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.

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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!

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Babytime Frogginess

20 babies and their caregivers hop, hop, hopped on down to the library for this frog-themed babytime!  My baby stand in this week was a long-armed frog. Good thing there were no rhymes about ears this week …

 
frogpuppet    leap back home  bigfrog

Opening

Weekly Opening Song — The More We Get Together

With signs for more, together, happy, and friend.

Weekly Hello Song — Hello Babies

Adorbs frog puppet used with this one.

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.

Book — Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson
Bounce —  Little Frog (x2)

A little frog in a pond am I, (bounce baby)
Hippity, hippity, hop.
And I can jump in the air so high, (lift high)
Hippity, hippity, hop

(from Bouncing Babies)

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Happy New Year….and Another Babytime!

Hope everyone had happy holidays!  Our library system winds down on programs in early December and we don’t start up again until mid-January, so it ended up being pretty perfect timing for a little vacation before the holidays hit.  It’s hard to get back into a routine with all that time off, but I sure am trying.

My first program in 2013 is our weekly drop-in babytime.  For our first session, I decided to go with lots of classics that new and returning caregivers will know.  I wanted to give them a bit of everything to whet their appetites for the session ahead, so here’s a big mix of bounces, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, tickles, , songs, etc. that I threw together into a babytime I’m calling Welcome Babies!

wheels on the bus baby-o

Weekly Opening Song with Signs — The More We Get Together (x2)
With signs for more, together, happy, and friends.

 

Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter

 

Action Rhyme/Body Vocab.– Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes (x2)

 

Cuddle/Tickle — Round and Round the Garden (x2)

 

Mother Goose Rhyme — Humpty Dumpty (x2)

 

Mother Goose Rhyme — Hey Diddle Diddle (with a lift & a laugh) (x2)
Thanks to Read Play Sing for the idea of a lift and a laugh!

 

Big Book — Wheels on the Bus

Bounce/Song — You Ought to See My Baby (from Baby-O by MaryLee Sunseri )
You ought to see my baby (baby on your lap facing out, bouncing)
My baby loves to bounce
And every time we sing this song
We bounce and bounce and bounce
Get along home, little baby (double bounces, 2 left, 2 right)
Get along home, little baby
Get along home, little baby
We’ll bounce and bounce and bounce!(bounce in the middle, last bounce, high)

(repeat with stretch, roll, and clap)

I’ve been humming pretty this much all day, every day since Babytime!

 

Closing /Standing/Circle Song: Shoo Fly (x2)

 

How it Went
Lots of moms and babies today, but also a handful of dads, a handful of grandmas, and even a grandpa. I realized that all this time, I’d go around, introduce myself, and make nametags for all the babies,  but never asked the caregivers their names. How rude! I rectified the situation today.   I also realized that I need to find something for everyone to do after Shoo Fly.  They were all just awkwardly standing around as I thanked them for coming, set out the shakers for free play, and told them the room was theirs for the next half hour. I haven’t figured that one out yet, but I’m sure I will.

Gone to the Dogs Babytime

One of the perils of my line of work is the potential to spend entire paychecks on puppets.  Luckily, the Folkmanis sheepdog I got the other day was a gift.  He’s so darn cute that I couldn’t resist basing a storytime around him. (And, yes, I currently use themes in my babytimes. I find the wealth of songs, fingerplays, bounces, etc. overwhelming without a theme to zero in on.  I do repeats week to week and anticipate I’ll move to themeless babytimes once I have a wider repetoire memorized and once I’ve gained a bit more confidence.)

wheresspot  oldmother  sheeppup

Weekly Opening Song — The More We Get Together (x2)
Weekly Hello Song with Puppet — Hello Babies
Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter
Book — Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Song — How Much is That Doggie In the Window? (from Storytime Secrets)

Used clipart on the felt board for this one

Book  — Old Mother Hubbard
Hey Diddle
Nursery Rhyme with Awesome Retro-y Fingerpuppets —  Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed
To see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon!

These fingerpuppets come from branch’s prop collection; photographed with a banana for no good reason.

Bounce —  Have You Ever Seen a Puppy?

Adapted from Storytime Katie’s Did You Ever See a Fishy?

Peek-a-Boo Song — Where, or Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
Bounce — Leg Over Leg Dog Went to Dover
Tickle — What Does a Dog Say? (from ??)
Action Song — Shake Your Shakers (x2)
Circle Song — Shoo Fly (x2)

Halloween Babies!

Dear Self,

Next time you do program scheduling, do not schedule yourself for a babytime and a children’s program on the same day, especially when that children’s program involves hours and hours of hot glue gunning stuff to stuff.  Save your sanity.

Sincerely,

Your Self

Seriously.  I could have made my own life a bazillion times easier.  Also, I’m still bummed that I didn’t get to show off my awesome “Dem Bones” skeleton felt during this babytime!  I hope I don’t have to wait an entire year to break him out again.  There must be some kind of skeleton-related theme I can use in the spring, right?  Right?!  But I digress…

spideronthefloor  

Weekly Opening Song — The More We Get Together
Weekly Name Song with  Puppet — Hi Hello and How Are You

The puppet was a retro witch. A little creepy. A little awesome.

Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter
Flannel/Felt/Song —  The Ghost in the House Goes Boo Boo Boo

Also known as (to me) the Halloween Wheels on the Bus. This felt came from the big branch collection. Photo forthcoming

ghostfingerpups
Fingerplay — Two Little Ghosties

I’d hoped to make Loons and Quines’ ghost finger puppets but opted to just draw faces on my fingers instead.

Bounce —  Have you Every Seen a Ghostie (x2)
Book — There’s a Spider on the Floor by Raffi
Fingerplay — The Itsy Bitsy Spider (x2)
Circle Song — Shoo Fly (x3)
Closing Rhyme — See You Later Alligator

Weather the Weather Together Babytime

We’ve had an unseasonably warm autumn here on the west coast and it seems like everyone’s talking about the weather! My “storytime theme alert” bells went off after the 20th convo about the sunshine and this storytime was born.

sunshine  bigstorm

Opening

Welcome Song — The More We Get Together (x2)

Weekly Name Song (with puppet) — Hi Hello and How are You?

Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter

Sunshine

Book #1 — You Are My Sunshine by Church

Action Song — Mr. Sun by Raffi

Bounce — Did You Ever See A Baby?
(based on Did you Ever See A Lassie?)
Did you ever see a baby, a baby, a baby
Did you ever see a baby go this way and that?
Go this way and that way
And that way and this way
Did you ever see a baby go this way and that?

Rain

Book #2: The Big Storm by Nancy Tafuri

Fingerplay: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Nursery Rhyme: It’s Raining, It’s Pouring, The Old Man Is Snoring (x2)

Movement: The Rain is Falling Down
The rain is falling down. Splash!
The rain is falling down. Splash!
Pitter, patter, pitter, patter
The rain is falling down. Splash!
The sun is peeking out. Peek!
The sun is peeking out. Peek!
Peeking here, peeking there.
The sun is peeking out. Peek!
(from Colorado Library’s Storyblocks)

Closing

Circle Song: Shoo Fly (x3)

Goodbye Rhyme: See You Later Alligator

How it Went

I had a lot of help from the parents today! One took me aside and taught me the correct tune for “Mr. Sun” and I even forgot the words for “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring.” Amongst other mistakes. Sigh. I’ll be using this same theme for a Family Storytime, so I’ll nail it in Round #2, right? 🙂