Monkeys – Infant Storytime

Monkeys are fun and silly and so was our infant storytime about them last week!


Books We Shared

More and More by Emma Dodd is a sweet book that celebrates the love between a monkey caregiver and their little one.  No matter what happens during the day, the little one is always loved “more and more”.

We all have bad days.  This short little board book, Little Monkey Calms Down by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Oriol Vidal, has some great techniques that can be used to turn a bad breakdown moment into a good day.  It’s a small book on mindfulness that all parents and little ones can relate to.


Flannel Board Story

Four Yellow Bananas

Idea taken from one little librarian

4 yellow bananas, so yummy to see.
The monkey ate one, & then there were 3
3 yellow bananas, & he knew what to do.
The monkey ate one, & then there were 2
2 yellow bananas, hanging in the sun.
The monkey ate one, & then there as 1
1 yellow banana, well for goodness sake.
The monkey ate that one, & he got a tummy ache
Now there are no little bananas hanging on the tree
Monkey, your tummy wouldn’t hurt if you shared them with me!


Flannel Board Nursery Rhyme

Pop Goes the Weasel

Song and patterns from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.

All around the cobbler’s bench
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought it was all in fun
POP! Goes the weasel.

A penny for a spool of thread
A penny for a needle
That’s the way the money goes
POP! Goes the weasel.


American Sign Language: MONKEY

We learned the ASL sign for Monkey this week. See how to do the sign at Signing Savvy.


Rhymes & Bounces & Songs We Shared without Music

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.

Peek-a-Boo
(to the tune of : ”Frere Jacques”)
Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo. (cover eyes with hands, then remove)
I see you, I see you (point at child)
I see your little nose (touch nose)
I see your tiny toes (touch toes)
Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo. (cover eyes with hands, then remove)

I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock Bounce
Tick, tock, tick tock, (sway baby from side to side gently)
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick, tock, tick, tock
now I’m striking one o’clock
Cuckoo! (Lift baby up in the air)

Tick, tock, tick tock, (sway baby from side to side gently)
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick, tock, tick, tock
now I’m striking two o’clock
Cuckoo! Cuckoo! (Lift baby up in the air on each cuckoo)

Patty Cake
Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man (clap hands together)
Bake me a cake as fast as you can (clap hands together)
Roll it (roll one hand over the other)
And pat it (pat legs)
And mark it with a “B” (make the letter B on baby’s tummy)
And put it in the oven for Baby and me! (hands flat, then point to baby, then you.)

 

These are Baby’s Fingers
These are baby’s fingers (touch baby’s fingers)
and these are baby’s toes. (touch baby’s toes)
And this is baby’s belly button (touch belly button)
Round and round it goes. (tickle around bellybutton)

Storytime’s Over
Hands up high! (Put your hands in air)
Now give a big sigh (sigh and bring hands down)
Our storytime’s over
So wave bye-bye (wave)


Music from CDs We Shared

Sometimes it’s fun to sing along with music.  Here are some of the songs and cds used in storytime.


“Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

I take my little hands and go clap, clap, clap
I take my little hands and go clap, clap, clap
I take my little hands and go clap, clap, clap
Clap clap all day long

I take my little feet and go tap tap tap
I take my little feet and go tap tap tap
I take my little feet and go tap tap tap
Tap tap all day long

I take my little knees and go bend bend bend
I take my little knees and go bend bend bend
I take my little knees and go bend bend bend
Bend, bend all day long


“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

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


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

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 gentlemen ride
Early in the morning

This is the way the farmer rides
clippity cloppity clippity cloppity
This is the way the farmer rides
Early in the morning

This is the way the cowgirl/cowboy rides
Giddy-up! Giddy-up!
This is the way the cowgirl/cowboy rides
Early in the morning


“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Walt Disney’s Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 1

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.


Continue the Fun

Want more stories about monkeys?  Check out these stories at your Pasadena Public Library branch:

   

Presented 11/14/2017 at Pasadena Central Library

Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer D. is a Youth Services Librarian at the Pasadena Central Library. When she was young, she was once grounded for reading too much. Things haven’t changed much since then and she loves escaping into a good story. When she’s not reading she enjoys watching old musicals, scouring flea markets, taking way too many photos and letterpressing. If she could have any pet she wanted she would have a wombat or a manatee.

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