rain
and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun
and dried up all the rain
and the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again

(to the tune of “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”)
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring, you can hear the lions roaring
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo! ROAR! ROAR!
(Elephants trumpeting, zebra braying, monkey eeking)

Animal begins with the letter A. Show them how to draw an A and let them try, too! Bigger kids may get it right away and littler ones may just scribble. That’s perfectly fine. 

What color is a tiger? Can you find something in the house the same color as a tiger?
What color is an elephant? Can you find something the same color as an elephant?
What colors are a zebra? Can you find something in those two colors?

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