Birthdays – Infant Storytime

I always like to do a birthday-themed storytime around my birthday.  I realized this year it might be a silly theme for infants, since most of have only had their actual BIRTH day.  But then I figured that we do storytimes about snow which they may not have experienced yet, and so why not birthdays too?

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: In the Toaster*

BOOK:

I Love Birthdays
 by Anna Walker

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

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Birthday Candles
BirthdayCakeFlannelboard2
Idea taken from Storytime Katie.

5 Birthday Candles
wish there were more
Blew out one,
then there were 4.

4 birthday candles,
pretty as can be.
Blow one out,
then there are 3.

3 birthday candles,
Hope my wish comes true.
Blow one out,
then there are 2.

2 birthday candles
Birthday cakes are fun
Blow one out,
Then there is 1.

1 birthday candle,
the party’s almost done.
Blow out one,
Then there are none.

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman. 

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

Now I am Big!
 by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Sara Gillingham

TICKLE: Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Little Miss Muffet
LittleMissMuffetFlannelboard
Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
SONG: “Babies Little Self” from the album Here I Am! by Caspar Babypants

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: Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
Book: The Fairytale Cake made by Mark Sperring, decorated by Jonathan Langley

HOW IT WENT:
Since Now I Am Big! isn’t exactly about birthdays, I talked a little bit about how having birthdays makes us bigger before I read the story.  I’m not sure if that was the best way to incorporate that book, but I think parents and infants both liked that story.

Also, I felt like I had some extra time during the storytime so I added in “Baby’s Little Self” by Caspar Babypants as a song that parents could listen to and interact with their little ones by touching the parts of their child’s body that the song mentions.  It’s such a sweet little song, and I have used it in past storytimes, but it’s been a while.

ATTENDANCE: 38 people

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

Dads – Toddler Storytime

I presented this storytime as the second one in the 2015 Summer Session on June 23,   2015.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

Mighty Dads
 by Joan Holub, pictures by James Dean

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

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Ties Flannelboard Logo Cropped
10 Ties

FLANNELBOARD:
D-A-D-D-Y
D-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 1 Logo Cropped D-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 2 Logo Cropped D-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 3 Logo Cropped
Idea taken from What Happens in Storytime.

There’s someone who takes care of me
And Daddy is his name-o.
D-A-D-D-Y
D-A-D-D-Y
D-A-D-D-Y
And Daddy is his name-o

For the next verse, replace the D with a hand to represent a clap.
There’s someone who takes care of me
And Daddy is his name-o.
clap-A-D-D-Y
clap-A-D-D-Y
clap-A-D-D-Y
And Daddy is his name-o.

Repeat until you are clapping for all 5 letters.

There are also other ways you can start this song:
I have the best father in the world… (from What Happens in Storytime)
I have a very special friend…
There is a man who I love… (from Briggs, Toddler Storytimes II)

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

BOOK:

Faster! Faster!
 by Leslie Patricelli

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

VIDEO:

“Knuffle Bunny” from Knuffle Bunny … and more great childhood adventure stories!

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Where’s My Daddy? adapted from a story by Shigeo Watanabe, pictures by Uasuo Ohtomo (This would also make a great flannelboard as seen in Diane Briggs’s Toddler Storytimes II)
Book: My Dad by Anthony Browne
Book: Oh, Daddy! by Bob Shea
Book: Daddy Hug by Tim Warnes, illustrated by Jane Chapman
Book: Daddies by Lila Prap
Book: Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney (this might work better for preschool, though)
Movie: “Daddy Loses his Glasses” from Peppa Pig: Flying a Kite and other stories

HOW IT WENT:
I really liked Mighty Dads and it seemed to keep the kids’s attention.  I would use it again for a dad storytime, or a construction themed one.

After some talk on the Storytime Underground Facebook Page about using ties as a representation of Fathers, I did think twice about using the flannelboard ties as a counting item for this storytime.  I did preface it with the fact that not all Dads wear ties, but maybe ?I should consider using a different symbol next time around.  Maybe a heart?

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  40 people      11 am: 34 people

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

Dads – Infant Storytime

Even though I presented this storytime on June 23 (after Father’s Day) I still wanted to celebrate dads in some way.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

BOOK:

I Love My Daddy Because…
 by Laurel Porter-Gaylord, pictures by Ashley Wolff

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

FLANNELBOARD:
D-A-D-D-Y
D-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 1 Logo Cropped D-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 2 Logo Cropped D-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 3 Logo Cropped
Idea taken from What Happens in Storytime.

There’s someone who takes care of me
And Daddy is his name-o.
D-A-D-D-Y
D-A-D-D-Y
D-A-D-D-Y
And Daddy is his name-o

For the next verse, replace the D with a hand to represent a clap.
There’s someone who takes care of me
And Daddy is his name-o.
clap-A-D-D-Y
clap-A-D-D-Y
clap-A-D-D-Y
And Daddy is his name-o.

Repeat until you are clapping for all 5 letters.

There are also other ways you can start this song:
I have the best father in the world… (from What Happens in Storytime)
I have a very special friend…
There is a man who I love… (from Briggs, Toddler Storytimes II)

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman. 

BOOK:

Daddy Hug
by Tim Warnes, illustrated by Jane Chapman

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Jack Be Nimble
Jack Be Nimble Flannelboard
Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals

Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jumped over the candlestick. (move Jack on flannelboard from one side of the candle to the other)
We also did this as a bounce, and had parents start with their child on one leg, and then lift them over in the air to land on the other leg.

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: Just Like You by Emma Dodd (This doesn’t specify if it is a father, mother, grandparent, so…)
Book: Daddy Hugs by Nancy Tafuri
Book: Up! by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
Book: Faster, Faster by Leslie Patricelli

HOW IT WENT:
Fun, but since I’m writing this belatedly, I don’t have much more than that to say.

ATTENDANCE: 51 people

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