Infant Storytime: Apples

Today began our Fall 2015 Session of Infant Storytime!  We read stories and sang songs about apples, a nice fall season fruit.  Babies were invited to take an apple to hold if they wanted to, and then bring it back up and put it on the felt board at the end of storytime.

apple pieces

We read Ten Red Apples by Virginia Miller:

We met a few animals who LOVE to eat apples, who were hiding in our I Spy box!

i spy

You might remember this box if you were in my storytime last winter… I decided to dress it up a bit. 🙂

cardboard box i spy

It’s just a cardboard box I cut a hole into, and then covered with felt to make it look more attractive.  Babies like the puzzle of seeing only part of the puppet and then the surprise of seeing the whole puppet.  We met a bear, a horse and a rabbit!  Then babies were invited to feed the animals some apples!

We sang a song to the tune of “Where Is Thumbkin?”:

Great big apple tree, great big apple tree (extend baby’s arms)

Standing tall, standing tall, (lift baby up)

Moving your branches, when the wind blows (sway baby’s arms)

Apples fall!  Apples fall! (bring baby’s arms down)

We did a traditional tickle song:

Way up high in the apple tree (lift baby)

Two little apples smiled at me

I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake gently or tickle baby)

Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, those apples were good!

Then we sang about Five Red Apples and counted down from five to zero:

five red apples felt board

Five red apples hanging from the tree

Big and round and so shiny

Along came a worm with a hungry tummy

And he ate one apple right off the tree!

Four red apples…

We sang a song lifting our babies up and down in the air, to the tune of “Here We Go Looby-Loo”:

Here we go up, up, up

Here we go down, down, down

Here we go up, up, up

Here we go down, down, down

Babies love the change in altitude 🙂

We sang a bouncing song, “Bumpin’ Up and Down in my Little Red Wagon”:

Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon

Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon

Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon

Won’t you be my darling?

One wheel’s off and the axle’s broken

One wheel’s off and the axle’s broken

One wheel’s off and the axle’s broken

Won’t you be my darling?

Then we read the book Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett.  This book has a lot of repetition, using the same words over and over.  But it stays surprising by always giving us a slight change in the order and a slight twist on the meaning:

We bounced to the song “Ladies Ride,” increasing our tempo with each verse:

This is the way the ladies ride, trit trot, trit trot

This is the way the ladies ride early in the morning

This is the way the gentlemen ride, clip clop, clip clop

This is the way the gentlemen ride early in the morning

This is the way the farmers ride, clippity cloppity, clippity cloppity

This is the way the farmers ride early in the morning

This is the way the cowboys ride, giddyup, giddyup

This is the way the cowboys ride early in the morning

We did another tickle song called “Round and Round the Garden”:

Round and round the garden (circle baby’s belly)

goes the teddy bear

One step, two step

A tickly under there! (tickle baby’s armpit)

Babies love the anticipation of where the tickling part comes in the rhyme.  We did another tickle about a bee:

Here is the beehive (show a fist)

But where are the bees?  They’re hidden inside where nobody sees!

But wait, and you’ll see them come out of their hive…

One, two, three, four, five! (open each finger one by one)

Bzzzzzz!  (Tickle)

Then we sang some other traditional fingerplays using our Song Cube:

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And we ended with a goodbye song to the tune of “London Bridges”:

Goodbye, goodbye, we’ll see you soon

See you soon

See you soon

Goodbye, goodbye, we’ll see you soon

On another day

As you can see, our Infant Storytimes will have books, counting, rhymes, fingerplays, songs to bounce your baby, songs to tickle your baby, and songs to lift your baby up and down.  Our hope is that you take the fun of these storytimes back home with you, and keep singing songs and saying rhymes so that your baby will hear rich vocabulary and music, and acquire great listening and pre-literacy skills!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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