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Baby Time: October 16, 2019

Books
Baby Shoes by Dashka Slater, illus. by Hiroe Nakata
Busy Babies by Amy Schwartz

Music
“Dance” from Dragon Tales: Dragon Tunes
“Walkin’ Ol’ Joe” from Songs for Wiggleworms (with stretchy band)

Baby Sign Language
Share

Community Resource
Lansing Family Fun

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

Apple Tree
Way up high in an apple tree
Two little apples did I see
So I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples
Mmm, they were good

Pease Porridge Hot
Pease porridge hot!
Pease porridge cold!
Pease porridge in the pot
Nine days old.
Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
I like it in the pot
Nine days old!

Spots, Spots, Spots
Tune: Lead up to “Charge!” (baseball song), then changes to “99 Bottles”

Spots, spots, spots, spots (gently poke at baby)
Spots, spots, spots spots
A leopard has lots of spots
What a lot of spots he’s got
A tiger’s stripes are always nice (use fingers to run down baby’s body)
But a leopard has lots of spots
Spots, spots, spots, spots
Spots, spots, spots spots
Tickle!

Criss Cross Applesauce
Criss, cross, applesauce (draw x on child’s back)
Spiders running up your back (walk fingers up back)
Cool breeze (blow gently)
Tight squeeze (hug)
Now you’ve got the shivers! (tickle)

I’m a Little Teapot
I’m a little teapot, short and stout
Here is my handle
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout!
Just tip me over and pour me out

Roly Poly (with ribbons)
Tune: Frere Jacques
Roly, poly, roly, poly (roll scarf in wheel motion)
Up and down, up and down (lift scarf up and down)
Roly, roly, poly, roly, roly, poly
Up and down, up and down

Noble Duke of York (with stretchy band)
The noble Duke of York
He had 10,000 men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And marched them down again
And when they’re up, they’re up
And when they’re down, they’re down
And when they’re only halfway up,
They’re neither up nor down

 

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October 16, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: October 9, 2019

Books
You Are New
by Lucy Knisley
Autumn Babies by Kathryn O. Galbraith, illus. by Adela Pons

Music
“Speckled Frogs” from Wiggleworms Love You
“Five Fish Swimming” by Dr. Jean, Dr. Jean Sings Silly Songs (with fish puppets)
“Splish Splash” by Joanie Bartels, Bathtime Magic (with bubbles)

Baby Sign Language
Scared

Community Resource
Check out Potter Park Zoo passes, Eaton County Parks passes, Michigan Activity Pass from DTDL’s Library of Things

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

Apple Tree
Way up high in an apple tree
Two little apples did I see
So I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples
Mmm, they were good

Pease Porridge Hot
Pease porridge hot!
Pease porridge cold!
Pease porridge in the pot
Nine days old.
Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
I like it in the pot
Nine days old!

Spots, Spots, Spots
Tune: Lead up to “Charge!” (baseball song), then changes to “99 Bottles”

Spots, spots, spots, spots (gently poke at baby)
Spots, spots, spots spots
A leopard has lots of spots
What a lot of spots he’s got
A tiger’s stripes are always nice (use fingers to run down baby’s body)
But a leopard has lots of spots
Spots, spots, spots, spots
Spots, spots, spots spots
Tickle!

Criss Cross Applesauce
Criss, cross, applesauce (draw x on child’s back)
Spiders running up your back (walk fingers up back)
Cool breeze (blow gently)
Tight squeeze (hug)
Now you’ve got the shivers! (tickle)

Rub a Dub Dub (with fish 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)

 

October 9, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: October 2, 2019

Books
Round by Joyce Sidman, illus. by Taeeun Yoo
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Caroline Jane Church

Music
“Shake It to the East” by Kathy Reid-Naiman, Reaching for the Stars (with maracas)

Baby Sign Language
Gentle

Community Resource
Delta Twp. Parks & Recreation Dept.

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

They’re a Part of Me
Tune: Wheels on the Bus

My two hands go
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
My two hands go
Clap, clap, clap
They’re a part of me

My two knees go tap, tap, tap . . .

Jack Be Nimble
Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick
Jack be nimble
Jack be spry
Jack jump over the apple pie
Jack be nimble
Jack jump high
Jack fly up into the sky

This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home.
This little piggy had ice cream,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went “Wee wee wee” all the way home.

Lift One Foot
Tune: Little Red Wagon

Lift one foot, and then the other
Lift one foot, and then the other
Lift one foot, and then the other
Lift them both together

Clap your hands and keep on clapping . . .

The Rattle Song (with maracas)
To the tune of “London Bridge”
Shake it high and shake it low.
Shake it high. Shake it low.
Shake it high and shake it low.
That’s how the rattle goes.
Shake it fast and shake it slow.
Shake it fast. Shake it slow.
Shake it fast and shake it slow.
That’s how the rattle goes

Hello Everybody
Well hello everybody can you touch your nose?
Touch your nose, touch your nose, touch your nose
Well hello everybody can you touch your nose?
Touch your nose
Repeat with toes, pat your head, rub your tummy

 

October 2, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: September 25, 2019

Books
Who’s Hungry? by Dean Hacohen & Sherry Scharschmidt
The Opposite Zoo by Il Sung Na

Music
“Old Man Wiggle” by Merry Music Maker, Big Time Fun
“One Man Band” by Sharon, Lois & Bram, Toddler’s Next Steps: Playtime Songs (with instruments)

Baby Sign Language
Hot & Cold

Community Resource
Great Start to Quality

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

They’re a Part of Me
Tune: Wheels on the Bus

My two hands go
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
My two hands go
Clap, clap, clap
They’re a part of me

My two shoulders go up and down . . .

Jack Be Nimble
Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick
Jack be nimble
Jack be spry
Jack jump over the apple pie
Jack be nimble
Jack jump high
Jack fly up into the sky

This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home.
This little piggy had bananas,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went “Wee wee wee” all the way home.

Lift One Foot
Tune: Little Red Wagon

Lift one foot, and then the other
Lift one foot, and then the other
Lift one foot, and then the other
Lift them both together

Clap your hands and keep on clapping . . .

Old MacDonald Had a Band (with instruments)
Old Macdonald had a band, E I E I O
And in this band he had some shakers, E I E I O
With a shake, shake here and a shake, shake there
Here a shake, there a shake, everywhere a shake, shake
Old MacDonald had a band, E I E I O

 

September 25, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: September 18, 2019

Books
Maisy’s First Colors by Lucy Cousins
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming

Music
“If I Was a Bird” from Wiggleworms Love You (with scarves)

Baby Sign Language
Careful

Community Resource
Great Start to Quality

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

They’re a Part of Me
Tune: Wheels on the Bus

My two hands go
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
My two hands go
Clap, clap, clap
They’re a part of me

My two arms go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle . . .

Jack Be Nimble
Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick
Jack be nimble
Jack be spry
Jack jump over the apple pie
Jack be nimble
Jack jump high
Jack fly up into the sky

This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home.
This little piggy had pizza,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went “Wee wee wee” all the way home.

Lift One Foot
Tune: Little Red Wagon

Lift one foot, and then the other
Lift one foot, and then the other
Lift one foot, and then the other
Lift them both together

Clap your hands and keep on clapping . . .

Peekaboo (with scarves)
Peekaboo, peekaboo
I see you, I see you
I see your button nose, I see your tiny toes
I see you, peekaboo

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!

September 18, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Music & Movement: September 13, 2019

Books

Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party by Kimberly & James Dean
Plinka Plinka Shake Shake by Emma Garcia

Music

“Glad to See You” by Peter Allard, Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 2
“Bluegrass Jamboree” by Hap Palmer, So Big
“Rock and Roll Freeze Dance” by Hap Palmer, So Big

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

Song: If You Like Music and You Know It
If you like music and you know it, play up high
If you like music and you know it, play up high
If you like music and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you like music and you know it, play up high

Play down low, Play really fast, Play really slow

Rhyme: Reach and Wiggle
Lift your arms way up high,
Wave them, wave them in the sky.
Reach way down and touch your toes.
Wiggle your eyebrows, wiggle your nose.
Put your bottom on the floor,
Count with me to four: one, two, three, four.
Take a deep breath in: one, two, three,
Then let it out slowly.

Song: Goodbye Friends
Goodbye friends, goodbye friends
Sing this tune, sing this tune
It’s time to wave goodbye
It’s time to wave goodbye
See you soon, see you soon

Goodbye friends, goodbye friends
Close your eyes, close your eyes
Take a deep breathe in
[Breathe in]
Now breathe out goodbye
[Breathe out]

Yoga Pose: Cat
Get down on the floor on all fours, then arch your back and look at your belly button.

September 13, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: September 11, 2019

Books
Look! by Robie H. Harris, illus. by Anoosha Syed
Mama, Look! by Patricia J. Murphy, illus. by David Diaz

Music
“BINGO” from Wiggleworms Love You
“Going to Kentucky” by Sue Schnitzer, Wiggle and Whirl (with shakers)
“B-A-T-H-T-I-M-E” by Shana Banana, Banana Bedtime (with bubbles)

Baby Sign Language
Help

Community Resource
Eaton Great Start

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

They’re a Part of Me
Tune: Wheels on the Bus

My two hands go
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
My two hands go
Clap, clap, clap
They’re a part of me

My two toes go tap, tap, tap . . .

Jack Be Nimble
Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick
Jack be nimble
Jack be spry
Jack jump over the apple pie
Jack be nimble
Jack jump high
Jack fly up into the sky

This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home.
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went “Wee wee wee” all the way home.

Lift One Foot
Tune: Little Red Wagon

Lift one foot, and then the other
Lift one foot, and then the other
Lift one foot, and then the other
Lift them both together

Clap your hands and keep on clapping . . .

Ride Baby Ride (with shakers)
Ride baby ride, ch ch ch ch ch ch
Ride that horsie, ride, ch ch ch ch ch ch
Ride baby ride, ch ch ch ch ch ch
Ride that horsie, ride, ch ch ch ch ch ch
Whoa!

Now sing it in a whisper!

 

September 11, 2019 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

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