“Let’s All Clap”
Let’s all clap cause _____ is here,
____ is here, _____ is here
Let’s all clap cause _____ is here.
____ is here today!
(insert child’s name)
Patty-Cake, Patty-cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake as you can.
Roll it and pat it and mark it with a B.
And Put it in the oven for baby and me!
Feathers with music. I handed out feathers to the parents. They then ran the feather over their babies.
Fun Rhyme With Fact
“Stinky Diaper, Stinky Diaper”
Changing time, changing time.
Let’s Take off the dirty one,
Let’s Put on a clean one.
Glad you’re mine, glad your mine.
Fact: Singing to your baby just before and during stressful times (diaper changes, shots, etc) can reduce stress and distract your baby.
Source:Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy through Boucnes, Rhymes, Tickles and More by Kathy Macmillan & Chrstine Kirker
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
This is essentially my closing of storytime. I read the story and the parents/guardians give their babies the designated number of kisses.
This if followed by single one-on-one reading. Parents/guardians read with their babies. I have a tub of board books.
This was my first structured baby time ever, so I was slightly nervous about how the parents/guardians would receive it. Overall, I was extremely pleased with how well it went.
For my preparation, I made large posters that I could put up on our easel. I did not want to paper sheets, as I had read many times that parents start focusing on reading tiny print instead of interacting with their babies.
I also made sure to make the environment inclusive for everyone attending. I sat directly on the floor with the parents. We all formed a circle, so no one felt left out. The circle is great for keeping babies from escaping. I also had everyone introduce themselves and their babies.
For the actual storytime, it was the perfect length. Rhymes were repeated 2-3 times. The book was fun. Parents actually interacted with their baby when I talked about the ears, nose, and etc. The babies even stopped for a few moments to listen to me read.