The Plan


Charlie the Chick by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker
Clip-Clop! by Nicola Smee
Cock-a-Doodle Quack Quack by Ivor Baddiel and Sophie Jubb
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown
My Farm Friends by Windell Minor

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Open Up the Barn Door”
Open up the barn door, the spring goes “Boink.”
There’s a pig in the barn, saying, “Oink, oink, oink.”
Open up the barn door before the clock strikes two.
There’s a cow in the barn, saying, “Moo, moo, moo.”
Open up the barn door, it’s a sunny day.
There’s a horse in the barn, saying, “Neigh, neigh, neigh.”
Open up the barn door, singing, “Tra-la-la.”
There’s a sheep in the barn, saying, “Baa, baa, baa.”
Open up the barn door, while the sky is blue.
There’s a rooster in the barn, saying, “Cock-a-doodle-do!”
Open up the barn door and don’t get off the track.
There’s a duck in the barn, saying, “Quack, quack, quack.”
Credit: Addison Public Library

Flannelboard: “Ten Fluffy Chickens”

Action Rhyme: “Ten Galloping Horses”
Ten galloping horses came through the town
Five were white and five were brown
They galloped up and galloped down
Ten galloping horses came through town
Credit: Perry Public Library

Song: “Over in the Barnyard” (Tune: “Down By the Station”)
Over in the barnyard
Early in the morning
See the yellow chickies
Standing in a row
See the busy farmer
Giving them their breakfast
Cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep
Off they go (remove finger puppet)
[Also, pink piggies and spotted cows]
Credit: Teach-nology Farm Songs


This was a kit from Oriental Trading. All of the animals were self-stick, so this was a GREAT choice for storytime!

How It Went

Thursday morning
My Thursday kids were bananas for the craft! I have never seen these kids more enthusiastic about sticking stickers on their barns. As for the stories, their favorite was “Charlie Chick” — that book steals the show every time! And they had a great time making animal noises during “Open Up the Barn Door.”

Friday morning
My Friday kids were absolute GOLD during this storytime. Participating in every story, energetically doing the fingerplays and action rhymes, and singing along loud and proud during the songs. I can honestly say that the kids really enjoyed each of the books that I choose and it was hard to pick their favorite. But…they are in a phase when they LOVE when I’m wrong, so “Cock-a-Doodle-Quack-Quack” probably got the biggest laughs!


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