Z718.3 → Baby Storytime: Animals

This week was my first foray into children's programming -- a.k.a: storytime. For the month of November, I'm leading the library's baby storytime program, which is geared toward babies that are 0-24 months and their parents/guardians. While this was my first time leading the program, I did get to observe two weeks of the previous session to really get a feel for how it was done. I'm so glad that I got that opportunity, as it really helped me guide my own session.

So, How'd It Go?
I think overall it went really well. I felt that the time went by a lot quicker than I initially expected. That led to a little bit of changing what I had prepared -- certainly dropping a few songs and rhymes in order to finish within the right amount of time. I'm cutting myself a little bit of slack since it was my first one - but I'll certainly know better for next week!

Read on for details of my plan for the first baby storytime session ...

Opening Song The More We Get Together

Book 1 You're my little bunny / Claire Freedman

Clapping Songs
Little Turtle
There was a little turtle,
Who lived in a box. [draw box with index fingers]
He swam in all the puddles,
And climbed on all the rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito [snap hand]
He snapped at a flea,
He snapped at a minnow,
And he snapped at me!
He caught the mosquito [clap]
He caught the flea,
He caught the minnow,
But he didn't catch me! [shake finger]

Peas Porridge Hot
Peas porridge hot, [clap hands]
Peas porridge cold, [tap knees]
Peas porridge in the pot, [clap]
Nine days old! [tap knees]
Some like it hot, [clap]
Some like it cold, [tap]
Some like it in the pot, [clap]
Nine days old! [tap]

If You're Happy and You Know It
If you're happy and you know it,
Clap your hands! [clap x2]
If you're happy and you know it,
Clap your hands! [clap x2]
If you're happy and you know, and you really want to show it,
If you're happy and you know it,
Clap your hands! [clap x2]

Book 2 Silly little goose / Nancy Tafuri

Bouncing Rhymes
Dickory Dare
Dickory, dickory dare [bounce on lap]
The pig flew up in the air! [lift baby]
The man in brown, soon brought him down, [lower and bounce]
Dickory, dickory dare! [bounce]

Bumpety Bump
A farmer went trotting on his grey mare,
Bumpety, bumpety bump! [bounce]
With his daughter behind him so rosy and fair,
Bumpety, bumpety bump! [bounce]
A raven cried 'croak!' and they all tumbled down,
Bumpety, bumpety bump! [bounce]
The mare banged her knees and the farmer his crown,
Bumpety, bumpety bump! [bounce]
The mischievous raven flew laughing away,
Bumpety, bumpety bump! [bounce]
And promised to serve them the same the next day,
Bumpety, bumpety bump! [bounce]

Popcorn, popcorn,
Put it in the pot.
Shake it, shake it,
Pop! Pop! Pop!

Music Shake my sillies out / Raffi (from: More Singable Songs)

Swinging Rhymes
Acka Backa
Acka backa, soda cracker [swing]
Acka backa boo!
Acka backa, soda cracker,
Up goes you! [lift]
Acka backa, soda cracker [swing]
Acka backa boo!
Acka backa, soda cracker,
I love you! [lift into hug]

Action Rhymes/Fingerplays
The Itsy, Bitsy Spider
The itsy, bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out,
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy, bitsy spider went up the spout again!

This is Big
This is big, big, big [hold arms out wide]
This is small, small, small [cup hands together]
This is short, short, short [hold palms facing each other]
This is tall, tall, tall [lift one arm above head]
This is stop, stop, stop [hold one palm outwards]
This is go, go, go [swing arm around]
This is yes, yes, yes [nod head]
This is no, no, no. [shake head and/or finger]

Music Douglas Mountain / Raffi (from: More Singable Songs)

Tickle Songs
Round the Garden
Round and round the garden, [make a circle on baby's hand or belly]
Goes the teddy bear.
One step, two step, [step fingers up baby's arm]
Tickle under there! [tickle under chin]

Dance Your Fingers
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance your fingers side to side,
Dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head,
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed.

Closing Song Twinkle, twinkle little star

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