Sharing – Infant Storytime

Sharing is caring.  So I’m sharing this infant storytime about sharing with you.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “Share”
sign found on Lifeprint.com

BOOK:

Banana! by Ed Vere

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

FLANNELBOARD:
So Much Fun to Share

(Adapted from A-Hunting We Will Go Flannelboard from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.  She also has a version in her Mother Goose’s Playhouse.  Templates for this story found here.)

(to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)
It’s so much fun to share
It’s so much fun to share
I have a hat
I’ll share with a cat
It’s so much fun to share.

Other verses:
box – fox
log – frog
boat – goat
pail – whale
wig – pig
chair – bear

I put up each item first, to give the kids and parents a chance to guess what animal we would be sharing with.

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:

Playdate for Panda by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME:
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: Blocks by Irene Dickson

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun storytime theme!  I loved reading Banana out loud, and being a put-out monkey.

ATTENDANCE: 41 people (adults and children)

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

Shoes – Infant Storytime

It had been a while since I had done a shoe storytime!  Since this was a long weekend and my prep time was a little shorter, I decided to reuse the shoe theme and update it.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “Shoe”
asl-shoe-sign
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
WhoseShoebyMiller
Whose Shoe?
 by Margaret Miller

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Counting Feet
Counting Feet Flannelboard 1 Counting Feet Flanneboard 2
(
template and pattern adapted by Jean Warren from an idea by Janice Bodenstedt, Jackson MI. from Totline Magazine March/April 1994. pg 24.)

How many boots should a duckling buy
To keep his feet nice and dry?
Let’s count her feet and then we’ll know –
We can count.  Let’s go!
One, Two.
Two new boots is what he should buy.
That will keep the duckling dry.
(Place boots on duckling and count again.)

How many boots should a bunny buy
To keep her feet nice and dry?
Let’s count her feet and then we’ll know –
We can count.  Let’s go!
One, two, three, four.
Four new boots is what she should buy.
That will keep the bunny dry.
(Place boots on bunny and count again.)

How many boots should a spider buy
To keep his feet nice and dry?
Let’s count his feet and then we’ll know –
We can count.  Let’s go!
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Eight new boots is what he should buy.
That will keep the spider dry.
(Place boots on spider and count again.)

I like to end this one by counting all the feet we have on the board, then having the kids say goodbye to each animal as I take them off the flannelboard.

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:
OneTwoThat'sMyShoebyMurray
One Two That’s My Shoe!
 by Alison Murray

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME:
The Old Woman

oldwomanflannelboard1jeninthelibrary oldwomanflannelboard2jeninthelibraryRhyme by Beatrix Potter,  and patterns and rhyme found in The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.

You know the old woman who lived in a shoe?
And had so many children’s she didn’t know what to do?
I think that if she lived in a little shoe-house
That old woman was surely a …mouse!

Place the mouse behind the shoe for the first part of the rhyme.  When you reveal that it is a mouse, lift the shoe!

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:
shoesshoesshoesbymorris shoebabybydunbar
Book: Shoes Shoes Shoes by Ann Morris
Book: Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar and Polly Dunbar
Flannelboard: All Kinds of Shoes
Flannelboard: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Jen in the Library – Infant Storytime – Feet 

HOW IT WENT:
This was a good storytime theme, but I wish there were some more great infant stories about shoes.  What are some of your favorites?

ATTENDANCE: 34 people (adults and children)

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

Polar Bears – Infant Storytime

I noticed there were a bunch of good stories about polar bears a while ago, enough to make up a storytime just about them.  So I decided to try it out!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “Bear” and “White”
asl - bear
asl-white
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
followtheleaderbyford
Follow the Leader
 by Miela Ford

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Bears
Bears Flannelboard logo

(to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
Big and brown, big and brown.
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
And live in the woods.

Polar bears are soft and white,
Soft and white, soft and white.
Polar bears are soft and white,
And live in the cold.

Teddy bears are just my size,
Just my size, just my size.
Teddy bears are just my size,
To cuddle with at night.

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:
snowbabiesbyanderson
Snow Babies
by Laura Ellen Anderson

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

NURSERY RHYME:
Hickory Dickory Dock

HickoryDickoryFlannelboardCroppedwithLogo
Pattern taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory Dickory Dock.


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:
treasurebybloom
Book: Treasure by Suzanne Bloom

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun storytime!  I love Follow the Leader by Ford, because the photographs are so wonderful.  The caregivers really seemed to enjoy that one was as well, since I heard a lot of giggles and awws with it.  Snow Babies is a board book, but it is a little larger, so I thought it could work with this audience.

ATTENDANCE: 43 people (adults and children)

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

Groundhogs & Shadows – Infant Storytime

With February coming soon, that means groundhogs!  And since there are not a lot of good groundhog books for the youngest ones, I expanded our stories to include shadows as well.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “Shadow”
asl-shadow
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
shadowsbysayre
Shadows
 by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Harvey Stevenson

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Little Groundhogs
5-little-groundhogs-flannelboard-jeninthelibrary
Patterns and Rhyme from Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Will Love by Diana Briggs

 

Five little groundhogs on Groundhog Day,
The first one said, “I’ll have a peek if I may.”
The second one said, “Is it warm or cold?”
The third one said, “Let’s get out of this hole.”
The fourth one said, “Is that a shadow I see?”
The fifth one said, “No, it’s only me.”
When the groundhogs popped their heads out,
No shadows did they see.
“Spring is finally here!” they shouted.
“And we’re free, free, free!”

As I put the groundhogs up on the board, I encouraged the caregivers to do this as a finger/toe rhyme with their little ones, similar to “This Little Piggy.”


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:
grayhoundagroundhogbyjenkins
A Greyhound A Groundhog
 written by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Chris Appelhans

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

NURSERY RHYME:
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.


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*

 

 

HOW IT WENT:
Years ago I had done an infant storytime with this theme, and I thought I would try it again, especially since I love A Greyhound A Groundhog.  I think the storytime went fine, but I don’t think this is the most effective theme to use with infants.  I did add some elements to the storytime to make it more infant-friendly though.  When we read Shadows we did different motions to go along with the book: running, kicking rolling our hands when a ball rolled, etc.  And the adults loved A Greyhound a Groundhog, so that was great.  I just want to be on the lookout for other, better options for this theme.  There are not a lot, as you can see from the lack of additional materials ideas I have here.  Do you have any great groundhog or shadow ideas for this age group?

ATTENDANCE: 53 people (adults and children)

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

Hello! – Infant Storytime

It’s my rotation for our infant storytime, so for the next couple weeks you’ll be seeing posts on those topics more often.  Since this was the first storytime of the session, I wanted to start things off by saying “HELLO!”.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “Hello”
asl-hello
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
hellobabybyfox
Hello Baby! 
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Say Hello to Your Toes
Where is Your Bellybutton
Idea taken from one little librarian, who found it at Storytime Secrets. I used the pattern I had from my flannelboard “Where is Baby’s Bellybutton?”

(to the tune of “London Bridge”)
Let’s say hello to our toes,
Hello toes, hello toes
Let’s say hello to our toes
Hello toes.

Other Verses:
– knees
– tummy
– shoulders
– head
– bellybutton


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:
HelloDaybyLobel
Hello, Day!
 by Anita Lobel

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

NURSERY RHYME:
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: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
sayhellolikethisbymurphyhelloworldbystojic

Book: Say Hello Like This! by Mary Murphy
Book: Hello World!: Greetings in 42 Languages Around the Globe! by Manya Stojic. (This one is just great big pictures of children from different cultures and how they say hello in their language.  Since it’s long, a selection of it may work better, but I wanted to write it down as a future idea.)

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
one little librarian – toddler time: hello hello
The Wielded Pen – Hello, Goodbye – A Storytime Outline

 

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun theme to use for the first storytime in a series!  With Hello Baby! I did end up paper clipping a couple of the pages together because I worried it might have been too long for the first storytime of the session.

I always get a little worried about doing infant storytimes again when it’s been a long time away, but I always forget that I love doing it so much that it makes it easy.

ATTENDANCE: 52 people (adults and children)

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

Bears – Infant Storytime

For a last minute fill-in, I decided to focus on bears.

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*

BOOK:
sleepy-bear-by-dabcovich
Sleepy Bear
 by Lydia Dabcovich

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Bear Went Over the Mountain
Bear Went Over the Mountain 1 Bear Went Over the Mountain 2
For more information on this flannel, see the post where I highlighted it for Flannel Friday.


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

BOOK:
ben-loves-bear-by-mcphail
Ben Loves Bear
 by David McPhail

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*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
bear-of-my-heart-by-ryder

Book: Bear of My Heart by Joanne Ryder, illustrated by Margie Moore (This one may be a little long, but I think with the sweetness factor it may work well for infants).

HOW IT WENT:
I wasn’t sure if Ben Loves Bear would work well in a storytime setting, since it is a smaller board book. But, the story was so sweet that I couldn’t pass it up.  And I think the illustrations were large enough so that it carried.

ATTENDANCE: 40 people

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

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*

BOOK:
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

FLANNELBOARD:
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.

 


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

BOOK:
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*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
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).

HOW IT WENT:
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

Dads – Infant Storytime

My coworker was sick last week, so I got to step in an do Infant Toddler storytimes again.  Since Father’s Day was coming up on Sunday, we focused on Dads!

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

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

BOUNCE: I’m Bouncing*
I’m bouncing, bouncing everywhere (bounce baby gently on lap)
I bounce and bounce into the air (lift baby up from lap)
I’m bouncing, bouncing like a ball (bounce baby on lap again) 
I bounce and bounce
And then down I fall! (guide baby down between legs)

BOOK:
Up by George
Up! by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Hush Little Baby Flannelboard with logo
Hush Little Baby
taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book 2nd Edition by Judy Sierra

Hush little baby, don’t say a word,
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.
If that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring
If that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass.
If that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat.
If that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.
If that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.
If that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart.
If that horse and cart fall down,
you’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

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:
Faster! Faster! by Patricelli Where's My Daddy by Watanabe Daddy Hugs by Tafuri
Book: Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli
Book: Where’s My Daddy? adapted from a story by Shigeo Watanabe, pictures by Yasuo Ohtomo
Book: Daddy Hugs by Nancy Tafuri

HOW IT WENT:
You’ll find that this storytime bears a striking resemblance to the earlier Dad-themed storytime I’ve done.  This is mostly because I learned I was doing storytime the day before and a lot of the dad books had already been checked out by then.

Also, this storytime doesn’t have a second book because I cut things a little short so we could sign the kids up for our Summer Reading Program which started that week.

ATTENDANCE: 31 people (adults and kids)

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

Geese – Infant Storytime

I don’t know why, but I decided that I should do a goose storytime!  Let the HONKing begin!  I presented this one as the last storytime in my Spring 2016 session on 5/31/2016.

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

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

BOUNCES:
To Market, To Market*
Trot Trot to Boston*
The Grandfather Clock*

SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “GOOSE”
asl - goose
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
Gossie by Dunrea
Gossie
by Olivier Dunrea

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Goosey Goosey Gander
idea taken from the Mother Goose on the Loose Feltboard App and this image found during a google search.  I found it on the Middleburg-Clay Hill Library Pinterest Page, but I couldn’t find the original source.
Goosey Goosey Gander Flannelboard name

Goosey Goosey Gander
Where do you wander?
Upstairs (move goose up the stairs)
and downstairs (move goose down the stairs)
and in my lady’s chamber.

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

BOOK:
Silly Little Goose by Tafuri
Silly Little Goose! by Nancy Tafuri

TICKLES:
Round and Round the Garden*
See the Little Mousie*
Round the World*

NURSERY RHYME:
12BuckleMyShoeFlannelboard
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
(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:  Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye
taken from jbrary

HOW IT WENT:
Gossie might have been a little long for the infants, but I think the parents enjoyed it.  I was happy that I found a slightly larger board book version of this, because it’s hard to read Dunrea’s goose books in storytime since they are all so small.  It’s the Padded Board Book size seen here (though I got my copy from my local bookstore), so it’s 8.2 x 1.2 x 6.6 inches instead of the hardback’s 6 x 0.4 x 6 inches size.  I don’t know how much of a difference those two inches made, but it made me feel better about sharing it.

ATTENDANCE: 24 people (adults and kids)

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

Cats – Infant Storytime

Cats was the theme of my 5/24/16 storytime.

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

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

BOUNCE: The Grandfather Clock*
The grandfather clock goes
tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock (sway baby slowly from side to side)
The kitchen clock goes
tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock (sway or bounce baby a little faster)
And Mommy’s little watch goes
tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick (bounce baby quickly or tickle baby)
Stop!

SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “CAT”
asl - cat
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
Cat and Mouse by Schoenherr
Cat and Mouse by Ian Schoenherr

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

FLANNELBOARD:
IHadACat1
I had a Cat
taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book 2nd Edition by Judy Sierra

I had a cat,
My cat pleased me.
I fed my cat under yonder tree.
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

I had a pig
My pig pleased me
I fed my pig under yonder tree.
Pig goes Oink Oink
Cat goes Fiddle-i-fee.

Other verses:
Rooster ……. Rooster goes Cock-a-doodle-do!
Donkey ……. Donkey goes Hee-haw!
Turkey …….. Turkey goes Gobble-gobble!

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

BOOK:
How to Be a Cat by McClure
How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure

TICKLE: Round the World
Round the world, (spin finger in air closer and closer to baby)
Round the world, (spin finger in air closer and closer to baby)
Catch a big bear.
Where are we going to catch him?
Right in THERE! (tickle tummy)

NURSERY RHYME:
HeyDiddleDiddleFeltboardcropped
Hey Diddle Diddle

Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals
Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed,
to see such a sight.
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
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:
Thumpy Feet by Lewin Meeow and the Little Chairs by Braun
Book: Thumpy Feet by Betsy Lewin
Book: Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastien Braun (or any book in the Meeow series)

OTHER BLOG POSTS:
Cats – Infant Storytime – 10-15-2014

ATTENDANCE: 37 people (adults and kids)

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