Friday, March 24, 2017

Kawaii Chicken in the Barnyard


Another rhyme about biting. As little as most adults like being bitten by children, there sure are plenty of rhymes encouraging parents to bite their kids. It's a pretty weird double standard. I guess it is never to early to teach kids about the hypocrisies and contradictions of life in the modern world.

On a less morose note, I've been loving the Caspar Babypants song, "Chicken in the Cornbread." Me and my coworker, Amanda are borderline groupies.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Kawaii Worms Up!


There are all kinds of baby rhymes: tickles, bounces, fingerplays, peek-a-boo... "Worms Up" is an example from the genre "Baby Biting Rhymes." No one knows why caregivers like to bite babies...just make sure you don't draw blood.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Two Little Bluebirds Sitting on a Hill- variations


I love how the birds look like ears on the hill. Yes, the green thing in the middle is supposed to be a hill. And it is not so happy about birds standing on its head!

At the beginning of my career, we did this rhyme with props, handing out little laminated bird cutouts for kids to chew and drool on during storytime. The thought of those slimy little avian disease vectors gives me the heebie jeebies. Nowadays, the kids just hold up their fingers to be the “birds.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Grand Old Captain Kirk


I found this awesome variation of "The Grand Old Duke of York" while looking for movement rhymes on the scoutsongs.com website. It is never too early to indoctrinate your baby into geekiness! Here is my adaptation for baby storytime:


Oh, the grand old Captain Kirk
bounce to rhythm
He had ten thousand men
He beamed them up to the Enterprise
lift baby up
Then he beamed them down again
bring back down
And when they were up, they were up
lift baby up 
And when they were down, they were down
bring back down
And when they were only halfway up,
hug
They were nowhere to be found.
spin in circle
insert joke about "redshirts"

This rhyme reminds me of my most prized possesion, this shirt:

Thanks to Wendy at Flannelboard Fun for hosting this week's:

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.