My Body – Infant Storytime

Body themes are so much fun because you can use great, interactive books!

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

BOUNCE: Trot Trot to Boston*
Trot, trot to Boston (Bounce child gently on lap
Trot, trot to Lynn.
Look out baby
Don’t fall in! (gently let baby “fall” between your legs)

SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “BODY”

BOOK:
Toes Earys and Nose by Bauer
Toes, Ears, & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Karen Katz

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

FLANNELBOARD:
little bird flannelboard 1 cropped name little bird flannelboard 2 cropped name little bird flannelboard 3 cropped name
(Pattern and Rhyme taken from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz & Dick Wilmes, art by Janet McDonnell)

Here comes little bird
He’s landing on your HEAD.
Bye bye little bird.
Bye! Bye! Bye!

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

BOOK:
Look at the Baby by Johnson
Look at the Baby by Kelly Johnson

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: “My Little Hands” from Diaper Gym: Fun Activities for Babies on the Move by Priscilla Hegner & Rose Grasselli

MOVEMENT:  Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye
taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Piggies by WoodWe've all got bellybuttons by Martin
Book: Piggies by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
Book: We’ve All Got Bellybuttons! by David Martin, illustrated by Randy Cecil
Flannelboard:  Where is Your Belly Button?

 

HOW IT WENT:
So, I went to do a different tickle this week, and…. my brain just stopped.  I totally forgot the words.  I started the tickle and then nothing.  I laughed it off, and we just did the same tickle we’ve been using for the past three weeks, but it was a little embarrassing.  However, it can happen, and you’ll be fine!  The parents laughed, but with me and not at me.  However, it did leave me flustered enough that I forgot to do a Nursery Rhyme Flannelboard!  I promised to practice and come back with the new one next week.

All the books worked really well in this storytime.  Thank goodness for lap-sized board books – because I can read things like Toes, Ears & Nose with a group and have it be large enough to see.

ATTENDANCE: 47 people (adults and kids)

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

Books, Reading and Libraries! – Toddler Storytime

Happy National Library Week!  All our toddlers and caregivers who came to storytime were celebrating without even knowing.  I used our theme this week to honor it.

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT:  “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

SIGN: ASL sign for BOOK and LIBRARY

BOOK:
Book by GeorgeLola Loves Stories by McQuinn
10 am: Book! by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith
11 am: Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Books Flannelboard cropped name
10 Pigs

FLANNELBOARD:
Wiggleworm, Wiggleworm
Wiggleworm Wiggleworm Flannelboard cropped name
(taken from itsybitsymom – Thanks for sharing this great idea!)

Hide the worm behind one of the books before you start.  Then say this rhyme:

Wiggleworm, wiggleworm, hiding in a book.
Wiggleworm, wiggleworm, where should we look?

Then ask for the color of the book and look under to see if the worm is there!

We played this two different ways – first I recited them rhyme, had the kids tell me the color of the book, and we peeked underneath.  Repeat until the worm was discovered.  After that, the worm wanted to hide in another book and, without the rhyme, I just had the kids tell me different colors to look under.  I played stupid asking if blue was green, etc.  It was fun both ways!

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

BOOK:
Books Always Everywhere by Blatt
Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt, illustrated by Sarah Massini

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:
peppa pig school bus trip dvd
“The Library” from Peppa Pig: School Bus Trip

MOVEMENT: Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye taken from jbrary

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Four Friends Together by Heap Baby Bear's Books by Yolen Lola at the Library by McQuinn i like books by browne Books for Me by FliessBaby's First Word Stories Nighttime DVD

Book: Four Friends Together by Sue Heap
Book: Baby Bear’s Books by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Book: Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Book: I Like Books by Anthony Browne
Book: Books for Me by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Mike Laughead
DVD: “Iggy’s Book” from Baby’s First-Word Stories: Nighttime
Flannelboard: Five Little Books

OTHER HELPFUL BLOG POSTS:
Storytime Katie: Flannel Friday – Five Little Books
YSO Storytime: Libraries
Rebecca Person – Atlee Branch, Pamunkey Regional Library: Five Little Bunnies Flannelboard, Snuggle up with a Book
What Happens in Storytime: Flannel Friday – Five Little Books

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Reading books about books and reading seems pretty meta.  This was a fun theme with lots to do.  The kids seemed to enjoy the Wiggleworm flannelboard – and, of course, they always have fun when they are smarter than you are (like with the color naming).

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  43 people      11 am: 41 people

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

Books & Reading – Infant Storytime

It’s National Library Week!  Even infants should celebrate it, so we read books and stories about books and stories!

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

BOUNCE: To Market, To Market*

SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “BOOK”  & sign for “LIBRARY”

BOOK:
My Book Box by Hillenbrand
My Book Box by Will Hillenbrand

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Little Books
5 Little Books cropped name
(Rhyme taken from Toddle on Over by Robin Works Davis)

Five little books, sitting on a shelf.
Look inside, and see a little elf.
Four little books, all in a row.
Look inside, and see it start to snow.
Three little books, still on the shelf.
Can you take one, and read it to yourself?
Two little books, left on the pile.
Find one now, and read it with a smile.
One little book, all that is there.
Found itself a reader, who was happy to share.

As we said this rhyme, I encouraged parents to do similar movements to “This Little Piggy” on their baby’s fingers or toes.

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

BOOK:
i like books by browne
I Like Books by Anthony Browne

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Little Bo Peep
Little Bo Peep Flannelboard 1 Little Bo Peep Flannelboard 2
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.

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:  Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye
taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Book by George
Book: Book! by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith
Flannelboard:  Wiggleworm, Wiggleworm

OTHER BLOGS TO CHECK OUT:

 

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun storytime theme, and I especially liked showing the families the ASL signs this week because I knew they were something that they could use together.

ATTENDANCE: 37 people

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