Thursday, April 25, 2013

Baby Time!

Baby Time was filled with eagerly participating caregivers and darling babies!  The weather is so pleasant right now (small window in AZ) so I could not be more pleased to see so many babies coming to the Library when I know there's lots of outdoor fun to be had!

40 babies (4 sets of twins! 5 sets if you count my twin sister - who attended - and me!)
44 adults (I love when babies bring special guests like grandparents and daddies and mommies that usually can't attend!)
Look at all these twinkins!

What we do every week:

Mr. Bear greets the babies every week!  Today he was wearing his D-Back uniform because dressing up is fun!

Roly Poly:
Roll baby's hands

Roly poly, roly poly up up up
Roly poly, roly poly down down down
Roly poly, roly poly out out out
Roly poly, roly poly in in in
Roly poly, roly poly clap clap clap
Roly poly, roly poly lap lap lap

Read books
 Nicholas and mom                                                Elliott and mom (my twin)


Blake with dad and mom

Bouncing Rhymes / Fingerplays

Trot Trot to Boston
Bounce baby on raised knees or on lap if you are sitting in a chair

Trot trot to Boston
Trot trot to Lyn
Watch out, baby, so you don't fall IN! (drop baby between legs)

Trot trot to Boston
Trot trot to Dover
Watch out, baby, so you don't fall OVER!

The Helicopter
Use this ASL sign for helicopter

The helicopter flies up up up
The helicopter flies down down down
The helicopter flies around and around and around
The helicopter flies left
The helicopter flies right
It flies up up up and out of sight (behind back)

Rickety Rickety Rocking Horse
Bounce baby on lap

Rickety rickety rocking horse
Over the hills we go
Rickety rickety rocking horse
Giddy up, giddy up...  WOAH!... (rock backwards)

Prop Rhyme:

Two Little Blackbirds (with finger puppets)

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill (hands behind back)
One named jack and one named Jill (bring hands to front and make "birds" with your fingers)
Fly away, Jack
Fly away, Jill
Come back, Jack
Come back, Jill

( Variations:  snow / Fast and Slow  or  cloud / Quiet and Loud)

Animal song with puppets:  "All the Fish"
Fish swim
Frogs hop
Ducks quack
Alligators snap
Seagulls fly
ALL like to Splaaashh!

Movement Manipulatives

I usually hand out shakers, but tried rhythm sticks today.  Most parents were really excited, but some little ones may have found it noisy.  In any case, the fun song I played didn't really play loud enough  :-/


  1. Miss Tara,
    What is the format of your baby story time? Do you hand out board books and have parents read to their babies, then do rhymes/bounces/songs as a group? I'd like to know more.

    Thanks so much,
    Asheville, NC

    1. Shoot me an email at and I'll share my format!