Hi Guys, I tried to incorporate a lot of LOOOVE into my baby storytime this week!
Here is what we did this week:
- Hello Rhyme – Clap and Sing Hello
- This is a new hello song for me so we will see how it goes. I created a flip-chart with “hello” on one side and “goodbye” on the other. Same words, just sub hello/goodbye.
- ASL Baby Signs – LOVE / HEART / KISS
- I’ve decided that for the babies, instead of teaching them a rhyme in sign language, that I am going to start teaching three vocabulary words each time. I generally use Baby Sign Language.com to check my signs.
- Song – Skinnamarink by Six Little Ducks
- A song that ends with “I love you!” and has simple movements everyone knows.
- Board Book – Snuggle Puppy! By Sandra Boynton
- I reserved my boardbooks too late so instead of a Valentines Day one, I went with this fun one by Boynton. I pass out a copy to each caregiver and child to help promote one-on-one reading.
- Rhyme – 1, 2, 3 Little Hearts
- This is to the tune of ten little Indians. I may or may not teach the ASL sign for “heart,” when we do it.
1 little, 2 little, 3 little hearts
4 little, 5 little, 6 little hearts
7 little, 8 little, 9 little hearts
10 little hearts and a kiss!
- Rhyme/Flannel – Six Little Valentines
- This is one I learned from a colleague and it is a nice surprise when the animals pop out of the envelopes.
6 little Valentines were sent to my house,
The first one said, “I love you, From Mouse.”
5 little Valentines in my mailbox,
The second one said, “Be mine, Love Fox.”
4 little Valentines full of love,
The third one said, “You are sweet, From Dove.”
3 little Valentines just for me,
The fourth one said, “Be my honey, Love Bee.”
2 little Valentine’s mailed with care,
The fifth one said, “Here’s a hug, From Bear.”
The last little Valentine, from my friend Jay,
This one said, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”
- Stretch – Little Heart
- This is such a sweet rhyme, so I thought it would be wonderful to share with the babies.
I have a little heart, (place hand over heart)
And it goes thump, thump, thump (pat chest three times)
It keeps right on beating,
When I jump, jump, jump (jump three times)
I get a special feeling, when I look at you. (point to child)
It makes me want to give you a hug or two. (hug yourself)
Credit: The Best Kids Book Site
- Song/Sticks – Tapping on my Sticks by Kathy Reid-Naiman
- I’ve never passed out rhythm sticks before but I have enough of them for my babies and thought I would give it a try.
- Book – A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy
- Who doesn’t love giving baby lots of kisses near Valentines Day?!
- Lift – Hug Your Baby
- This is another sweet one and a lift too! It goes to the tune of row, row, row your boat. I got this one from Jbrary but I switched out “bear” for “baby.”
Hug, hug, hug your baby
Squeeze him very tight
Hold him high and help him fly
Then hug with all your might.
- Lift/Bounce – Giddy-Up, Giddy-Up
Giddy-up, giddy up ride to town (bounce babies on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up up and down (lift baby up and down)
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa! (dip baby backwards gently)
- Song/Shaker – Dinosaur Rock N Roll by Joanie Bartel
- Shaker songs stump me. Please send some my way!
- Song/Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
- Kids love bubbles and they are great for strengthening the eye muscles that we later use for reading.
- Goodbye Rhyme – Clap and Sing Goodbye
- We end the same way we started.
- Song – Clean It Up
- Any good clean up song will work.
- Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
- I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!
How’d it go:
We started out with just two babies in this group–darn you weather!–but ended up with a good number. So I ended up readjusting a bit in the beginning and went back to my plan about halfway through. So we were a little frazzled but we definitely loved giving hugs and kisses in this loooove themed baby storytime!
That’s all for now!