I found this rhyme forever ago in Jane Cobb’s book, “I’m a Little Teapot! Presenting Preschool Storytime.” That was the first storytime training manual I found that contained rhymes and songs which didn’t seem to me like they came from a MLS textbook from the 1800s. Unfortunately it is out of print. Fortunately, my libary school buddy Miss Allison (who BTW has an awesome blog, Lightsome Librarian) recently informed me that Ms. Cobb’s newer book “What'll I Do with the Baby-o? More than 350 Rhymes and Songs to Use in Play with Babies and Toddlers” is still available. It’s full of super-dope baby rhymes with lots of suggested ECRR asides. But, I digress.
Animals Colors is a versatile action rhyme which can be used as filler or with Animals/Pets/Colors/Movement themes. I will put up all the felt pieces at the beginning and ask for help identifying the animals or their colors. The I tell them we are going to pretend to be animals and start the rhyme. It goes a little like this:
"Can you hop like a white rabbit?
Put up hands as bunny ears and hop around
Can you jump like a green frog?
Squat down and start jumping and ribbeting
Can you waddle like a yellow duck?
Keep squatting, stick thumbs in armpits, waddle and quack
Can you wag your tail like a brown dog?
Start barking and shake your booty
Can you fly like a blue bird?
Stand up and flap arm wings while tweeting
Can you swim like a red fish?
Hold hands together in front of you and mimic swimming
Can you sit back down and be as still as this?"
I love rhymes that finish with a centering activity!