Tigers-Toddlers

Books

The Best Picnic Ever by Clare Jarrett
Cats are Cats by Valeri Gorbachev
Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks
I Am A Tiger by Karl Newson
I Don’t Want to go to Bed by Julie Sykes
The Loudest Roar by Thomas Taylor
Tiger Tiger by Jonny Lambert
Zoo Looking by Mem Fox

Rhymes & Fingerplays

Five Little Tigers
Five little tigers letting out a roar,
One went away, and then there were four.

Four little tigers climbing in a tree,
One went away, and then there were three.

Three little tigers eating tiger stew,
One went away, and then there were two.

Two little tigers lying in the sun,
One ran away, and then there was one.

One little tiger, afraid to be a hero,
He went away, and then there was zero.

Tiger
tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Tiger, tiger in the night,
with his eyes so burning bright.
Look and see his tail so long,
Swish, swish, swish, swish with a song.
Look and see his eyes so bright,
Blink, blink, blinking in the light.
See his stripes upon his back,
Just like so, orange and black.
Tiger, tiger in the night,
with his eyes so burning bright.

The Tiger
tune: Frere Jacques

Orange and black,
Great big cat,
Four big paws,
Long sharp claws,Through the jungle running,
Do you see her coming?
What a sight.
Will she bite?

Songs

Tigers are Sleeping by Kathy Reid-Naiman
We sleeping, stretch, roll, fall down, jump, and run our way through the song.

Squirrels-Toddlers

Books

Fiction
Acorns Everywhere by Kevin Sherry
The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop by Susan Lurie
I Can Run by Murray Head
Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert
That Pup by Lindsay Barrett George

Non-Fiction
Squirrels’ Busy Year by Martin Jenkins
Squirrel’s Family Tree by Beth Ferry
Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre

Rhymes & Fingerplays

Five Little Squirrels
Tune: 5 little ducks

1 little squirrel went out to play
Up in the branches one autumn day.
He had such enormous fun,
He called for another little squirrel to come.

2 little squirrels…
3 little squirrels…
4 little squirrels…

5 little squirrels went out to play
Up in the branches one chilly day.
They had such enormous fun,
Then all scurried home ’cause winter had come.

The Squirrel
These are the brown leaves fluttering down, flutter hands to ground
And this is the tall tree bare and brown. hold right arm up high
This is the squirrel with eyes so bright, form fist with left hand, wiggle thumb
Hunting for nuts with all his might. shade eyes with hand and pretend to look around
This is the hole where day by day, make a circle with thumb and forefinger
Nut after nut he stores away. pretend to put nuts into the hole
When winter comes with it’s cold and storm, sway hands side to side
He’ll sleep curled up all snug and warm. fold hands under cheek and pretend to sleep

Squirrel, Squirrel
Squirrel, squirrel, roll around
Squirrel, squirrel, touch the ground
Squirrel, squirrel, climb a tree
Now shake that bushy tail with me!

Songs

Walk Old Squirrel by Kathy Reid-Naiman
We walk, hop, fly, twirl around, run, chase, catch, and hug our way through the song.
Gray Squirrel by Kathy Reid-Naiman
Grey, brown, black, red
Shake your bushy tale
Pick an acorn with your toes
Wrinkle up your nose

Squirrels-Babies

Books

City Animals by Simms Taback
I Can Run by Murray Head

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Frisky Squirrel
tune: The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, the frisky little squirrel
He gathers nuts and seeds.
He hides them for the winter months
So he’ll have all he needs.

Refrain:
Oh, up-up-up he goes
And down-down-down he comes.
He runs around – goes up and down.
His work is never done. (repeat refrain)

This Little Squirrel
This little squirrel said, “Let’s run and play!”
This little squirrel said, “Let’s hunt nuts today!”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, nuts are good.”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, my favorite food.”
This little squirrel said, “Come climb this tree.” run fingers up other arm, quickly
And crack these nuts: one, two, three! clap hands three times

Two Little Squirrels
Two little squirrels sitting on a hill
One named Jack, the other named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

Cloud/quiet & loud
Pole/fast & slow;
Sky/Low & High

Music

Grey Squirrel by Kathy Reid-Naiman
This song has four different colors for the squirrels: grey, brown, black, red. Each time a new color is introduced it gets a little faster. We bounce the babies on our knees and touch our toes and nose in the appropriate place.</dd?