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Baby Storytime: We’ve All Got Bellybuttons!

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I’m really going to try to do more storytime blogs because for one, it helps me remember what I did and what worked and didn’t. But also because this is pretty much the only way I’m ever going to blog regularly. Do storytime. Blog about it. Do Storytime. Blog about it. Repeat.

We have two baby storytimes at our library. One is at 9:30 (that’s the one I do) and the other is at 10:30 (that one is done by a coworker). The 9:30 time was just added this month in an attempt to reduce the number of people coming to the 10:30 time (between 60 and 100 people each time!). So far only a few people are coming (7 babies and 7 moms today) but its actually really nice to have such a small group. Once people catch on, I’m sure more will switch (and give my poor coworker a break!).

For baby time we always start with a bin of toys and a bucket of books in the middle of the room. Parents and babies can talk and interact while more people trickle in. When we are ready to start we play a clean up song (today that wasn’t necessary since the babies were only interested in the books and hadn’t made any kind of mess) to get the toys back in the bin and the bin is taken away. Aside from this the two storytimes are fairly different-different rhymes, songs and activites, but we share a book and we both do bubbles at the end (an absolute must in all storytimes, in my opinion).

Today we read We’ve All Got Bellybuttons, one of my personal favorites. I also shared Shake It Up, Baby by Karen Katz which was a lot of fun. Here’s how the whole thign went down.

Opener: If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands, wiggle your feet, touch your nose, tickle your tummy, shout hooray!

Introduction: My name is Kendra, welcome to storytime… I tell them that the rhymes are up on the wall to help them but also because when we look at those words it helps teach baby that print is everywhere and those things on the wall must be important! I usually just spend a minute here on some kind of early literacy thingy. I also mention that we will do each rhyme three times because repitition helps babies learn and it will help them learn the rhymes so they can do them at home.

Rhyme: Slowly, slowly, very slowly crawls the little snail

Slowly, slowly, very slowly up the wooden rail

Quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse

Quickly, quickly, very quickly in the little house

Standing rhyme: Andy pandy sugar and candy all pop DOWN

Andy pandy sugar and candy all pop UP

Andy pandy sugar and candy all pop IN (for a baby party!!)

Andy pandy sugar and candy all pop OUT

Scarves: Put the oil in the pot and you make it real hot

Put the popcorn in and begin to grin

Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle POP! (vary the number of times you sizzle for maximum suspense)

Scarves: Where is baby?, Where is baby?

There he is!, There she is!

I’m so glad to see you!, I’m so glad to see you!

Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!

Shakers: Shake Your Sillies Out-Raffi

Read Shake it Up, Baby and tell the parents to do the actions in the books. The babies really seemed to enjoy watching me shake the book. 🙂

Noble Duke of York with music (MaryLee Sunseri-Baby-O)

Rhyme: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker, Icky Bicky, Boo

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker, Up Goes You!

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker, Icky Bicky Boo

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker, I Love You!

Close with Bubbles: I blow gymboree bubbles while playing Splish, Splash by Bobby Darin

Then we put out the toys and put on some tunes and babies and parents get to play, ask me questions, talk to each other and all that good stuff that we love to see in the library.


Author: Kendra

Children's Librarian in the Northwest. Lover of toddlers, twitter, and TV (T's, too, apparently!).

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