Monday, February 13, 2023

Farm Frolics: Toddler Time

Lots of material here - may have to pick & choose! Did this for a very young audience 1-3 year olds

Sign Language Song: "Brand New Day" - track #1 from Pick Me Up: Fun Songs for Learning Signs

You’ll Sing A Song by Ella Jenkins

Song on: Raffi’s “The Corner Grocery Store”
You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song
And we’ll sing a song together.
You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song
In warm or wintry weather.
Continue with: clap your hands, stomp your feet, dance a jig, flap your arms, etc.
To settle the crowd, close with: sit right down


Welcome Song (tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Welcome, welcome everyone
Now you’re here we’ll have some fun.
First we’ll clap our hands just so
Then we’ll bend and touch our toes
Welcome, welcome everyone
Now you’re here we’ll have some fun.

Crowded farmhouse:

Book (optional props - mentioned this and other books are fun to act out with stuffed animals & a card table): A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson (variation of the old folktale, a woman complains that her house is too small until a wise old man suggests she bring in her chicken, goat, pig and cow! – great refrain to do with the kids, can also act this out with the kids holding puppets).  I chant this with the kids but there is also a musical version available here:

Singable Book: Sitting on the Farm by Bob King (Another fun book with great repeating lines, kids love finding the unusual locations for the telephones. Can also act it out with puppets.)  A musical version is here: (I use a slightly different tune.)

Farm Sounds (puppets or use the animals in a book such as Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner)

Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”


The cow in the barn goes “moo moo moo”

“moo moo moo”, “moo moo moo”

The cow in the barn goes “moo moo moo”

All around the fair.  


… pigs in the pen go oink, oink, oink…

… hens in the coop go cluck, cluck, cluck…

… horses in the field go neigh, neigh, neigh…

… bees in the hive say buzz, buzz, buzz…

… lambs on the pen go baa, baa, baa…

… bunnies in the hutch go (silently wiggle nose

        with finger), etc.

Singable Book: Mary Had a Little Lamb (Bruce McMillan's photo-illustrated version is my favorite - unavailable this year)

Song/Puppets: “Cluck Cluck Red Hen” from Raffi’s Singable Songs Collection.(mention concept of a piggyback song.) Lyrics here:,_Cluck,_Red_Hen

Cluck Cluck Red Hen (puppets)

Lyrics by Raffi, Tune:  "Baa Baa Black Sheep" Song on Raffi's album "The Corner Grocery Store"


Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

One for your sweater and one for your rug,

And one for your blanket to keep you warm and snug.

(repeat first two lines)


Cluck, Cluck, Red Hen, have you any eggs?

Yes sir, yes sir, as many as your legs.

One for your breakfast and one for your lunch,

Come back tomorrow, I'll have another bunch.

(repeat first two lines)


Moo, Moo, Brown Cow, have you milk for me?

Yes sir, yes sir, as tasty as can be.                   

Churn it into butter, make it into cheese,

Freeze it into ice-cream or drink it if you please.

(repeat first two lines)


Buzz, Buzz, Busy Bee, is your honey sweet?

Yes sir, yes sir, sweet enough to eat.

Honey on your muffin, honey on your cake,

Honey by the spoonful, as much as I can make.

(repeat first two lines) 

Storytelling/Kids act out: The Three Little Pigs - skipped but talked about doing this at home

Singable Book: Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming (I sing this to the tune “Skip to My Lou My Darling.”)

The Squishy-Squooshy (Action)

Tune: “The Hokey-Pokey”

Pretend that you are a pig and there is a big mud puddle in front of you. Oooo-ooo glorious mud!

You put your                                        in.

You take your                                      out.

You put your                                        in and you moosh it all about.

You do the squishy-squooshy and you turn your self around.

That’s what it’s all about!

1) left hoof     2) right hoof   3) pig foot 4) piggy snout  5) pig belly   6) curly tail   7) whole piggy self

I’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor (puppet) – good stretch – use anytime

I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor,
and I don’t like it very very much.

Oh no, he’s swallowed my toe!
Oh rankle, he’s swallowed my ankle!

Oh fee, he’s swallowed my knee!

Oh sigh, he’s swallowed my thigh!

Oh fiddle, he’s swallowed my middle!

Oh heck, he’s up to my neck!

Oh dread, he’s swallowed my (gulp!)


Prop/Song: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

I Know An Old Lady (Do this with a volunteer, clear plastic bag, and puppets)

clip_image003Lyrics by Rose Bonne, tune by Alan Mills

Song on “Peter, Paul , and  Mommy, Too”


I know an old lady who swallowed a fly,

I don't know why she swallowed the fly,

Perhaps she'll die.


I know an old lady who swallowed a spider,

That wiggled and jiggled and tiggled inside her.

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,

I don't know why…

…bird / How absurd to swallow a bird

…cat / Imagine that -- to swallow a cat!

…dog / What a hog, to swallow a dog!…

…goat / She opened her throat and in walked that goat…

…cow / I don't know how she swallowed a cow

I know an old lady who swallowed a horse--(pause)  (spoken)  She's dead, of course!

Itsy Bitsy Spider (puppet)

Booktalked - craft possibility: 

Guessing Game Book: Color Farm by Lois Ehlert (colorful die-cut book which introduces kids to some of the more unusual shape names e.g. hexagon & oval)  Spots, Feathers & Curly Tales by Nancy Tafuri good for younger groups.

Sing  (Everyone joins hands in a circle – on the La, La’s – join hands in a circle and bring everyone to the center and then out again.  –then repeat the whole song…louder and stronger!)

Song by Joe Raposo,--  on “Sesame Street Platinum”

(Start singing quietly:)

Sing, Sing a song --

Sing out loud --

Sing out strong --

Sing of good things, not bad --

Sing of happy, not sad --


Sing, Sing a song --

Make it simple to last your whole life long --

Don't worry that it’s not good enough --

For anyone else to hear --

Just Sing, Sing a song!


La, La, La, La, La

La, La, La, La, La

La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La

Popcorn Parachute (with balls on top)

Popcorn (action) Song on Linda Arnold’s album "Make Believe"

Children can jump up & down on the “pops”
Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop!
First you take some oil, You put it in the pan,
Shake it up as fast as you can.
Put it on the fire, Wait for a while,
Pretty soon you've got popcorn!
Chorus: P-O-P-C-O-R-N!
Popcorn is a kid's best friend,
Munchee, crunchee, good for your lunchee,
Please pass the popcorn!
Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop!
Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop!
Add a little butter,
A little salt too,
Making popcorn is fun to do,
Fill your bowl to the very top,
But just make sure that you don't pop!
Repeat chorus, finish by repeating…
Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop! (2x)

Other material - skipped today: 

Going to the Farm (adapted from: “Going to the Zoo”) Song by Tom Paxton on his album “Goin’ to the Zoo and  Raffi’s “Singable Songs for the Very Young.”  (puppets)


Mommy's taking us to the farm tomorrow,

Fair tomorrow, farm tomorrow,

Mommy's taking us to the farm tomorrow,

We can stay all day.


We're going to the farm, farm, farm

We’ll see a cow in the barn, barn, barn

A sheep's wool keeps it warm, warm, warm

We're going to the farm, farm, farm. 


2. Look at all the chickens cluck, cluck, clucking

    Pecking at their food as they’re cluck, cluck, clucking

    Lots of pretty colors and they’re cluck, cluck, clucking

    We can stay all day.  (chorus)

3. Look at all the cows moo, moo, mooing

    Chewing their cuds and they’re moo, moo, mooing

    Giving lots of milk  moo, moo, mooing

    We can stay all day! (chorus)

4. Look at all the horses prance prance prancing,

    All around the rink, they’re prance prance prancing,,

    Ridden by their riders and they’re prance prance prancing,,

    We can stay all day.  (chorus)

5. Look at all the dogs bark, bark, barking,

    Lots of different kinds and they’re  bark, bark, barking,

    Can I pet one that’s bark, bark, barking?

    We can stay all day.  (chorus)

6. Goats in the pen all bleat, bleat, bleating,

    Brushed and clean and bleat, bleat, bleating,

    Trying to eat my shirt and bleat, bleat, bleating,

    We can stay all day.  (chorus)

7. Look at all the snakes all twisting and curling

    Big and small all twisting and curling

    Can I touch one all twisting and curling?

    We can stay all day.  (chorus)

8. (slower) We stayed all day and I'm gettin' kind of sleepy

    Sittin' in the car gettin' sleep sleep sleepy

    Home already and I'm sleep sleep sleepy

    We have stayed all day.

Final Chorus:

We've been to the farm, farm, farm

We saw a cow in the barn, barn, barn

A sheep's wool kept it warm, warm, warm

We've bee to the farm, farm, farm. 


BUT! Daddy’s taking us to the farm tomorrow (shoutWE CAN STAY ALL DAY!


Flannel (or book): Very Busy Spider -- Eric Carle (one by one, the animals ask spider to join them but she is too busy…until she finally catches that fly.) “Spider catches the fly in her web, but I know someone else who catches a fly a different way (opening my mouth very wide as a clue) – anyone know who that is?”

Sign Language Song: "Hear the Little Doggie" - track #8 from Pick Me Up

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