Grandparents 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: “There Was an Old Woman”
Get ready song: “Open, Shut Them”
First book: The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr. All types of grandpas are featured in the story accompanied by brightly colored cartoon illustrations.
Fingerplay: “Here Are Grandma’s Glasses”
Stretching song: “Good Morning, Good Morning”
Second book: Here Comes Grandma! by Janet Lord. Grandma is coming to visit, using a bike, car, skis, and other modes of transportation.
Fingerplay: “This Old Man”
Movement song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
Third book: What Grandmas Do Best/What Grandpas Do Best by Laura Numeroff. Grandparents are shown doing a variety of activities in this book that flips over to tell each story.
Extra book if needed: Spot Goes to the Fire Station by Eric Hill. Spot the dog visits the fire station where his grandpa works.
Board book for parents: Grandma Loves You by Helen Foster James. Grandma Bunny loves the new baby in this brief rhyming tale.
Closing song: “The More We Get Together”