Hippos And Elephants Babytime

Our babytimes just keep getting bigger and bigger! Today we had approximately 50 babies and their caregivers.  In this case it was definitely the more the merrier as we shared songs, stories, and rhymes about hippos and elephants.      

Opening

Weekly Opening Song — Hello Babies
We sang this twice, with signs for hello, babies, time, and say.  Watch Jbrary’s Hello Friends video which  inspired this baby spinoff:

 

Rainbow Songs Oh Baby!

Weekly Opening Lift — Flying Babies from Rainbow Songs Oh Baby! CD
[to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot]

I’m a little baby and I fly high [lift baby and swing through the air]
Here is the ground [lower baby to ground]
And here is the sky [lift baby high in the air]
Like a little bird or a butterfly [lift baby and swing through the air]
I’m a baby and I fly high!

This song was recommended by a co-worker and it’s like babytime gold!  Caregivers and babies are instantly engaged and lots of giggling typically ensues.

 

Hippo Puppet

Weekly Name Song with Puppet — Higgeldy Piggedly Bumblebee
Higgeldy piggedly bumblebee
Won’t you say your name for me? [group sings these two lines all together]
[Insert name of baby here] [caregiver sings name of baby]
[Insert name of baby here] [group repeats name of baby]

We go around the circle, me with a puppet (this time a gorgeous hippo puppet from our library system’s bookable props stash) and with each caregiver singing the name of their baby.  Great way to warm up singing voices and getting some one on one time with each child.

Fingerplays and Tickles

Bounce — A Smooth Road
smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road [gently bounce baby]
A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road [bounce baby faster]
A rough road, a rough road, a rough road,  a rough road. [bounce baby very fast]
A rough road,  a rough road
A hole! [dip baby between legs or to the side]

We recite this group favourite every week, at least twice.

Bounce with puppets– Hippo Bus Song

A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus [bounce baby]
Got on, got on, got on the city bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“You’re squishing us!” [squish face with hands or hug baby]

A cow, a cow, a cow got on the bus [bounce baby]
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“Moooooooove over!” [gently tip baby over to the side]
A sheep, a sheep, a sheep got on the bus [bounce baby]
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“Baaaaack up”  [hug baby backwards to your body]

I had a hippo puppet, a cow puppet, and a sheep puppet to help illustrate each verse. Caregivers got a chuckle out of the puns!  This is another great one from Jbrary! Check out their superfun video for this one.

Action Rhyme — An Elephant Goes Like This and That
An elephant goes like this and like that [rock or bounce baby on knee lap]
He’s terribly big [stretch arms up]
And he’s terribly fat [stretch arms out to sides]
He has no fingers, [wiggle baby’s fingers]
He has no toes, [wiggle baby’s toes]
But goodness gracious, what a nose! [tickle baby’s nose or make trunk motion with hand and arm]

 

One elephant went out to play

Book — One Elephant Went Out to Play
To make it more interactive, the group joined me in calling, “Hey, Friend!” and made running noises by slapping their knees with their hands between verses. We sang up to four on this one as the group was starting to lose interest.

 

Weekly Standing / Circle 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 

This is a crowd pleaser!

 

Standing / Action Song — Here We Go Upperty Up
Here we go upperty up [lift baby up]
Here we go downerty down [lower baby to the floor]
Here we go upperty up [lift baby up]
With the sweetest baby in town [snuggle/cuddle/kiss baby]

Here we go in in in [step in towards middle of circle]
Here we go out out out [step back out of circle]
Here we go in in in [step in towards middle of circle]
And turn ourselves about [spin around with baby in your arms]

 

Shakers

Shaker Song — Shake Your Sillies Out
Gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

We did this one twice, because it’s just that fun, folks!

 

Shaker Song — Shake Your Shakers
Shakeshakeshake,
Shakeshakeshake,
Shakeshakeshake your shakers!
Shake your shakers!

Now you can
You can shake them
Really fast
Now you can
You can shake them
Really slow
Oh, shakeshakeshake
Shakeshakeshake,
Shakeshakeshake your shakers!
Shake your shakers!
Don’t try to deny it, you know the awesome tune for this one:

Just what every babytime needs: more disco!  Thanks for this fab find, Storytime Hooligans!

 

Shaker Song — If You’re Happy and You Know It Give a Shake
If you’re happy and you know it, give a shake
If you’re happy and you know it, give a shake
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it, give a shake

Another great shaker song, brought to you by Jbrary!

 

Closing

Weekly Closing Song with Bubble Machine — Goodbye Bubbles
[tune: Frere Jacque]
Hello bubbles, [I sing]
Hello bubbles [group sings]
Come and land, [I sing]
Come and land [group sings]
Right in the middle,[I sing]
Right in the middle [group sings]
Of my hand, [I sing]
Of my hand [group sings]

My bubble machine just happens to be in the shape of a hippo. Very convenient for this week’s theme.  This great song and the very idea for using bubbles in babytime comes from Read Play Sing.  We sing this as a call and response.

 

Weekly Closing Song — Goodbye Babies
We sang this twice, with signs for goodbye, babies, time, and say.  Thanks again for this one, Jbrary! You guys rock!

 

Synopsis

A lot of babies usually means a lot of distractions but everyone seemed really tuned in today.  The Hippo Bus Song was a hit and who doesn’t like bubbles? Lots of new faces and lots of babytime veterans attended today, which is a great mix to have.

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4 thoughts on “Hippos And Elephants Babytime

  1. Hi, I’m Jacki of Storytime Hooligans. You linked to one of my posts but listed me as Schoolyardigans, so I just wanted to let you know in case you grabbed the wrong link (which I do, like, all the time.) Thanks!

      • Oh, I actually thought you had put me on there by mistake. I now see the “Shake Shake Shake” song! Duh! That is totally my bizarre disco/storytime blend. Glad someone besides me is doing it!

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