Farm Animals ~ Infant Storytime

We began our first Infant Storytime of the summer session with a MOOO and a BAAA as we read books about farm animals.  Here are the stories, songs, bounces, flannel rhymes & activities we shared.


Books We Shared

  

Down on the farm there are many colorful and noisy animals to spy and we see most of them in Edward Gibb’s picture book, I Spy on the Farm.  A peep hole with a glimpse into a farm animal along with a teeny, tiny clue helps us guess which animal will appear on the next page! This book is boldly illustrated with simple text and delights with the element of surprise.  It makes a great read aloud or lap read and can easily be shortened to fit an infant’s attention span.

Charlie Chick is one of the few popup books we have in our collection.  It’s premise is simple – Charlie the chick loves to eat and we see what that does for his tummy, beak and feet!  But of course, if Charlie is big, his mommy is even bigger!  A fun, interactive read that appeals to infants and toddlers with it’s three-dimensional moving parts and it’s big pull out surprise at the end.


Flannel Boards

This Little Cow

This little cow eats grass
This little cow eats hay
This little cow drinks water
This little cow runs away
And this little cow does nothing
But chew his cud all day!

This Little Piggy Goes to Market
(Song:  This Little Piggy Goes to Market ~ Wee Sing for Baby CD)


This little pig goes to market
This little pig stays home
This little pig has roast beef
This little pig has none
This little pig cries wee, wee, wee, wee…
All the way home! 


Rhymes & Bounces & Songs We Shared

We sing a lot of songs during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics to those songs without music here.

Welcome Song
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Welcome, welcome everyone
Now we’re here, let’s have some fun!
First we clap our hands just so
Then we bend and touch our toes
Welcome, welcome everyone
Now we’re here, let’s have some fun!

Dickery Dickery Dare (bounce)
(to the tune of Hickory Dickory Dock)

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Dickery dickery dare,
The pig flew up in the air, (woo!)
The man in brown, brought him back down,
Dickery dickery dare!

Grand Old Duke of York (bounce)

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The grand old Duke of York
He had 10,000 men
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby up)
And he marched them back again (place baby on lap)
And when they’re up, they’re up  (lift baby up)
And when they’re down, they’re down (place baby on lap)
But when they’re only half way up (bring baby halfway up)
They’re neither up nor down! (lift baby up and down)

You are My Sunshine (song)

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
And I love you more every day…


Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs/bounces on CD that we used in storytime.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

Clap everybody and say hello, (clap hands)
Clap everybody and say hello,
Clap everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Stamp everybody and say hello, (stomp feet)
Stamp everybody and say hello,
Stamp everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Wiggle everybody and say hello, (wiggle baby)
Wiggle everybody and say hello,
Wiggle everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Jump everybody and say hello, (lift baby up high)
Jump everybody and say hello,
Jump everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Sing everybody and say hello, (wave hi)
Sing everybody and say hello,
Sing everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.


“Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

This is the way the ladies ride (bounce baby to rhythm)
Trit trot, trit trot
This is the way the ladies ride early in the morning!
This is the way the gentleman ride, gallop and trot, gallop and trot
This is the way the gentleman ride, early in the morning!
This is the way the farmers ride, clippity cloppety, clippity cloppety
This is the way the farmers ride early in the morning!
This is the way the cowgirls/boys ride, giddy up, giddy up
This is the way the cowgirls/boys ride early in the morning – YEEHAW!!
(REPEAT once more)

“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”  from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

“This Little Pig Goes to Market” from Wee Sing for Baby CD by Price Stern Sloan Inc.

This little pig goes to market
This little pig stays home
This little pig has roast beef
This little pig has none
This little pig cries wee, wee, wee
All the way home! 

“My Little Hands” from Rhythm and Rhyme for Special Times by Jack Hartman and Friends

With my little hands I go clap, clap, clap (clap hands 3x)
With my little feet I go tap, tap, tap (tap feet 3x)
With my little hands I go bye, bye, bye (wave bye 3x)
With my little feet I kick high, high, high (help baby kick feet 3x)
With my little eyes I go peek-a-boo (cover baby’s eyes for peek-a-boo)
With my little lips I say:  I Love You! (look at baby and say/sing I love you!)
(Repeat)

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammet & Elaine Bueffel

Click here for video:  Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
So the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

“Goodbye Babies” (in sign)

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Goodbye babies, goodbye babies
Goodbye babies, it’s time to say goodbye.


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