Rhyme: Cheek Chin
Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big
Rhyme: Two Little Penguins
I am trying to vary the activities I do at lap time so that there are more props. For this rhyme, I used two of my flannel board penguins as stick puppets.
Bounce: Mother and Father and Uncle John
It took a long time for my Fall group to at all warm up to this bounce, but both Winter groups get a kick out of it. I've noticed some of the nannies doing it with their charges
All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri (2012)
This book is a new favorite for me. We read it at Baby/Toddler story time on Valentine's Day, and then repeated it at both lap time sessions even though Valentine's day is over. I would consider flannelizing this as well, especially because it focuses so heavily on mothers in the end, and it would be nice to be able to switch that up, especially when I am in a room with a bunch of stay at home dads.
Flannel Board: I Have Five Kisses
I adapted this after Valentine's Day so it can be used year-round. I also simplified it for the babies.
Song: Tony Chestnut
Song: Head and Shoulders
Songs and Rhymes with Shaker Eggs:
- Jack and Jill
- Little Miss Muffet
- London Bridge
- Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Hello, Baby by Mem Fox, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (2009)
A baby started crying partway through this book, and one of the adults commented that I was scaring him with the illustrations in this book. I was kind of offended, to be honest, since I think it was totally unrelated to the book, but that's the way it goes.
Song: I'm a Little Monkey
I did this with one puppet on Wednesday, then realized we have two monkey puppets and did it with two on Thursday. It wasn't a huge hit, because it was new, but I think I'll repeat it next week, and probably again this Spring.
Bounce: All the Little Babies
I needed a new bounce, so I pulled together lines from different versions of this song. It's to the tune of Shortnin' Bread, and it seemed like it was a pretty big hit. These babies love leaning to the left and right, so there were lots of giggles.
Song: If You're Happy and You Know It
- ...clap your hands
- ...beep your nose
- ...tickle your tummy
- ...shout hooray
Song: Where is Big Toe?
Goodbye Song: Open, Shut Them Goodbye Song