Safari – Infant Storytime

Today was an adventure in African animals

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

Do Crocs Kiss by Yoon

Do Crocs Kiss? by Salina Yoon

I skipped the bear page and the owl page this time in this book.

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

One Fierce Lion (filed with flannelboards under Lions – Count Up Rhymes)
Lions Counting Rhymes Flannelboard

Rhyme adapted from ABC Literacy Storytimes: Storytimes to Promote Literacy and Learning by Marilyn Lohnes
Pattern via Google Images Search

(to tune of Frere Jacques)
One fierce lion, one fierce lion —
Hear him roar, hear him roar
Calling for another, calling for another
There’s one more, There’s one more.

Continue counting for 2, 3

Four fierce lions, four fierce lions.
There’s no more, there’s no more.
Hear them ROAR!

I do this as a call and response song where I sing the first line and then the audience repeats it back to me.  It seems to work well that way.  And even though I have five lions featured in the picture, I only do this rhyme up to four.

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman


Whose Tail by Lloyd

Whose Tail? by Sam Lloyd

TICKLE: Chicken in the Barnyard*

Jack Be Nimble
Jack Be Nimble Flannelboard

Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals

Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jumped over the candlestick.

I do this rhyme as a bounce as well.  First we say the rhyme just on its own.  Then I explain that the parents and “jump” their baby from one leg to the other when Jack jumps over the candlestick.  We do it together this way a few times.

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music


Dear Zoo by Campbell

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

Little Elephant by Ford
When the Elephant Walks by Kasza Splash by McDonnell
Little Elephant by Miela Ford
When the Elephant Walks by Keiko Kasza
Splash! by Flora McDonnell

Flannelboard: Five Elephants in the Bathtub

This storytime went well.  I’m trying to find some good larger size board books to use with the infants and toddlers, and Whose Tail? seemed to be a good choice.  It isn’t the largest format size, but the pictures are bright and colorful, so it seemed to work well.

ATTENDANCE: 24 people

* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music

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