Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Toddler Storytime

Welcome Songs:

To the tune of “Happy Birthday”

Good morning to you
Good morning to you
We’re glad that you’re here
Good morning to you

Substitute baby’s name for “you”

Way up in the sky, the little birds fly,
While down in the nest, the little birds rest.
With a wing to the left, and a wing to the right,
The little birds sleep all through the night.
Shhhhh! They’re sleeping!
The bright sun comes up, the dew falls away,
"Good Morning, Good Morning!" the little birds say.

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keeper
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep,
And can’t tell where to find them;
Leave them alone, and they’ll come home
Wagging their tails behind them.

Garam garam chapati (pat baby’s hands or belly)
Garam garam chapati
Raisoyee meh thahyer (crawl up and tickle underarms)
Raisoyee meh thahyer
Oh kitne gohl heh (draw circle on belly)
Oh kitne swadisht heh (pat circle belly)
Dehdoh yik (count fingers on one hand)
Dehdoh doh
Dehdoh teen
Dehdoh char
Dehdoh panj!

Translation: Hot hot bread/ Hot hot bread/ Ready in the kitchen/ Ready in the kitchen/ Oh so nice and round/ Oh so delicious/ Give me one/ Give me two/ Give me three/ Give me four/ Give me five! See an animated video of this rhyme.

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider walked up the spout again

Book:

Subway by Anastasia Suen, illustrated by Karen Katz

This book describes a child's journey uptown, via subway. Love love love repetitive rhyming action words. Such fun.


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)


Bounces and Action Rhymes:

A is for alligator, chop, chop, chop!
B is for bouncing, hop, hop, hop!
C is for circle, round and round.
D is for dizzy, all fall down!

Book:

Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak.

*sob*

I didn't do the WHOLE book, but read the poems for May, June, July, and August. This is a teeny tiny book that doesn't work at all for storytime, BUT! We have it in big book for just that reason.

The little mice go creeping, creeping, creeping
The little mice go creeping all through the house

The big black cat goes stalking, stalking, stalking
The big black cat goes stalking all through the house

The little mice go scampering, scampering, scampering
The little mice go scampering all through the house

When the mice go creeping, have your fingers walk slowly on the baby, when the cat goes stalking, slide your hands up and down the baby’s body, when the mice go scampering, have your fingers run quickly all over the baby.

These are baby’s fingers
These are baby’s toes
This is baby’s belly button
Round and round it goes!


Lightly touch each body part as it is mentioned. Make a circle or tickle baby on the last line.

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 too young, touch each body part while singing.

Song:

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

All the kids get a maraca and we shake, dance, and sing along with the CD. It's everyone's favorite part of storytime.


Book:

Wemberly's Ice-Cream Star by Kevin Henkes

I love a board book with a plot. I also love Henkes's series of board book on small animal children dealing with special food treats. It's something the kids can really relate to.

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 “Happy Birthday”

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
We’re glad that you came
Goodbye to you

Substitute baby’s name for “you”


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