Category: Puppet Songs

Who Took the Cookies?

Who Took the Cookies?

Who Took the Cookies Flannel

Bonnie Lass’ version of Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? is a southwest party through the desert. Like Who Ate All the Cookie Dough, this story puts a new spin on the classic song.

Here’s a Who Took the Cookies craft. You can copy the pumpkin “cookie jar” on orange paper, then glue the animals to popsicle sticks to create a peek-a-boo craft.

If you’re thinking of storytelling with puppets, you’ll need:

  • Pumpkin “cookie jar” prop
  • skunk
  • mouse
  • raven
  • squirrel
  • rabbit
  • turtle
  • raccoon
  • snake
  • beaver
  • frog
  • ant

What’s your favorite rhyming story?

For more storytime ideas, check out Flannel Friday and this week’s Roundup.

Using Finger Puppets with Music

I use puppets in a variety of ways in storytime. One way to use a mix of finger puppets (for the children) and hand puppets (for you) is to sing a song. If I want to begin storytime with a puppet song, I’ll hand out the finger puppets as the children enter the storytime room. If I’m using stick puppets, I sometimes place a pair in a baggie and hide them under the children’s mats that they sit on. When I’m ready, I ask them to find a surprise to use. Or if the wiggles have taken over the room, I just pass them out while everyone waits for a turn. I like using vinyl puppets because I can wash them easily. They are costly, though, and I try to incorporate the cost into grants or special funding. If you’re just starting, you can create your own finger puppets using this easy technique from Mel’s Desk.

Here are a few videos you can watch to see different ways of using puppets with music. If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you’ll find more songs with a list of puppets you’ll need to spice up your program!

Susan Salidor’s extended version of Two Little Blackbirds teaches opposites. You can use any puppets you have for this song (I usually incorporate the summer reading theme and use this song as the welcome song all summer):

I like to use Carole Peterson’s There’s a Dog in School with early preschoolers. It helps teach them the alphabet. I’ve included lyrics and a set of make-your-own finger puppets here: There’s a Dog in School:

A high energy song is Laurie Berkner’s Pig On Her Head (Alternate version). I created a handout with lyrics and finger puppets here: Pig on Her Head Alt Version:

A soothing song I like to use when I need the children to calm down is Laurie Berkner’s Goodnight. The lyrics and puppets (frog, owl, tiger, kid) to make are here: Goodnight by Laurie Berkner:

For more puppet song ideas, try these:

Little Groove’s Puppet on Your Finger (you can use any finger puppet you have!):

The original Laurie Berkner song, Pig on Her Head, (pig, cow, sheep, alligator, elephant and skunk):

Mother Goose Rocks’ take on Old MacDonald set to a Taylor Swift song (cow, pig, horse, duck):

Kimmy Schwimmy’s Mr. Owl (owl, bird, kitty):

Raffi’s Little White Duck classic (duck, frog, bug, snake):

Little Groove’s I Love My Pets (dog, cat, fish):

Carole Peterson’s Say Good Day (cows, pigs, dogs, chickens, kids):

For other storytime ideas check out Story Time with the Library Lady, or Flannel Friday.

What’s your favorite puppet song to use in storytime?

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