Infant Storytime: Gardens, and Bugs!

At today’s storytime we started by creating a lovely garden out of shapes–hearts, diamonds, triangles, rectangles, ovals and circles came together to make flowers and a butterfly:

garden

We also played with some beautiful Folkmanis bug puppets and sang a rhyme about butterflies, ladybugs and bees:

Butterfly, butterfly,
Fly up high,
Flash your colors
against the sky.

Bzzz, bzzz,
Fuzzy bee
bringing home nectar
to your hive in a tree.

Ladybug, ladybug
come to land
on my quiet
outstretched hand.

Ladybug, butterfly,
Fuzzy bee,
Time to fly back home to me!

We learned a tickle song about a ladybug:

Ladybug, Ladybug
(“fly” hand around and land on area)
Ladybug, ladybug, fly out of the farm,
And land right on my baby’s arm.
Ladybug, ladybug, fly out of the tree,
And land right on my baby’s knee.
Ladybug, ladybug, fly out of your bed,
And land right on my baby’s head.
Ladybug, ladybug, fly out of the rose,
And land right on my baby’s nose.

And another tickle called “Round and round the Garden”:

Round and round the garden (Circle baby’s belly button.)
Goes the teddy bear.
One step . . . two steps . . . (Walk your fingers up baby’s torso.)
Tickle you under there! (Tickle your baby under her chin.)

We read a beautiful board book called A Seed Needs Sun, written by Kate Riggs and illustrated by Fiammetta Dogi. We spotted lots of animals that you might find in a garden, such as moles, blue jays, and earthworms.

A Seed Needs Sun

We sang “Bumpin’ Up and Down in my Little Red Wagon,” the traditional version this time:

Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon. (bounce)
Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon.
Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon,
Won’t you be my darlin’?
One wheel’s off and the axle’s broken. (lean side to side)
One wheel’s off and the axle’s broken.
One wheel’s off and the axle’s broken,
Won’t you be my darlin’?

We played a counting game adding spots to a felt ladybug on the flannel board and learning our numbers (actually I forgot to use the numerals! Sorry)

ladybug counting

We read another cute board book with flaps to lift, called Buzz, Buzz Baby by Karen Katz:

Buzz, Buzz Baby

And we sang another tickle about a bee:

Bumble Bee was in the barn (Circle your finger in the air.)
Carrying his dinner under his arm (Circle closer to baby.)
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! (Tickle your baby. )

Bee puppet

Today’s storytime was so much fun! I look forward to every week!

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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