Fast & Slow – Infant Storytime

Today’s storytime focused on things that are fast or slow.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock*


 by Nicola Smee

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

Fast or Slow Flannelboard cropped with logo
(Flannelboard pattern & rhyme from 2’s Experience Felt Fun by Liz & Dick Wilmes. Art by Janet McDonnell)

Have the vehicles behind the board.  Put one vehicle on the board at a time, and ask the audience if it goes fast or slow. When they answers, move the vehicle across the board at the correct speed.  You can also make the noises the vehicle makes as you move it. Take this piece of the board, and then repeat with the next vehicle.

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music


Slow Snail
 by Mary Murphy

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

Little Miss Muffet
(Felt pieces from Little Folk Visuals)

Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her.
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

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

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

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

 Quick Duck by Mary Murphy (board book)
Book: How Fast can You Go? by Kate Riggs, illustrated by Nate Williams (board book.  I also thing this one would make a good flannelboard.)
Book: Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli

This was a good storytime.  I like “I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock” as a bounce.  We did it three times in a row, and that didn’t seem like overkill.  Slow Snail is a regular sized board book, but I thought the pictures were simple enough to carry across the room and still be seen.  I love Mary Murphy’s books. I picked Little Miss Muffet as today’s nursery rhyme because if I had a spider sit next to me during my breakfast, I would probably move pretty quickly away.

ATTENDANCE: 44 people

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

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