Storytime: Horses

by | Oct 19, 2021 | Blog, Kid's Corner, Story Time | 0 comments

Clippity-clop, clippity-clop! Whoa… STOP! Children love everything about horses: they way they run, eat, and when they talk to each other. Find out a little more about these appealing creatures with these books and activities.

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play


When you give your child positive reinforcement by clapping or telling them that they did a great job, you are encouraging them to act both independently and cooperatively. To encourage this at home, use activities that your child can do easily, and don’t forget to give a lot of positive encouragement.

- Lambert


Pick some simple activities your child can do that will fill an entire day. After they do the activity, even if they fail, encourage them with clapping, hugs, and positive reinforcement. Then, at bed time, talk about the things they accomplished that day.

Books Presented

Clip-Clop! by Nicola Smee

After Mr. Horse asks his friends if they want to go for a ride, Cat, Dog, Pig, and Duck try to hang on as they urge Mr. Horse to go faster and faster.

Horseplay! by Karma Wilson

A farmer tries to change the behavior of his rowdy horses who play all night and sleep all day.


Horses by Aaron Carr

Describes the life cycle and behavior of horses, and how they are raised on a farm.

Horse and Buggy Paint it Out by Ethan Long

When an effort to paint a mural results in knocked-over paint cans and spattering brushes, Horse reluctantly accepts help from Buggy.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

If Your Horse is the Color Blue

Tune to “This Old Man”

If your horse is the color blue,
Gallop it upon your shoe!
If you have a blue horse,
From McDonald’s farm
Come and put it in the barn.

yellow – gallop it upon your elbow
green – gallop it upon your knee
purple – gallop it in a great big circle
red – gallop it upon your head

I Gave My Horse an Apple

I gave my horse an apple,
And she gave me a neigh.
I gave my horse a carrot,
And she moved her head this way.
I gave my horse a sugar cube,
And she gave me a smile.
And then she took me for a ride,
For more than half a mile.

Clippity-clop, clippity-clop, clippity clop, clop, clop!
Clippity-clop, clippity-clop, clippity clop, clop, clop!
Clippity-clop, clippity-clop, clippity clop, clop, clop!
Whoa, STOP!

Crafts and Activities

A horse mare with her colt coloring page

Make a horse from a paper bag!

Additional Books

Splish-Splash by Nicola Smee

Mr. Horse invites all the barnyard animals onto his little boat, and soon he, Cat, Dog, Pig, and Duck are riding though big waves, and come crashing down with a big splash.

A Cowgirl and Her Horse by Jean Ekman Adams

A young cowgirl demonstrates her unique way of caring for her horse, from feeding him hay sandwiches to helping him pick out new shoes.

Blaze and Thunderbolt by CW Anderson

Billy and his loyal pony Blaze attempt to tame the wild horse Thunderbolt.

The Fly-Away Horse

A tiny porcupine just wants a cuddle. All of the other animals turn him away because of his prickly spikes. But finally the porcupine meets an animal who’s happy to hug — a snake! 

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