Toddler Programs Chapter

By Miranda Bauer and WyLaina Hildreth

Cat and Dog Swing

Books to Share

Good Boy, Fergus! by David Shannon.

Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle.

I Want A Pet by Lauren Child.

Pet Animals by Lucy Cousins


Dog Bone

Use Ellison die cuts to make shapes of animals that are common pets, such as cats, dogs, birds, and mice. Write the name of the child on the shape of the animal. Or, cut out bones using the pattern at the end of this program.


Five Kittens

Five little kittens standing in a row, (hold up five fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so. (bend fingers)
They run to the left; they run to the right. (run fingers to the left and then to the right)
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight. (stretch fingers out tall)
Along comes a dog who’s in for some fun. (hold up one finger from opposite hand)
ME-OW! See those little kittens run! (let fingers run)


Sing “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Flannel Boards

Hey Diddle Diddle

Make a flannel board for the nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle” with the following pieces: cat, dog, moon, cow, dish and spoon. The DLTK’s web site has an example of the shapes needed at Recite the rhyme and put the pieces on the board. Have the children recite the rhyme with you.


My Pet

  • Construction paper in various colors
  • Glue
  • Markers

Precut various colors of construction paper into a variety of shapes. Allow the children to glue these shapes onto a piece of construction paper in any manner they wish to make a pet. If they would like, allow them to color and decorate their pet. If they name the pet, write the name of the pet on the paper.

Books to Display or Booktalk

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag.

Moonbear’s Pet by Frank Asch.

Pick A Pet by Shelley Rotner.

Bulletin Board

Display short poems about pets on poster-sized paper on the bulletin board. Provide pictures of cats and dogs for the toddlers to color, from the printable animal coloring pages at Fun with at Hang the children’s creations on the board.


Ask library staff to bring in photos of their pets. Display these photos along with photos of the staff members. You may also include puppets such as dogs, cats, birds, mice, rats, and hedgehogs in the display.

Audio Recordings

Wonder Pets! by Wonder Pets.

Web Sites

DLTK’s: Hey Diddle Diddle

Very easy to use template for the nursery rhyme.

Fun With Pictures: Pet Animals Coloring Pages

This web site contains printable coloring pages of pets.

Professional Resources

Disney: Pets and Toddlers

Disney web site that has expert advice on integrating pets into a toddler’s life.

Library Storytime: Toddler Theme - Pets

A blog with tips and hints on doing a theme on pets.

Craft Materials

Dogbone Nametags

Dogbone Nametags Sheet - Eight Dog Bones

Texas Reading Club 2009 Programming Manual / Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas!

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

Page last modified: June 14, 2011