Wednesday, May 16, 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:

All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought ‘twas all in good fun
Pop! Goes the weasel

A penny for a spool of thread
A penny for a needle
That’s the way the money goes
Pop! Goes the weasel

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

we had a full crowd, so I did *not* go around and substitute each child's name for "Jack."

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.

This one went really well today! I could tell everyone's been practicing at home. YAY!

Book:

How Kind! by Mary Murphy

Another board book with a plot! I think it was originally a picture book, but it scales down to board book nicely-- it's still simple enough (both text and pictures) to work in the new format.

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:

Clarabella's Teeth by An Vrombault

I love love love this story about Clarabella the crocodile who has so many teeth it takes her all day to brush them-- by the time she's finally ready to join her friends, they're getting ready for bed and brushing their teeth!

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!

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.

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.

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 have maracas to shake as we sing/dance along with the CD. One thing that I love about my toddlers is that when I get the maraca bucket out, they come get their own maraca and after the song, come put them away!!!! It's amazing!!!!


Book:

How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.

Regular readers will know how much I love Yolen's dinosaur books. I can't say exactly why, but I do like them so much. (I will say that I'm pretty sure a large part is actually because of Teague's brilliant illustrations. His dinos look like exuberant little kids and they all have totally normal human parents. It never ceases to amuse me.)

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


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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