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”



Baby Storytime


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!


Substitute the child’s name for “baby”

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

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.

Go around the room and do the rhyme for each child, substituting their 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:

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:

How Kind! by Mary Murphy

Nice colors and a PLOT! About doing nice things for each other!

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

We’re going down a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road.
We’re going down a smooth road, a smooth road now. (rock child side to side)
We’re going down a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road.
We’re going down a bumpy road, a bumpy road now. (lightly bounce child on knees)
We’re going down a rough road, a rough road, a rough road.
We’re going down a rough road, UH OH! POTHOLE! (vigorously bounce child, on “pothole” gently drop him between legs and onto the floor.)

I'm a piece of popcorn (gently bounce baby on lap)
Put me in the pot (continue to bounce)
Shake me, shake me (gently wiggle baby back and forth)
And watch me POP! (lift baby up into air)

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 sing/dance along with the CD.

Book:

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

The rhyming text is a slight spin on your regular counting book, also, as much as I love The Devil's Arithmetic and Pay the Piper, I think the dinosaurs are my favorite Yolen books.

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Book Club: Franny K. Stein

It's the last Book Club of the school year. *sniff sniff*

For our last book, we read Franny K. Stein: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton, because who doesn't love a silly mad scientist*?

Shout out to Born Librarian for discussion question inspiration. Simon and Schuster also has fun printables.

First we introduced ourselves by saying our names and what mad scientist invention we want to make. I said Quiet Spray. Most of the kids had some sort of ice cream/bubble gum/pizza/donut gun.

Then we recounted the plot.

Then we talked about the types of experiments *we* did in school.

And what types of science fair project we thought Franny K. might do.

Then, a lot of the kids said that Franny was evil, so I asked if they'd be friends with her, and a lot said no, because she was mean. So, we tried to talk about how weird was not evil, and Franny never did anything bad. (Some kids had a hard time wrapping their head around the fact that the first evil monster was not invented by Franny.)

We also talked a lot about unstable industrial waste, as they didn't know what that was. I explained that some times when factories make things, there's bad stuff left over, like poison. And they said "like carbon monoxide?" worse dude. worse. I tried not to freak them out so we switched over the the role that unstable industrial waste plays in monster/superhero origin stories.

And that's it until fall!


*Franny K. always makes me want to watch episode after episode of Dexter's Laboratory.

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”


Baby Storytime

Welcome

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!

Substitute the child’s name for “baby”

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

Five little fingers on this hand (hold up one hand with fingers extended)
Five little fingers on that hand (hold up other hand)
A dear little nose (point to nose)
A mouth like a rose (pucker lips and point to mouth)
Two cheeks so tiny (pretend to pinch cheeks)
Two eyes, two ears (point to each)
And ten little toes (wiggle toes with toddler and point to them)
That’s the way the baby grows (stretch arms up over head)

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

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:

Subway by Anastasia Suen, illustrated by Karen Katz

Love the rhyming and action and repetitive language describing a trip uptown on the subway.

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

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.

I'm a piece of popcorn (gently bounce baby on lap)
Put me in the pot (continue to bounce)
Shake me, shake me (gently wiggle baby back and forth)
And watch me POP! (lift baby up into air)

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 shake maracas and dance along to the CD.

Book:

Wemberly's Ice-Cream Star by Kevin Henkes

A board book with plot! I enjoy Wemberly's ingenious solution to her ice cream star problem.

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

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Toddler Story Time


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.

I'm a piece of popcorn (gently bounce baby on lap)
Put me in the pot (continue to bounce)
Shake me, shake me (gently wiggle baby back and forth)
And watch me POP! (lift baby up into air)

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrnGaXPDQsI

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


Book:

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell


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:

Trot trot to Boston
Trot trot to Lynn
Careful little baby that you don’t fall in!

Trot trot to Denver
Trot trot to Dover
Look out little baby and don’t fall over!

Trot trot to Boston
Trot trot to town
Watch out little baby and don’t fall down!

Bounce the child on your knee and dip her between your legs on “don’t fall in” tip her over on “don’t fall over” and dip her between your legs on “don’t fall down.” Substitute the child’s name for “baby.”

Book:

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Clap clap clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see,
Clap them now with me.

Tap tap tap your knees…
Shake shake shake your feet

To the tune of "Bingo"

I have a little sweetie pie,   (bounce baby lightly)
and he is cute all over!
Hands, head, nose and toes,   (point to all of these parts one by one)
Hands, head, nose and toes,
Hands, head, nose and toes,
And he is cute all over!

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

Book:

Truck Duck by Michael Rex

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.

Closing Songs:

(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”


Baby Storytime

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!

Substitute the child’s name for “baby”

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Five little fingers on this hand (hold up one hand with fingers extended)
Five little fingers on that hand (hold up other hand)
A dear little nose (point to nose)
A mouth like a rose (pucker lips and point to mouth)
Two cheeks so tiny (pretend to pinch cheeks)
Two eyes, two ears (point to each)
And ten little toes (wiggle toes with toddler and point to them)
That’s the way the baby grows (stretch arms up over head)

Cock-a-doodle doo!
Baby’s lost his shoe!
Baby has looked everywhere
And knows not what to do!

Cock-a-doodle doo!
Baby’s found his shoe!
Baby’s put it on again,
Sing doodle-doodle-doo!

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

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:

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell

This is my favorite board book of all time. Flaps! Animal noises! A silly plot!

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

Trot trot to Boston
Trot trot to Lynn
Careful little baby that you don’t fall in!

Trot trot to Denver
Trot trot to Dover
Look out little baby and don’t fall over!

Trot trot to Boston
Trot trot to town
Watch out little baby and don’t fall down!

Bounce the child on your knee and dip her between your legs on “don’t fall in” tip her over on “don’t fall over” and dip her between your legs on “don’t fall down.” Substitute the child’s name for “baby.”


to the tune of "Bingo"

I have a baby sweetie pie, (bounce baby lightly)
and he is cute all over!
Hands, head, nose and toes, (point to all of these parts one by one)
Hands, head, nose and toes,
Hands, head, nose and toes,
And he is cute all over!

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


Book:

Truck Duck Michael Rex

Animals driving various vehicles? What?! Awesome.

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

Alligator and Crocodile Storytime

I got to do a 3-5 storytime today!

Where is Thumbkin?

What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Doug Cushman

I love the repetitive "What time is it Mr. Crocodile?" that the kids all shout out with me. Basically, Mr. Crocodile, esquire, learns to accept that he cannot defeat (catch, cook, and eat) those pesky monkeys, so he might as well be friends with them. Hilarious pictures.

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

So, yeah, that doesn't have anything to do with Alligators or Crocodiles, but the book that Mr. Crocodile reads with the monkeys involves jumping on the bed and falling, so...

Hickory Dickory Dock

Snip Snap!: What's That? by Mara Bergman, illustrated by Nick Maland

I love what this one says about being afraid is totally normal, but you can still stand up and face your fears, even when you're shaking in your boots.

The Alligator Cheer!

This is a real cheer they used to do at my junior high. It makes an AWESOME action rhyme.

Me: A-L-L-I
Kids: A-L-L-I
Me: G-A-T-O-R
Kids: G-A-T-O-R
All: Alligator alligator (clapping with our hands horizontal, aka, normal)
Eat 'em up! Eat 'em up! (clapping with our hands vertical, so we look like giant alligator jaws chomping)
Alligator alligator (horizontal clapping)
Eat 'em up! Eat 'em up! (vertical clapping)

Shake My Sillies Out

Clarabella's Teeth by An Vrombault

Poor Clarabella-- she has sooooooooooooooooo many teeth that by the time she's done brushing them in the morning, it's time to get ready for bed! Very funny.

Alligator Cheer (again, because it's great!)

Wide Mouthed Frog Puppet show which morphs into

5 Little Monkeys Swinging from a Tree flannel board.

Comin' Round the Mountain.

Wide Mouthed Frog Puppet Script


Have the wide mouth frog on your left hand. The right hand switches out the other puppets.

WIDE MOUTHED FROG: (to audience) Hello! I am a WIDE MOUTHED FROG! Do you know what I looooooooooove to eat? FLIES! Mmmmmmmmm. Flies are soooooooooooooooo delicious. What?! You think flies are gross? What do YOU want to eat? (hopefully the kids respond) Pizza? EW! Ice cream? YUCK! You’re wrong! Flies are the best! Let’s ask some other animals and you’ll see!

Hey there! You! Bird! Hello! I am a WIDE MOUTHED FROG and I think flies are the tastiest!

Bird: EW!

WIDE MOUTHED FROG: EW? If flies are ew, what do you like to eat?

Bird: I like wriggly worms and juicy, juicy slugs.

WIDE MOUTHED FROG: wriggly worms and juicy juicy slugs? EW! (to audience) let’s try this again. Hey there! You! Mouse! Hello! I am a WIDE MOUTHED FROG and I think flies are the tastiest!

Mouse: EW!

WIDE MOUTHED FROG: EW? If flies are ew, what do you like to eat?

Mouse: I like crunchy nuts and sweet sweet berries.

WIDE MOUTHED FROG: Crunchy nuts and sweet berries? Ga-ROSS! (to audience) what do you think? What?! You think that’s good, too? What about flies! Flies are the best food EVER! You’ll see! Hey! You! Alligator!  Hello! Help me out here. I am a WIDE MOUTHED FROG and I think flies are the tastiest! But these kids don’t believe me! What do you like to eat?/

Alligator: Well, I’m an alligator. I like to eat tasty tasty WIDE MOUTHED FROGS!

WIDE MOUTHED FROG: Wide mouthed frogs?

Alligator: Wide mouthed frogs.

WIDE MOUTHED FROG: EEP! (tuck mouth in so it’s small) Too bad there aren’t any of those around! I uhh… need to go now! Bye!!!!!! (Jump into pond)

Alligator: Wait, where’d he go?! Now I’m hungry! What will I eat. Hmmm… how about… some… MONKEYS!

Five little monkey’s swinging in a tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator “you can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Alligator, quite as can be
Aaaaaand SNAPS that monkey out of that tree!

Four little monkeys…