Spots and Dots – Infant Storytime

Yesterday was the last storytime of our Winter Session!  It focused on spots and dots.


Books We Shared

Our first story Animal Spots and Stripes by Britta Teckentrup compared different animals that have spots and stripes, and even had some creatures that have both!

For our second book, we played a guessing game with Nancy Tafuri’s Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails.  This book will show you one part of the animal on a page, then you have to turn the page to figure out if you guessed correctly!  It’s perfect for making book time interactive with even the youngest of listeners.


Flannel Board Story

Pretty Ladybug

Idea taken from storytime katie, who got the idea from What Happens in Storytime, who found the song at Preschool Education.

(to the tune of “The Muffin Man”)
Ladybug has 1 black spot,
1 black spot, 1 black spot.
Ladybug has 1 black spot.
Pretty ladybug!

We kept adding spots and singing the song until Ladybug had 6 spots.


Flannel Board Nursery Rhyme

Hey Diddle Diddle 

Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed, to see such a sight
And the dish ran away with the spoon.


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)

Ride a Little Pony Bounce
Ride a little pony (bounce baby gently on knees)
going to town.
Better watch out or you might
fall down! (gentle guide baby through your legs to floor)

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker Bounce
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.)

Round and Round the Garden Tickle
Round and round the garden (gently circle round baby’s belly button with finger)
Goes the teddy bear.
A one step (move your fingers and tickle baby up the belly)
A two step (move your fingers and tickle baby up the belly)
A tickly under there (tickle baby under chin)

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 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 my little knees and go bend bend bend
I my little knees and go bend bend bend
I 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.


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

A smooth road to London Town.
A smooth road to London Town.
The road goes up
And the road goes down
A smooth road to London Town.

BUT by and by we come to a dell
and there the roads are not so swell
a bumpy road
a bumpy road
A bumpy road to London Town.

A smooth road to London Town.
A smooth road to London Town.
The road goes up
And the road goes down
A smooth road to London Town.

BUT by and by we come to the wood
and there the roads are not so good
a rough road
a rough road
A rough road to London Town.


“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 dots and spots?  Check out these 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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