Opening song: Hello song
For the verses, we clapped our hands and made bunny ears with our fingers.
Rhyme: Flowers Tall and Small
Rhyme: Here is the Beehive
I'm getting tired of these two; it might be time for some new five-finger rhymes.
Song: Monkeys on the Bed
Song: If You'd Like to Read a Book (session 2 only - session 1 was mostly babies, and they seemed restless, so I skipped it)
Book: Wee Little Chick by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by John Butler
Song: Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Flannel Board Rhyme: I went to visit the farm one day...
My cow for the flannel board mysteriously disappeared between sessions, so I was sans cow for session two. I hope she resurfaces, as she is the first animal mentioned on our CD's version of Old MacDonald!
Book: Whose Chick Are You? by Nancy Tafuri
I really like Nancy Tafuri's books because she draws from a really neat perspective, making me feel like I'm right inside whatever setting she depicts right along with the animals. In this book, an unidentified egg hatches and neither the chicken nor the duck nor the goose nor the bird can figure out who the gray little chick inside belongs to. But the swan mother knows, because it's her baby! This is a toddler-friendly version of The Ugly Duckling, with a theme similar to P.D. Eastman's classic Are You My Mother?
Song: One, Two, I Love You (Numbers Are Our Friends)
Song: Where is Thumbkin?
Rhyme: Hop Your Bunny
I adapted this from a rhyme called Dance Your Fingers. I first heard it on Wee Sing for Baby.
Hop your bunny up,
Hop your bunny down,
Hop your bunny to the side,
Hop him all around.
Hop him on your shoulder,
Hop him on your head,
Hop him on your tummy,And then put him to bed.
(Make bunny ears with two fingers, then follow the rhyme's directions. For "put him to bed" I just lay the "bunny" down on the palm of my opposite hand.)
Book: The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
I couldn't resist this oldie but goodie. I loved the Golden books as a kid, and once I found out this book didn't mention Easter, I realized it was perfect to share in a public library story time. It's a bit on the long side for babies and toddlers, but they seemed to like it anyway. A rabbit finds an egg and just knows there is something inside it. All attempts to make it come out are unsuccessful, so the bunny falls asleep. Then the egg hatches, and the duck who pops out wonders why this bunny won't wake up. A sweet story of friendship, which got an "awww" from a couple of moms. This would have been perfect with a preschool audience. It also reminded me somewhat of The Poky Little Puppy.
Song: The Wheels on the Bus
Closing song: Skinnamarink