Birds that Hatch! ~ Infant Storytime

Our theme for the fourth storytime of the spring session was Birds that Hatch!  We read about a little chick, a silly goose and tried to figure out which egg housed Baby Duck!  Here are the stories, songs, rhymes, bounces and flannelboard we shared.


he first book we read during our storytime was This Little Chick by John Lawrence.  In it Little Chick learns the sounds of the different animals in the barnyard…he oinks with the pigs, moooos with the cows, baaaaas with the sheep and more!  When he finally gets home to his mama, he has all sorts of things to say besides peep.  A great book for learning about farm animals and the sounds they make – it also helps children with some of their long and short vowel sounds (A-E-I-O-U).

Our second book was  Silly Little Goose by Nancy Tafuri.  Silly Little Goose is trying to find a safe, cozy, quiet place to lay her eggs.  She has a really tough time though!  Every time she thinks she’s found a spot, she learns it already belongs to another animal. Eventually she does find a big, cozy, warm hat (in a quiet spot) to lay her eggs and…”crack, crack,crack…” – her baby goslings pop right out!  Nancy Tafuri writes picture books that are perfect to read aloud to infants and toddlers.  Her storylines are linear and easy to follow and the accompanying illustrations are bold, clear and bright.

Flannel Boards We Shared

Knock, Knock, Knock

Knock, knock, knock!

Baby duck, baby duck

Are you behind the green egg? (purple, red…)

Repeat with the remaining colors and save baby duck’s egg for last!

Action Songs, Rhymes & Bounces We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!
You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment 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!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Video:  Twinkle Twinkle

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.

Dickery Dickery Dare (bounce)

Video:  Dickery Dickery Dare

Dickery dickery dare,
The pig flew up in the air –
The man in brown,
Brought him back down,
Dickery dickery dare!

The Grand Old Duke of York (bounce)

Video:  The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only halfway up,
They were neither up nor down.

 Peas Porridge Hot!

Video:  Peas Porridge Hot

Peas porridge hot
Peas porridge cold
Peas porridge in the pot, nine days old!
Some like it hot
Some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, nine days old!

Tickle:  Round and round the garden, goes the Teddy Bear, a one-step, a two-step, a tickle under there.

NEW! One Two Buckle My Shoe!

Video:  One Two Buckle My Shoe

One, two, buckle my shoe;

Three, four, knock at the door;

Five, six, pick up sticks;

Seven, eight, lay them straight:

Nine, ten, a big fat hen!

Goodbye Friends (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Babies (Friends) 

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

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.  Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.

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

“Ladies Ride” from More Tickles & Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Smooth Road” from Baby’s Boat by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“With My Little Hands” from  Active Baby by Tumble Tots

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Two Little Blackbirds” from by Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

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

Continue the Fun

If you want to read more books about birds that hatch, pick these up at your local Pasadena Public Library!


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