Opening Song: Each week we use a different musical instrument. This week, we used bells. The kids were getting sick of the old song, “Wake Up Hands.” I think they thought it was too babyish for them because I got a lot of eye rolls. Which is funny, because the 4 and 5-year-olds liked the old song a lot and they’re older than my Family Storytime. Today, instead of tippy tap, I had them say their name, age, and favorite color since I have all new kids this session.


Dance your fingers up

Dance your fingers down

Dance your fingers side to side

Dance them all around

Dance them on your shoulders

Dance them on your head

Dance them on your tummy

Then send them all to bed


This is the way we

Shake our bells, shake our bells, shake our bells,

This is the way we shake our bells

So early in the morning

(…click sticks, dance with scarves, clap our hands, stomp our feet, snap fingers)


Pigs to the Rescue by John HimmelmanBook 1: Pigs to the Rescue (John Himmelman) I like reading this book because it’s really funny. The kids start to catch and they put their “eureka” finger in the air and shout “pigs to the rescue!” I have them guess how the pigs will try to fix the problem in order to practice making predictions. The book was a huge hit and got a lot of laughs, although the really little ones, the 2 year olds were rolling with boredom. My class is 2-year-olds to first graders so that we have a storytime for multiple age groups for families that have siblings with age gaps. This would also be fun to do storytelling. The last page, the family decides not to tell the pigs about the cat’s spilt milk. So the cows step in to the rescue. The kids could think of instances that a cow would help way too much.


Fingerplay: Two Mother Pigs

Two mother pigs lived in a pen (show thumbs)

Each had four babies, and that made ten (show fingers & thumbs)

These four babies were black as night (thumb in palm, wiggle fingers)

These four babies were black and white (switch hands, repeat)

But all eight babies loved to play

And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day (roll hands)

At night, with their mother, they curled up in a heap (clasp hands)

And squealed and squealed till they fell fast asleep.

Credit: SurLaLune Storytime


Pigs to the Rescue by John HimmelmanBook 2: Huff & Puff (Claudia Rueda) I love this book. I know it’s super simple (read: only one sentence or less per page), but the drawings are clean cut and gorgeous. They make me want to draw. And you can actually make a lot of inferences with this book, which is the skill I like to focus on here. I ask them what story this is like at the beginning. I ask who is doing the huffing and puffing, since it never really mentions who. I ask what each house is made of and have them make predictions about whether it will fall over. And I have a lot of spit on this book. That is because there is a hole in the “&” symbol and I have all the kids blow through the hole. I open the book and walk around the room while they huff and puff as hard as they can. They think it’s hilarious. Once, I remained seated and just held the book up for them to blow and they all got up and came to me because they each wanted a turn. Luckily we cap our classes at 15 kids. So don’t get into this habit if you have 50 or you’ll be reading the book all day. I also like that the end isn’t scary and it’s a happy surprise. The younger kids are happy the wolf isn’t scary. The older kids think the irony is funny.


Flannel: “Open Up the Barn Door” is a rhyme that talks about animals and their specified noise. As we called the animals up, the kids shouted the noise and the one with the flannel piece put it on the board until we had a barn full of animals. I’m not sure where we got this rhyme but it’s similar to the one at PreK Fun.

Open up the barn door

Before the clock strikes two

There’s a cow on the farm

And she is saying MOO

(We added lines for horse, cat, mouse, sheep, duck, turkey, rooster, hen, chick, dog, bird, goat, pig, donkey) This is because we give one flannel piece to each kid (about 15 kids) and have him put the piece on the board when his animal came up in the rhyme. So we needed to add more lines to our version.


Long Nosed Pig by Keith FaulknerBook 3: The Long-Nosed Pig (Keith Faulkner) This book is just a fun pop-up based on a porquoi folktale of why pigs have short stubby noses. It assumes that pigs used to have long noses, but that they bragged so much about it and put other animals down that the tree committed poet justice. The pig couldn’t see passed it’s long nose and smashed into a tree. Kids have such a moral compass. When I was reading it, they were like, that’s not nice! The swordfish won’t want to play with you anymore! I asked, how could he get the animals to come back? Be nice! Say they have a good nose too! Adorbsable. This book is also good for brainstorming other animals that have long noses. They were upset there was no elephant (because that was basically the only animal they could think of). So this is really good for vocabulary skills too. And it’s fun because the animals pop out at you and there is a giant surprise “normal” pig at the end.


Song: The Tail of a Pig (tune: “Wheels on the Bus”)

The tail of a pig curls round and round

Round and round, round and round

The tail of a pig curls round and round

All through the mud


The mouth of a pig goes oink, oink, oink,

Oink, oink, oink, oink, oink, oink,

The mouth of a pig goes oink, oink, oink,

All day long.


The hooves of a pig go run, run, run,

Run, run, run, run, run, run,

The hooves of a pig go run, run, run,

All day long.


Closing Song: This one’s still the favorite and it looks like a rock concert by the end.

Open shut them, open shut them

Give a little clap, clap, clap

Open shut them, open shut them

Lay them in your lap, lap, lap

Wave them, wave them

Wave them, wave them

High up in the sky, sky, sky

I wave to you, you wave to me

Let’s all wave bye bye