Go for a Walk! – Infant Storytime

I feel like some of my best storytimes come out of wanting to read one particular book, and then building the rest of the storytime around a theme that works for that book.  This was one of those storytimes.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: In the Toaster*


Wiggle Waggle by Jonathan London, illustrated by Michael Rex.

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

I Went Walking
I Went Walking Flannelboard Logo Cropped
Based on the book of the same name by Sue Williams, illustrated by Julie Vivas. Pattern from 2’s Experience Felt Board Fun written by Liz and Dick Wilmes, illustrated by Janet McDonnell

I went walking.  What did I see? (place animal behind the boy)
I saw a black cat looking at me.

Continue with the following animals:
– brown horse
– red cow
– green duck
– pink pig
– yellow dog

You should end up with a parade of animals behind the child.

I went walking and I saw a lot of animals following me!

 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. 

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*


Rainbow by Frances Barry

TICKLE: Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly*

SONG: “Babies Little Self” from the album Here I Am! by Caspar Babypants

Jack and Jill
JackandJillFlannelboard1 JackandJillFlannelboard2
Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down
and broke his crown!
And Jill came tumbling after.
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

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*


Book: I Went Walking by Sue Williams, illustrated by Julie Vivas

Baby’s Little Self was fun last week, so I decided that I would continue it in this week’s storytime.  Maybe I’ll use it a couple more times, and then see if I can find another similar type song to use instead.  Any suggestions?

I wasn’t sure if Wiggle Waggle would work for infants, since the book invites mimicking, and infants are not walkers.  So, I shortened the book a little.  I skipped the first page, and just began the book with “How does a duck walk?”  Then I ended the book at the kangaroo hopping, thus not including the part that talks about kids walking like the animals.  It seemed to work pretty well this way!

ATTENDANCE: 35 people

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

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