Virtual Baby Storytime: 7/16/2020

Virtual Baby Storytime: 7/16/2020

This will probably be the last storytime I do before I go on maternity leave for three months. So hopefully it will be a fun one!

  • H.E.L.L.O
    • We love clapping, so for this one I thought we could clap out the letters of the world hello as we say them.

Let’s clap and say hello…
H.E. L. L. O.
H.E. L. L. O.
H.E. L. L. O.
Let’s clap and say good morning.

  • When Cows Get Up in the Morning61yxx0ommcl._sx448_bo1204203200_
    • I may or may not break out a few puppets for this one. But it’s a great way to practice our animal sounds.

When cows get up in the morning, they always say hello.
When cows get up in the morning, they always say hello.
And what do they say? Mooooooooo
And that is what they say.
(Ducks, Pigs, Sheep)

  • BOOK – Mama’s Little Bear by Nancy Tafuri
    • I found this one when I was doing some weeding the other day and it was too cute to pass up. Tafuri just has the best books for the little guys. Big words and big pictures
  • Helicopter
    • For this one, I am going to give my caregivers a choice… pretend baby is a helicopter for the up/down/left/right or I will teach them the ASL sign for helicopter and we can do it that way. 51zcmr6a5bl._sy498_bo1204203200_

Helicopter goes up
Helicopter goes down
Helicopter turns, turns all around
Helicopter goes left
Helicopter goes right
Helicopter goes up, up, and out of sight (hands behind back)

  • BOOK – Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions by Abrams Appleseed
    • Babies love looking at faces and the faces of other babies, so I thought this would be a great, simple one for storytime.
  • Little Clapping Mouse
    • I was surprised how much of a hit this one was at my baby storytimes in the past, so I figured I’d try it virtually. Every star represents a clap.

Behind the tree * *
And under the house * *
There lived a teeny * *
Tiny mouse * *
She loved to sing * *
She loved to tap * *
But most of all * *
She loved to clap * *
She clapped all night * *
She clapped all day * *
She clapped to frighten * *
The cat away * * * * * * * * (lots of claps)

  • Little Bunny in a Hat
    • This is a fun little finger play and if you have a bunny puppet or stuffy, even better! 51j9t9bfw6l._sx400_bo1204203200_

Little bunny in a hat
Sitting so still
Will it come out?
Yes it will!
It looks to the left
It looks to the right
It looks straight ahead
And pops out of sight.

  • BOOK – Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse by Jane Godwin
    • This one is probably going to be a little long for this crowd but I wanted to give it a try because it has a lot of the great elements of a story and it’s one I’ve been wanting to try.
  • Toast in the Toaster
    • Lifts, lifts we love our lifts!

Toast in the toaster
Getting very hot!
Tick-tock, tick-tock
Up you pop!

  • This is the way the lady rides
    • This has been a bounce several librarians have already done in virtual storytime since the pandemic started but it is just so much and repetition is important.

This is the way the lady rides,
Lady rides, lady rides,
This is the way the lady rides.
On her way to town.
This is the way the gentleman rides,
Gentleman rides, gentleman rides,
This is the way the gentleman rides.
On his way to town.
This is the way the doctor rides,
Doctor rides, doctor rides,
This is the way the doctor rides.
On his way to town.
This is the way the cowboy rides,
Cowboy rides, cowboy rides,
This is the way the cowboy rides.
On his way to town.

  • Our Hands Say Thank You…
    • Instead of goodbye, we are going to say thank you today!

Our hands say thank you with
A clap, clap, clap;
Our feet say thank you with a
Tap, tap, tap.
Clap, clap, clap!
Tap, tap, tap!
We roll our hands around, and say,

How’d it go:

This was my last storytime before my maternity leave and that’s probably good because I am getting wayy too out of breath 😛 But everything went very smoothly and I think we all had a good time!

That’s all for now!


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
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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!
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!


Virtual Baby Storytime: 6/11/2020

Hi guys, I’m back for another virtual baby storytime. Here’s what I’ve got planned:

  • Clap Everybody and Say Hello
    • I think this is a great one for babies. Simple movements and a good lap rhyme.

Clap everybody and say hello, 61lnkkgpusl._sx497_bo1204203200_
Say hello, say hello 
Clap everybody and say hello, 
Say hello today 
Wave everybody and say hello, 
Say hello, say hello. 
Wave everybody and say hello, 
Say hello today. 
Bounce everybody and say hello, 
Say hello, say hello. 
Bounce everybody and say hello, 
Say hello today. 

  • Rolling, Rolling Little Hands
    • I like this one because it’s a little different than your normal “Roll Your Hands.”

Rolling, rolling little hands 
Rolling down the street 
Rolling slowly 
Rolling faster 
Rolling, rolling little hands. 
Tapping, tapping little toes 
Clapping, clapping little hands 
Hugging, hugging little arms…hugging tight, hugging tighter 

  • BOOK – Ten Little Fingers by Annie Kubler
    • This book is basically a kids rhyme in book format but I thought it would be a good one for working on dexterity for the little guys.
  • Cheek, Chin
    • I like this one for its repetition and body part identification. And it has a bonus lift, which I love.51v4sf5ayrl._sx443_bo1204203200_

Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, nose. 
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, toes. 
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, up baby goes!

  • FLANNEL – Woosh Went the Wind
    • This is one I found soo long ago and I figured my grown-ups can use it as finger play or movement while I do the flannel. I like to woosh my arms back and forth when each dandelion blows away.

Five little dandelions growing by my door, 
WOOSH went the wind (swing arms side to side) 
And then there were four. 
Four little dandelions pretty as can be, 
WOOSH went the wind 
And then there were three. 
Three little dandelions, I picked them for you. 
WOOSH went the wind 
and then there were two. 
Two little dandelions, blowing them is fun! 
WOOSH went the wind 
And then there was one.  
One little dandelion standing in the breeze, 
WOOSH went the wind 
And scattered all the seeds! 

  • BOOK – Overboard! By Sarah Weeks
    • This is probably my favorite baby book. I love dipping baby every time we read “overboard!” It’s also a great one for phonetic awareness.
  • Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly…
    • This is a fun finger play, great for interacting with baby.

Slowly, slowly, very slowly up the garden rail 
Slowly, slowly, very slowly creeps the garden snail 
Quickly, quickly, very quickly all around the house. 
Quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the garden mouse. 

  • This Little Train
    • This is also a good finger play. I like to bop baby on the nose with the “choo choo” or “toot too.”51gml-70ncl._sy498_bo1204203200_

The little train ran up the track
(run fingers up arm)
Toot, toot, toot
(Tap baby nose)
And then it came toot-tooting back
(run fingers down arm)
Toot, toot, toot
(Tap baby nose)

  • BOOK – Mouse Says “Sorry” by Michael Dahl
    • For this one, I will teach how to sign “sorry” in ASL and then we will use the repetition in this book to practice the sign.
  • Up, Up, Up
    • Toward the end of storytime, I always do some lifts and bounces. This is a simple lift I made up myself.

Up, up, up (lift baby up) 
Down, down, down (bring baby back down) 
Up, down, up, down (up and down motion) 
And tickles all around (tickle baby) 

  • Bouncy, Bouncy Baby
    • And a fun bounce for those lap babies. At “BOOM!” we dip baby to the side.

Bounce, bounce, up and down, 
Bounce, bounce all around 
Bouncing fast 
Bouncing slow 
Bounce, bounce…BOOM!

  • Everybody Clap and Say Goodbye
    • Finally, I end the same way we said hello.

Clap everybody and say goodbye, 
Say goodbye, say goodbye. 
Clap everybody and say goodbye, 
Say goodbye today. 
Wave everybody and say goodbye, 
Say goodbye, say goodbye. 
Wave everybody and say goodbye, 
Say goodbye today. 
Bounce everybody and say goodbye, 
Say goodbye, say goodbye. 
Bounce everybody and say goodbye, 
Say goodbye today. 

How’d it go:

I ended up cutting out “this little train” for time reasons and apparently Zoom didn’t like when I pitched my voice for “Overboard!” but other than that lots of fun!

That’s all for now!


Virtual Baby Storytime: 6/4/2020

Hi Guys, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a storytime, what with the pandemic and everyone working on a million little things. But I’ve finally done my first live, virtual storytime. Here’s what I did:

  • Hello Friends (ASL)
    • I like to use a lot of sign language in my storytimes. I usually use Baby Sign Language as a resource for my babies. I will teach them the signs first and then we will do it all together.

Hello friends,
Hello friends,
It’s time to say hello. (x2)

  • Wake Up Feet
    • We always need a good wake up rhyme to get moving and this is a perfect lap rhyme. 5169yvrga0l._sy498_bo1204203200_

Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.
(Also: hands, ears, knees, fingers, hips, etc.)

  • BOOK – Hands Can by Cheryl Willis Hudson (Candlewick)
    • I love how we can do the movements the kids do in the book.
  •  Fingers Like to Wiggle Waggle
    • This is a movement rhyme that can work on opposites, direction, body part identification and it super fun!

Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle.
Fingers like to wiggle waggle…
Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle.
Fingers like to wiggle waggle…
How else do fingers like to wiggle?
(wiggle on different body parts)

  • Prop – Five Little Nails
    • I use a prop when I do this one but it can also be done as a finger play.

Five little nails, standing straight and steady.
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam Bam Bam! That nail goes down.
Now there’s just four nails to pound.
(Repeat until nails are gone)

  • BOOK – Mice Squeak, We Speak by Arnold Shapiro & Tomie dePaola (Puffin Books)
    • I like using books with lots of sounds and big pictures and words for my babies and this one is perfect.
  •  See the Little Mousie51tmm1yguil._sx394_bo1204203200_
    • This is a great one for interacting with baby and it ends with a tickle!

See the little mousie (circle finger on baby’s hand)
Creeping up the stair. (move hands up baby’s arm)
Looking for a warm nest, (move fingers up arm)
There, oh, there! (tickle armpit)

  • Hickory Dickory Dock (puppet)
    • This is another good one to do as a finger play/interaction with baby.

Hickory, dickory, dock,
The mouse ran up the clock; (run up baby’s arm)
The clock struck one, (tap baby’s nose)
And down he run, (run down baby’s arm)
Hickory, dickory, dock.

  • BOOK – Piggies by Audrey Wood (HMH)
    • This was my favorite book as a kid. It’s hard to do and read at the same time so it’s perfect for virtual storytime. At home, we do it with my daughter when my husband can flip the pages.
  • Roly Poly
    • Gotta get my lifts in!

51utat56g7l._sx448_bo1204203200_Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up
Roly roly poly
down, down, down

  • I Bounce You Here
    • I love this bounce and it ends in a hug!

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.

  • Good Bye Friends (ASL)
    • We end the same way we started.

Goodbye friends,
Goodbye friends,
It’s time to say goodbye.

How’d it go:

I ended up running out of time, so I cut my last goodbye rhyme but all in all, I think it went really well. It’s hard to tell, not having that interaction from the group, but everyone seemed to have a good time.

That’s all for now!


Virtual 4-6th Grade Book Club

I am running my second virtual 4-6th grade book club via Zoom. I’ve run one other book discussion with this crew but for a book that we had already picked out and read.

One of the things I’ve struggled with, in continuing these book discussions digitally, is getting enough digital copies of the same book. I think I’ve finally worked this out, but for this month I decided to do things a little differently to keep our momentum going. So, for this month, I asked my crew to come prepared with their reading recommendations.

I thought we could each share what we have been reading and talk a little bit about what we enjoyed about the books. This will give everyone a great reading list to go off of and will give me a good feel for what the kids are enjoying over this stay at home period. I, of course, have some recommendations of my own that I will share.

And because we always do a STEM activity after our discussion, we are going to make ice cream in a bag. There are so many different recipes for this but they are all pretty similar. Here is the one I used:


How To:

  1. Combine whole milk, vanilla and sugar in a sandwich bag and seal it, pressing out the air. Double bag it so it doesn’t leak.
  2. Fill the gallon bag halfway with ice and pour in the salt.
  3. Nestle the milk mixture bag inside the gallon bag with the ice and seal the gallon bag.
  4. Wrap it in a towel and start shaking. Shake, shake, shake for ten minutes.
  5. Your milk mixture sure freeze into a slush/ice cream consistency.

If you use regular salt over rock salt, you may have a slightly thinner consistency with your ice cream. Add syrup or other toppings before shaking to give your ice cream some flavor.

The Science:

Why does this work?

“The salt added to the ice lowers the melting point of the ice, just like it does when we add salt to roads in the winter. In order for the ice to melt, however, it has to absorb heat from it’s surroundings like the ice cream in the bag. The ice pulls the heat away from the ice cream to melt which allows the ice cream to freeze.
“Ice cream is also a compound. Once all the ingredients of the ice cream are mixed
together they are bound together. The ingredients are chemically combined and cannot be separated by physical means like a mixture. To separate the ingredients in a compound there would have to be another chemical reaction.”

How’d it go:

Another small group, but still very manageable and engaged. We each shared what we’ve been reading and I made some recommendations of my own. They we discussed what book we would be reading next month and made our ice cream. And FINALLY, I had a STEM program where every successfully made something and it was DELICIOUS! All in all a success.

That’s all for now!