Baby Storytime – 4/23/18

I am loving our weekly baby storytimes! I am really getting to know my regulars and it is so fun to be able to see them in the library outside of storytime and say hi by name.

Here’s what we did this week:

  • Welcome Rhyme – Welcome, welcome
    • To the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun. First we’ll clap our hands just so. Then we’ll bend and touch our toes. Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun!

  • ASL – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Movement Song – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes by Carol Hammett & Elaine Bueffel from “It’s Toddler Time!”
    • I really like to get us warmed up with a song.
  • Movement Rhyme – Open and Shut Them
    • A very easy rhyme to practice using those fingers, hands and arms.
  • Finger Play – Where is Thumbkin
  • Board Books – Peek-a-WHO? by Nina Laden6130hw3f5el-_ac_us218_
    • I pass out individual copies of this one so we can all read together. This also allows one-on-one reading between caregiver and child, as well as letting the little one practice flipping pages.
  • Song – Bumping Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon by Raffi
    • Who doesn’t like a good bounce song!
  • Finger Play – Fe Fi Fo Fum
    • This is a new one for me but I love it! You can find some more great finger plays here.

Fe fi fo fum. (Touch each finger with thumb-one
finger per syllable.)
See my fingers. (Hold up four fingers.)
See my thumb. (Hold up thumb.)
Fe fi fo fum. (Touch each finger with thumb
again.)

  • Bounce – I bounce you here, I bounce you there…
  • I bounce you here, I bounce you there
    I bounce you, bounce you everywhere
    I tickle you here, I tickle you there
    I tickle you, tickle you everywhere
    I hug you here, I hug you thereI hug you, hug you everywhere

  • Big Book – I Went Walking by Sue
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    • 51g1x4ewbhl-_sy479_bo1204203200_We do this one in a round. I say the line and then the caregivers repeat after me.
  • Lift – Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • My ultimate favorite for babies!

      Going up and down in an elevator. Up and down in an elevator. Up and down in an elevator. First floor, second floor, third floor, Yay!

  • Finger Play/Felt Board – Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed I use a felt board but I also show the caregivers how to do this rhyme on their fingers.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Happy Feet by Joanie Bartels from Dancin’ Magic I love this album
  • BUBBLES – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • My group won’t let me leave without some bubble time!
  • RHYME – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star613z0wapz1l-_ac_us218_
    • This is a good rhyme to slow things down and get ready to say goodbye.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

How’d it go: Oh my goodness this was a big storytime. I don’t mind around 20 babies but 30+ is a lot! That being said, it wasn’t that bad for such a big group. I was able to hold their attention and we all had fun. Note to self–do not overfill the bubble maker!

That’s all for now!

-M-

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Family Storytime – Robots

Family storytime is for all ages, so I try to find themes, books and activities that would be suitable for a large audience. This month I went with Robots! Who doesn’t love a good robot?

Here’s what we did:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • Rhyme – Say Hello
    • love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.
  • Stretch – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • I like to do a good warm-up before getting in to my theme. We do this one three times, faster each time.

Then we get into our theme:

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  • Pass Out – Power Buttons
    • As the kids came in I passed out red ON/OFF buttons. These are our very own robot power buttons and can be used to “power down” if we are too loud or to “power up” if we are doing a stretch or movement exercise. I also have a few rhymes that use the button.
  • ASL – Robot / Science / Electricity
    • I also teach my kids some American Sign Language to go with my theme each week. This is a great way to promote communication within our community and any way we can help ease the frustration when learning to speak is helpful.
  • Book – Boy + Bot by Ame DyckmanThis one is a little long but I think it works well with the theme and has a little humor to it.
    • Don’t forget to have your robots power down before61nvajggm7l-_sx408_bo1204203200_ the story so the room will be nice and quite! 🙂
  • Song – If You’re a Robot and You Know It from ScholasticWe received a book called “If You’re a Robot and You Know It” that has pull tabs. The book is too small to use but Scholastic had a free download of the song, so I decided to use it as one of my songs.
  • Rhyme – I’m a Little Robot
    • There are lots of versions of this, I’m a Little Teapot, robot remix. Google and you’ll come up with a ton!

I’m a little robot, short and strong. (Stand up straight). Here are my handles, (One hand up. One hand down) just turn me on. (Press our ON buttons) When I get all warmed up, (Shake in place) watch me go. Sometimes I’m fast (move robot arms fast) and sometimes I’m slow. (move robot arms slow)  

  • Felt Board – Building a Robot with Shapes20180416_145715
    • I decided we would talk about shapes by building our own robot. I created a lot of felt shapes and I asked the kids to help me pick out the perfect head, arm, etc. by picking shapes and colors.
  • Rhyme – The Gears on the Robot
    • This is to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus” and it is one I created on my own, with inspiration from one of our pages. Please credit me if you use it!

The gears on the robot go grind, grind, grind 
Grind, grind, grind. Grind, grind, grind. 
The gears on the robot go grind, grind, grind all day long. 
(move hands in a circle) 

The circuits on the robot go beep, boop, bop. 
Beep, boop, bop. Beep, boop, bob.
The circuits on the robot go beep, boop, bop all day long.  
(use pointer fingers to press invisible buttons) 

The motor on the robot goes rumble, rumble, rumble 
Rumble, rumble, rumble. Rumble, rumble, rumble.
The motor on the robot goes rumble, rumble, rumble all day long. 
(jump up and down) 

The robots all around say “do the robot!” 
“Do the robot!” “Do the robot!” 
The robots all around say “do the robot!” All day long. 
(Do the robot dance!) 

  • Book – Rolie Polie Olie by William Joyce51c2azzsh5l-_sx260_
    • I haven’t read this one in forever and it was great to get nostalgic!
  • Song w/ Shakers – Rockin’ Robot by the Mother Goose Club Rhymes for Kids

I always like to end the same way:

  • Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.
  • Rhyme – Say Goodbye
    • This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
    • I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go: This was a really fun, themed heavy storytime. Haha! Maybe almost too themed heavy. But we liked our robot buttons and we thought some of the songs were super silly. I maybe wouldn’t do the felt board with such a big group because the kids really wanted to pick out the shapes themselves. But overall, fun was had!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime – 4/16/18

It’s that time again! Baby storytime for 0-12 months.

Here’s what we did this week:

  • Welcome Rhyme – Welcome, welcome
    • Since my group has been big lately, I have switched to this easy rhyme as an intro. It goes to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun. First we’ll clap our hands just so. Then we’ll bend and touch our toes. Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun!

  • ASL – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Song w/ Movements – Bodyparts by Johnette Downing
    • A quick song that allows us to point out different parts of our body. Great for those baby just finding themselves in space.
  • Stretch – This is Big Big Big…

This is big big big Hold (arms out to side)
This is small small small (cup hands together)
This is short short short (hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (nod)
This is no no no (shake head)

  • Book – Counting Kisses by Karen Katz518dok0f2il-_sx421_bo1204203200_
    • This is a great book for counting. We count, give kisses and identify the different parts of our body all in one book. I pass out books to each of the caregivers so we can also practice one-on-one reading.
  • Finger Stretch – Fingers Like To…
    • This is a fun one and is great to work on moving those fingers

      Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle. Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle WAY UP HIGH! Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle. Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle WAY DOWN LOW! How else to fingers like to wiggle? (wiggle on different body parts)

  • Bounce – Tick-tock, Tick-tock

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock, now it’s one o’clock.
Cuckoo! (Lift baby into the air)
Continue with two, three, four and five o’clock.

  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus
    • 51jarxn2bfplJust a fun movement song to break things up. We got new wrist ribbons so I am going to hand them out because I think they would work well with these movements.
  • Book – Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma WilsonI am adding movements as I read and the caregivers can follow along. I like this one because we work on identifying opposites.
  • Movement Rhyme – Tiny Tim

I had a little Turtle, His name was Tiny Tim. I put him in the bathtub, To see if he could swim. He drank up all the water. And ate a bar of soap. And now he’s in his bed, With bubbles in his throat. Bubble, Bubble, Bubble, Bubble, Bubble, Bubble, Bubble, Bubble, Bubble Bubble, PoP!

  • Bounce – I bounce you here, I bounce you there…
    • This is a new favorite of mine. We love bouncing, tickling and hugging baby!
  • I bounce you here, I bounce you there
    I bounce you, bounce you everywhere
    I tickle you here, I tickle you there
    I tickle you, tickle you everywhere
    I hug you here, I hug you there
    I hug you, hug you everywhere

  • Song w/ Shakers – On The Road Again by Joanie Bartell
    • I love this version of this song and it’s a really fun one to shake to.
  • Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • The perfect song to play while blowing bubbles.
  • Rhyme – Row, Row, Row Your Boat
    • A slower rhyme to start winding down to.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

 

How’d it go: This was a great storytime and all of my materials worked really well together. I totally didn’t notice that I had a counting and opposites theme going, but a lot of my rhymes were complimentary to my stories. Love when that happens! Overall, a great storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-

The Gears on the Robot

Hi Guys!

I am doing a robot themed storytime in a little over a week and a lot of the rhymes I found online were the same. I figured, I’d try my hand at writing my own rhyme and it was actually a lot of fun.

One of our pages inspired me to use the tune “Wheels on the Bus.”

Here is what I came up with:

The gears on the robot go grind, grind, grind 
Grind, grind, grind. Grind, grind, grind. 
The gears on the robot go grind, grind, grind all day long. 
(move hands in a circle) 

The circuits on the robot go beep, boop, bop. 
Beep, boop, bop. Beep, boop, bob.
The circuits on the robot go beep, boop, bop all day long.  
(use pointer fingers to press invisible buttons) 

The motor on the robot goes rumble, rumble, rumble 
Rumble, rumble, rumble. Rumble, rumble, rumble.
The motor on the robot goes rumble, rumble, rumble all day long. 
(jump up and down) 

The robots all around say “do the robot!” 
“Do the robot!” “Do the robot!” 
The robots all around say “do the robot!” All day long. 
(Do the robot dance!) 

Let me know if you use this in your storytime! I’d love to hear some feedback and please credit me if you do 🙂

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime – 4/9/18

I’m back with another baby storytime outline 🙂

  • Welcome Rhyme – Welcome, welcome
    • To the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun. First we’ll clap our hands just so. Then we’ll bend and touch our toes. Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun!

  • ASL – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • SONG – Clap, Tap, Bend by Carol Hammett & Elaine Bueffel
    • This is just an easy going song with simple movement exercises to get us started.
  • STRETCH – The Itsy Bitsy Spider
    • Everyone knows this popular rhyme. We do it a few times so everyone can get the movements down.
  • BOARD BOOK – Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton51ajbewjdwl
    • Boynton just has so many wonderful board books. I picked this one to practice our animal sounds. Everyone gets a copy of this board book so we can get our hands on it and read one-on-one.
  • RHYME – I’m a Little Teapot
    • Another classic rhyme with simple movements for the kids.
  •  BOUNCE – This is the way the lady rides
    • My group loves bounces and lifts, so we can’t go through a storytime with out least a few of those.
  • SONG – Spaghetti Legs by Jim Gill
    • We move our legs, arms and bodies as if they were all wiggly like cooked spaghetti.
  • RHYME – Patty Cake
    • We are doing a lot of our favorite classics today.
  • LIFT RHYME – Up and Down in an Elevator
    • Another favorite of ours. We go up and down in an elevator and then as we hit floors 1, 2 and 3 we lift baby higher and higher.
  • BOOK w/ SCARVES – I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont 61syrqojfnl-_sx425_bo1204203200_
    • I love this one. I pass out scarves and I sing the words in the book while the grownup use the scarves as their paintbrushes to paint babies head, feet, hands, etc.
  • BUBBLES – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • My group won’t let me leave without some bubble time!
  • RHYME – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    • This is a good rhyme to slow things down and get ready to say goodbye.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye

How’d it go: This was a fun one! Probably because I got a new bubble blower and it is AMAZING! We had so much fun doing some of our favorite rhymes and popping a ton of bubbles!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Baby Storytime – 4/2/18

Time for another baby storytime! This is a storytime targeted toward babies 0-12 months. We do a lot of bounces, finger rhymes, and more!

Here’s what we did:

  • Welcome Rhyme – Welcome, welcome
    • Since my group has been big lately, I have switched to this easy rhyme as an intro. It goes to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun. First we’ll clap our hands just so. Then we’ll bend and touch our toes. Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun!

  • ASL – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Song w/ Movements – Roll, Roll, Roll Your Hands
    • This is a classic and if you are not comfortable singing the song yourself, there are several versions you can download and play the music. This time I used a CD.
  • Stretch – This is big, big, big..

This is big big big Hold (arms out to side)
This is small small small (cup hands together)
This is short short short (hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (nod)
This is no no no (shake head)

  • Board Book – Mouse Is Small by Mary Murphy51d6gTX1RXL._SY493_BO1,204,203,200_
    • This is a new one for our library and I just thought it was a fun board book. We can identify animals and get a little silly at the end. I passed out copies to everyone.
  • Glove Rhyme – Here is a Beehive
    • I have a glove with bees Velcroed to tips and a beehive on a popsicle stick we do this one with.

Here is the beehive.  Where are the bees? Hidden away where nobody sees. Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive. One, two, three, four, five. Bzzzzzzzz… all fly away!

  • Bounce – I bounce you here, I bounce you there…

I bounce you here, I bounce you there
I bounce you, bounce you everywhere
I tickle you here, I tickle you there
I tickle you, tickle you everywhere
I hug you here, I hug you there
I hug you, hug you everywhere

  • Song – Shake My Sillies Out
    • Just a fun song to shake all the giggles out to.
  • Rhyme – Tick-tick, Tick-tock

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock, now it’s one o’clock.
Cuckoo! (Lift baby into the air)
Continue with two, three, four and five o’clock.

  • Book – Clip, Clop! by Nicola Smee51nc8mg2ddl-_sy497_bo1204203200_
    • This is a fun one that I have the caregivers bounce the babies along to.
  • Shakers – Identifying body parts
    • We use our shakers to find our heads, our knees, our feet, etc.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Chugg-A-Lugg-A Choo-Choo by Johnette Downing
  • Song w/ Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • Bubbles are now a staple of my baby storytime.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

How’d it go: This was a really fun storytime and finally a little bit of a smaller crew. Because we were only like 15 babies this time, I skipped my last few rhymes and pulled out the parachute for us to play with. I definitely need to get a bigger parachute because it was lots of fun but waaay too small. Other than that, fun was had by all!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime – 3/26/18

Back for another week of baby storytime!

Here’s what we did:

  • Rhyme – Welcome, Welcome Everyone

Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun. First we’ll clap our hands just so. Then we’ll bend and touch our toes. Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun! (tune-Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

  • ASL – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Song – Wheels on the Bus
    • Everyone knows this one and it has some really simple movement for our babies.
  • Finger Stretch – Fingers Like To…
    • This is a fun one and is great to work on moving those fingers

      Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle. Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle WAY UP HIGH! Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle. Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle WAY DOWN LOW! How else to fingers like to wiggle? (wiggle on different body parts)

  • Board Book – Blanket of Love by Alyssa Satin Capucilli32333173
    • I like to pass out one of the books so we can all follow along. I also give the caregivers a few minutes to read the book one-on-one as well.
  • Puppet Rhyme – Alligator, Alligator…

Alligator, alligator, long and green 
Alligator, alligator, teeth so mean
Snapping at a fly, snapping at a bee,
Snapping at a frog, but you can’t catch me!

  • Rhyme – Row, Row, Row Your Boat
    • Simple movement rhyme to do together.
  • Song – Tap Your Toes and Follow Me by Susan Salidor
    • This is a song with minimal movements, perfect for baby storytime.
  • Bounce – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom We’re Going to the Moon
    • I love this one mainly because it ends with a countdown and a lift.

Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon. Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon. If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocketship. Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon. 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 BLASTOFF! 

  • Book – Overboard by Sarah Weeks51v4sf5ayrl-_sx443_bo1204203200_
    • love using this one in baby storytime. Because every time I read “overboard” we tip our babies over.
  • Shakers – If your happy and you know it give a shake…

 

If your happy and you know it give a shake. If your happy and you know it give a shake. If your happy and you know it and you really want to show it, if your happy and you know it give a shake. (shake it fast / shake it slow / shake it high / shake it low)

  • Song w/ Shakers – Mr. Sun
    • Any version is great to shake to.
  • Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • Bubbles are great for strengthening eye muscles and for learning to move the eyes the same way we track words when we read.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

How’d it go: After rushing around all morning it was great to take a break with some babies! Everything went really well. We pretty much followed my outline and had a good time.

That’s all for now!

-M-