Boats for Babies
Storytimes for babies and toddlers offer an opportunity to model great read-aloud techniques for parents and gives them the confidence to read to their children every day. A baby-toddler storytime can be followed by an extra 20 to 30 minutes of playtime, which encourages parents to talk to each other and for the young children to learn to play with others. It also demonstrates the importance of play to parents.
Welcome song: “Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed”
Mother Goose Rhyme: “Rub a Dub Dub”
Get ready song: “Open, Shut Them”
First book: Splish-Splash by Nicola Smee. Horse, dog, cat, and pig take a dangerous boat ride.
Fingerplay: “Here Are Grandma’s Glasses”
Stretching song: “Good Morning, Good Morning”
Second book: Tugboat Bill and the River Rescue. Two small boats show they are heroic when they rescue a kitten from the river.
Fingerplay: “Five Little Boats”
Movement song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
Third book: Little Bear’s Little Boat by Eve Bunting. When bear outgrows his boat, he finds someone else who can use it.
Extra book if needed: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham. Several people and animals want to ride in Mr. Gumpy’s boat but soon it flips over.
Board book for parents: Boats Go by Steve Light. Eight different boats are shown along with the sounds they make.
losing song: “The More We Get Together”