We do infant/toddler storytimes in 10 week sessions at my library, which is why you usually see a bunch of those posts together. This time, however, my colleague was sick, so I just filled in for her (hence this one-off post). To keep things the same for those that were coming to her session, I tried to stick to her routines, which was fun because it allowed me to learn some new songs!
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*
MOVEMENT: “Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun: songs and rhymes from the parent-child Mother Goose program by Kathy Reid-Naiman
BOUNCE: Tiny Little Babies* (this was a new one for me I got to learn! Fun! Make sure to check it out on my Acapella rhymes page)
BOUNCE: The Grand Old Duke of York*
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
MOVEMENT: “My Little Hands” from Diaper Gym: Fun Activities for Babies on the Move by Priscilla Hegner & Rose Grasselli
5 Red Strawberries
Taken from Mel’s Desk
I was thinking about doing the flannelboard Lunch with this group, so I had my mouse puppet ready. I changed the Bear in this rhyme to Mouse so I could use my puppet to gobble up the berries as they came off the board.
Five red strawberries, sweet to the core.
Mouse came and ate one and then there were four.
Four red strawberries, growing near a tree.
Mouse came and ate one and then there were three.
Three red strawberries, for you and you and you.
Mouse came and ate one and then there were two.
Two red strawberries, sitting in the sun.
Mouse came and ate one and then there was one.
One red strawberry, left all alone.
Mouse came and ate it and then there were none.
BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music
Guess What? – Fruit by Ysuke Yonezu
This one is a really fun board book where fruit turns into animals with a lift of the flap!
TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*
NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Little Miss Muffet
Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals
Sat on a 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
Goodbye Babies with ASL signs
(to tune of: “Goodnight Ladies”)
This video from Champaign Public Library is really helpful for learning the signs!
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Book: Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Book: Lunch by Denise Fleming (book or flannelboard)
HOW IT WENT:
For planning in less than a day, this came together really well. I enjoyed the fruit theme and would do it again. Guess What? – Fruit was a really great read, I think I’ll have to look into the others in that series. I was worried it might be a little small, but with the fold out pages it worked really well.
ATTENDANCE: 33 people
* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music