Infant Storytime: Toys

Tuesday, December 15th was our last storytime for the Fall Session.  In anticipation of the holidays, we did stories and songs about toys.  First everybody got a shaker egg and we sang our opening song “Clap Everybody and Say Hello.”  We did the tickle Hurry Scurry Little Mouse and then read the book Mimi and Bear in the Snow by Janee Trasler.  It’s a simple, sweet book about a little bunny named Mimi who is looking for the bear she lost while playing in the snow.

We bounced our babies to A Smooth Road to London Town and sang a song about toys:

Fire truck, fire truck, roll on the ground (touch ground)

Princess, princess, come get crowned (touch head)

Airplane, airplane, take off and fly (make airplane arms out to sides)

Baby doll, baby doll, start to cry (rub eyes)

Rattle, rattle, make some noise (shake or wiggle)

Oh how much I love my toys! (give yourself a hug)

(adapted from a song in the book Artsy Toddler Storytimes by Carol Garnett Hopkins.)

We made a pattern with our truck felt pieces,

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and sang a simple song to reinforce the repetition of the color words:

Red little, blue little, yellow little truck

Red little, blue little, yellow little truck

Red little, blue little, yellow little truck

Now we’ve made a pattern!

Yellow little, blue little, red little truck

Yellow little, blue little, red little truck

Yellow little, blue little, red little truck

Now we’ve done it backwards!

We bounced babies to the song “Icky Bicky Soda Cracker”:

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker,

Icky Bicky Boo,

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker,

Up goes you! (lift baby up high)

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker,

Icky Bicky Boo,

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker,

I love you! (give baby a hug)

Then we read a new board book by Leslie Patricelli, one of my favorite authors for infants and toddlers.  It’s called Play Nice, Hercules! and it’s about a toddler who smashes his sister’s block tower and then repents what he did.

We sang a song about Santa’s sleigh, to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”:

The reindeer on the sleigh go clop, clop, clop…

The bells on the sleigh go ring, ring ring…

The blades on the sleigh go whoosh, whoosh, whoosh…

The toys on the sleigh go up and down…

The Santa on the sleigh says Ho, Ho, Ho…

We also sang Here We Go Up, Up, Up and bounced to Ladies Ride.

I loved doing storytime with you and your adorable babies.  I want to remind everyone that our next registration day will be Tuesday, January 5, 2016.  If you’re a Pasadena resident (make sure your ID or a piece of mail can prove that) you are encouraged to come early on the 5th so that you can get in line to take advantage of Priority Registration from 9-11.  Open Registration starts at 11 am and phone registration starts at noon.

Have a wonderful holiday season everyone!

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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