Program for Toddlers

Chick, Chick, Chickens / Pío, Pío, Pollitos

By Paula Gonzales

Books to Share

First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

La gallina hambrienta / Hungry Hen by Richard Waring

Las gallinas de la Señora Sato / Mrs. Sato's Hens by Laura Min, Alma Flor Ada, and Benrei Huang

El paseo de Rosie / Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins

Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins

Books to Show or Booktalk

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett

Los Animales No Se Visten by Judi Barrett

La gallinita roja by Byron Barton

The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton


Chicken Nametag

Use the pattern provided at the end of this chapter to create chicken nametags for the children.

Costumes and Props

Greet the children with a chicken hand puppet as they are gathering for storytime. Allow the children to pet the puppet if they ask. Since this is a toddler audience, keep your puppet a good distance away for those children who are not comfortable with puppets.


"Diez Gallinitas" in Ring a Ring O' Roses: Fingerplays for Pre-School Children, 9th Ed. by Flint Public Library.

La gallina Francolina

(Tradicional. Cuente los dedos hasta ocho.)

La gallina Francolina,

puso un huevo en la cocina.

Puso uno, puso dos

puso tres, puso cuatro,

puso cinco, puso seis,

puso siete, puso ocho,

puso un pan de bizcocho.

Little Hen Francis

(Traditional. Translated by Paula Gonzales. Count with your fingers up to eight as you recite this rhyme.)

The little hen Francis,

Laid an egg in the kitchen.

She laid one and two.

She laid three and four.

She laid five and six.

She laid seven and eight.

And she finally made a cake!


Los pollitos

(Tradicional. Listen to this song on the Texas State Library's El Día de los Niños / El Día de los Libros website at Suit the actions to words.)

Los pollitos dicen "pío, pío, pío,"

Cuando tienen hambre, cuando tienen frío.

La gallina busca

El maíz y el trigo,

Les da su comida,

Y les presta abrigo.

Bajo sus dos alas acurrucaditos

Hasta el otro día

Duermen los pollitos.

Baby Chicks

(Translated by Paula Gonzales)

Little baby chicks sing "cheep, cheep, cheep,"

When they're feeling hungry and they're feeling cold.

The mother hen looks

For food and water,

So she can feed her chicks and

Comfort them.

Close your wings and hug them tight

Until tomorrow,

Sleep well my baby chicks.

Action Rhymes

Los Sonidos de los Animalitos

(Tradicional. Suit actions to words.)

Detrás de doña Pata

Corren los patitos;

Por allí, por allá,

Cuá, cuá, cuá. Cuá, cuá, cuá.

Detrás de doña Gallina

Siguen los pollitos;

Por allí, por allá

Pío, pa, pío, pa. Pío, pa, pío, pa.

Detrás de doña Cabra

Van los cabritos;

Por allí, por allá,

Baa, baa, baa. Baa, baa, baa.

Sounds the Animals Make

(Traditional. Suit actions to the words.)

Behind mother duck

Run three baby ducks.

Quack, quack, quack. Quack, quack, quack.

Behind mother hen

Run three baby chicks.

Cheep, cheep, cheep. Cheep, cheep, cheep.

Behind mother goat

Run three baby goats.

Baa, baa, baa. Baa, baa, baa.

Flannel Boards

"Animals/Animales" in Flannel Board Stories for Infants and Toddlers: Bilingual Edition by Ann Carlson and Mary Carlson. This flannel board includes various farm animals that toddlers will enjoy mimicking.


Chicken Hat

  • Chicken patternA photo of a doll wearing a crafted chicken hat. The chicken is white paper circular body and head with a colored beak and a red comb on the top of its head. Two large yellow chicken legs extend down to the sides of the doll's face.
  • Poster board
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • White card stock
  • Stapler
  • Glue (optional)

In advance, trace chickens onto white card stock using the pattern provided at the end of this chapter. Cut out the chickens. Also in advance cut poster board into strips that can serve as headbands. Allow the children to color the chickens. Fit the headband to the child's head and staple in place. Staple the chicken body onto the headband and then glue or staple the legs on to each side of the chicken.

Games and Activities

Egg Hunting Activity

Hide six to ten plastic eggs in two large plastic storage containers or sensory tables filled with plastic grass. Let the children take turns finding as many eggs as they can. Count the eggs and name their colors.

Craft Materials

8-Chicken Nametag Pattern

Printer Friendly PDF Version (176 KB) (Full Page)

A full page of patterns of four chicken head nametags.


Chicken Hat Craft Pattern

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This full page contains five shapes to use as patterns to make a chicken hat. There is a piece for the comb, the beak, the head, the body, and the leg.


Texas Reading Club 2011 Programming Manual / Dig Up a Good Book!

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

Page last modified: June 14, 2011