Storytime for New to Two every Wednesday at 10:30.

Storytime for New to Two every Wednesday at 10:30. Stories, songs, puppets and a lot of playtime fun.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Halloween Storytime for Babies, Wednesday, October 28 @ 10:30

Halloween is a great time to teach babies a lot of new sounds, BOO and WHOOOO, and ROAAR, and all about pumpkins and owls and black cats.

Makes a great play.  Props: jack o'lantern, candle, cookie jar, spider, broom, witch's hat, and a black cat. Search for Boo all over the room.

Where is Baby's Pumpkin? by Karen Katz is also good.

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, "Oh, my it's getting late"
The second one said, "There are witches in the air."
The third one said, "But we don't care."
The fourth one said, "Let's run, let's run!"
The fifth one said, "Isn't Halloween fun?"
Then Woooooo went the wind
And OUT went the lights.
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
I like to do this as a puppet show with 5 pumpkins, tipping them off the stage at the end.

Games: Make a face on a pumpkin with black triangles for eyes and nose and a mouth.  Start with: SCARY FACE, then SAD FACE, SURPRISED FACE, and then GLAD FACE!

Songs: JBRARY do Pumpkin, pumpkin song

  • Mrs. Witchie had a magic bag, eei eei oh,and in that bag she had a --- and start pulling Hallowe'en creatures out of your bag, owl, raven, rat, black cat, and then finish with a jack o'lantern because they don't say anything!
  • The (Creatures) on the Bus
  • Incy Wincy Spider, 
  • This is Little (comparing pumpkins)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Monsters Storytime

It was MONSTER DAY at Gulf Beaches and boy, were our little monsters in top form today! Actually, they were very good monsters, singing and dancing and following along with all the stories. They are growing up so fast!

Play:  I was a bit sidetracked by spiders at the beginning.  After our opening song we sang the itsy bitsy spider (I was wearing a spider ring.) Hanging behind me from the clothesline were a medium sized spider and the giant fuzzy tarantula I get out for Halloween.  We sang "Great Big Fuzzy Spider Went Up the Water Spout" after Itsy Bitsy and then segued into "This is Little, This is Big."

  • Little Monsters (pop-up) by Jan Pienkowski was gorgeous enough to start things off right! The babies were fascinated by the brightly colored faces. When we were through, we went back and counted all the monsters in the book.
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley.  I've been doing so many different voices lately that I started doing the same with Big Green Monster! "A Long bluish-greenish nose" I said in a kinda dopey voice,  "big red mouth with sharp white teeth" was a bit witchy, "two little squiggle ears" was squeaky and batty, etc.  The babies really listened!
  • Tickle Monster by Edward Manceau, and yes, the moms did tickle along with the book.  Emphasize body parts. 
  • Monsters Dance bb by Ann Hodgman.  Great one with movement to end up storytime with because by this time the kids were all running around anyway.
Anything that gives me a chance to show off my ballroom moves!

Next year try:  
  • If You're a Monster and You Know It, Emberley
  • Glad Monster, Sad Monster, Emberley

  • 3 Little Monsters sleeping in my bed
1 crawled out from underneath the spread
I called to Mama and Mama said, 
"No more monsters sleeping in your bed!", etc., down to zero.  I only do 3 instead of 5 for the babies.
  • (Sung to "If you're happy and you know it."
If you're a monster and you know it show your claws
If you're a monster and you know it show your claws.
If you're a monster and you know it then don't be afraid to show it.
If you're a monster and you know it, show your claws.
...gnash your teeth.
...stomp your feet.
...growl out loud.
  • Wheels on the Bus:
Instead of babies and mamas riding on the bus this week, there were 
ghosts, "booo!" bats, "eeeek" and monsters, "roooar!"

  Sophia makes the introductions.

 Someone discovered how to smile for the camera.

                                                  Bye Bye!!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Clothing Storytime for Babies, Wednesday, October 12

Thanks, Heather, for so generously coming forth to do storytime for us while I had my FANTASTIC vacation in the land where so many stories come from:  I saw London Bridge (what was left of the one that fell down), Dick Whittington and his famous cat Puss-in-Boots, and saw the house where the Duke of York bunks.

Sandra Boynton is always the best!

Cover image for I am the wolf ... and here I come!

What happens after a wolf puts on his underwear? This was a lot of fun -- I flashed the last terrifying page around the group, and then SNAPPED the book shut to put that wolf back where he belonged.

Cute and rhymy like all Karen Beaumont's books, Dini just can't remember to take his clothes off before he jumps in the bath.  The Dini splashing in his tub made a nice refrain for the kids to splash along to.

And then we sang This is the Way We Wash Our Face.

The dirtiest look Max has ever given his sister Ruby? Maybe. How I wish I had the clothes to use for this storytime, but it's tomorrow and too late to shape/make.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Cat Storytime, Wednesday, October 5 @ 10:30


Where's Boo by Salina Yoon.  I hid the black cat and staged the book by putting props around the room: a pumpkin, a broom, etc., although I did switch some, a basket for the cookie jar. I was careful to put everything up high.
Mama Cat has three kittens by Denise Fleming. Perform the kittens' names -- maybe a squeaky soprano Fluffy, Skinny and pull out the Boooooris in a deep bass.
Thumpy Feet by Betsy Lewin. All about the sounds Thumpy Feet makes. Props: ball of yarn, toy mouse, bowl of food
There are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz. IF I HAD GOTTEN MY PROPS TOGETHER, this would be a great finale, only read the book backwards. First get out your fish, then the cardboard boxes, and then throw a lot of balls of yarn half way unwound around the room.  Then the babies could play with the boxes and the yarn.

Have You Seen My Cat made a very good impromptu play, with some, but not all of the puppets.
 This is the Way We Wash Our Face

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Travel Storytime, Wednesday, September 28 @ 10:30

  • Rooster's Off to See the World by Eric Carle.  Big Book.  Off to see the world, but he's soooo disorganized! Shorten.
  • In the Driver's Seat by Max Haynes.  Turn your chair around and rock this book! So much action in this book, and the moms zoomed along too.
  • Seals on the Bus. We sang Wheels on the Bus at the very beginning of storytime. I thought it might be overkill for the Wheels, but the Seals was such a great switcheroo everyone liked it.

Wheels on the Bus
Motor Boat
6 Little Ducks (sort of went along with Rooster)
Fire Truck
Row, row row your boat

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Color Storyhour for Babies & Toddlers, Wednesday, September 21 @ 10:30

Brown Rabbit's Shape Book by Alan Baker. So easy to create all the props for this story: a beautiful green box with a big red ribbon and a cylinder (TP roll) inside filled with balloons. I carefully counted out the balloons by turns, and then, one by one, blew them up and let them go winging around the room. Unfortunately, the second one hit me in the face, and the third nicked Amanda. One of the babies began to cry! Note to self -- point the balloons away from the babies!
Flannelboard of Teddy wore a red shirt, red shirt, blue pants, blue pants, etc.


Red Truck, Yellow Bus. Board Book. 
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Martin with critters downloaded from kizclub.
Cat's Colors by Jane Cabrera
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek. Remember the rule of 6!

Songs(Sung to one little, two little, three little Indians)
One little, two little, three little crayons,

Four little, five little, six little crayons,

Seven little, eight little, nine little crayons,

Ten little crayons in a box.

Take out a red one and draw a big circle…

Take out a blue one and draw a straight line…

Take out a yellow one and draw a triangle.

Then put them back in the box!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Train Storytime, September 7 @ 10:30


We were riding the storyhour train at Gulf Beaches today!  

  • Train whistle
  • Train on a clothesline.

  • Clickety Clack, Clickety Clack by Rob and Amy Spence. This rhymy readaloud reads like a train ride. Start off slow and steady, and gradually, as talking yaks and ducks go quack, pick up the speed and the sound level until by the time those mice light their fireworks, you're really zooming! Your voice rising and speeding up is enough to fascinate even the babies, but it never hurts to stomp on some bubble wrap for those fireworks.
  • Down by the Station. Moms all sang along beautifully. Jennifer Riggs Vetter has a very fun version out about different vehicles:  "Down by the bus station, airport, etc.
  • Trains Go board book Steve Light
  • Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis. Day in life of toy train, lots of rhymes.
  • Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney. Short with bright illustrations, but by this time, storyhour needed a little more action.
  • Ride, Fly Guy, Ride by Tedd Arnold. I've never tried reading this early reader fave in storyhour before, and I learned there's a reason why six-year-olds love Fly Guy. He has a very active life style. Landing in a truck, a boat, a circus train, a plane, and a rocket ship in only 30 pages even amazed the babies in storyhour
Motor Boat, of course
This is a chooo-choo train, puffing down the track. (arms move like train)
Now it's going forward, now it's going back (arms piston)
Now the bell is ringing, now the whistle blows. (ring bell and blow whistle)
What a lot of noise it makes everywhere it goes. (hands over ears)