First 5 Years

Go Wild! - Animal Stories and Rhymes

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, cartoon of monkey swing from a tree branchShare these fun animal stories and rhymes with your child.

 


Babies

Book Jacket: Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, too?
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, too?
by Eric Carle
ISBN: 0694014567
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"Little Frog"
(For this rhyme, your baby should be old enough to support his or her neck independently.)
 
A little frog in a pond am I, Bounce baby gently on knees.
Hippity, hippity, hop.  
And I can jump up in the air so high, Lift baby into air.
Hippity, hippity, hop! Continue bouncing baby on knees.

Toddlers

Book Jacket: Over in the Meadow
Over in the Meadow
by Jane Cabrera
ISBN: 0823414906
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You can view a video of to this traditional song, here.
 
"Three Little Monkeys"
 
Three little monkeys Hold up three fingers.
Sitting in a tree  
Eating a banana Pretend to peel and eat a banana.
Just like me!  
One had a frown Make a frowning face.
And one had a grin Make a smiling face.
And one had banana all over his chin! Tickle child around face and neck.

Preschoolers

Book Jacket: The Seals on the Bus
The Seals on the Bus
by Lenny Hort, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
ISBN: 0805072632
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You can enjoy this book on its own, or try singing the words to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus."
 
"Wide-eyed Owl"
 
There's a wide-eyed owl "Open" eyes with fingers.
With a pointed nose Point fingers over nose in a triangle.
He has pointed ears Point fingers up beside ears.
And claws for toes Curl fingers like claws.
He sits in a tree  
And he looks at you Circle fingers around eyes.
And he flaps his wings Flap arms.
And cries "Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!" Cup hands around mouth to make owl call.