Baths and Bubbles Babytime

30 babies and their caregivers at a summer babytime? Apparently, yes.  Our theme this week was baths and bubbles. 

duckling  Mrs-Wishy-Washy
      

Opening

Weekly Opening Song — The More We Get Together
We sang this twice, with signs for more, together, happy, and friend.

Weekly Hello Song — Hello Babies
Our adorable duckling puppet sang this to each of the babies and their moms. It was the closest I could get to a rubber duckie.

Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter
[slap hands on knees to the beat]
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Can you say hello as slowly as you can?
Hello [very slow]

We repeated this with slowly, quickly, high, low, and ended with loud and quiet.

Literacy Tip for the week
Using music or singing during everyday routines make them more enjoyable. For example if your child doesn’t like taking baths sing a song while washing your babies body parts – this turns it into a game!

Bathtime

Nursery Rhyme — Rub-a-Dub-Dub Three Men In A Tub
Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub
and who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker
And they all set out to sea!

Rhyme — Rub-a-Dub-Dub One Child In The Tub
Rub-a-dub-dub, (rub knuckles lightly up and down on the chest)
One child in the tub (hold up one finger)
Tell me what you see (point to eyes)
One foot with toes, (point to body parts)
A hand, a nose,
As clean as they can be. (rub hands together)

Rub-a-dub-dub, (rub knuckles lightly up and down on the chest)
One child in the tub (hold up one finger)
Tell me what you see. (point to eyes)
Leg, and arms (shake legs and arms)
So clean and warm,
Do they have a hug for me? (hug yourself)

(from Storytime Katie)

Weekly Circle/Action Song — Shoo Fly
Shoo fly, don’t bother me [walk around in a big circle]
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
I belong to somebody

I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star [gently swing babies into middle of the circle]
I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star, oh…

Action Song — The Elevator Song
Oh the city is great and the city is grand
There’s a whole lot of people
On a little piece of land
And we live way up on the 57th floor
And this is what we do when we go out the door.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down,
take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up and the elevator down
and we turn around!

(from Jbrary; watch the video here)

Bubbles

Bubble Blowing Song — Hello Bubbles
[tune: Frere Jacque]
Hello bubbles, hello bubbles
Come and land, come and land
Right in the middle, right in the middle
Of my hand, of my hand

(from Read Play Sing)

Counting Bubbles
1 little, 2 little, 3 little bubbles,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little bubbles,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little bubbles
10 little bubbles going pop pop pop!

(from Storytime with Jen)

Closing 

If You’re Happy and You Know It
We clapped our hands, we tapped our feet, and we wiggled our arms. We were just that happy, folks!

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, see you soon, toot toot
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, see you soon, toot toot
Oh the goodbye train is leaving,
Oh the goodbye train is leaving,
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, see you soon, toot toot

Oh we’ll say goodbye to (fill in name of child), see you soon, toot toot
Oh we’ll say goodbye to (fill in name of child), see you soon, toot toot
Oh we’ll say goodbye to (fill in name of child),
Oh we’ll say goodbye to (fill in name of child),
Oh we’ll say goodbye to (fill in name of child) see you soon, toot toot!

(Not 100% sure on the source of this one; my Coworker taught me it a few weeks ago)

Synopsis

A lot of babies means a lot of distractions!  Not even and oldie but a goodie like “If You’re Happy and You Know It” could bring focus back in.   I also ran into trouble blowing bubbles. Again.  I really need to get that bubble machine that I bought up and running!  Still fun and it was great to see so many moms, grandmas, and a dad or two in attendance in the summer!

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