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Baby Storytime (7/21/2012)

on June 22, 2012

Today is my first day back doing baby storytime after a month-long hiatus due to some library renovations. I decided to change things p a bit, or rather, go back to the way things were supposed to be. Fridays are meant to be a baby storytime, but they had somehow evolved into a preschool storytime. I made some changes to my activity line-up to make it more baby-friendly.

The Routine:

  1. ABC
  2. Clap, Roll, Rub, Wave hands
  3. Open/Shut Them
  4. If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands

Book 1: One Drowsy Dragon by Ethan Long

One drowsy dragon This book went over really well with the kids and parents. I was able to replicate a lot of the noises (tapping, snoring, whirs and beeping), and got the kids to try to make the same sounds too. Its a fun little counting book with a cute twist at the end. The images are very colorful, and although there are lots of asides in the book to make it a fun one-on-one reading choice, it works well for large groups as well because I can pick and choose which noises I want to do, and change it up with each reading.

  1. Hickory Dickory Dock (2x)
  2. Roly Poly (2x)
  3. Itsy Bitsy Spider (2x)
  4. The Wheels on the Bus (wheels, wipers, horn, people)
  5. 3 Balls (2x)
  6. Stretch
  7. Head/Shoulders (3x)
  8. Wiggle Fingers all around then Count to 10
  9. 10 Little Peas on a Pea Pod Pressed (2x)
  10. This is Big, Big, Big (2x)
  11. If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands

Book 2: Except If by Jim Averbeck

Except if Although I love this book, it was a bit much for the baby storytime. The book isn’t small, but isn’t large either, so the last half of o the book was lost on the babies, particularly when the dinosaur became a fossil. I think the parents liked the book, and they would all read along with me “Except if”. That was a nice change of pace this time around. The colors are vibrant and the images are very simple. This would be a great one-on-one or small group choice, especially for toddlers and maybe preschoolers who are obsessed with dinosaurs.

  1. Fee, Fi, Fo Fum (2x)
  2. 2 Little Blackbirds)
  3. We Wave Goodbye (to the Farmer in the Dell)

New Rhymes/Songs:

3 Balls
A Little ball (make a circle with thumb and fingers)
A bigger ball (make a circle with both hands)
And the biggest ball I see (make one big circle with both arms)
Now lets count the balls we’ve made,
One, Two, Three (recreate each ball for each number)
 
Roll Over
There were 3 in the bed when the little one said
“Roll over! Roll over”
So they all rolled over until 1 fell out! (roll arms)
There were 2 in the bed when the little one said
“Roll over! Roll over!”
So they all rolled over until 1 fell out (roll arms)
Finally, there was one in the bed, when the little one said
“Good night”
And stretched his arms and legs out wide.
 
We Wave Our Hands Goodbye
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.
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