Storytime: Alligator


“Snip Snap! What’s That?” by Mara Bergman
“Very Boring Alligator” by Jean Gralley
“Doodle Bites” by Polly Dunbar
“There’s an Alligator Under My Bed” by Mercer Mayer

 Alligator Rap

Tap, tap, tap (clap 3 times)
Do the alligator rap

Swish your tail in time (shake bottom)
To the alligator rhyme

Spread those scaly claws (hold up hands)
On your alligator paws

Stomp your scaly feet (stomp feet)
To the alligator beat

Tap, tap, tap (clap 3 times)
Do the alligator rap!

Alligator, Alligator Turn Around

Alligator, alligator turn around
Alligator, alligator touch the ground
Alligator, alligator dance on your toes
Alligator, alligator touch your nose
Alligator, alligator jump up now
Alligator, alligator take a bow
Alligator, alligator stomp your feet
Alligator, alligator take a seat

Source: Jbrary

Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree

Five little monkeys swinging in a tree (hold up 5 fingers)
Teasing Mr. Alligator “You can’t catch me, no you can’t catch me” (shake finger)
Along comes Mr. Alligator, as quiet as can be (put hands together and move slowly)
And snatch that monkey right out of the tree (clamp down hands)

(Count down)

Five Little Alligators

This could be turned into a flannel board but I ran out of time!

One little alligator swimming in a pool
(hold up 1 finger, make swimming motion)
Another comes along and now there are two
(hold up 2 fingers)
Two little alligators swimming by a tree
(swimming motion)
Another comes along and now there are three
(hold up 3 fingers)
Three little alligators swimming near the shore
(swimming motion)
Another comes along and now there are four
(hold up 4 fingers)
Four little alligators swim, splash and dive
(swimming motion)
Another comes along and now there are five
(hold up 5 fingers)
Five little alligators having lots of fun
Mama calls, “It’s time for bed!”
(cup hands over mouth)
and now the fun is done

How it Went: This storytime was for families, I had 8 children all between the ages of 1 to 6. This program is held at night and children come in this PJs, because of this we always end the storytime by passing out felt stars, singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Star Light, Star Bright. Due to the wide range in ages I try to use 3-4 shorter books and lots of action songs. They really enjoyed chomping around like alligators.

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