Baby Storytime

Baby Storytime

After my mild freak out a month ago about doing baby storytimes I am starting to get the hang out it.  By no means am I anywhere near an expert and I still have a lot to learn (from both the babies and my children’s librarian peers) but so far I am enjoying it!

I came into my position in the midst of a storytime cycle so currently we are using the Babygarten curriculum. It is also for babies 0-35 months which is a pretty huge age difference for me and something I’ve already noticed a problem with. I did page through the binder and find some interesting things but honestly I learned more from asking on twitter and visiting other blogs (again: see freakout post).  For these first few weeks I really have been sticking to stuff I already know and have done before until I get a real feel for the kids and caregivers coming in.

So, without further ado, here is what a typical baby storytime has been for me:

As they are coming in we have a short playtime and BUBBLES.  This goes on for about 10 minutes which gives everyone a chance to come in and not be late and miss the songs and stories.  I am not sure if I want to keep it like this or not so we’ll see what happens!

Opening Song I have been using Hi, Hello because it helps me to remember everyone’s names.  Also, last week, after three weeks of struggling and getting embarrassed about having to ask every session what names were, I brought out nametags. SUCH A BIG HELP.  I  just grabbed some mail labels (which for some reason were being hoarded in my office– seriously i have boxes of them) and wrote each baby’s name on it.  I was honest about my fault and just told each parent “I am really terrible at remembering names so hopefully the nametags will help!”  No one seemed to mind.

After the opening song I’ll do 2 rhymes/songs and repeat each at least twice.  Check out my BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW Songs & Rhymes page to see some of what I do :)

Next I’ll read a Big Book to the group…This last week I did The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

1 rhyme, again repeated at least twice

Felt Game… so this started out by accident; I had a duck storytime for the pre-schoolers and decided to use the same felt activity with the babies to see how it went and the absolutely LOVED it.  For the weeks after that, instead of doing the eggs, I just hid the duck behind shapes.  When I am doing this activity all of the walking kids.  I later found that Brooke at Reading with Red does something similar!  I currently don’t have themes for my baby storytime so we’ve just been using the duck, although I like Brooke’s idea of hiding something that represents the theme.

Shape Game Baby Storytime Shape Game Baby Storytiem

Knock knock knock
baby duck, baby duck
are you behind the (blue rectangle)?

Next we do a Board Book read together.  I recently asked on the Storytime Underground facebook page for board book recommendations and got some awesome responses!  I plan on making a post about the recommendations and the books I ended up purchasing soon.  This week we read Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox… It was a little bit longer than what we’ve done in the past but it went well.

Another ryhme… repeated!  Sometimes I do two shorter ones here.

Egg shaker song!  I pick a shorter song to play and give every kid an egg shaker or scarf.  Always a hit.

Closings Rhyme My favorite has always been Tickle the Clouds so that’s what I’ve been doing with this group.

Afterwards I give them a chance to play with the felt game!

So far it all seems to be working but I assume I’ll always be making some little changes here and there.  Really, it’s about being flexible and working with your group that day.  Sometimes it’s a younger group and you can do more baby bounces and lap rhymes and sometimes it’s older and we need to shake our sillies out!  I am also loving doing storytime’s with this age group :)

Flannel Friday- Cupcakes

Flannel Friday- Cupcakes

I did this rhyme in party storytime last week.

I made up my own rhyme loosely based off of What is Bridget Reading and her Flannel Friday submission last August.

Cupcake rhyme | Miss Meg's Storytime

Cupcakes are delicious
don’t you agree!?
Number 1 is made with blueberries
for you and me!

…Number 2 is made with banana
…Number 3 is made with grapes
…Number 4 is made with cherries
…Number 5 is made with watermelon


I was just working with whatever color felt I had but you could easily change the food that the cupcake is made with to anything else!  Even something silly like “Number 1 is made with rain boots!”

For my template & rhyme click the link below :)

Cupcake Template | Miss Meg's storytime

Flannel Friday this week is hosted by Linda at Notes from the Storyroom!

Party! Pre-School Storytime

Party! Pre-School Storytime

This week in storytime we had a PARTY!
I started off the storytime by doing a Draw and Tell Story from Notes from the Story Room
This was my first time doing a draw and tell story and the kids really liked it… They were so into listening and it took them a second afterward to realize I had been drawing a picture the entire time… BIRTHDAY CAKE!

Party Picture Books

My Closet Threw a Party
My Closet Threw a Party by Robyn Parnell
Xander's Panda Party
Xander’s Pandy Party by Linda Sue Park, illus. by Matt Phelan
If You Give a Pig a Party
If You Give a Pig a Party by Linda Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond
I Am Invited to a Party
I am Invited to a Party! by Mo Willems

Party Songs & Rhymes

Mix the Batter, Stir the Batter fingerplay
source: Sunflower Storytime

Mix the batter, stir the batter (make a stirring motion with one arm/hand)
Shake some flour in (make a shaking motion with one arm/hand)
Mix the batter, stir the batter (make a stirring motion with one arm/hand)
Place it in a tin (pretend to pour)
Sprinkle in some chocolate chips (pretend to sprinkle)
Put it in to bake (open both hands, palms up, and slide them forward)
Then open wide the oven door (pretend to open door)
And out comes the cake! (open both hands, palms up, and slide them forward)

Los Colores
source: a play group circle time song I used to go to with the little girl I nannied…
tune: fere jacques

Red is rojo,
green is verde,
blue- azul,
purple is morado,
gray is gris.

We also made a band with some different musical instruments and had a brief music party, marching around, while listening to The Ants Go Marching

Check out my Flannel Friday post to see the cupcake flannelboard rhyme!

Other Party/Birthday themed ideas

Birthdays- Sunflower Storytime
Happy Birthday to Meeeeeeeeeee!- Silly Librarian
Storytime- Happy Birthday- Librarian Jenna
It’s a (storytime) Party!- The Show Me Librarian




This week’s preschool storytime was Ducks! We really perfected our quacks and waddles :)

Duck Picture Books

Odd Duck
Odd Duck by Emily Gravett
Little Quack
Little Quack by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Derek Anderson
Duck Sock Hop
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth, illus. by Jane Porter
Duck! Rabbit!
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenfeld

The two favorites were probably Little Quack and Duck! Rabbit!.

Duck Songs & Rhymes

Five Little Ducks

5 little ducks went out to play (hold up 5 fingers)
Over the hills and far away (arc hand up and over- shade eyes)
Mother duck called “quack, quack, quack” (clap hands)
And 4 little ducks came waddling back (hold up 4 fingers)

repeat counting down until…
1 little duck went out one day (hold up 1 finger)
Over the hills and far away, (arc hand up and over- shade eyes)
Mother duck called “quack, quack, quack” (clap hands)
but no little ducks came waddling back

Mother duck went out one day,
over the hills and far away (arc hand up and over- shade eyes)
Mother duck called “quack, quack, quack” (clap hands)
and 5 little ducks came waddling back! (hold up 5 fingers)

Ducks on the Bus
source: Sunflower Storytime

The ducks on the bus go quack quack quack!
Quack quack quack! Quack quack quack!
The ducks on the bus go quack quack quack!
All through the town!

The ducks on the bus go flap flap flap!….
The ducks on the bus go waddle waddle waddle!….
The ducks on the bus go Quack Quack Quack!….

There was a little Ducky
source: Library Storytime

I had a little ducky,
He lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle,
He climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito,
He snapped at a flea,
He snapped at a minnow,
And he snapped at me!
He caught the mosquito,
He caught the flea,
He caught the minnow,
But he couldn’t catch me!

To see my Duck flannel story click here!

Duck Craft

I’ve actually never really done a craft directly from a book I don’t think so I thought I would change that up for today!

This was inspired by Duck! Rabbit! we made our own “Is it a duck or is a rabbit?” puppets!

I just traced a smaller version of the outline off the internet and cut them out then the kids could decorate how they wanted.

And so… a homemade GIF just for you :)

Duck Rabbit on Make A Gif
Duck Rabbit!
make animated gifs like this at MakeAGif

More duck storytime ideas
Sunflower Storytime: Ducks
Library Storytime: Storytime for the Ducks
Abby the Librarian: Duck into a good storytime
Katie Storytime: Ducks!
Library Village: Baby Storytime- Ducks!

Flannel Friday: Knock Knock Baby Duck

Flannel Friday: Knock Knock Baby Duck

Whew, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a flannel friday!  It feels good to be back :)

My favorite flannel activities are when you hide something and the kids guess where it is.  I have done something like this with caterpillars and butterflies and plan on incorporating something similar for my baby storytimes, similar to the style of Brooke at Reading with Read.

I used this flannel game in both my baby and preschool storytime’s this week and it was a hit with both!  The babies/toddlers especially loved playing the eggs after storytime :)
This particular one was inspired by Mel’s Desk: Where’s Baby Duckling?

Knock Knock Baby Duck rhyme/game

 Knock, knock, knock
Baby duck, baby duck
are you behind the ORANGE egg?

continue with each color egg until you find the duck…

Knock Knock Baby Duck rhyme/game

To find a template of the egg and duck click the picture below (picture will link to a google drive file)!

 knock knock duck

Flannel Friday this week is hosted by my favorite Canadian Librarians (one of which just recently sent me the coolest tinkerbell buttons the in the real mail)




WHOA– Two days since I posted about getting to my 100th subscriber and I’m at 106! AND this whole thing has made me feel pretty darn good because not only did I get other librarians subscribing but I got a family member, my boyfriend (he was 99!), and even my boyfriend’s cousin… AND SHE WAS THE WINNER!  Thank you Nicole for subscribing– not just via e-mail but also wordpress :)

Stay tuned for regular programming coming shortly… More storytime plans, more about my baby storytime and summer reading program stuff coming right up!

Keep reading to the littles ones :)
-Miss Meg