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Stories We Can Sing
Submitted by: Christie Baldwin, Tomball
• Toddler
If You're Hoppy by:Sayre, April
In rhyming text reminiscent of the traditional song, "If you're happy and you know it," presents various animals that are hoppy, sloppy, growly, flappy, or slimy, scaly and mean.
Wheels On the Bus: A read-along Sing-along Trip to the Zoo by:Willis, Jeanne
In this retelling of the classic children's song, animal passengers go on a bus adventure at the zoo.
On Top of Spaghetti by:Johnson, Paul Brett
In an adaptation of the original parody, the hound Yodeler Jones tells what happened when his beloved meatball escaped from a plateful of spaghetti and ended up under a bush outside his restaurant.
If You're Happy and You Know It (Jungle Edition) by:Warhola, James
Jungle animals sing the verses of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.
Hort, Lenny by:Seals On the Bus
Different animals--including seals, tigers, geese, rabbits, monkeys, and more--make their own sounds as they ride all around the town on a bus.
One Elephant
One Elephant Went Out to Play,
Upon a Spider's Web One Day.
He had such enormous fun that he called for another elephant to come.
Two elephants...
Five...they had such enormous fun, that they all had a picnic in the sun.

You can use a cut out of a spider's web and laminated elephant die-cuts on a flannel board as you sing.


Make a paper plate lion mask by cutting the center of a white paper plate out, then cut fringe from orange and/or yellow paper or yarn to glue around the edges. Cut out two round ears for each plate. Attach to a popcycle stick to finish the mask.
Although there are multiple versions of "If You're Happy" and "Wheels on the Bus", I only do one of each version. I listed multiple because of availability and personal preference for the variations.