TLE Storytime | If All the Animals…

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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime featuring the story If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder, illustrated by Marc Brown!

Featured Story: If All the Animals Came Inside

What would happen if you invited animals into your house?

~ by Eric Pinder

Craft Activity: Animal Finger Puppets

Have fun putting on a finger puppet show with this easy-to-do craft.

Materials needed:

  • Scissors and markers
  • White glue or glue gun + glue sticks
  • Assorted pipe cleaners
  • Assorted popsicle sticks
  • Assorted google eyes
  • Assorted large and small pompoms

Directions Pipe Cleaner Animal Finger Puppets:

  1. Twist and loop a pipe cleaner around a finger to make a spiral.
  2. Attach another pipe cleaner to the top of the spiral body to add ears or hair. Add plastic beads, if desired.
  3. Glue a pompom and google eyes to the pipe cleaner where the ears/hair and spiral body are joined.
  4. NOTE: White glue will need a long time to dry. Adults can use a glue gun for pompoms to stick immediately.

Directions Popsicle Stick Puppets:

  1. Use pompoms, google eyes and pipe cleaners to make cute popsicle stick puppets.
  2. Use markers to colour and decorate sticks or to add things like a smile.
  3. NOTE: Adults can use a glue gun for pompoms and google eyes to stick immediately. White glue will need time to set.

Easy Paper Craft

Here is an easy paper craft alternative to the Animal Finger Puppets craft.

Materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Crayons, coloured pencils or markers


  • Draw a picture of what your house would look like if all the animals came inside!
  • Pick an animal picture, download, print and colour.

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Family Fun: Craft and Activity Ideas

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Songs and Music

Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem and memory.

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Information & Fun Facts

Young children learn best when information is presented in a playful, engaging manner. 

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Vocabulary helps children to think and learn about the world. Expanding a child’s knowledge of words provides unlimited access to new information.

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