Virtual Baby Storytime: 7/2/2020

Virtual Baby Storytime: 7/2/2020

  • Hello Little Babies
    • This is a great one for the little guys.

Hello little babies, let’s stretch up high.
Stretch so high, you reach the sky.
Now wave little babies and say hello.
Say hello, good morning.

  • Well Hello Everybody
    • This is a good one for interacting with baby. 51gnt-atv8l._sy493_bo1204203200_

Well hello everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody can you touch your toes, touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody can you touch your toes, touch your toes?
(Pat your head, rub your tummy…)

  • BOOK – Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy (Candlewick)
    • The animals get bigger and bigger until……
  • Touch Your…
    • I like to turn baby toward me for this one; it makes a good lap rhyme.

Touch your nose
Touch your chin
That’s the way this game begins
Touch your eyes
Touch your knees
Now pretend you’re going to sneeze!
Aaachooooo!
Touch your hair
Touch one ear
Touch your two red lips right here
Touch your elbow where it ends
And that’s the way this touch game ends.

  • Ice Cream Scoops (flannel)
    • This one can be done as a movement rhyme and a counting exercise.20170624_155814

First we need a cone, nice and crunchy.
Then we need some ice cream, sweet and yummy!
Scoop ‘em on. Stack ‘em up.
First comes vanilla, cold and sweet.
Then comes chodolate, a delicious treat.
Here’s some strawberry; orange sherbert, too,
A super-duper scooper cone, just for you!
One scoop, two scoops, three scoops, four!
We love ice cream, let’s have some more!

  • BOOK – Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Emma Garcia (Boxer Books)
    • Who doesn’t love a good train book!
  • This is big, big, big
    • I don’t know how this one will work virtually but it’s one of my favorites to use in storytime.

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)

  • One Bright Scarf
    • I am going to tell my crew to grab their loveys or a blanket or even a washcloth or scarf if them have it and we’ll wave them around for some body part identification in this one.6171aidzhzl._sy497_bo1204203200_

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high (wiggle scarf above head)
Wiggle it low (wiggle scarf by knees)
Shake it fast (wiggle scarf quickly)
Shake it slow (wiggle scarf slowly)
Put it behind your back,
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands)

  • BOOK – Who Says Moo? By Ruth Young (Viking)
    • This is an older picture book but has a great rhyme to it and should work well for a virtual storytime.
  • Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • We use our arm muscles to lift our little ones up, up, up in this fine elevator rhyme.

Going up and down in an elevator.
Up and down in an elevator.
Up and down in an elevator.
1st floor. 2nd floor. 3rd floor. DOWN!

  • Giddy-Up, Giddy-Up 51rj-qvacgl._sx472_bo1204203200_
    • This is one of my favorite bounces for babies and it has a quick lift too.

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)

  • Goodbye Little Babies
    • I like to end and start my storytimes with similar rhymes.

Goodbye little babies, let’s touch our toes.
Touch your toes, reach down low.
Now wave little babies and say goodbye.
Say goodbye, so long.

How’d it go:

Another virtual baby storytime in the books! I really need to find a better ice cream rhyme to go with that flannel. Mine just never really flows like I want it to. Fun was had by all!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 3/2/20 – Dr. Seuss 

Baby Storytime: 3/2/20 – Dr. Seuss

  • Hello Rhyme – Welcome Welcome Everyone
    • A nice slow rhyme to start the day.

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 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY 51qlqkvkb-l._sx474_bo1204203200_
    • For my babies I teach them three vocabulary words in American Sign Language each week. We do a lot of repeats and stick to the easy movement signs. I generally use Baby Sign Language.com to check my signs.
  • Song – Hands are for clapping by Jim Gill
    • This is one of my favorite easy songs to warm up those babies. It’s slow and has simple movements.
  • Board Book – Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton
    • Because I was trying to keep the essence of Dr. Seuss here, I picked a funny rhyming book.
  • Rhyme – Touch Your…
    • This is a new one for me but I thought it has simple movements for body part identification. The caregivers will be the one pointing to the parts of the body.

Touch your nose
Touch your chin
That’s the way this game begins
Touch your eyes
Touch your knees
Now pretend you’re going to sneeze!
Aaachooooo!
Touch your hair
Touch one ear
Touch your two red lips right here
Touch your elbow where it ends
And that’s the way this touch game ends.
(http://the-wielded-pen-childrens-corner.blogspot.com/2012/03/seuss-y-time-storytime-outline.html)

  • Prop – One Fish, Two Fish…
    • For this one I cut out paper fish and made a magnet board.519cj-rotpl

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish
Black fish, blue fish, old fish, new fish
This one has a little star
This one has a little car
Say! What a lot of fish there are!
(http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/baby-storytime-dr-seuss/)

  • Song –  Put Your Finger On by Parachute Express
    • Another song break with simple movements.
  • Book – Trimmed down “Green Eggs & Ham” by Dr. Seuss
    • I reallllly wanted to read a Dr. Seuss book but I know it’s not really great for the babies. So I am going to read the first few and the last few pages of Green Eggs & Ham for the rhyming silliness and then pair it with my next flannel.
  • Rhyme – Not just green eggs and ham
    • I found the words online in several places, so I decided to make this super easy flannel to go with it.

I-am-Sam. Sam-I-am.
I do so like ____ eggs and ham.
(insert color) 

  • Lift – Tick Tock, Tick Tock IMG_4402
    • This is a fan favorite lift with my group.

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 and three o’clock.

  • Bounce –  Giddy-Up, Giddy-Up
    • Another favorite bounce.

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/Shakers –  ABC by the Jackson 5
    • I love using popular/clean adult songs for shaker songs! Just a shake break!
  • Song/Bubbles – Took a bath in a washing machine by Jim Gill
    • Bubbles are great because when we track the bubbles with our eyes, we are actually strengthening the eye muscles we later use when we learn to read.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Now It’s Time To Say Goodbye

Now it’s time to say goodbye,
Say goodbye,
Say goodbye,
Now it’s time to say goodbye,
I’ll see you all next week.

  • Song – Clean It Up by Laurie Berkner
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by K. Guilmartin

How’d it go:

I’m not sure how much we were feeling the Dr. Seuss stuff but I couldn’t help myself. Otherwise we had a great time!

That’s all for now!

-M-

The Button Book

51jebtyzrel._sx487_bo1204203200_For my next sensory storytime, I wanted to use a book with interactive elements. So I chose The Button Book by Sally Nicholls and Bethan Woollvin.

This is actually a great interactive lap read because there is a lot of touching and pushing of the buttons in the book.

For my group, I made felt buttons that the kids can take turns pressing and I will make the sound effects or tell them what actions to do.

You can talk about the shapes and colors of the buttons to add a STEM element to the story.

Hopefully, it will get the kids more involved with the story.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Not Just Green Eggs and Ham

For Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd, I thought I’d do a Seuss-ish themed storytime.

After we read a trimmed down version of Green Eggs & Ham we are going to use this felt board to work with colors, because not all eggs are green!

I’ve seen the rhyme around a few places, so I’m not sure where it originated from:

Sam-I-Am,
Sam-I-Am,
I do so like ____ eggs and ham!

Each time we change the color, the yolk of the egg changes too. I made green, blue, red, orange and yellow yolks.

So simple and fun!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 2/24/20 – LOVE 

Baby Storytime: 2/24/20 – LOVE

  • Hello Rhyme – We Clap and Sing Hello
    • This is a simple rhyme with easy movements to do with baby.

We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at storytime,
We clap and sing hello!
(Wave and sing hello; stomp and sing hello.)

We clap goodbye like this….
We wave goodbye like this….
We stomp goodbye like this…
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lhr4GY6A0OA)

  • ASL – LOVE / MOM / DAD51jnlebdeql._sx434_bo1204203200_
    • For my babies I teach them three vocabulary words in American Sign Language each week. We do a lot of repeats and stick to the easy movement signs. I generally use Baby Sign Language.com to check my signs.
  • Song – Fingers, Nose and Toes by Cedarmont Kids  
    • This is a simple movement song where you can point out babies body parts along with repetition.
  • Board Book – I Love You, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton
    • Can you really go wrong with Sandra Boynton? I pass these out to encourage one-on-one reading with our little ones.
  • Rhyme – 1, 2, 3 Little Hearts
    • This is to the tune of ten little Indians. We will count out ten hearts on our fingers before singing the song.

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! 

  • Prop – 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.IMG_1235

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!”

  • Song –  Skinnamarink by Six Little Ducks
    • We always need a song break and this one is all about love.
  • Rhyme – 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 

  • Book – Bunny Roo, I Love You by Melissa Marr
    • This ones more for the caregivers than the babies, but it is a sweet, soothing picture book.
  • Lift – Tick Tock 61hpwzs4nwl._sy498_bo1204203200_
    • My babies love their lifts and the caregivers get a workout in too!

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 and three o’clock.

  • Bounce –  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. 

  • Song/Shakers – Happy Feet by Joanie Bartels
    • We pass out our shaker eggs and dance along.
  • Song/Bubbles – Splish Splash by Mr AI
    • Kids love bubbles and they are great for strengthening the eye muscles that we later use for reading. When you track the bubbles with your eyes, you are using the same muscles you use when you read.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – We Clap and Sing Goodbye
    • We end the same way we started.
  • Song – Clean It Up by Laurie Berkner
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by K. Guilmartin

How’d it go:

This was a nice calm storytime for the babies. And a nice group too.

That’s all for now!

-M-