Virtual Storytime LIVE – June 30, 2020

This week we sang, dance, and played with shakers!

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Virtual Storytime LIVE – June 23, 2020

This week we sang, dance, and played with rhythm sticks!

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Baby Time: March 11, 2020

Books
Winter Babies by Kathryn O. Galbraith, illus. by Adela Pons
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Music
“Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Sue Schnitzer, Wiggle and Whirl: Clap and Nap
“Hickory Dickory Dock” by Pam Miller, Disney Babies: Playtime (with rhythm tubes)

Baby Sign Language
Cold

Community Resource
Kids Eat Free

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Hello Song
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Everybody smile and wave,
Smile and wave,
Smile and wave.
Everybody smile and wave,
I’m so glad you’re here.
Repeat

Bees & Flowers
Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Buzz, buzz, busy bee
Zipping all around
Looking for a flower friend
Waiting to be found
(Keep “flower” finger behind back until time to come out, have bee land on flower)

Rain is Falling Down
Tune: Farmer in the Dell
The rain is falling down. Splash! (flutter fingers down baby’s arms, swipe down legs on “splash” OR for older kids – flutter fingers down in the air, clap on “splash”)
The rain is falling down. Splash!
Pitter patter, pitter pat, (flutter fingers on baby’s body OR tap thighs)
The rain is falling down. Splash!
The sun is peeking out. Peek! (play peek a boo OR act as the sun)
The sun is peeking out. Peek!
Peeking here and peeking there,
The sun is peeking out. Peek!

Bicycle
(Great for diaper changing times: rotate baby’s legs)
I have a little bicycle
I ride it to and fro
And when I see that big green light
I know it’s time to go
I have a little bicycle
I bought it at the shop
And when I see that big red light
I know it’s time to stop!

I Hear Thunder
Tune: Frere Jacques
I hear thunder, I hear thunder (pound hands gently on floor or lap)
Listen, don’t you? Listen, don’t you? (cup hand to ear)
Pitter, patter, raindrops; pitter, patter, raindrops (wiggle fingers in falling motion)
I’m wet through (shake body)
So are you! (tickle child)

This Is the Way We Tap Our Sticks (with rhythm tubes)
Tune: Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush

This is the way we tap our sticks,
Tap our sticks, tap our sticks.
This is the way we tap our sticks,
So early in the morning.

Tap them soft
Tap the floor
Tap our shoes

 

March 11, 2020 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: March 4, 2020

Books
The Seasons (Rookie Toddler)
No Two Alike by Keith Baker

Music
“Rock and Roll Freeze Dance” by Hap Palmer, So Big

Baby Sign Language
Snow

Community Resource
Let’s Go Swimming: Waverly East Pool (Delta Twp. Parks & Rec), Grand Ledge HS Pool (GL Parks & Rec), Westside (or others) YMCA, Goldfish Swim School (Okemos)

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Hello Song
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Everybody smile and wave,
Smile and wave,
Smile and wave.
Everybody smile and wave,
I’m so glad you’re here.
Repeat

Bees & Flowers
Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Buzz, buzz, busy bee
Zipping all around
Looking for a flower friend
Waiting to be found
(Keep “flower” finger behind back until time to come out, have bee land on flower)

Rain is Falling Down
Tune: Farmer in the Dell
The rain is falling down. Splash! (flutter fingers down baby’s arms, swipe down legs on “splash” OR for older kids – flutter fingers down in the air, clap on “splash”)
The rain is falling down. Splash!
Pitter patter, pitter pat, (flutter fingers on baby’s body OR tap thighs)
The rain is falling down. Splash!
The sun is peeking out. Peek! (play peek a boo OR act as the sun)
The sun is peeking out. Peek!
Peeking here and peeking there,
The sun is peeking out. Peek!

Bicycle
(Great for diaper changing times: rotate baby’s legs)
I have a little bicycle
I ride it to and fro
And when I see that big green light
I know it’s time to go
I have a little bicycle
I bought it at the shop
And when I see that big red light
I know it’s time to stop!

I Hear Thunder
Tune: Frere Jacques
I hear thunder, I hear thunder (pound hands gently on floor or lap)
Listen, don’t you? Listen, don’t you? (cup hand to ear)
Pitter, patter, raindrops; pitter, patter, raindrops (wiggle fingers in falling motion)
I’m wet through (shake body)
So are you! (tickle child)

Play Your Instrument (with instruments)
Play your instrument, play your instrument
One, two, three, one two three
Can you play a song, can you play a song?
Just like me, just like me
Play your instrument, play your instrument
Way up high, way up high
Now bend down, now bend down
Play down low, play down low

If You Like Winter
If you like winter and you know it, clap your mittens
If you like winter and you know it, clap your mittens
If you like winter and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you like winter and you know it, clap your mittens

Stomp your boots
Shout, “Snow Day!”

Winter Hokey Pokey
You put your mittens (hands) in
You take your mittens out
You put your mittens in
And you shake them all about
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about
Repeat with: boots (feet), hat (head), coat (whole body)

March 4, 2020 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Stories & Crafts: The Library

March 3, 2020

Books:
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
Little Green Peas a Big Book of Colors
by Keith Baker
It’s Library Day by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Music:
“BOOTS” by Laurie Berkner

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

Opening Song: 

IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

Stomp your feet, Shout hooray, Take a seat

“The Alphabet Song”
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

“I’m a Little Tea Pot”
I’m a little tea pot short and stout, 
Here is my handle, here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout,
Tip me over and pour me out!

Closing Song:

We Wave Goodbye Like This
Tune: Farmer in the Dell
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

Craft:  

Make your own book!

Image result for make your own book

March 3, 2020 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: February 26, 2020

Books
Lunch by Denise Fleming
Who’s Hungry? by Dean Hacohen & Sherry Scharschmidt

Music
“I’m a Little Teapot” by Hap Palmer, Early Childhood Classics
“Popcorn Calling Me” by Laurie Berkner, Buzz Buzz (with scarves)

Baby Sign Language
Eat

Community Resource
Free Preschool: Head Start & Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Hello Song
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Everybody smile and wave,
Smile and wave,
Smile and wave.
Everybody smile and wave,
I’m so glad you’re here.
Repeat

I Touch My Eyes
I touch my eyes
I touch my nose
I touch my head
I touch my toes.
I reach up high
I reach down low
I take a breath (pause)
And UP I go !

Pudding on the Plate
Tune: Farmer in the Dell
Pudding on the plate,
Pudding on the plate,
Wibble wobble,
Wibble wobble,
Pudding on the plate!
Candies in the jar,
Candies in the jar,
Shake them up,
Shake them up,
Candies in the jar!
Candles on the cake,
Candles on the cake,
Blow them out,
Blow them out,
Candles on the cake!

Baby Put Your Shoes On
Baby put your shoes on, shoes on, shoes on (wiggle baby’s legs)
Baby put your shoes on, 1, 2, 3 (hold up fingers as you count)
Baby put your shoes on, shoes on, shoes on (wiggle baby’s legs)
Baby put your shoes on, 1, 2, 3 (hold up fingers as you count)
Legs to the left (wiggle left leg)
Legs to the right (wiggle right leg)
Wiggle and jiggle and pull them on tight (wiggle baby’s legs)
Legs to the left (wiggle left leg)
Legs to the right (wiggle right leg)
Wiggle and jiggle and pull them on tight (wiggle baby’s legs)
Baby put your shoes on, shoes on, shoes on (wiggle baby’s legs)
Baby put your shoes on, 1, 2, 3 (hold up fingers as you count)

Kissy Game
Kissy, kissy fingers,
Kissy, kissy toes,
Kissy, kissy baby,
On your kissy, kissy nose.

I love to kiss your fingers.
I love to kiss your toes.
I love to kiss my baby,
On your kissy, kissy nose!

Mix a Pancake (with scarves)
Mix a pancake, stir a pancake (swirl scarf in front of you)
Put it in a pan (bunch scarf in hands)
Fry a pancake, toss a pancake (rub scarf between hands, then toss in air)
Catch it if you can! (catch scarf)

Riding the Merry-Go-Round
Tune: Mulberry Bush
Take a ride on the merry-go-round
Around and around
Around and around
The horses go up and the horses go down
Around and around and around
(can also get up and walk around with baby in arms, or walk in group circle)

Let’s Go Riding in an Elevator
Let’s go riding in an elevator, elevator, elevator
Let’s go riding in an elevator, come along with me
First floor…. second floor… third floor… fourth floor…fifth floor (baby should be high now) and….
DOWN! (drop down quickly)

February 26, 2020 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Stories & Crafts: Fish

February 25, 2020

Books:
Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey
Sophie’s Fish
by Ann Cannon

Music:
“Goldfish” by Laurie Berkner

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

Opening Song: 

IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

Stomp your feet, Shout hooray, Take a seat

“The Fish in the Sea Go…”
The Fish in the Sea

The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish,(wave scarf side to side) swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish All day long.

Verses:
Dolphins in the sea Swim round and round
(paint circle in front of you with scarf)

The sand in the sea Drifts down, down, down
(slowly lower scarf or throw scarf and watch it drift to the floor)

The waves on the sea Go up and down
(wave scarf up and down)

Closing Song:

We Wave Goodbye Like This
Tune: Farmer in the Dell
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

Craft:  

Paper plate Piranhna!

February 25, 2020 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: February 19, 2020

Books
I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker, illus. by Ken Wilson-Max
I am a Baby by Kathryn Madeline Allen, illus. by Rebecca Gizicki

Music
“Bubble Bath” by Joanie Bartels, Bathtime Magic (with sea puppets & bubbles)

Baby Sign Language
Bath

Community Resource
Jump places: Defy Lansing, Launch, Jumpin Jax, Springz

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Hello Song
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Everybody smile and wave,
Smile and wave,
Smile and wave.
Everybody smile and wave,
I’m so glad you’re here.
Repeat

I Touch My Eyes
I touch my eyes
I touch my nose
I touch my head
I touch my toes.
I reach up high
I reach down low
I take a breath (pause)
And UP I go !

Pudding on the Plate
Tune: Farmer in the Dell
Pudding on the plate,
Pudding on the plate,
Wibble wobble,
Wibble wobble,
Pudding on the plate!
Candies in the jar,
Candies in the jar,
Shake them up,
Shake them up,
Candies in the jar!
Candles on the cake,
Candles on the cake,
Blow them out,
Blow them out,
Candles on the cake!

Baby Put Your Shirt On
Baby put your shirt on, shirt on, shirt on (wiggle baby’s arms)
Baby put your shirt on, 1, 2, 3 (hold up fingers as you count)
Baby put your shirt on, shirt on, shirt on (wiggle baby’s arms)
Baby put your shirt on, 1, 2, 3 (hold up fingers as you count)
Arms to the left (wiggle left arm)
Arms to the right (wiggle right arm)
Wiggle and jiggle and pull it on tight (wiggle baby’s arms)
Arms to the left (wiggle left arm)
Arms to the right (wiggle right arm)
Wiggle and jiggle and pull it on tight (wiggle baby’s arms)
Baby put your shirt on, shirt on, shirt on (wiggle baby’s arms)
Baby put your shirt on, 1, 2, 3 (hold up fingers as you count)
Can change to other items of clothing/body parts: pants, socks, etc.

Kissy Game
Kissy, kissy fingers,
Kissy, kissy toes,
Kissy, kissy baby,
On your kissy, kissy nose.

I love to kiss your fingers.
I love to kiss your toes.
I love to kiss my baby,
On your kissy, kissy nose!

Mary Wore Her Red Dress
Mary wore her red dress
Red dress, red dress
Mary wore her red dress
All day long
Use kids’ names and items/colors that they are wearing.  This is a great song to integrate into your daily routine.

Rub a Dub Dub (with sea puppets)
Rub a dub dub, fishy in the tub (bounce baby)
Swimming in the deep blue sea!
Dive for an oyster, dive for a clam (swing or dip baby for each dive)
Then come back to me! (hug baby)

February 19, 2020 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Crafts & Stories: Black History

February 18, 2020

Books:
This is my Dream by Langston Hughes and Daniel Miyares
Ada Twist Scientist
by Andrea Beaty
Dream Big Little One by Vashti Harrison

Music:
“Jumping and Counting” by Jim Gill

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

Opening Song: 

IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

Stomp your feet, Shout hooray, Take a seat

I Make a Heart
I put my hands together,
This is how I start
I curve my fingers right around,
And then I make a heart!

Closing Song:

We Wave Goodbye Like This
Tune: Farmer in the Dell
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

Craft:  

Draw yourself or someone you want to be like when you grow up!

Image result for little leaders coloring pages

February 18, 2020 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

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