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Amy’s First Baby Storytime!

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Recently, I got to put on my very first baby storytime! I’ve been doing preschool storytime for awhile now and feel pretty comfortable coming up with an engaging storytime for that age, but a storytime for babies is a whole different ballgame! I’d spent the few days prior to my babytime debut looking for resources, tips and tricks online and asking all my librarian friends how they handle the 0-12 months crowd.

The morning of, I was as prepared as I could be and ridiculously nervous, which was only made worse when I found 60 people staring at me. In case you’re wondering, 60 is a lot of people. Especially if you’re doing a baby storytime for the first time. Thankfully, everyone was very nice and understanding when I messed up and seemed to enjoy themselves. I prepped about fourteen activities for the 20 minute storytime and made sure I had alternates as backup in case I needed to fill some time. It seems I planned it pretty well, as I only had to supplement with one extra rhyme (The Grand Old Duke of York). I used a couple of songs from CD’s and found that, for the first one, the volume was too low for how many people were present, and the second one, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, was too slow, but I made the best of it.

The books were all hits. Chick made all the moms laugh and laugh when it was time for chick to poop, and everyone practically cheered when I pulled out Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. I loved how involved all the moms were and how excited they got about the different activities. All in all, this was a great experience, and everyone seemed to walk away really happy.

Amy’s First Baby Storytime

  • Opening
    • Hello, hello, hello and how are you? (wave baby’s arms, alternating)
      I’m fine, I’m fine, and I hope that you are, too. (clap to the words)

    • Jumping, Jumping from CD
    • Roly Poly – stretching
    • Roly poly, roly poly, (roll hands around each other)
      Up, up, up (make your hands and arms go up over your head)
      Roly poly, roly poly, (roll hands around each other)
      Out, out, out (extend hands and arms out horizontally)
      Roly poly, roly poly, (roll hands around each other)
      Clap, clap, clap (clap hands with each word clap)
      Roly poly, roly poly (roll hands around each other)
      Lay them in your lap (fold hands in lap)

    • Selected poems from Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver
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    • Baby Hop (to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)
    • Snuggle up together
      Baby’s in your lap
      Snuggle up together
      And clap, clap, clap

      Snuggle up together
      Don’t you nap
      Snuggle up together
      And tap, tap, tap (feet)

      You’re working out together
      Baby, don’t stop
      You’re working out together
      Now, hop, hop, hop

    • These Are Baby’s Fingers – wiggling
    • These are baby’s fingers (wiggle baby’s fingers)
      These are baby’s toes (wiggle baby’s toes)
      This is baby’s belly button, (touch baby’s belly button)
      Round and round it goes. (circle belly button with your fingers)
      These are baby’s eyes (gently touch eyes)
      And this is baby’s nose (touch nose)
      This is baby’s belly button (tickle tummy)
      Right where Mommy blows! (buzz lips on baby’s tummy)

    • Chick by Ed Vere
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    • Jack Be Nimble – lifting
    • Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. (bounce baby on your knees)
      Jack jump over the candlestick.
      Jack jumped up high (lift baby high)
      Jack jumped down low (lower baby down)
      Jack jumped over and burnt his toe (hug baby and grab baby’s toes)

    • Pat-A-Cake – clapping
    • Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man
      Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
      Roll it, and pat it, (roll and clap hands)
      And mark it with a B (trace “B” on palm)
      And put it in the oven (extend both hands)
      For Baby and me! (point to child and self)

    • Eazy Peazy – stretching
    • Eazy peazy, nice and easy, (clap to the words)
      Stretch your arms (hold baby’s hands together, gently stretch arms out)
      And bend your kneesy. (hold baby’s legs below the knees, gently bend them up to chest)

    • Peek-a-Zoo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti
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    • Acka Backa – bouncing, lifting
    • Acka backa, soda cracker (bounce baby on knees)
      Acka backa, boo (lift baby up)
      Acka backa, soda cracker (bounce baby on knees)
      Up goes you! (lift baby up)
      Acka backa, soda cracker (bounce)
      Acka backa, boo (lift up)
      Acka backa, soda cracker (bounce)
      I love you! (give a big hug)

    • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes illustrated by Annie Kubler
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    • The Grand Old Duke of York – bouncing, lifting
    • Oh the grand old duke of York (bounce or sway baby)
      He had ten thousand men
      He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby up)
      And marched them down again (lower baby down)
      And when they’re up – they’re up (up)
      And when they’re down – they’re down (down)
      But when they’re only halfway up (lift baby only halfway up)
      They’re neither up nor down (quickly lift up, then lower)
      He marched them to the left (left)
      He marched them to the right (right)
      He marched them round and round (rotate baby in a circle in front of you)
      Oh what a funny sight! (hug)

    • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star from CD
    • Closing
    • Our hands say thank you with a clap, clap, clap.
      Our feet say thank you with a tap, tap, tap.
      Clap, clap, clap, tap, tap, tap.
      We roll our hands around, and say (wave) goodbye!


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