Infant Storytime: Farm!

Yesterday’s Infant Storytime was all about animals on the farm. We made the faces of these animals with shapes:

farm shapes

Then we read a book called Dinnertime for Chickies by Janee Trasler, in which a pig and a sheep are struggling to get the baby chicks to try new foods for dinner. It might have been a little long for infants–but one on one could make for some fun reading. If you liked the chickies book, you could also try Bedtime for Chickies and Pottytime for Chickies.

Dinnertime for Chickies

We sang a song I picked up from Peppa Pig called “I’m a Little Chick”:

I’m a little chick saying cheep-cheep-cheep
I like to pick up food with my beak-beak-beak
I have a fuzzy yellow head and straw for my bed
And I jump up and down singing cheep-cheep-cheep

Then we told a story about five little chicks using our flannelboard:

five little chickies

We guessed at the animals hiding in my I Spy box, and met a pig, a lamb and a cow. Then we read our second book, Peek-a-Moo by Marie Torres-Cimarusti and illustrated by Stephanie Peterson. This is a great book for sharing with a group because the pictures are large and bright, perfect for infants still developing their vision! I’m always happy with how that one works out for Infant storytimes.

Peek-a-Moo

After that we sang the Peek-a-Boo song:

Peek-a-Boo, where are you
hiding in your…place! Peek-a-Boo!
Peek-a-Boo, I see you
and your smiling…face! Peek-a-Boo!

We bounced our babies to “Bumpin’ Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon,” and sang Tickly Toddle, this time using the original lyrics:

Tickly toddle, a goose likes to waddle
she’ll wobble and waddle all over the world

Chorus:
So tickly, tickly, tickly pin
I like to be tickled up under my chin
Tickly, tickly, tickly, bee
I like to be tickled in back of my knee

Tickly jiggle, a worm likes to wiggle
He’ll squiggle and wiggle all over the world

(Chorus)

We did a fun felt activity where we matched the animal sounds to the correct animals:

Animal Sounds felt board mixed up

Animal Sounds felt board fixed

Then we sang “This Little Piggy,” a traditional rhyme in which you count each one of baby’s fingers or toes:

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried, “Wee wee wee” all the way home!

We ended storytime with a riotous bounce to the song “This is the Way the Ladies Ride” using a CD. Tons of fun! See you next week!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. 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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