It’s that time of the year to give thanks for things around us. That’s what we did today at infant storytime.
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*
BOUNCE: I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock*
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, illustrated by Doris Barrette
MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
Pattern from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes
Song from Everything Preschool
Here’s a turkey. (Place the turkey on the flannelboard.)
But he’s missing something! What is he missing? (wait for audience to answer)
What color is this feather? (Bring out the red feather)
Red! That’s right! Let’s put it on the turkey. (Place the feather on the turkey.)
(now sing, to tune of Mary Wore Her Red Dress)
Turkey wore his red feather, red feather, red feather.
Turkey wore his red feather all day long.
(Continue adding color feathers and singing)
Let’s see, what color feathers does turkey have? (rename all the colors)
And what does that make?
BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music
TICKLE: Slowly, Slowly Very Slowly Goes the Garden Snail*
NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
This little piggy went to market.
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went wee! wee! wee!
All the way home.
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*
Book: Biscuit is Thankful by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, pictures by Pat Schories (board book)
HOW IT WENT:
I’m especially thankful that all the parents humored me as I sang instead of read Over the River and Through the Wood. Since that has a lot of wordless double-page spreads, I did the same thing I did last time and paper-clipped all by the first one together to shorten the book. I figure this makes a good parent patter moment, and that you can let parents know that there is no wrong way to read a book — starting at the middle, or skipping over things is alright — just follow baby’s cues.
ATTENDANCE: 29 people
* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music