In a post earlier today, I offered tips about offering an infant/toddler musical storytime program for groups of up to 150 people. Here is a sample program:
Mother Goose & More Sample Program*
Hello Everybody (tune from the CD: Sally & Erika, Here Comes Mr. Bear!)
Rhyme w/ puppet:
Old Mother Goose when she wanted to wander…(tune: variation of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) puppet: Mother Goose
Song w/ puppets:
When Cows get up in the Morning (Sunseri, Baby-O!: When Ducks Get Up in the Morning) puppets: cow, duck and, today’s surprise, monkey!
Itsy Bitsy Spider -1st and 3rd verses use traditional lyrics. 2nd verse: “The itsy bitsy spider met a baby bug. ‘Hi’ said the spider and gave the bug a hug. ‘Ugh!’ said the bug, your hug is much too tight. I’m sorry said the spider, I meant to be polite!” from the picture book Eensy Weensy Spider by Hoberman
Lapjogs w/ teddy bear:
- Itty Bitty Bug (from Sunseri, Grasshoppers 3) -introduce w/ ladybug puppet
- You Ought to See my Baby (from Sunseri, Baby-O)
- Acka Backa Soda Cracker (from Sunseri, Baby-O!)
Pop Goes the Weasel -introduce w/ weasel & monkey puppets
No More Monkeys —introduce with monkey puppet (Asheba, Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground)
The Wheels on the Bus, Cabrera -encourage gestures while singing
Lapjogs w/ teddy bear:
- A Smooth Road to London Town`(from Reid-Naiman, A Smooth Road to London Town)
- The Elevator Song (from Sunseri, Baby-O!)
Ten Little Fingers, Kubler -encourage gestures while singing (tune from Reid-Naiman, More Tickles and Tunes)
Upside Down Johnson, Sing-a-Longs and Lullabies for the film Curious George
“Goodbye girls, goodbye boys, goodbye grownups, we’re glad you came today! Bring home books, bring home music, enjoy them together, we’ll see you here next time!” (tune: Goodnight Ladies)
*all songs are sung a cappella, except Shaker Songs, which are recorded music we dance to with shakers
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Thanks for this post. I regularly lead storytime for audiences of over 100 babies and toddlers, so this is really helpful. I have a question about the shakers — how do you facilitate handing those out to the crowd and collecting them?
We have a box with the shakers in them and I hand them out as the families come through the door. It’s a nice opportunity to greet everyone individually. When the program is over they drop the shaker back in the box on the way out.
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Thank you! This is wonderful information that I will definitely use.