Polar Bears – Infant Storytime

Winter brings to mind cold, white snow.  For infant storytime on February 7, we read books about an animal that loves a snowy environment – Polar Bears!


Books We Shared
 

In Follow the Leader with pictures and words by Miela Ford, two polar bear in a zoo play a fun game of Follow the Leader.  The leader has an easy time going up and over a rock and sliding down a hill.  But will his pal follow?  Read this wonderful book with vibrant photos to find out.

Polar bears love the snow, but they aren’t the only ones!  In our second book Snow Babies by Laura Ellen Anderson, we met some of the other animals that enjoy living in a winter wonderland – penguins, foxes, reindeer and more!  Visit all the adorable babies in this over-sized board book.


Flannel Board Story

Bears

(to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
Big and brown, big and brown.
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
And live in the woods.

Polar bears are soft and white,
Soft and white, soft and white.
Polar bears are soft and white,
And live in the cold.

Teddy bears are just my size,
Just my size, just my size.
Teddy bears are just my size,
To cuddle with at night.


Flannel Board Nursery Rhyme

Hickory Dickory Dock

Pattern and rhyme taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.  You can find the patterns here if you want to make it yourself!

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down.
Hickory dickory dock.

 


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)

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker Bounce
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker (bounce baby gently on knees)
Icky Bicky Boo
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker
Up Goes You! (lift baby into air)

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker (bounce baby gently on knees)
Icky Bicky Boo
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker
I love you! (bring baby in for a cuddle)

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 Tickle
These are baby’s fingers (touch fingers)
These are baby’s toes (touch toes)
This is baby’s belly button (touch belly button)
Round and Round it goes (gently circle round baby’s belly button with finger)

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 today’s storytime.


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


“Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town by Kathy Reid-Naiman


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


Continue the Fun

Want more stories about polar bears?  Check out this out at your Pasadena Public Library branch:

Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer D. is a Senior Librarian of Youth Services . 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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