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Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo - Storytime Online

Updated: Feb 22, 2022


Hello everyone! We hope you are all excited for Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow!


Leanna and I have put together a bunch of fun activities and crafts for the little ones. Starting on Monday, February, 7th (today), the kits will be available to pick up for our online storytime.


Enjoy a borrowed copy of the book, and have fun doing the activities. Please return the book after you are done; everything else is yours to keep!


"Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo" by John Lithgow

Oh, children! Remember! Whatever you may do, Never play music right next to the zoo. They’ll burst from their cages, each beast and each bird, Desperate to play all the music they’ve heard. A concert gets out of hand when the animals at the neighboring zoo storm the stage and play the instruments themselves in this hilarious picture book.”


**You will have to return this book to the library; everything else is yours to keep!


Go online to: https://storylineonline.net/books/never-play-music-right-next-to-the-zoo/


You will have the book read to you by John Lithgow! He did such a great job; we hope you enjoy his reading as much as we did!


Kits include:

  • a borrowed copy of Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow

  • information page

  • colors game (5 colored snakes)

  • a flyer for this website

  • 2 activity pages

  • 2 coloring pages

  • rhymes/song pages with web links (instrument included)

  • Tuba Hippo craft

  • 3 magnets from the story

  • stickers



HANDOUT GAMES – play with included snake handouts


Can You Show Me…?

(Tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)


Can you show me the yellow snake?

Yellow snake, yellow snake?

Can you show me the yellow snake?

And wave her in the air?


Green… red… white… black



Hold It High – Choose one snake from handouts

Hold your snake high and stand

Now wave it around in gestures grand!

Hold your snake below your chin

Now hold it way up high again


Hold your snake against your nose

Now touch the snake to your toes

Touch your snake to the ground

Now wave that snake all around!


Hold your snake in front of you

Now turn around – one time, two!

Hold your snake and jump up high!

Now let your snake fly fly fly (throw it in the air)




SONGS & INSTRUMENTuse included instruments


Peek-a-Zoo by Pinkfong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbK-UCkpJSU



Zoo Song by Little Action Kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IulnEx2Cn7M



Musical Instruments Song by CoComelon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY_JqmBlsCE



At the Zoo by KidsTV123

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV_idfKcCdQ



BOUNCE RHYME (bounce along with child in lap)


Underneath The Monkey Tree

Come and bounce a while with me,

(bounce child in lap)

Underneath the monkey tree.

Monkey See and Monkey Do,

Just like monkeys in the zoo.


Swing up high, one, two, three,

(bounce child up high)

Underneath the monkey tree.

Monkey See and Monkey Do,

Just like monkeys in the zoo.


Swing down low and smile like me,

(bounce child down low)

Underneath the monkey tree.

Monkey See and Monkey Do,

Just like monkeys in the zoo.



ACTION RHYMES


The Animals at the Zoo

(Tune: "The Wheels on the Bus")


The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,

Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar,

The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,

All day long!


The snakes at the zoo go hiss, hiss, hiss,

Hiss, hiss, hiss, hiss, hiss, hiss,

The snakes at the zoo go hiss, hiss, hiss,

All day long!


The hyenas at the zoo go ha, ha, ha,

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,

The hyenas at the zoo go ha, ha, ha,

All day long!


The monkeys at the zoo go oooh, oooh, oooh,

Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh,

The monkeys at the zoo go oooh, oooh, oooh,

All day long!


If I Were

(Tune: "The Mulberry Bush")


Oh, if I were a tiny snake,

A tiny snake, a tiny snake.

Oh, if I were a tiny snake,

I’d slither around the zoo.


Oh, if I were an elephant,

an elephant, an elephant.

Oh, if I were an elephant,

I’d march around the zoo.


Oh, if I were a kangaroo,

A kangaroo, a kangaroo.

Oh, if I were a kangaroo,

I’d hop around the zoo.



My Instruments

(Tune: "Mary Had a Little Lamb")


I can always play my drum,

(clap hands or drum on thighs)

Play my drum, play my drum,

I can always play my drum,

Along with my maracas


I can shake my maracas

(shake hands in the air)

Maracas, maracas

I can shake my maracas

Along with my kazoo


I can blow in my kazoo,

(blow in your real kazoo or holds hands up by mouth as if playing)

My kazoo, my kazoo,

I can blow in my kazoo,

I love to play music!



EXTRA LINKS!


Author John Lithgow’s site: http://johnlithgow.com/

Illustrator Leeza Hernandez’s site: https://www.leezaworks.com/







Let us know what your little ones thought of Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo! What did they think of the activities? Do you have any suggestions for us?

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