Thursday, February 9, 2017

Jill be Nimble

Gender-swapping the names from traditional nursery rhymes is an important aspect in my quest for storytime equality. Jill can jump just as well as Jack, yo.

Another fun variation is using the child's name instead of Jack or Jill. Rhymes are more fun when your kid is the star!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

My Heart is Like a Zoo


Valentine's Day is coming. I adapted some images from Michael Hall's "My Heart is Like a Zoo" and added actions for use at my toddler storytime.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jelly (NOT Jell-O) in the Bowl!


Another baby rhyme this week. I'm confounded by all the rhymes that have to do with shaking babies. The only major piece of parenting advice I gleaned from pop culture in my twenties was "Don't Shake Your Baby!" Every time I tell caregivers at babytime to shake their babies, I feel a little guilty. Adding the caveat "but not too hard" helps assuage my anxiety a tiny bit.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

You be the Ice Cream


This is a traditional baby-hugging rhyme. Babies need lots of hugs, I hear. Some don't get enough. That is just wrong! Please rectify, immediately.

Bounce baby on lap and give a different kind of hug at the end of each line.


You be the ice cream and I’ll be the freezer.
Give baby a shivery hug




You be the lemon and I’ll be the squeezer.
Give baby a squeezy hug



You be the hot dog and I’ll be the bun.
Hug baby lengthwise with arms like hot dog buns.
 
You be the baby and we’ll have some fun!
Finish with a hug and a kiss on baby's head

Repeat until baby is properly hugged up!


Thanks to Kathryn from Fun with Friends at Storytime for hosting:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Five Enormous Kawaii Dinosaurs


You can't go wrong with a storytime about dinosaurs! (Well, I guess it would be bad if you did a faithful Jurassic Park puppet show with scary raptors. Not to mention using books featuring cavemen alive at the same time as dinosaurs. OK, maybe it could go wrong. Stick with this rhyme.)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Five Baby Kawaii Bunnies!

Keeping track of baby bunnies is hard. Sometimes it is nice for a mama bunny to have a bit of a break from parenting...