Storytime: Horse


“Horseplay” by Karma Wilson
“Clip-Clop” by Nicola Smee
“Are You a Horse?” by Andy Rash

Ten Galloping Horses

Ten galloping horses
(hold up 10 fingers)
Came through town
(slap hands on legs)
Five were white
(hold up 5 fingers)
And five were brown
(hold up 5 fingers)
They galloped up
(slap up to top of thighs)
They galloped down
(slap down to knees)
Ten galloping horses
(hold up 10 fingers)
Came through down
(flap hands on legs)

Source: Kings Count Library System

Colored Horses

If your horse is the color blue,
Gallop it on your shoe!
If you have a blue horse,
Come put it in the barn, of course!

(repeat with)

yellow- gallop it on your elbow

green- gallop it on  your knee

purple- gallop it in a circle

red- gallop it on your head

Giddy-Up! (Tune: William Tell Overture)

I had the children stand up, pretend they were riding a horse and gallop around the room. They had to stop when I said “Whoooah horsie.”

Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up-up-up
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up-up-up
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up-up-up
Whoooooah, horsie!

(repeat with different tempos)

Source: The Loudest Librarian

I Gave My Horse an Apple

I gave my horse an apple
(hold out hand)
And she gave me a neigh

I gave my horse a carrot
(hold out hand)
And she moved her head this way
(move head up and down)
I gave my horse a sugar lump
(hold out hand)
And she gave me a smile
(big smile)
And then she took me for a ride
For more than half a mile
(slap hands on thighs)


I was crunched for time this week so the craft wasn’t very elaborate. I just cut out pictures of a horse, had the children color them and then cut fringe on the tail and mane. Once they were done and the horse was glued to a craft stick we played a game of red light, green light with galloping. Even though I didn’t find the craft exciting the kids did enjoy them and played with their horses all through the department after story time. This craft just goes to show that bigger isn’t always better!

How it Went: “Are You a Horse?” was definitely the crowd favorite, after I finished reading it one child (who is usually rolling on the floor while I read) goes “Now that was funny!” I wish I had time to make a more elaborate craft and flannel board but the kids had a blast.

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