Bugs 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: “Eensy Weensy Spider”
Get ready song: “Open, Shut Them”
First book: Counting with a Ladybug: Explore the Finger Trails and Cut-out Shapes. Count from one to ten using the cut-outs in this charming story.
Fingerplay: “Here Are Grandma’s Glasses”
Second book: Hugs & Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. With hugs from friends, ladybug isn’t so grouchy.
Flannelboard: “Five Little Lady Bugs”
Movement song: “Ants Go Marching”
Third book: Leap! by JonArno Lawson. A flea sets off a chain reaction in this circular story that invites the audience to call out the repeated title phrase.
Song: “Here is a Beehive”
Extra book if needed: Some Bugs by Angela DiTerrlizzi. A rhyming description of backyard bugs.
Board book for parents: Hello Bugs, What Do You Do? by Loes Botman. Realistic artwork and verbs describe various insects.
Closing song: “Hello and Goodbye” .