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 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!
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.

  • 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!

  • 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!


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:

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!


Dr. Seuss Hide-And-Seek

Hi Guys,

Every year, I plan something at the library for Dr. Seuss’s birthday–March 2nd. Last year we had a big party with crafts, snacks, stories and games. This year I am actually going to be out of town on the day but I couldn’t resist throwing something together.

Over the holiday we did a Gingerbread Man Hunt –This was a passive program and it was a big success, so I decided to try something similar for Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

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In my experience, kids love anything they have to find. Eye Spy books fly off the shelf! So keeping that in mind I created a bingo-esq board with a bunch of different Dr. Seuss 20170222_124546characters.

The night before Dr. Seuss’s birthday my colleagues will “hide” all sixteen of these characters around our children’s room. Throughout the day kids can come collect a Dr. Seuss board and see how many characters they are able to find. The librarians will have a list of where the characters are in case the kids need some hints.

20170222_124556Once they find them all or are finished looking, they can come to the J-desk and tell the librarian how many the found. We have prizes for the first 100 participants, which include a neat bag, sticker, pencil, bookmark and temporary tattoo. 20170222_125007

Because we did this party last year, I had some display materials all ready to go. I put up our old window display and my colleagues will set up my truffula trees somewhere in the J room.

The truffula trees are made from pool noodles, duct tape, a Styrofoam ball and tissue paper. Oh, and a lot, a LOT of hot glue.

I’m super bummed I won’t be at the library for the day of the event but I am sure it will be a lot of fun! Figured I’d share in case anyone is looking for any Dr. Seuss themed ideas.

That’s all for now!