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This book is more fun to read than you can imagine. It has spectacular rhyming words and phrases throughout. The action words in this book make you want to get up and move! Use your voice to enhancethe wonderful rhymes the author has created. Toddlers will memorize the story after a very few readings, and will soon be able to say it with you.

Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r: Language

Barnyard Dance!

by Sandra Boynton

Story Synopsis

All the animals in the barnyard get together for a dance. Each pair of animals has their turn on the dance floor to dotheir barnyard dance. They clap, stomp, twirl, bounce, swing, and prance. This is an active, lively story that is a toddler favorite!

Name the Animal

no special materials needed

  • Explain that you are going to read the story but you are going to leave some words out.
  • Ask one child or a small group of children to say the word if they know it.
  • In the story the action word is always first and the animal name is second. They will learn very quickly that the horse bows, the pig twirls, and so on.
  • It will be fun for one child or several to shout out the name of the animal that does the particular action you are reading. This s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r- is loud but fun!

Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r: Movement

Something to Think About

Barnyard Dance! provides a look at farm animals, and lots of movement and action, all of which toddlers really enjoy. Assess the children'sinterest and determine whether you should do more animal experiences over the coming days or even weeks. Building language and learning experiences on the children's interests will accomplishmore growth for the children than imposing an experience that is not something they are really interested in at that particular time.

Movement Game

no special materials needed

  • Suggest to the toddlers who are listening to the story that as you read the story they can pretend to do the action that you are reading about.
  • They can clap, stomp, bow, twirl, bounce, spin, and so on.
  • You may need to do the motions the first few times until they understand the actions that go with each word.
  • Read it more slowly when you first start doing the movements until they get the idea of the game.

Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r: Music

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

no special materials needed

  • If you play an instrument, play it with this song, or just sing the words to "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" very slowly a couple of times.
  • Invite the children to join in the next time and repeat the phrases and then sing them until they have learned the words.
  • Learning this song can take place over a period of days, adding a verse each day or whenever you think the children are ready for another verse.

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