Storytime: Crocodiles and Alligators

After last week’s kissy, love-filled Valentine’s storytime I needed a topic to cut the mush. Crocs and alligators to the rescue!

Books of the Day:

The Crocodile Who Didn’t like Water by Gemma Merino
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Alligators and Crocodiles: Hunters of the Night by Elaine Landau

Songs and Actions of the Day:

Ukulele Opening

Tune: This Old Man

Storytime, storytime,
Welcome to our storytime,
with lots of books
And fun for me and you
We will sing and dance too!
After we sing this for a verse we add other actions to the song (…clap your hands for storytime, clap your hands for storytime…) I end with …shhh be quiet for storytime…

Recorded Song: Laurie Berkner’s These Are My Glasses

Recorded Song: Laurie Berkner’s We Are the Dinosaurs

Alligators/Crocodiles are pretty much the same as marching dinosaurs, right?

Action Rhyme:  Alligator, Alligator


I used an alligator puppet during this action rhyme. During the “you can’t catch me!” I snapped the jaws at the kids. It caused lots of cute giggles.

Alligator, alligator
Long and green
Alligator, alligator,
Teeth so mean
Snapping at a fly

Snapping at a bee
Snapping at a frog
But you can’t catch me!
From: Storytime Katie

Ukulele Song: Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Alligator Version)

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
If you see an alligator don’t forget to scream!

We added things we would do if we saw an alligator:
…swim away quick!
…wave our arms and jump up and down!
…say, “Hello, alligator!”

Digital App

Instead of an app this week we watched a short clip of alligators and crocodiles. The kids loved it.


Letter of the Day: C

Literacy Tip of the Day: Read!

It’s important to introduce kids to both fiction and nonfiction books. Even if nonfiction books appear harder or more complicated, kids are often drawn to the real-life pictures. Try just reading the captions of the pictures!

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