Toddler Programs Chapter

Stomp, Stomp, Stomp

Books to Share

  • Elephant Moon by Bijou Le Tord.
  • I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A Kimmel.
  • Never Mail an Elephant by Mike Thaler.
  • Stand Back, Said The Elephant, I’m Going to Sneeze! by Patricia and Patty Thomas.
  • The Elephant Tree by Penny Dale.

Books to Show and Booktalk

  • Elmer by David McKee.
  • I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh.
  • Emily and Albert by Jan Ormerod.
  • Can You Move Like an Elephant by J. Hindley.


Serve peanut butter on crackers for the children.

Some children may have peanut allergies; provide soy nut butter or apple butter as an alternative. Or, serve marshmallow “circus peanuts” as a treat.


The Elephant Goes


The elephant goes like this and that, (Sway from side to side)

He terribly big (Puff up cheeks)

And he’s terribly fat, (stretch out arms)

He has no fingers, (Wiggle fingers)

He has no toes, (Wiggle toes)

But goodness, gracious, (Open eyes wide in surprise)

What a nose! (Pull hands out from face to suggest long trunk)

Saggy Baggy

(Traditional. Adapted by Jeanette Larson.)

The elephant has a trunk for a nose (Swing your arm in front of your face, while swaying back and forth)

And up and down it goes. (Swing your arm up and down)

The elephant wears such a saggy, baggy hide, (Wiggle your arms next to your body)

Surely two elephants could fit inside! (Hold up two fingers)


Ten Little Elephants

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

1 little, 2 little, 3 little elephants,

4, little, 5 little, 6 little elephants,

7, little, 8 little, 9 little elephants,

10 little elephants stomping around.

Elephant Walk


Right foot, left foot,

See me go.

I am gray,

And big and slow.

Watch me walking

Down the street

With my trunk

And four big feet.

Dance and Movement Songs

Use the song, “One Elephant Went Out to Play,” on The Elephant Show, Vol. 1 by Sharon, Lois and Bram to lead the children in an elephant walk around the room.


Elephant Mask


Precut elephant masks for the children. Let the children color their elephant masks. Measure enough elastic string or ribbon to fit the child’s head. Punch a hole on each side of the mask and attach the elastic string or ribbon to the mask. If you use elastic string, use one piece and let the children slip the mask on. If you use ribbon, tie the mask around their heads.

Elephant Collage

  • Clip art picture of an elephant
  • Multi-colored tissue paper
  • Paper cups
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes

Photocopy a picture of an elephant for each child. (You may use patterns from the Animal Counting Craft or from the Animal Rubbing Craft. Or, you will find many clip art pictures of elephants by searching Microsoft Office Clip Art and Media at Precut multi-colored tissue paper into small squares. Give each child a picture of an elephant, some colorful tissue squares, a paintbrush, and a small cup of water. The children place the small squares of tissue paper onto the elephant and “paint” over them with the paintbrush and water. They can overlap colors to create a collage. When the paper dries, the color from the tissue paper absorbs into it. When the tissue falls off, a multi-colored elephant appears! Read Elmer by David McKee while the paper dries.


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

  • At the Zoo. (25 minutes)
  • Kids Love the Circus. (40 minutes)


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

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

Page last modified: June 14, 2011