Toddler Programs Chapter

Jungle Boogie Woogie

Books to Share

  • The Bird, the Monkey, and the Snake in the Jungle by Kate Banks.
  • How Loud is a Lion? by Clare Beaton.
  • Roar! A Noisy Counting Book by Pamela Duncan Edwards.
  • Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae.
  • Splash! by Flora McDonnell.
  • Through the Heart of the Jungle by Jonathan Emmett.

Books to Show and Booktalk

  • Curious Creatures: Thunder in the Jungle by Jean Christie.
  • Jungle Boogie by Sally Crabtree.
  • Jungle Snuggles: Monkey by Patti Jennings.
  • Who’s in the Jungle?: Lift the-Flap ‘n’ Learn by Heather Gondek.


Serve animal crackers.



(Adapted by Shelly Lane)

Chimpanzee, chimpanzee,

Turn around, (Turn around)

Chimpanzee, chimpanzee,

Touch the ground (Touch the ground)

Chimpanzee, chimpanzee,

Dance on your toes, (Dance on tip toes)

Chimpanzee, chimpanzee,

Touch your nose (Touch your nose)

Chimpanzee, chimpanzee,

Give a little clap, (Clap)

Chimpanzee, chimpanzee,

Take a nap! (Lay head on hands like sleeping)


Animals Stalking


Animals stalking through the jungle.

Monkeys swinging from the trees.

Snakes crawling through the jungle.

Elephants stomping on the ground.

Parrots squawking, lions roaring.

All through the jungle.

10 Little Tigers

(Adapted by Shelly Lane. Sing to the tune of “Ten Little Indians.”)

1 little, 2 little, 3 little tigers,

4, little, 5 little, 6 little tigers,

7, little, 8 little, 9 little tigers,

10 little tigers stalking around.

The Animals In the Jungle Say

(Adapted by Shelly Lane. Sing to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus.")

The parrots in the jungle say squawk, squawk, squawk,

Squawk, squawk, squawk, squawk, squawk, squawk.

The parrots in the jungle say squawk, squawk, squawk, all day long.

Continue, substituting additional animals:

Monkeys…eee, eee, eee

Lions…roar, roar, roar

Tigers…grr, grr, grr

Snakes…sss, sss, sss

Audio Recordings

Play “Wimoweh: The Lion Sleeps Tonight” on Waddaya Think of That by Laurie Berkner.

Flannel Boards

I Went to the Jungle One Day

(Adapted by Shelly Lane. Create flannel board animals using the patterns for the Animal Counting Craft or from the Animal Rubbing Craft. As the story is told, attach the animal to the flannel board and make the appropriate animal sound.)

I went to the jungle one day,

I saw a lion and this is what he said: "ROAR"!

Continue with other jungle animals.

Monkey… “oh-oh-oh”

Snake… “sss sss sss”


Silly Snakes

  • White paper plates
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons
  • Small sticker dots
  • Red curly ribbon



Precut paper plates into spirals until you are about 5 inches from the end, as shown in the illustration. Make the head of the snake at the center of the plate a little bigger than the rest of the body. Make one snake per child. Let the children color their snakes with crayons. Add a sticker dot for the eye and glue on a red curly ribbon for its tongue.

Colorful Parrots

  • Parrot patterns
  • Sand
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter
  • Colored feathers
  • Glue sticks
  • Colors or markers

Cut out a parrot for each child. The children will decorate them with either colored sand or glitter and feathers. If you use colored sand, add a few drops of food coloring to a small jar of sand and shake it up. Let the children color their parrots with colors or markers. Then, they rub glue sticks on them and sprinkle either the colored sand or glitter onto the glue. As a finishing touch, they glue on feathers.

Lion Face

  • Large paper plates
  • Brown, yellow, and orange construction paper
  • Pieces of yarn
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons or markers

Children will decorate their lion faces with either yarn or construction paper. Precut pieces of yarn or thin strips of brown, yellow, and orange in various lengths, but not longer than a few inches. Give each child a large paper plate and lots of brown, yellow and orange yarn or construction paper strips. Let the children color the plate and design the lion's face, and then glue strips of construction paper or yarn around the edge to make a furry mane.



We’re Going to The Jungle

(Chant to the rhythm of “We’re Going On a Bear Hunt.”)

We’re going to the jungle,

To see what we can see. (Hold hand above eyes)

We’ve got our cameras, (Pretend to click a camera)

And binoculars, too! (Pretend to look through binoculars)

Uh-oh! There’s a lion (Make a face like you are scared)

A fierce lion!

We can’t go near it. (Shake head, “no”)

We don’t want to scare it. (Hold hands up as if startled)

Look through your binoculars. (Pretend to look through binoculars)

Take a picture, too. (Pretend to click a camera)

Continue the chant, substituting various animals for each verse:

…elephant…huge elephant…

…snake…slimy snake…

…chimpanzee…swinging chimpanzee…

…crocodile…snapping crocodile…

End with this verse:

Uh-oh! There’s a wildebeest

A wild wildebeest! (Wiggle hands wildly)

We can’t go near it.

Let’s go home! (Pretend to turn around)

Past the crocodile,

Past the snapping crocodile.

(Act out or mime the animal as you go back past each animal you met on your trip)

…chimpanzee…swinging chimpanzee…

…snake…slimy snake…

…elephant…huge elephant…

…lion…fierce lion…

Whew finally home! (Wipe your brow in relief)

No more jungle trips for us! (Relax)


Display these videos for home use or show short segments if you have public performance rights.

  • Sesame Street: Alphabet Jungle Game. (30 minutes)
  • Disney's Sing Along Songs: The Jungle Book - The Bare Necessities. (27 minutes)


Texas Reading Club 2005 Programming Manual / Go Wild...Read!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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