Apples – Infant Storytime

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s my rotation again for infant toddler storytime!  This storytime marks the beginning of my Fall Storytime session.  I was on vacation and then sick until the day before this storytime, so I used a Fall standby theme.  My storytime wasn’t quite as polished as I would have wished, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes, right?

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

BOOK:

Apple by Nikki McClure

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

FLANNELBOARD:
The Apple Tree

(I know there are 4 apples in the image, but I just used three with the group when I did it, hence the rhyme starting with 3…)

Way up high in the apple tree (lift baby up into air)
3 little apples smiled at me (smile at baby)
I shook that tree just as hard as I could (lower baby to lap and gently bounce)
And down came an apple! (“drop” baby between knees)
Mmmmm… was it good! (rub baby’s belly)

How many apples are left?  2!

Way up high in the apple tree (lift baby up into air)
2 little apples smiled at me….

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride”

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple
 by Ana Martin Larrañaga

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

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*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Pasadena Public Library – Infant Storytime: Apples
Library Village – Baby Story Time – Welcome Fall!
Jen in the Library – Apples – Infant Storytime (from 2012)

HOW IT WENT:
As I mentioned, since I was sick right before this storytime, it wasn’t as well-thought out as I would like it to be.  I forgot to look up the ASL sign for apple before storytime, so I left that part out, and I also forgot my Nursery Rhyme flannel at my desk, so I didn’t do that element either.  I figured since this was the first storytime of the session, and I usually spend some time introducing myself and going over storytime guidelines, that took up enough time and I didn’t really need the other elements.

I chose McClure’s Apple because I really liked the black and white images and thought they might carry well for a storytime group.  After reading it to the group though, I’m thinking it may have been a little long.

Here’s hoping next week’s storytime will be better.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 52 people (adults and children)

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

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