Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Baby & Me Storytime

Presented at Bellevue Public Library on Tuesday, November 12 and Thursday, November 14, 2013.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
(This is a new title in our collection of book kits for storytime use.  Copies of this book were purchased with funds provided by the Bellevue-Offutt Homeschool Group. We thank them for their generous donation!)


Hello Friends!
(tune: "Goodnight, Ladies")

Hello, friends!
Hello, friends!
Hello, friends!
We're glad you came today!

The adults all introduce themselves and their babies, and after each introduction we sing the song again, inserting a child's name.  For example:

Hello, Hannah!
Hello, Hannah!
Hello, Hannah!
We're glad you came today!

Baby, Baby, Wash Your Hands
(tune: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")

Baby, baby, wash your hands,
Baby's bath is fun!
Baby, baby, wash your hands.
Now your hands are done!

You can make up lots of verses by singing about, and touching, various parts of Baby's body. 
For example, Baby, baby wash your hair... feet... ears... legs... tummy...
Before you know it, you've made the song last as long as your baby's bath!

They're a Part of Me
(tune: "The Muffin Man")

I can make my hands go clap,
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap.
I can make my hands go clap,
They're a part of me.

Try making up other verses such as:
"I can make my feet go tap... nose go BEEP!... toes go wiggle... fingers dance..."


Good Morning, Toes!

Good morning, toes!
Good morning, toes!
And how are you today?
I trust you had a good night's sleep,
And now you're ready to play!

Gently touch, tap, or rub Baby's toes as you say this rhyme.
Additional verses could include:
Good morning, hands... nose... legs... back... eyes...

One Little Baby Rocking in a Tree

One little baby rocking in a tree,
(gently rock with baby)

Two little babies splashing in the sea.
(make splashing motion)

Three little babies crawling on the floor,
(move hands in crawling motion)

Four little babies knocking at the door.
(make knocking motion in the air)

And five little babies playing hide-and-seek.
Don't look!  Don't look!  Until I say...
(play peek-a-boo!)

Our Hands Say Goodbye

Our hands say goodbye with a clap, clap, clap,
Our feet say goodbye with a tap, tap, tap.
Clap, clap, clap!  Tap, tap, tap!
We roll our hands around and say...
"Let's do it again!" *
* Second time through, replace with "Goodbye!"

Our activity this week was Puppets!
We have a nice assortment of glove puppets and small hand puppets for use during our storytimes.  You can also make your own inexpensive puppets at home!  Every Child Ready to Read® recommends playing and talking with your child - and puppets are a great way to do those things!  Your little one will enjoy feeling the texture of puppets as you name, and talk about, the various animals, the sounds they make, the colors of their skin, fur or feathers, the environment in which they live (the ocean, a dry desert, a wet jungle, etc.), even parts of their bodies ("Do you have a tail like this monkey?  Do you have a flipper?  A beak? A trunk?")

Here are a couple photos from Tuesday's group (I was having too much fun and didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked!):

Photos from Thursday's session:

Our next Baby and Me Storytime will be Tuesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 21, 2013.

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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