Cats! ~ Infant Storytime

Our summer session of Infant Storytime is underway.  Each week you’ll find a blog post that covers the books, rhymes, songs, tickle, bounces, flannel stories, fingerplays and puppets we shared.  I also throw in some information about the benefits of reading, singing and talking to your baby!

For our third storytime of the session we enjoyed reading and singing about CATS!  Below you’ll find a record of everything we shared!  We started by noting that the word CAT begins with the letter C.  Than we made the hard C sound together!

FUN FACT:  Reading and talking are two of the early literacy practices you can do to help your baby learn.  Click here for more information:  Birth to Five

BOOKS WE SHARED

 

Meeow and the Pots and Pans by Sebastien Braun is a colorful picture book about the “kitchen” adventures of a cat named Meeow.  Meeow and his friends pull out lots of things from the kitchen cupboard – a colander, pots, pans, spoons!  But what are they going to do with them?  Form a band of course!  What baby hasn’t been fascinated with banging on pots and pans or anything else that makes lots of noise? .

Do Cows Meow? by Salina Yoon is an interactive picture book that allows baby to guess which sound each animal makes.  It also offers ample opportunities for your baby to mimic the animals sounds you make as you read the story out loud.  Do cows sing? Do cows cuckoo? All I know is cows go . . . MOO! Simple, rhyming text, bold colors and lots of animals – this book has all of the ingredients to keep your baby entertained and engaged. 


New Bounce We Shared

Listen to Acka Backa Soda Cracker, a new, rhyming bounce we shared during storytime.  This video and others like it can be found at the Jbrary website.  Watch the video and try the bounce at home with your baby!  It’s a wonderful way to bond and play together.


Action Songs, Rhymes & Bounces We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics/words to most of the bounces, songs & rhymes we shared.

Nursery Rhyme We Shared: 

Baa Baa Black Sheep 

Baa, baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
One for the master and one for the dame,
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?

Yes sir! Yes sir!  Three bags full!

Credit:  Jbrary

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!

Clap Everybody and Say Hello! (see “CDs section” below to find this song in our CD collection)

Clap everybody and say hello, clap everybody and say hello, clap everybody and say hello, no matter what the weather

Stamp everybody…

Wiggle everybody…

Jump everybody…

Dance everybody…

Sing everybody…

Songs, Bounces & Tickle

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.

Acka Backa Soda Cracker (see video clip above)

Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo!
Acka backa soda cracker, up goes you!
Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo!
Acka backa soda cracker, I love you!

Dickery Dickery Dare (bounce)

Video:  Dickery Dickery Dare

Dickery dickery dare,
The pig flew up in the air –
Wooooo!
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! (nursery rhyme)

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!

With My Little Hands

With my little hands I go clap, clap, clap, (clap baby’s hands)
With my little feet I go tap, tap, tap. (tap baby’s feet)
With my little arms I wave bye, bye, bye, (gently lift baby’s arm to wave bye)
With my little legs I kick high, high, high! (help lift baby’s legs)
With my little eyes I say peekaboo, (cover baby’s eyes and play peekaboo)
With my little lips I say I love you! (look at baby and say I love you)

REPEAT but change the last line to…”sing I love you! (sing I love you to baby)

Round the Garden

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

NEW Tickle:

Color, color up and down

Color, color all around

Color, color knees and toes

Color, color on your nose

Color, color on your tummy

Color, color with your mommy (daddy, nanny, Auntie, etc.)

NEW Rhyme: 
You can make a fist and pretend that it is kitty’s head, than pet kitty as you say:
Soft Kitty
Soft kitty, warm kitty
Little ball of fur.
Happy kitty, sleepy kitty
Purr, purr, purr!

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

“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’d like to read more books about cats,  check these out from your local Pasadena Public Library!

   


 

 

 

 

 

 

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