Mice-Toddlers

Books

Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson
Busy, Busy Mouse by Virginia Kroll
Honk! Splat! Vroom! by Barry Gott
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake by Thomas Taylor
Mice by Rose Fyleman
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek
One More Hug for Madison by Caroline Jayne Church
There’s A Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins

Flannel Boards

Music

The Little Mouse Goes Creeping by Carole Peterson
King County Library System has a great video showing the motions of this song. I show everyone the motions first before adding in the music.
Three Blind Mice by Caspar Babypants
I only recently discovered this song and cant believe I had never heard of it before. It starts off with the traditional rhyme before getting silly. I took out the shaky eggs and we danced along. For each verse in turn we run..dance…jump…climb…sleep.

Colors-Babies

Books

Charley Harper’s Book of Colors by Zoe Burke
Colors: A Bugs Pop-up Concept Book by David A. Carter
Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry
I Say, You Say Colors! by Tad Carpenter
Making Colors: A Pop-Up Book by James Diaz
One Yellow Lion by Matthew Van Fleet

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Chook Chook
Chook, chook, chook, chook, chook, clap
Good morning, Mrs. Hen. How many chickens have you got?
Madam, I’ve got ten. hold up ten fingers
Four of them are yellow. hold up four fingers on left hand
And four of them are brown. hold up four fingers on right hand
And two of them are speckled red, hold up thumbs
The nicest in the town. hold arms out wide

Dickery Dare
Dickery dickery dare bounce on knees
The pig flew up in the air lift child up
The man in brown soon brought him down bring down
Dickery dickery dare bounce on knees

Ten Galloping Horses
Ten galloping horses rode through the town
Five were white and five were brown
Five rode up and five rode down
Ten galloping horses rode through the town

Puppets

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Music

Bumping Up and Down by Raffi
Bounce the babies along to the song on your knee or on their feet. When the wagon tips over we lean to the side.
Five Green Apples by Sharon, Lois, and Bram
I have done this with felt apples and real apple by taking them away when the song indicates.
Grey Squirrel by MaryLee Sunseri
Grey Squirrel works great with shaky eggs.
Jenny Jenkins by Sharon, Lois, and Bram
Another great bounding song. We’ve also taken the scarves out to wave around with the song.

Cluck, Cluck, Red Hen

This is a great little song by Raffi. I like how it takes the tradition rhyme and turns it sideways. I’ve done this song with both babies and toddlers with success. They like seeing the animals come alive through the song. As you go through the song, the animals can cluck, baa, moo, and buzz right along.  got all my puppets for this song from Folkmanis Puppets. The color of my puppets don’t necessarily match the song. I don’t dwell on it and the kids so far haven’t noticed.

  • red hen
  • sheep-My sheep is discontinued, but they sell other cute ones that will work as well.
  • cow
  • bee

Baa, baa, black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full
One for your sweater and one for your rug
One for your blanket to keep you warm and snug

Cluck, cluck, red hen
Have you any eggs?
Yes sir, yes sir, as many as your legs
One for your breakfast and one for your lunch
Come back tomorrow I’ll have another bunch

Moo, moo, brown cow
Have you milk for me?
Yes sir, yes sir, as tasty as can be
Churn it into butter and make it into cheese
Freeze it into ice cream or drink it if you please

Buzz, buzz, busy bee
Is your honey sweet?
Yes sir, yes sir, sweet enough to eat
Honey on your muffin, honey in your cake
Honey by the spoonful as much as I can eat

Baa, baa, black sheep
Have you any wool?…