Baby Storytime Spotlight: Rhymes of a Feather

Soooooo I just found out we’re bringing back our full in-person storytime schedule after summer. While I have complicated and conflicted feelings about this decision, it has given me the much-needed impetus to brush off previous storytime plans and blog! Hoping this will help get my brain back in the storytime groove.

Here’s one of the last baby storytimes I did in March of 2020:

Sing: Good Morning to You*

Welcome

Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big*

Bounce: Mix a Pancake*

Sing: I Wake Up My Hands…*

Read: Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

Speaking of eggs…

Rhyme: Humpty Dumpty

I personally prefer this happy version from KCLS where the children come along with scissors and glue!

Rhyme: A Big Straw Nest (Flannel)

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The babies absolutely ADORED this flannel and kept crawling up to touch the chicks.

Sing: The Animals on the Farm Say… (Puppets)

Tune: The Wheels on the Bus

The chicks on the farm say cheep, cheep, cheep.

Cheep, cheep, cheep.

Cheep, cheep, cheep.

The chicks on the farm say cheep, cheep, cheep

All day long!

Repeat: other farm animal sounds

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CREDIT: PIGGYBACK

Lit Tip: SING & Build Phonological Awareness

Grown-ups, singing songs with babies draws out the sounds in words and makes them easier to hear. Songs with animal noises are especially good for elongating vowel sounds, which are notoriously tricky for kids to recognize when they’re learning to sound out words. The more you sing together NOW, the more you help your baby get ready to read and write LATER!

Bounce: Walkin Ol’ Joe

Bounce: Trot Along to Boston

Trot along to Boston.

Trot along to Dover.

But watch out baby,

Or you might fall OVER!

Trot along to Boston.

Trot along to Lynn.

But watch out baby,

Or you might fall IN!

Trot along to Boston.

Trot along to town.

But watch out baby,

Or you might fall DOWN!

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CREDIT: CLASSIC NURSERY RHYME

“Oh no! We fell into a pond!”

Sing: All the Fish Are Swimming in the Water… (Flannel)

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We sang about fish swimming, frogs jumping and ducks quacking in the water — which was the perfect transition to reading…

Read: Five Little Ducks by Denise Fleming

This was a great book to get the grown-ups singing along with me!

Rhyme: Tick Tock, Tick Tock, I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock*

Sing: Goodbye, Goodbye*

Stay and Play


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

Anyone else planning for a return to in-person storytimes soon? What are you thinking? Would love to connect in the comments!

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