Baby Storytime Spotlight: Toys & Tots

Here was a fun baby storytime plan from December! This was my first official “solo storytime” with my mentor observing at my new library:

*Sing: Good Morning to You

Welcome/Introductions: What is Baby’s Favorite Toy?

Every week (if our group is small enough) I encourage the caregivers to introduce themselves, their baby and share a fun fact. This morning we talked about our baby’s favorite toys, including: cupboard doors, balls, dolls, keychains and trains.

*Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big (x2)

*Rhyme: Toast in the Toaster (x2)

*Sing: I Wake Up My Hands…

blocks 2

Read: Blocks by Irene Dickson

This is my new favorite baby/toddler storytime book! I love the everyday diversity, the simple text and the opportunity to talk with parents about the ages and stages of parallel/cooperative play. And those end papers – so many possible song connections to make! Blocks that look like rocket ships, blocks that look like bridges, blocks that look like trains… 😍


Rhyme: One Block, Two Blocks (Flannel)

Speaking of blocks… let’s build!

Sing: Elevator Song

We built such a tall block tower! Do you know what towers usually have? ELEVATORS!

Sing: The Wheels on the Bus

You usually find tall towers in big cities – and buses too! The wheels on the bus go round and round…

Rhyme: Rickety Rickety Rocking Horse (x2)

One of MY favorite toys when I was little was a rocking horse at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house. So we did this rhyme:

Rickety rickety rocking horse.

Over the fields we go!

Rickety rickety rocking horse.

Giddy up, giddy up!



Credit: KCLS

Bounce: Trot Along to Boston

Trot along to Boston.

Trot along to Dover.

But watch out baby,

You might fall over!


Lynn/fall in, Town/fall down


Credit: KCLS

Read: Pots and Pans by Patricia Hubbell

I wanted to read this book because it set the stage so well for our shaker song, but in retrospect it really was too long to be our last story. Wish I had read The Baby Goes Beep instead or gone with my gut and skipped the last book altogether.

Sing: Shake, Rattle and Roll (shakers)

*Sing: Goodbye, Goodbye

Lit Tip: Building Print Motivation Through Play

Grown-ups, one of the reasons we play after storytime is because we want your baby to have fun! Learning to read feels far away, but the more positive experiences your baby has at storytime NOW, the more they will love books – and the more motivated they will be to crack the reading code later!

Stay and Play

*Please visit this page to learn more about my regular storytime songs and routines.

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