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Baby Storytime: Splish Splash!

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It’s been several weeks now and parents have our usual songs down pat! It is so nice to hear them singing along and smiling about it.

I started today by announcing our Lunch and Learn program for parents and kids to attend and learn about various parenting topics. In November a lactation specialist will be coming to talk and answer questions. Lots of mom’s seemed interested, so hopefully it will be well attended and helpful to them! Do any of you do something like this? How well received is it?

On to storytime-Let’s get started!

Opener: Hello Bubbles

Song: Penny Pointers

I found this song on a random storytime video and wasn’t sure how popular it would be but I think aside from Zoom Zoom it’s the most loved song so we do it every time.

Lift Song: Noble Duke of York

I will do this rhyme every baby storytime until I die It’s that awesome.

Rhyme: Hey Diddle Diddle with a lift and a laugh in the appropriate places

Book: Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell

It had been a while since we’ve shared this so it was due. You all know this already but this may be the best book ever for baby storytime. It’s at least top 5. Both sessions were beeping and booming and splashing right along with me and the babies just grinned and stared with wide eyes. THAT’S what you want to see!

Bounce and Lift: Zoom Zoom Zoom

See my previous comment about how much the babies and parents love this rhyme. The suspense from the countdown is almost too much for some of them.

Stand Up Rhymes:

I’m really fond of stand up rhymes and songs. They seem to build a sort of community among the parents because they have to work together to walk around in a circle and watch for each other when they are stepping in and out for Andy Pandy. After stand up rhymes they want to chat because they’ve just bonded a little so I always take that time to pass out scarves so they can settle and get their chatties out.

Andy Pandy Sugar and Candy

The Merry Go Round Goes Round and Round/Fishes in the Ocean

Let’s Go Riding in an Elevator

Scarf Time!

Everyone gets a scarf for their hands and a scarf for baby’s mouth. We know babies experience their world with their mouths and I always tie this in to “reading” a book by putting it in their mouths. It’s just one for way to experience books and literacy.


Mix a Pancake

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Book: Tickle Tickle by Helen Oxenbury

Bounce: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker

Rock and Lift: Cuckoo Clock: this is another favorite, especially after a mom shared that she does it at diaper changing time and lifts the legs on the Cuckoo! GREAT idea!

Goodbye Bubbles

Splish Splash and playtime

Turned out, all the books and some of the activities today had splishing and splashing in them! Love an accidental theme.


Author: Kendra

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

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