Play 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: “Come Out to Play”
Get ready song: “Open, Shut Them”
First book: Bigger! Bigger! by Leslie Patricelli.A little girl plays with her toys to build things.
Fingerplay: “Here Are Grandma’s Glasses”
Stretching song: “Good Morning, Good Morning”
Second book: Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney. Llama helps a new kid at school learn to play nicely and not tease others.
Fingerplay: “One Elephant Went Out to Play”
Movement song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
Third book: Want to Play Trucks? by Ann Stott. Jack and Alex play together at the park, sharing their toys.
Extra book if needed: Bob and Flo Play Hide and Seek by Rebecca Ashdown. Penguins in preschool learn to play together.
Board book for parents: Clive and his Babies by Jessica Stanyol. A little boy plays with his dolls.
Closing song: “The More We Get Together”