Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Baby Storytime

Start here if you want to know what Baby Storytime is all about.

Welcome Song:

Where is baby? Where is baby?
There (s)he is! There (s)he is!
I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!


Sing to each child, using their name instead of "baby"

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Where oh where are baby’s fingers? (touch fingers)
Where oh where are baby’s toes? (touch toes)
Where is baby’s belly button? (trace on baby’s tummy)
Round and round it goes.
Where oh where are baby’s ears? (touch ears)
Where oh where is baby’s nose? (touch toes)
Where is baby’s belly button? (trace on baby’s tummy)
Round and round it goes.

Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over
The candlestick.

Do with each child, using their name instead of "Jack"

Jiē tóu xiàng wěi mài yóu tiáo
Mài lái mài qù mài bú diào
Huā lā lā lā lā lā biàn chéng lăo yóu tiáo

Translation: Doughnuts for sale along the streets/All day he couldn’t sell them/Hua la la la la la, they all got stale. From Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages by Faye-Lynn Wu

Clap hands, clap hands
Dishes in a battle
Pots and pans all crash about
Bang! Rattle! Rattle!

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Book:

Hooray for Truckmice! Wong Herbert Yee

This book (sadly) seems to be out of print, but I love it for its bright colors, rhyming text, and introduction to all sorts of trucks, all driven by adorable little mice.

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

This little train went up the track
Choo Choo and then it came back
The other train went up the track
Choo Choo and then it came back

Run your fingers up baby’s arm, tickling the armpit on “choo choo” and then running back down the arm. Repeat with the other arm.

This little cow eats grass,
This little cow eats hay.
This little cow drinks water,
This little cow runs away!
And this little cow does nothing, but just lies down all day.
We’ll chase her, we’ll chase her, we’ll chase her away!

With baby’s thumb representing the first little cow, lightly wiggle each finger in turn. When you get to the last cow (and pinkie finger), tickle it and run your fingers up to the top of baby’s shoulder—also fun to do with toes!

Round and round the butter dish (trace circle on child’s tummy)
One, two, three! (walk fingers up chest)
A little here, a little there, (tap one cheek and then the other)
As tasty as can be! (tickle or kiss baby)

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
And mouth and ears and eyes and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

If baby is old enough, have him or her point to each body part. If baby is still to young, touch each body part while singing.

Tony Chestnut knows I love you
Tony knows, Tony knows
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
That’s what Tony knows

Point to the mentioned body parts—Toes and knees for Tony, Chest and Head for Chestnut and nose and eyes for Knows I.

This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Song:

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

We all have maracas that we shake as we dance and sing along.

Book:

What's Up, Duck?: A Book of Opposites by Tad Hills

I always forget that this isn't the best book for storytime. It's just pairs of opposites, BUT! It's Duck and Goose and I love Duck and Goose and most of their other books work so well for storytime that every year or so I forget. Ah well.

Closing:

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand when marking the cake and mime throwing it in the oven at the end.


(to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well

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