The Plan


From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
If I Were a Jungle Animal by Tom and Amanda Ellery
If You’re Happy and You Know It Jungle Edition by James Warhola
Starry Safari by Linda Ashman
Tall by Jez Alborough

Extension Activities

Action Rhyme: “I’m a Giraffe”
I’m a big tall giraffe stretching way up high (reach arms up)
A big tall giraffe, I almost reach the sky (stand on tiptoes)
I eat the leaves from the tallest tress (pretend to eat)
And when I run, I move with ease (pretend to run)
I’m a big tall giraffe stretching way up high (reach arms up)
Way…up…high! (reach on tiptoes)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Song: ”I Went to the Jungle One Day” (London Bridge)
I went to the jungle on day,
jungle one day, jungle one day.
I saw a lion on the way
And this is what he said, “ROAR!”
(Other animals: snake, monkey, elephant, frog, etc.)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Action Rhyme: “Monkey See, Monkey Do”
Monkey see, monkey do
Little monkey at the zoo
Monkey, monkey in the tree
Can you ________ like me?
(jump around, swing your arms, scratch an itch, eat a banana, screech)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Flannel: Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree


Thursday Morning

Friday morning

Thursday’s craft was purchased during a Michaels clearance sale. Friday’s craft came from Crayola.com.

How It Went

Thursday morning
My regular storytime kids had a great time with this theme! They loved the two books with interactive parts: “If You’re Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition” and “From Head to Toe.” I had a new young lady this week who was an absolute delight — and she loved everything that we did from rhymes to songs to books to the craft. Her sincere thank-you at the end of storytime will remain one of the sweetest things I’ve ever encountered.

Friday morning
My daycare storytime groups included three different daycares! Since we had such a large group, I had to quickly come up with another craft because I did not have enough supplies for the amount of kids that came. Luckily, I had these puppets cut out, stored away for a rainy day. (When I have a surplus of volunteers or nothing for them to do, they cut out simple crafts for days just like this!) This group was hugely enthusiastic and I was pleased to see that at least one daycare knew almost every song or rhyme that we did! And even though I had to do a last minute craft, the kids were really engaged by coloring their elephants. They had a lot of creative moments once I presented my very unusual elephant.

6 comments on “Jungle!

  1. Simone
    August 1, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    I am doing a Jungle theme storytime next week. The books and extensions are perfect. Thanks for the suggestions.


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