Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dirty Diaper!

A well-timed song can change a child’s mood from bad to good. This rhyme is for distracting a baby/toddler (and hopefully the caregiver) during diaper-changing time.

(to the Tune of Frere Jacques)
Stinky diaper, stinky diaper,
Changing time, changing time.
Let’s take off the dirty one,
Let’s put on a clean one,
Glad you're mine, glad you're mine!

Thanks to What Happens in Storytime for hosting this week's 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

To Whole Foods, To Whole Foods...

When was the last time your typical parent went to the market to buy a fat hog? A fat pig? A plum bun, perhaps? Never, I'd bet! This is my update of the traditional Mother Goose rhyme, "To Market, To Market," including items more likely to be found on the modern privileged American's shopping list.

Flannel Friday Roundup for April 14

Hoppy Easter! Hope everyone gets as many (or as few) Cadbury Creme Eggs as they desire!

Felt fanatics, we have a bunch of great sets this week!

Easter is my favorite holiday because...Bunnies! Thankfully, Kate from Felt Board Magic has a trio of cute Easter sets...

Amy S. from one little librarian is bringing some Easter finger puppet awesomeness with  Ten Little Bunnies!

Heather from Lady Librarian's Literacy, Lifestyle and Lookbook Log has mixed up some yummy Rainbow Stew.

Kathryn from Fun with Friends at Storytime is getting ready for this year's Summer Reading (panic attack!) theme. She's building a better world with her original Let's Build with Blocks set.

Wendy from Flannel Board Fun has some pretty patterned pachyderms playing in Five Elephants went out to Play!

I have a couple bouncing rhymes this time.  

and my take on To Market, To Market...

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Giddy Up Kawaii Horsie

Babies love bouncing. These two traditional nursery rhymes give you an opportunity to make that happen. Bounce child on your knee, then switch to the other knee at the end of the rhyme and repeat. 

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 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,
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.

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...