Program for Preschoolers

One, Two, Three, Dogs / Uno, dos, tres, Perros

By Paula Gonzales

Books to Share

Count On Clifford by Norman Bridwell

Counting With Apollo by Caroline Grégoire

Cuenta con Clifford by Norman Bridwell

Dogs Colorful Day: A Messy Story about Colors and Counting by Emma Todd

Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont

¡A tu ritmo! / Wiggle by Doreen Cronin

Books to Show or Booktalk

Apollo by Caroline Grégoire

Diez perros en la tienda by Clarie Masurel, Pamela Paparone, and Elena Moro

Dog by Matthew Van Fleet

Ten Dogs in the Window by Clarie Masurel and Pamela Paparone



Make a puppy nametag from a die cut machine or use the pattern included at the end of this chapter.

Costumes and Props

Use a dog puppet to greet the children as they are gathering for the storytime program. Allow the children to pet the puppet if they ask.


My Dog Rags


I have a dog and his name is Rags. (Point to yourself)

He eats so much that his tummy sags. (Put hands on stomach)

His ears flip flop and his tail wigwags, (Bend hands as if they are ears)

And when he walks he zig, zig, zags. (Shake like a dog)

Flip flop, wig wag, zig zag. (Bend hands as if they are ears)

Mi perro Lucho

(Translated by Paula Gonzales)

Tengo un perro y su nombre es Lucho.

él come mucho.

Las orejas cuelgan y su cola menea.

Va por todas partes.

Action Rhymes

I've Got a Dog

(Traditional. Suit actions to words.)

I've got a dog as thin as a rail,

He's got fleas all over his tail.

Every time his tail goes flop,

The fleas on the bottom all hop on the top.

Tengo un perro

(Translated by Paula Gonzales)

Tengo un perro muy delgado,

Y él tiene muchas pulgas.

Cuando él mueve la cola,

Todas las pulgas saltan arriba.

Audio Recording

"Diez Perritos" in Lirica infantil, Volumen 5 by José-Luis Orozco

Puppet Plays

"The Dog and His Bone" in Fantastic Theater: Puppets and Plays for Young Performers and Young Audiences by Judy Sierra.

Stories to Tell

"Perro: Una leyenda maya / Dog: A Mayan Legend" in The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories, and Fingerplays by Pam Schiller, Rafael Lara-Alecio, and Beverly J. Irby.


Puppy Hat

  • White, black, and pink construction paperA photo of a doll wearing a crafted puppy hat. The puppy face is white paper with black floppy ears and a black nose and eyes. A line has been drawn for the mouth and a pink tongue is hanging from it.
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Poster board
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stapler

Use the pattern provided at the end of this chapter to cut out shapes. Use white construction paper for the dog's head, black construction paper for dog ears and use pink construction paper for the dog's tongue. If you don't have construction paper, you can trace and cut out pieces for the children to color with crayons. Cut strips of poster board to form headbands. Glue the dog head onto a strip of poster board strip. Decorate the dog face with ears, eyes, and a mouth. Glue on the wiggly eyes. Measure the child's head and staple to fit.

Games and Activities

Pares y nones

(While singing this traditional song, the children form a circle, hold hands, and move clockwise or counterclockwise. When a designated child shouts out a number, the children must quickly form into groups of that number. If a child doesn't move fast enough to find a group with this number, he or she is out of the game. The game continues until no players are left.)

A pares y nones

vamos a jugar

el que quede solo

ese perderá.

Odd and Even Numbers

(Traditional. Translated by Paula Gonzales.)

Hurry, hurry grab a partner

We are going to play a number game.

If you don't choose.

You will lose.

Dog Bone Ice Breaker

In advance, cut out ten to fifteen white dog bones from thin foam sheets using the bone pattern from the Puppy Hat craft provided in this chapter. Write the numbers one through five on the back of each bone. As an ice breaker activity, give each of the children a foam bone. Call out a number and ask the children with that number to feed the dog puppet. You may have two to three children feeding the dog at once depending on how many sets of bones you prepared. This is a great interactive ice breaker activity in which children can feel encouraged to meet each other.

Professional Resources


The website offers printable crafts for kids, coloring pages, holiday projects and a variety of several educational resources.

Craft Materials

Puppy Nametag Pattern

Printer Friendly PDF Version (147 KB) (Full Page)

A full page of patterns of six puppy head nametags with a bone in its mouth to write names on.


Puppy Hat Craft Pattern *AND* Dog Bone Ice Breaker

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

This full page contains five shapes to use as patterns to make a puppy hat. There is a piece for a bone, the nose, the head, the tongue, and the ears.


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

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Page last modified: June 14, 2011