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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