Friday, May 23, 2014

Baby Story Time - I Like Bugs!

Spring is the time of year to celebrate all the creepy-crawlies we are starting to see outside! Grab your wiggleworms and get ready for story time!

OPENING SONG: "The Hello Song" *

GREETING SONG: "Hello" (Name Song) *

WAKE-UP RHYME: "Little Spider"
(Not sure where I found this originally, but you can find it here)
See the little spider climbing up the wall.
     (walk fingers up baby's arm)
See the little spider stumble and fall.
     (walk fingers down baby's other arm)
See the little spider tumble down the street.
     (walk fingers down baby's legs)
See the little spider tickle my feet!

1st Book: Caterpillar's Wish by Mary Murphy
It's unfortunate that this sweet book is out of print because it is just perfect for babies and toddlers! All Caterpillar wants to do is fly with her friends. Will she get her wish? 
Action Song: "The Insects and Spiders" (sing to "The Wheels on the Bus")
(borrowed from Miss Carol, our PJ Story Time expert!)
The pretty butterflies fly up and down, up and down, up and down,
The pretty butterflies fly up and down, all through the day!
     (flap arms like wings)
2) The spiders in the tree all spin a web... (roll arms)
3) The crickets in the field hop up and down... (bounce baby)
4) The bees in the hive go buzz, buzz, buzz... (fly with arms out)
Nursery Rhyme: "Little Miss Muffet" (Passing on classic nursery rhymes is so important! Don't forget about the old classics when you're planning your story time!)

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
     (sign for "eat" - fingers to mouth)
Along came a spider who sat down beside her,
     (walk fingers up baby's arm)
And frightened Miss Muffet away!
I use this little storytelling kit from Lakeshore Learning:

Action Song: "Open, Shut Them"
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Give them both a clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Walk them, walk them, walk them, walk them,
Right up to your chinny, chin, chin.
Circle around your little mouth but...
Do not let them in!
2nd Book: Lenny in the Garden by Ken Wilson-Max
Such a sweet book! Check out the felt set I made to go with it here.
Action Song: "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider"
The itsy-bitsy spider went up the waterspout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out!
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again!
Rhythm Time: Scarves! Shake your scarves to the music!
"Ladybugs' Picnic" (from Sesame Street)
I pulled the music video up on YouTube and played it on my smartphone, just for the music.
"Shake My Sillies Out" (from Raffi's cd Singable Songs for the Very Young)
Love this song :o)
After our songs, we just played with the scarves for a few minutes. The babies really enjoyed putting them over their heads, so we played peekaboo.  It was really nice to just play without a plan.  If you haven't tried scarves with babies, I highly recommend them! Ours are transparent, so they can still see through them when the scarves are on their heads.
Ours are from Lakeshore Learning:

3rd Book: I Like Bugs by Lorena Siminovich
I really love the artwork in this simple counting board book!

CLOSING SONG: "If You're Happy and You Know It" *
GOODBYE SONG: "Babies, Bye-Bye" *

CLOSING RHYME: "Thank You" *

*Check out my Baby Story Time page for the words to all of my weekly songs and rhymes.
Thanks for stopping by! We'll be back in a few weeks - Summer Reading kicks off June 2!

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