Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Baby & Me Storytime

Presented at Bellevue Public Library on Tuesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 19, 2013.

Puppet Greeter:

Wild Animals by DK Publishing


Let's Shout Hooray!
(tune: "Old MacDonald")
(Underlines indicate the stressed beats of the song)

At Storytime we have (child's name) today.
We're so glad let's shout Hooray!

This is a fun song for getting to know our Storytime friends!  Each parents or caregiver introduces him/herself and their little one(s), then we sing this song, inserting the name of the child.

Where Is Baby?
(tune: "Frere Jacques")

Where is Baby?  Where is Baby?
(cover child's face with a blanket or scarf)

There you are!  There you are!
(pull cover away)

I'm so glad to see you!  I'm so glad to see you!
(lots of smiles!)

Peek-a-boo!  Peek-a-boo!
(cover and uncover child's face again!)

You can also substitute your child's name for the word "Baby".

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
(tune: unknown)

Clap, clap, clap your hands,
Clap your hands together.
Clap, clap, clap your hands,
Clap your hands together.

Ideas for additional verses:
Pat your knees...
Wave hello...
Rub your tummy...
Peek-a-boo... (Peek, peek, peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo together...")
Tap your feet...

You Are My Sunshine

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away!


I Have a Little Heart

I have a little heart and it goes thump, thump, thump.
(put hands over chest and make "beating" motion)

It keep right on beating when I jump, jump, jump!
(raise child into the air on each "jump")

I get a special feeling when I look at you!
(point to eyes)

It makes me want to give you a kiss or two!
(give child a kiss or blow a kiss)

Dance Your Fingers Up

Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance your fingers to the side,
Dance them all around.

Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy,
Now let's put them all to bed.

Today's play activity was puppets!
Every Child Ready to Read® recommends including an abundance of play in your child's day!  Puppets are just one of many ways to play with your little one.  Babies also respond to playing peek-a-boo, holding toys and rattles, listening to Mommy and Daddy make silly voices while holding a favorite stuffed animal, saying silly rhymes, tickling, etc.  You can make your own inexpensive puppets at home!  Here is a post on how to make your own puppets!

Here are some photos from Tuesday's session:

Library News:

On Tuesday we welcomed back "old" friends Brilyn (and big brother Jayen), Grace, Leah, Samantha (and big brother Jacob), and Hannah
and welcomed new friends Aly and Clara!
We also sang to Samantha who celebrated her birthday recently!

On Thursday we welcomed back Carolyn, Sadie and Braden.  We also got to meet new friends Ellis, Aiden and Asher!

Our next Baby and Me Storytime will be on September 24 & 26!

Each Baby & Me Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

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