I don't know why I've never done a zoo themed story time before. This was the most fun I've had at story time in a loooooong time.
Song: Good Morning
Finger Play: I Had a Little Turtle
Flannel: Alphabet Soup- ZOO
Book: Pssst! by Adam Rex
Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Song: Open, Shut Them
Flannel: Dear Zoo
Song: Going to the Zoo from Peter, Paul And Mommy
Song: Shake Your Sillies Out from The Singable Songs Collection (20th Anniversary Special Edition)
Book: Class Two at the Zoo by Julia Jarman
Baby Bounce: Criss Cross, Line, Line
Song: Turn Around from Getting to know Myself
Make and Take Craft: Zoo Puppets
-crayons or markers
Process: Before story time I cut out several animal shapes to match the animals that we saw in the Dear Zoo flannel. The kids then decorated the animals and glued the popsicle sticks on to make puppets.
Time: Prep took 15 minutes, the craft took 30. There was some animal theater involved.