Friday, September 12, 2014

Baby Storytime--September 12


Hands Are Clapping
(Tune: London Bridges)
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap

Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping!

Toes are tapping… Tap, tap, tap
Eyes are hiding… peekaboo!


Little Bear in the tree
Sitting, oh, so still.
Won’t you come out?
Yes, he will!
He looks to the left
He looks to the right
He looks straight ahead

Then pops out of sight!
Bear in Tree Stump Puppet  |  Folkmanis
This puppet is from Folkmanis Puppets

Hello Song
(Tune: Good Night Ladies)
Hello ____, hello ____.
Hello ____, we’re glad you’re here today!

I have each parent/caregiver introduce themselves and their baby.  Then we sing hello to the baby.  A baby's name is one of the first things a baby recognizes.  

Trot, Trot
Trot, trot to Boston. Trot, trot to Lynn.
         (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall in!
         (lower baby between your knees)

Trot, trot to Denver. Trot, trot to Dover.
          (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall over!
          (tip baby to one side)

How do you make a baby smile? by Philemon Sturges; illustrated by Bridget Strevens-Marzo

Roly-poly, roly-poly (circle arms around each other—repeat each time you sing the phrase)
Out, out, out (move hands away from each other)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
In, in, in (bring hands together)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your nose
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your toes.
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Up to the sky (pull baby up to standing)
Roly-poly, roly-poly

Fly, fly, fly (life baby up in the air)

I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot (bounce)
Tick tock, tick tock (side to side)

Up I pop!

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
     (clap hands)
Roll it and pat it and mark it with a "B"
And put it in the oven for baby and me!

Shared Reading
Board Book Focus:  Helen Oxenbury

  • Say Goodnight
  • All Fall Down
  • Clap Hands

Tickle the clouds (spoken)
Tickle the clouds
and tickle your toes
Clap your hands
and tickle your nose
Reach down low
And reach up high
Story time’s over —
Wave bye-bye!

Play and Learn Activities

New Activity Today:  Scarves in kleenex box

The babies loved pulling the scarves out of the box!

Pig Storytime

School is back in session and so my "all ages" storytime is children 5 and under.  I love having older children there--but it's hard to balance what books, songs, and activities will engage such a wide span of ages.

One more week of farm animals...this week?  PIGS!!

Henrietta Raccoon has been bringing something to show the children...and it's hidden in my apron pocket.  For pig storytime she brought something pigs love...MUD!  (At least she put it in a ziploc bag before putting it in my pocket!)


Piglet and Granny by Margaret Wild; illustrated by Stephen Michael King

How Big is a Pig?  by Clare Beaton


Five Dirty Pigs
5 dirty pigs playing in the mud
Oh, my! They need a scrub!
The farmer took one piggy out
"Oink, oink, oink!" the pig did shout!

Continue down to zero dirty pigs and 5 clean pigs

The farmer turned his back..and then
5 little pigs were dirty again!

We count the number of clean pigs and the number of dirty pigs.  An easy way to add a math element to storytime!

Nursery Rhyme
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig;
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

There was a hungry little hog
And Piggy was her name-o
And Piggy was her name-o!

There was a hungry little hog
And Piggy was her name-o
And Piggy was her name-o!

Continue taking away a letter and adding a clap.  See my "Bingo" explanation  here.

Play and Learn Activities

  • Sand box
  • Tracing page (pigs' paths home)
  • Pig Matching Game from here
  • Puzzles