Friday, February 16, 2018

"I Love You" Baby Storytime

First three weeks of February

Read Aloud Books

I Love You as Big as the World
by David Van Buren; illustrated by Tim Warnes

Only You
by Robin Cruise; illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

The Cuddle Book
Guido Van Genechten

Flannel

Hearts

Hearts, hearts, how many do you see?
Heart, hearts, count them all with me.
One for father, one for mother
One for grandma too
One for sister, one for brother,
And here is one for you!

Special Songs

Tony Chestnut
(a fun play on words rhyme)

Tony Chestnut knows I love you
Tony knows! Tony knows!
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
That's what Tony knows!

Point to body parts as you say them

Toe, knee, chest, nut (head)
Nose I love you (give a hug)
Toe, knee, nose
Toe, knee, nose
Toe, knee, chest, nut (head)
That's what toe, knee, nose

Acka Backa Soda Cracker
(a bouncing and lifting rhyme)

Acka backa soda cracker
Acka backa boo!
Acka backa soda cracker
I love you!

Acka backa soda cracker
Acka backa boo!
Acka backa soda cracker
Up goes you!

Goodbye Song
(tune: The Farmer in the Dell)

We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands with all our friends
We clap our hands like this.

Additional Verses:
Blow a kiss
Wave Goodbye

Shared Reading

A variety of love-themed board books including

Sprinkle with Kisses: Sweet Dreams, Baby
by Emma Dodd

Bear Hugs
illustrated by Vicky Riley

Hug You, Kiss You, Love You
by Joyce Wan


Play and Learn

The Friday before Valentine's Day the adults and babies made Valentines!

In a clean plastic jar with screw on lid, put in cut-out paper heart, add a little paint (2-3 different colors) and a few marbles.  After securing the lid let the baby shake and roll the jar.  Pull out the heart and let dry.  Wash the jar and marbles and do it again!  Many parents wrote a note on the back before painting.


 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Hats and Caps Storytime

It was fun to share an old classic--because to children it's not old, but new!  And that book has been around for a long time for a reason! (Jan 30)

Books

Caps for Sale
by Esphyr Slobodkina

Hooray for Hat!
by Brian Won

Song

Silly Hat Song

Use party hats…
(Tune: This Old Man)

On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?

[Repeat using foot, elbow and knee.]

When I used this song before it went over really well...not so much this time.
After the song I asked the children to take their hat to their grown-up until the end of storytime.

Play and Learn

Decorate a party hat with foam stickers

Animals in Winter Storytime

(January 23 and 25)  Another week without any snow, but it was still a fun storytime!  Always enjoy reading one of my favorite books!

Books

Quiet Bunny and Noisy Puppy
by Lisa McCue

Don't Wake Up the Bear
by Marjorie Dennis Murray; illustrated by‎ Patricia Wittmann

Song

One Little Penguin
(sung to: Five Little Ducks)

One little penguin in the snow
Waddles fast and waddles slow
Flaps his wings and calls, "Come on!
Join me for some winter fun!"

Two little penguins in the snow
Waddle fast and waddle slow
Flap their wings and call, "Come on!
Join us for some winter fun!"

Three little penguins in the snow
Waddle fast and waddle slow
Flap their wings and call, "Come on!
Join us for some winter fun!"

Four little penguins in the snow
Waddle fast and waddle slow
Flap their wings and call, "Come on!
Join us for some winter fun!"

Five little penguins in the snow
Waddle fast and waddle slow
Flap their wings and call, "Come on!

Join us for some winter fun!"

Snowman Storytime

We didn't have any snow when we did our snowman storytime, but the children still enjoyed it!  (Jan 16 and 18)

Books
The Most Perfect Snowman
by Chris Britt

Snowmen at Night
by Carolyn Buchner; illustrated by Mark Buchner


Songs

Five Little Snowmen

5 little snowmen riding on a sled
1 fell off and bumped his head
Frosty called the doctor and the doctor said
No more snowmen riding on a sled!

Once There was a Snowman

Once there was a snowman, snowman, snowman
Once there was a snowman tall, tall, tall
In the sun he melted, melted, melted
In the sun he melted small, small, small.

Graph Question
What is your favorite thing to do when it snows?

Build a snowman
Go Sledding
Throw snowballs/play in the snow
Stay inside and drink hot chocolate!

Play and Learn

Snowman created with three graduating size cups in white paint; use each cup to make a section of the snowman on a dark sheet of paper.  Glue on eyes, buttons, makes scarf, hat, arms, etc. out of construction paper.

In my larger group/smaller room I cut out snowman shapes instead of trying to use paint.

Winter Baby Storytime

Through December and January we had a Winter theme for Baby Storytime...though the weather wasn't particularly wintry.  And I had several weeks off.  But here's what we did.

Read Aloud Books

Snow Babies
by Laura Ellen Anderson

Baby Loves Winter
by Karen Katz

In the Snow
by Sharon Phillips Denslow; illustrated by Nancy Tafuri



No Two Alike
by Keith Baker



Flannel Board

3 little snowmen standing in a row
Each had two eyes and a carrot for a nose
Out came the sun and shone all day
And 1 little snowman melted away.

2 little snowmen standing in a row
Each had two eyes and a carrot for a nose
Out came the sun and shone all day
And 1 little snowman melted away.

1 little snowman standing in a row
He had two eyes and a carrot for a nose
Out came the sun and shone all day
And 1 little snowman melted away.

Special Song

Jingle Bells

Shared Reading

A variety of board books about winter/snow including

Snowman Shuffle
by Christianne Jones; illustrated by Emma Randall


Will You Wear a Blue Hat?
Scholastic Rookie Toddler

Itsy Bitsy Snowman
by Jeffrey Burton ; illustrated by Sanja Rescek

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Snow Storytime

What a day for this theme!  We had snow all day!!  The kids were so excited!

Books

Big Snow
by Jonathan Bean

The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats


Song

(tune: If you're happy and you know it)

There's a snowflake on my head, on my head
There's a snowflake on my head, on my head
I caught this little flake, now give a little shake
There's a snowflake on my head, on my head.

Additional verses: (keeping line 3 the same)
Any body part
Face
Tummy
Back
Toe

Flannel Board

One little snowflake with nothing to do
Along came another and then there were two.

Two little snowflakes flying past me
Along came another and then there were three.

Three little snowflakes looking for some more
Along cam another and then there were four.

Four little snowflakes dancing a jive
Along came another and then there were five.

Five little snowflakes having so much fun
Out came the sun and then there were none!

Play and Learn

Pattern Block Snowflakes
(idea from Frugal Fun 4 Boys)
Cut pieces from white, blues, and purples using Ellison's Die Cut Set

Additional or Alternate Books

A Kitten Tale
by Eric Rohmann

Hello Snow
by Hope Vestergaard; illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Friday, January 5, 2018

Baby Storytime

A few random baby storytimes with no theme...but want to keep track of the books I read.

Read Aloud Books

Baby-Boo, I Love You
by Sheryl Haft; illustrated by Jane Massey

Who's Hungry?
by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt


Rock-a-bye Baby
by Jane Cabrera