Swamp Animals Storytime

For me, personally, making an entire lesson plan around one animal is constricting and difficult. Instead, I go by habitat or related animals.


Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite by Nicola O’Byrne and Nick Bromley

Where is Mama? by Yating Hung

Turtle Tug to the Rescue by Michael Slack


“Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

I always start “Row Row Row Your Boat” with the classic version and then bring out the alligator puppet for a fun, and loud, twist!

“Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
And if you see an alligator
Don’t forget to scream!

“Croak Said the Frog”

An interactive fingerplay. This one is even more fun with a frog puppet!

“Croak said the frog”
Croak said the frog (make croaking sound)
with his golder eyes. (fists up to eyes)
sitting on a lily pad, (crouch on the ground)
catching flies (grab air with hand)
I have a sticky tongue (stick out your tongue)
It’s as fast as can be…
And I catch the mosquitoes (catch bugs again)
1-2-3 (count on three fingers)

“Froggies Are Cool”

This is a very short little rhyme that works well with scarfs or any other colorful object that you can pass out to the tots.

“Froggies Are Cool”
Little green froggies, if you want to be cool,
Come right up and jump into the pool!
(repeat with yellow, blue, and other scarf colors)


Byrne and Bromley’s Open Very Carefully is one of my favorite storytime books of all time. Even the parents and caregivers laugh at that book! Storytime success!

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