In the Tall, Tall GrassHere at the library we are in the middle of our summer reading program Dig into Reading! All of our events this month, including our preschool story times, are based on the “digging” theme. This past week, we had an Underground Animals Story Time. Check out what we did!


First, we sang our greeting song, Here, Here sung to the tune of Skip to My Lou.

Here, Here
We’re all here
Here, Here
We’re all here
Here, Here
We’re all here
We’re all here today
Hello [sing child’s name], How are you? (Repeat two times)
We’re glad you’re here today!


Next, we performed the Action Rhyme Animals Underground by Lucia Kemp Henry.

Here is the mole that lives underground (Close eyes and put hands under your chin)
Here are the ants in their underground town. (Use fingers to scurry on the back of the other hand)
Here is a mouse in her warm little den. (Wrap arms around torso)
Here are the worms and there are ten. (Hold up hands and wiggle ten fingers)
Here is the turtle where he likes to hide. (Make a fist for the turtle’s shell and wiggle thumb for the turtle’s head)
Here are the two toads sitting side by side. (Place two closed fists side by side)
All of these creatures live underground (Point to the ground)
Look very closely or they’ll never be found (Place hand above eyebrows like you are looking closely)


We read And Then It’s Spring written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin E. Stead

and then it's spring

This book is filled with burrowing animals. The children had a fun time finding these animals on the pages.


We sang The Ants Go Marching. We stood up and moved around for this one!

The ants go marching one by one, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stopped to suck his thumb.
And they all go marching down around the town.
Boom, Boom, Boom.

Other verses:
The ants go marching two by two…
The little one stopped to tie shoe…

The ants go marching three by three…
The little one stopped to climb a tree…

The ants go marching four by four…
The little one stopped to shut the door…

The ants go marching five by five…
The little one stopped to take a dive…

The ants go marching six by six…
The little one stopped to pick up sticks…

The ants go marching seven by seven…
The little one stopped to say ‘My Heaven’…

The ants go marching eight by eight…
The little one stopped to shut the gate…

The ants go marching nine by nine…
The little one stopped to scratch his spine…

The ants go marching ten by ten…
The little one stopped to say THE END!


Wiggle Worms was a fun activity that I found at the Little Family Fun Website. I cut out green strips and drew worms on some of them (the website suggests putting hearts on the rest of the strips, but I left them blank). The strips were put in a bag and the children picked from it. If they picked a strip with a worm the whole group had to get up and wiggle!


We read In the Tall, Tall Grass written and illustrated by Denise Fleming. Simple rhythm and rhyme and bright illustrations make this book a hit with preschoolers. Underground animals in this book include moles, ants, and frogs.


We sang Five Little Speckled Frogs. See a great video demonstrating the actions that go with this song here:


We end the story and song portion of story time with our closing song Hands Go Up to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Children do the accompanying movements.

Hands go up and hands go down
I can spin around and round
I can jump upon two shoes
I can clap and so can you
I can wave, now show we how
Story Time is done for now


For our craft, we made Paper Plate Hedgehogs. You can find this fun and easy craft at the Sunflower Storytime Blog. Children who were old enough to use scissors loved cutting the “quills” and coloring their hedgehogs.

We sure dug story time this week!

Until next time, Happy Reading!


the Singing Librarian


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