Swimming – Infant Storytime

I love Anna McQuinn’s books about Lola and Leo, so when I saw our library had received a new title, I knew that was going to be my storytime theme for today!  This is a one-off because I was just filling in for a co-worker.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Everybody and Say Hello” by Kathy Reid-Naiman from Sally Go ‘Round the Sun: Songs and rhymes from the parent-child Mother Goose program

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

Leo Can Swim by McQuinn
Leo Can Swim
 by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Ruth Hearson

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

Little Duck
Little Duck Flannelboard name
Idea taken from Scott, Barbara A.  1,000 Fingerplays & Action Rhymes: A Sourcebook and DVD. New York: Neal-Schuman. 2010.

(to the tune of “London Bridge”)

Little duck goes “Quack, quack, quack, (make quacking motion with hands)
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack.”
Little duck goes “Quack, quack, quack.”
Swimming all day long

Other verses:
With her feet she paddle, paddle, paddles… (paddle hands)
With her tail she goes swish, swish, swish… (swish bottom)

Before singing the verses, I talked about the different parts of the duck that did each movement.


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

Who can Swim by Braun
Who Can Swim?
 by Sebastien Braun

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

TICKLE: Round the World*

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*

At the Pool by Stanley

Book: At the Pool / Vamos a la piscina by Mandy Stanley (I thought this one might make a good flannelboard too, to talk about all the different things you can see at the pool).

This was a good storytime.  There were not too many great books for infants that fit this theme, but I really enjoyed the ones that I did find, so I think it worked out well.

ATTENDANCE: 27 people

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

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