Snow – Infant Storytime

Even though it’s not yet December, we shared stories about Snow for our last storytime of this session.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: In the Toaster*
I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock*
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*
Ride a Little Pony*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Snow”

BOOK:
Gravett-Bear_and_Hare_Snow
Bear & Hare: Snow!
by Emily Gravett

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Build a Snowman
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First the body,
then the head.
A stovepipe hat
and a scarf of red.
Next the eyes
and a carrot nose.
And two arms of sticks
placed just so.

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:
Henkes-Oh
Oh!
words by Kevin Henkes, pictures by Laura Dronzek

TICKLE: Chicken in the Barnyard*
These are Baby’s Fingers*
Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly,  Goes the Garden Snail*
Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
1, 2, Buckle My Shoe
12BuckleMyShoeFlannelboard
(Pattern taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)

One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, knock on the door.
Five, six, pick up sticks.
Seven, eight, lay them straight.
Nine, ten, a big fat hen.

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:

Thompson-Mouses_First_Snow snowbabiesbyanderson

Book: Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Book: Snow Babies by Laura Ellen Anderson

HOW IT WENT:
Snow fun!

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (adults and children)

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

Thanksgiving – Infant Storytime

Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving early in our storytimes!  (Sorry I didn’t get this posted before Turkey Day!)

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: In the Toaster*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Turkey” and “Thank You”

BOOK:
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Markes
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

FLANNELBOARD:
Turkey Feathers
Turkey Feathers Flannelboard
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)
Feathers!
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?
A rainbow!

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:
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Where is Baby’s Turkey
 by Karen Katz

TICKLE: Chicken in the Barnyard*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
This Little Piggy
This Little Piggy Flannelboard

This little piggy went to market (wiggle baby’s first finger or toe)
This little piggy stayed home (wiggle baby’s second finger or toe)
This little piggy ate roast beef (wiggle baby’s third finger or toe)
This little piggy ate none (wiggle baby’s fourth finger or toe)
And this little piggy went “wee, wee, wee” all the way home.
(wiggle baby’s last finger or toe)

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:

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Book: Spot’s Thanksgiving by Eric Hill
Book: Llama Llama Gives Thanks

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Jen in the Library – Thanksgiving – Infant Storytime (November 25, 2014)
Jen in the Library – Thanksgiving – Infant Storytime (November 20, 2012)

HOW IT WENT:
Whenever I have storytime the week of Thanksgiving I use this theme.  It hasn’t changed much from year to year (as you can see if you click on the links to my other Thanksgiving theme).

When I read Thanks for Thanksgiving with the infants, I always skip over a couple of the rhyming couplets to make it shorter.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (adults and children)

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

Monkeys – Infant Storytime

Today was all about monkey fun!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Monkey”

BOOK:

More and More by Emma Dodd

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Four Yellow Bananas

Idea taken from one little librarian

4 yellow bananas, so yummy to see.
The monkey ate one, & then there were 3
3 yellow bananas, & he knew what to do.
The monkey ate one, & then there were 2
2 yellow bananas, hanging in the sun.
The monkey ate one, & then there as 1
1 yellow banana, well for goodness sake.
The monkey ate that one, & he got a tummyache
Now there are no little bananas hanging on the tree
Monkey, your tummy wouldn’t hurt if you shared them with me!

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

Little Monkey Calms Down
 written by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Pop! Goes the Weasel

Song and patterns from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.

All around the cobbler’s bench
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought it was all in fun
POP! Goes the weasel.
 
A penny for a spool of thread
A penny for a needle
That’s the way the money goes
POP! Goes the weasel.

Make the weasel two-sided, with a different bright color on each.  When you say POP! flip the weasel from one side to the other.

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: Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Jen in the Library – Monkey and Apes: Wonderful Primates! – Infant Storytime (November 7, 2012)

HOW IT WENT:
A good theme.  A few years ago I did a primates theme, which seemed to offer more variety for books for this theme, because you could use both apes and monkeys in that theme.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 36 people (adults and children)

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

Rain – Infant Storytime

Since we don’t get snow here, the colder months always makes me long for rain.  We may not have it in the weather, but we can have it in storytime!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Rain”

BOOK:

The Rainy Day Puddle by Ei Nakabayashi
I only read half of this one — up to where all the animals are in the puddle, and it says “Hooray for Rainy Day puddles!”

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Little Raindrops

Idea taken from Recipes for Reading 

Five little raindrops
(hold up five fingers)
Dancing on the walk
(move hand from side to side)
Pitter patter, pitter patter, that’s the way they talk.
(pat hands on legs to make a pitter patter noise)
Out comes the yellow sun, shining in the sky
(raise arms up like the sun, if using a flannel sun piece, hold this up)
And away goes one raindrop
(take away a raindrop)
Bye, bye, bye!
(wave goodbye)

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride”

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

Rain Dance
by Kathi Appelt, pictures by Emilie Chollat

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Hickory Dickory Dock

Pattern taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock (tickle baby up one side)
The clock struck one (lift baby up in the air as you say, “Ding Dong!”)
The mouse ran down (tickle baby down other side)
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Repeat this as a bounce having clock strike two, three, etc, and have caregivers little their little ones in the air as many times as the clock strikes.

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: Thirsty Thursday by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Helen Craig

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
storytime katie – Rainy Days!
yogibrarian – “Rain” Toddler Storytime 
Mel’s Desk – Baby Storytime: Spring and Rain

Jen in the Library – Rain – Infant Storytime (Feburary 1, 2014)
Jen in the Library – Rain – Infant Storytime (December 2, 2014)

HOW IT WENT:
I’m a little late in putting this one up, so I don’t remember too much — which means it must have been ok.  I think Rainy Day Puddle worked well as a shorter story, and I like doing Hickory Dickory Dock as a Bounce.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 26 people (adults and children)

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

Halloween – Infant Storytime

Today is Halloween, so we shared stories about Halloween costumes and pumpkins!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Halloween”

BOOK:

It’s Halloween NIght! written by Jennifer O’Connell and illustrated by Jennifer Morris

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Little Pumpkins

Felt Pieces from ArtFelt

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh, my, it’s getting late!” (Hands beside face in surprised look)
The second one said, “There are witches in the air!” (hand flies overhead)
The third one said, “Well, I don’t care!” (shake pointer finger)
The fourth one said, “Let’s run, and run, and run!” (run with feet)
The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!” (point to self)
Then WHOOOOOOSH went the wind (make sound and whoosh hands back and forth.)
and OUT (clap) went the lights.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.  (Roll hand over hand.)

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride”

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin
 by Tad Hills

TICKLE: Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly, Goes the Garden Snail*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals

Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well.

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: On Halloween by Lark Carrier

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun storytime.  Plus, a lot of the infants dressed up, and that was adorable.  This was fun when doing It’s Halloween Nightbecause I was trying to see if y of the kids were dressed as the characters in the book were.  I shorted that book by one character to make it a little better for infant attention spans.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 50 people (adults and children)

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

Ducks – Infant Storytime

Things were just ducky at our infant toddler storytime this week!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “duck”

BOOK:

Goodnight, My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Little Duck

Rhyme from: Scott, Barbara A.  1000 Fingerplays & Action Rhymes: A Sourcebook and DVD. New York: Neal-Schuman. 2010.  Image template from Google Search

(to the tune of: London Bridge)
Little duck goes, “Quack, quack, quack, (clap hands when you “quack”)
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 feet back and forth)
With her tail she swish, swish, swishes (shake bottom)
With her wings she flap, flap, flaps ….as she flies away (“flap wings” take duck off flannelboard when she flies away.)

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride”

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

I Kissed the Baby!
 by Mary Murphy

TICKLE: Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly, Goes the Garden Snail*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Jack and Jill

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*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry
Book: Duckie’s Ducklings by Frances Barry
Book: Quick Duck! by Mary Murphy (Board Book)

HOW IT WENT:
It was a good storytime.  I liked the flannelboard because it’s very simple, but you can point to the body parts on the duck, and then have parents interact with their child as they paddle, flap, etc.

I wish I had some other good infant duck books though.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 24 people (adults and children)

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

Sheep – Infant Storytime

For my second infant storytime of the fall session I decided to focus on sheep.  I can’t believe I have not had sheep themed storytime since I began this blog!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “sheep”

BOOK:

Sheep Asleep by Gloria Rothstein, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Little Bo Peep
Template and Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn’t know where to find them.
Leave them alone
And they’ll come home
Wagging their tails behind them.

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride”

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

Where Is the Green Sheep?
 by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Baa Baa Black Sheep

Patterns found in Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra.

Baa baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir
Three bags full.
One for the master.
One for the dame.
One for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Place the bags next to each person in the rhyme as you name them.

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: Counting Ovejas words by Sarah Weeks, art by David Diaz
Book: Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! by Mo Willems
Book: One Little Lamb by Elaine Greenstein
Book: Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Book: Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple
Book: Baby Can’t Sleep by Lisa Schroeder ; illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

HOW IT WENT:
This is so bad, but since this storytime was a whole week ago, I don’t remember!  I blame that I was still getting over being sick.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 43 people (adults and children)

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