Birds-Babies

Books

Five Busy Ducklings by Rookie Toddler
Five Little Ducks by Jose Aruego
In My Nest by Sara Gillingham
This Little Chick by John Lawrence
Whose Chick Are You? by Nancy Tafuri
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood


Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

I’m A Little Cuckoo Clock
Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
It’s one o’clock… CUCKOO!

Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
It’s two o’clock… CUCKOO! CUCKOO!

Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds sitting on a wall.
One named Peter, one named Paul
Fly away Peter! Floy away Paul!
Come back Peter! Come back Paul!

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky.
One named Low and one name High…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole.
One named fast and one named slow…

Little Duck
I saw a little duck go hop, hop, hop bounce
I told the little duck to stop, stop, stop hold up hand for stop
I went to the window to say, ‘How do you do?’ hold out hand for handshake
He wagged his little tail and far away he flew! wave arms

Five Little Robins
Five little robins lived in a tree.
Father thumb
Mother, little finger
And babies three. Three fingers
Father caught a worm. catching motion
Mother caught a bug.
The three little robins began to tug tugging motion.
This one got a bug.
This one got a worm.
This one said, “Now it’s my turn.

Flannel Boards

Music

Little Bird, Little Bird by Elizabeth Mitchell
This is a great song to pretend to fly like different birds.
Mother Gooney Bird by Eric Litwin
Move a different arm, leg, or head when the music adds them in.
Robin in the Rain by Raffi
This is a nice song to use shaky eggs with. It kind of sounds like the rain is falling.

Birds-Toddler

Books

Baby Bird by Joyce Dunbar
Birds by Kevin Henkes
Early Bird by Toni Yuly
Flip, Flap, Fly! by Phyllis Root
Hooray for Birds! by Lucy Cousins
I Spy in the Sky by Edward Gibbs
Night Owl by Toni Yuly
This Little Chick by John Lawrence
Whose Chick Are You? by Nancy Tafuri
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

Flannel Boards


Rhymes & Fingerplays

Hinty, minty, cuty, corn
Hinty, minty, cuty, corn clap
Apple seed and apple thorn,
Wire, briar, limber lock
Three geese in a flock hold up three fingers
One flew east, and one flew west point to the right, point to the left
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest fly hand high right to left

Songs

Five Little Ducks by Raffi

Little Bird, Little Bird by Elizabeth Mitchell
This is a great song to pretend flying around the room.

Mother Gooney Bird by Eric Litwin
By the end you are flapping your arms, legs, and head. It is a fun challenge.

Three Little Birds by Elizabeth Mitchell
I like using rhythm sticks with this song.

Good-Night, Owl!

“Good-Night, Owl!” is a book written by Pat Hutchins. The story is simple to retell as you keep adding another set of birds to the menagerie. In the interest of copyright I’m not including a copy of the text. The book is still published and easy to obtain.

This is one of my more ambitious endeavors as I hand sewed so many different birds. I got the template for the birds from Downeast Thunder Farm. Susan makes patterns for many different bird and critter ornaments. I like the more realistic nature of them as I think it provides a subtle way of introducing children to the variety of forms animals are found in.