Baby Dance Party!

I’ve always wanted to do a dance party at the library… and today was my lucky day! I got to do a dance party with adorable babies! AND… I’ll get to do ANOTHER dance party with 2-4 year-olds later this month (Friday, October 19)!!! I used a lot of music I’ve never used before, too. So much FUN (but admittedly, a bit exhausting). I wish that I would have taken some photos.

“Can’t Wait to Celebrate” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

After our opening song, we warmed up with some action rhymes/songs. Demonstrations can be found on the Jbrary YouTube Channel. (You can click each rhyme title for a direct link to the demo.)

Tick Tock
Tick tock, tick tock.
(Shift weight of child from knee to knee)
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock.
Now it’s striking one o’clock.
“Cuckoo!!”
(Lift child into air)
(Repeat with two and three o’clock, lifting two and three times)

We Wiggle and Wiggle and Stop
(Suit actions to words)
We wiggle and wiggle and stop
We wiggle and wiggle and stop
We wiggle and wiggle and wiggle and wiggle
and wiggle and wiggle and stop
We clap..
We bounce…
(Other suggestions: wave, shake, tickle, stomp, roll, etc.)

A Hippopotamus Got on a City Bus
(Lap Bounce)
A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus
Got on, got on, got on a city bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“You’re squishing us!” (Hug baby)
A cow, a cow, a cow got on the bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“Mooooove over!” (Lean to the side)
A sheep, a sheep, a sheep got on the bus
and all, and all, and all the people said,
“Baaaack up!” (Lean back)

Then, we got into the main section with our super fun baby dance playlist. There were movement songs, and we also busted out the scarves and shakers. And we ended with bubbles!

“Wheels on the Bus” from Cedarmont Kids Singers’ 100 Sing-Along-Songs for Kids, Vol. 1

“Baby Hop” from Kimbo Educational’s Diaper Gym

“Baby’s Hokey Pokey” from Georgiana Stewart’s/Kimbo Educational’s Baby Face

“Peek-a-Boo” (with scarves) from Georgiana Stewart’s/Kimbo Educational’s Baby Face

“Blow the Wind” (with scarves) from Carole Stephen’s Season Sings!

“Hip Hop Body Rock” (with shakers) from Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael’s Rockin’ Red

“Monster Mash” (with shakers) from Halloween Jams Kids Dance Party     

“Run Baby Run” from Caspar Babypants’ More Please!

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” (with bubbles) from Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Five Golden Songs

On the fifth day of December, Ms. Jennifer gave to all…
FIVE GOLDEN SONGS!!!!!

At yesterday’s Lincoln Story League (our local kiddie librarian idea swap), I shared five Silly Librarian approved action songs…

Let Everyone Clap Hands Like Me
from Pete Seeger: Children’s Concert at Town Hall (live version)
(Additional verses added here.)

Let everyone clap hands like me —(Clap clap)
Let everyone clap hands like me—(Clap clap)
Come on, join into the game.
You’ll find that it’s always the same.

Let everyone shout “Hooray!”—”Hooray!”…
Let everyone sneeze like me —“Achoo!”…
Let everyone cry like me —“Boo Hoo”…
Let everyone laugh like me—”Ha Ha”…
Let everyone yawn like me—*Yawn*…
Let everyone snore like me—*Snore*…
Let everyone get up and turn around—(Turn around, then sit down!)…

Silly Hat Song
Tune: “This Old Man”
On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro.
Where else can my silly hat go?
Repeat using foot, elbow, knee, etc.
Put hat on appropriate body parts and wiggle!

Hands up High
Tune: “London Bridge”
Move appropriately to words.

(Video presentation here.)
First we wave our hands up high,
Hands up high, hands up high.
First we wave our hands up high.
Then we clap them.
Then we shake our hands down low,
Hands down low, hands down low.
Then we shake our hands down low.
Then we hide them.

If You’re Wearing Red Today
Tune: “Muffin Man”If you’re wearing red today,
Red today, red today,
If you’re wearing red today,
Stand up and shout “Hooray!”
Repeat for other colors

Fun with Hands
Tune: “Row, Row, Row your boat”
Suit actions to words.

Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As slowly as can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As fast, as fast can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Clap, clap, clap your hands…
Shake, shake, shake your hands…
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…

Many Colored Days

Happy Friday! Today is a snowy, white day in Chicagoland. These past couple of weeks have seemed a bit brighter for me… I was finally offered a new library job! Stay tuned for more details 🙂 Until then, here is a colorful baby storytime to enjoy.

A Rainbow of Fun Bibs to Books Storytime with Jennifer: September 15, 2006

OPENING:

Opening rhyme: Brown Bear

PROGRAM:

Story Apron with Velcro Pieces: Brown Bear
Book: Baa Baa, Black Sheep by Annie Kubler
Song (with scarves): “Peek a Boo” from Mary Lee’s Baby-O!: Activity Songs for Babies
*Flannel: Little Mouse
**Rhyme: Little Mousie
Song (with shakers): “Ducks Like Rain” from Carole Peterson’s H.U.M. All Year Long
Book: Maisy’s Rainbow Dream by Lucy Cousins

BOOK SHARE

Rhyme (song): I Love Books

TOY TIME
Rhyme: Tick Tock
(played music while playing)

Note: I sang “Clean Up” (Barney-style) while the babies helped clean up books and toys.

CLOSING:

Rhyme (song with finger puppet): Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
Closing rhyme: Tickle the Clouds

*Flannel:
Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are you in the [insert color] house?
(Underneath different colored flannel houses, I place different flannel animals. Using a cat puppet, we go in search of the mouse flannel…)

**Little Mousie
See the little mousie (Touch fingers to thumb)
Creeping up the stair? (Creep fingers up forearm)
He’s looking for a warm nest (“Look around” with hand)
There – Oh! there! (Tickle child inside elbow or under arm)

Love You, Baby!

Happy early Valentine’s Day, everyone! Be sure to snuggle up with your babies and loved ones 🙂

Love That Baby Bibs to Books Storytime with Jennifer: April 7, 2006

OPENING:

Greet babies with puppy puppet
Opening rhyme: Brown Bear

PROGRAM:

Song: “Toe Knee Chestnut”
Book: All the Ways I Love You: a Pop-up Book
Song: “Snuggle Puppy”
Have moms hug babies and pet puppy puppet as I go around the room singing
Song (with shakers): “Ducks Like Rain” from Carole Peterson’s H.U.M. All Year Long
Song (with felt pieces): “Five Little Ducks”
Book: Hello, Lulu by Caroline Uff

BOOK SHARE

Rhyme (song): I Love Books

TOY TIME
Rhyme: Tick Tock
(played music while playing)

Note: I sang “Clean Up” (Barney-style) while the babies helped clean up books and toys.

CLOSING:

Rhyme (song with finger puppet): Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
Closing rhyme: Tickle the Clouds

Rhyme Time!

Rhyme Time Bibs to Books Storytime with Jennifer: October 20, 2006

OPENING:

Opening rhyme: Brown Bear
*Opening Rhyme: Baby’s Fingers

PROGRAM:

Song (with scarves): “Peek a Boo” from Mary Lee’s Baby-O!: Activity Songs for Babies
Book: Peek-a-boo, You! by Roberta Intrater
Song: “Toe Leg Knee” from Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on his Toe Leg Knee
Song: “Tommy Thumb”
Book: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear! By Annie Kubler
Rhyme: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Rhyme: Humpty Dumpty

BOOK SHARE

Rhyme (song): I Love Books

TOY TIME

Song (with bubbles): “If All the Raindrops” on Barney’s Favorites
Rhyme: Tick Tock
(played music while playing)

Note: I sang “Clean Up” (Barney-style) while the babies helped clean up books and toys.

CLOSING:

Rhyme (song with finger puppet): Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
Closing rhyme: Tickle the Clouds

* Baby’s Fingers
These are Baby’s fingers. (Touch the baby’s fingers).
These are Baby’s toes. (Touch the baby’s toes).
This is Baby’s belly button. (Touch the baby’s stomach).
Round and round it goes! (Gently circle belly button).

Let’s make a joyful noise for the New Year!

The year is still so young and full of possibilities (like a newborn child)… I think it’s time for another baby storytime!

Joyful Noise Bibs to Books Storytime with Jennifer: September 29, 2006

OPENING:

Opening rhyme: Brown Bear
Opening Rhyme/Song: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

PROGRAM:

Use stacking boxes to hide bee finger puppet and to introduce following song and book.
Song (with finger puppet): “Bringing Home a Baby Bumble Bee”
Book: “Buzz, Buzz, Buzz,” Went Bumblebee by Colin West
Nursery Rhyme Flannel/ Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Book: Little White Duck by Walt Whippo
Flannel Song: “Barnyard Gate”
Song (with shakers): “Shake Your Sillies Out” from Raffi’s More Singable Songs

BOOK SHARE

Rhyme (song): I Love Books

TOY TIME
Rhyme: Tick Tock

Note: I sang “Clean Up” (Barney-style) while the babies helped clean up books and toys.

CLOSING:

Rhyme (song with finger puppet): Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
Closing rhyme: Tickle the Clouds

Baby Party Animals!

Let’s “party” into the New Year with some baby storytimes!

Animal Tales Bibs to Books Storytime with Jennifer: October 13, 2006

OPENING:

*Opening rhyme: Brown Bear
Opening Rhyme/Song: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

PROGRAM:

Song (with Velcro pieces and apron): “Five Little Ducks”
Book: Old MacDonald by Amy Schwartz
Song (with finger puppets and barn): “The Animals on the Bus”
Song (with shakers): “Shake Your Sillies Out” from Raffi’s More Singable Songs

BOOK SHARE (I brought out a bin of board books for the caregivers to share with their babies. Usually, we spent about 10-15 minutes on this portion.)

Rhyme (song): I Love Books

TOY TIME (I brought out a bin of toys for the families to share and play with for about 15 minutes.)

Rhyme (with puppets): This Little Piggy
*Rhyme: Tick Tock

Note: I sang “Clean Up” (Barney-style) while the babies helped clean up books and toys.

CLOSING:

Rhyme (song with finger puppet): Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
*Closing rhyme: Tickle the Clouds

RHYMES

Brown Bear

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, who do you see? I see Child’s Name looking at me.”
Go around the circle and have stuffed brown bear “see” and name each child.

Tick Tock

Tick tock, tick tock.
(shift weight of child from knee to knee)
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock.
Now it’s striking one o ‘ clock.
Tick tock, tick tock.
“Cuckoo!!”
(lift child into air)

Tick tock, tick tock.
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock.
Now it’s striking two ‘o clock.
Tick tock, tick tock.
“Cuckoo!! Cuckoo!!”
(lift child into air two times)

Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock.
Now it’s striking three ‘o clock.
Tick tock, tick tock
“Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!”
(lift child three times)

Tickle the Clouds

Tickle the clouds
Tickle your toes
Turn around and tickle your nose
Reach down low
And reach up high
Story time’s over —
Wave good-bye!