Infant Storytime: Desert

Our first Infant Storytime of Winter session was all about the desert. First we learned about shapes and put together a desert scene:

desert flannel

We sang a song about a rattlesnake, to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle:

Rattlesnake, Rattlesnake,

Why do you rattle?

Do you wish I’d go away

Or do you want a battle?

“Look out, I’m here!”

You’re ready for a fight

And if I stay

You just might bite!

Rattlesnake, Rattlesnake,

I think I know:

If you rattle, I think I’ll go!

We read a book about camels called Camel Caravan, by Bethany Roberts and Patricia Hull, illustrated by Cheryl Munro Taylor.

Camel Caravan

Then we did a tickle:

What do I see? Baby’s knee. (draw a circle on baby’s knee with one finger)

Tickly, tickly, tic, tac, tee.

One for a penny, two for a pound,

Tickly, tickly, round and round!

We sang “Alice the Camel,” and counted all her humps:

alice the camel 1

Alice the Camel has five humps

Alice the Camel has five humps

Alice the Camel has five humps

So go, Alice, go!

(take one hump away)

Alice the Camel has four humps…

Alice the Camel has three humps…

Alice the Camel has two humps…

Alice the Camel has one hump…

Alice the Camel has no humps… because Alice is a horse!

alice the camel 2

We sang “This is the Way the Ladies Ride”:

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 farmers ride

Clippity cloppity, clippity cloppity…

This is the way the cowgirls/cowboys ride

Giddyup! Giddyup!…

We read a short board book called Baby Coyote Counts by Neecy Twinem. It’s in Spanish and English, but we just read the English.

Baby Coyote Counts

We did a bounce based on “Bumpin up and down in my little red wagon”–but in our desert theme, it was about a covered wagon:

Bumpin up and down in my little covered wagon

Bumpin up and down in my little covered wagon

Bumpin up and down in my little covered wagon

Won’t you go out West with me?

I’m goin out West to see the cactus

I’m goin out West to see the cactus

I’m goin out West to see the cactus

Ouch! A thorn just pricked at me!

I made a song cube for us to toss to pick a traditional movement song. I’ll try to give different kids a chance to toss it each week!

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We have a goodbye song called “Goodbye Friends”–it’s to the tune of “Goodnight Ladies”:

Goodbye friends

Goodbye friends

Goodbye friends

It’s time to say goodbye.

This is probably the most thorough I’ll get with these weekly posts, but I just want to make sure everybody who’s new to storytime has the lyrics I use. Can’t wait to sing, talk, read and play with you all again next week!

AnnMarie Hurtado

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, STEAM Careers in Pasadena, and other STEAM/science programs. I teach 1-2 sessions of Infant/Toddler Storytime 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, 36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras.

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