Plenty of Pockets

Today we had lots of story-time fun with pockets! Our first book this morning was:

A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes (a pocket book), by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon. This rhyming book about pockets has a fun, light cadence that kept the children laughing!

A Sock Is A Pocket for your Toes

We also read: Peek in my Pocket (a lift-the-flap book), by Sarah Weeks. We had fun identifying the shapes inside the pockets of each animal on the page.

Peek in My Pocket


Here are few fun rhymes and songs we sang about pockets.

In my pocket is a Zoo (Old McDonald tune)

In my pocket is a zoo E-I-E-I-O

There’s a tiger in there too E-I-E-I-O

With a ROAR here, and a ROAR there

Here a ROAR, there a ROAR, everywhere a ROAR-ROAR

In my pocket is a zoo E-I-E-I-O

Repeat with other kinds of animals

**I used various animal puppets for this song and pulled them out of the pockets in my storytime apron. The children made the animal noises. I used a tiger, gorilla, and elephant puppet, but you can use any puppets you have handy**

I’ve Got Something in my Pocket (rhyme)

I’ve got something in my pocket,

It belongs across my face.

I keep it very close to me

In a very special place.

I know you’ll never guess it,

If you guess a long, long while.

So I’ll take it out and put it on –

It’s a great big happy smile!

**I used a stick puppet with a large toothy smile and put it near my face for the last line of this rhyme**


Pocket Craft (adapted from the Pokeball Craft) )


  • Die-cuts of various animals, shapes, and objects
  • 15 paper plates (whole)
  • 15 paper plate halves
  • Foam pieces, stickers, whatever is handy
  • Crayons/markers to decorate the plates
  • scissors
  • glue
  • stapler
  • Hole punch
  • String or yarn


  • Children will color/decorate their pockets with crayons/markers, foam pieces, etc.
  • Parents will staple the half-plate to the full plate to create the pocket. They may punch a hole in the top of the whole plate so that children can hang their pockets around their necks, on a doorknob, etc.
  • Children will put the object/image/die cut of their choice in their personal pocket!

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