OCTOBER Book Babies + Toddler Time

OCTOBER Book Babies + Toddler Time

OCTOBER Book Babies + Toddler Time

In October, we walked with animals, flew in a spaceship, and cooked French fries and pumpkins in a pan with hot oil! Try out some more activities this month with your baby or toddler from the suggestions below.

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip
When you give your child positive reinforcement by clapping or telling them that they did a great job, you are encouraging them to act both independently and cooperatively. To encourage this at home, use activities that your child can do easily, and don’t forget to give a lot of positive encouragement.

- Lambert

Activity

Have fun with, “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!” For babies, bounce your child on your lap and lift her up very quickly on “lift-off!” For toddlers, model for your child how to step into a rocket ship, then squat down and jump up for the lift-off.

Sensory Activity

Ball Tunnel: Try this fun activity from Research Parent. Place an empty wrapping paper or connected paper towel tubes on an incline such as a chair and roll small balls down the tunnel. Talk about “up” and “down” with your child. Not only are they learning cause and effect, the beginnings of potential and kinetic energy, but it’s also so much fun!!

Books Presented

If You're a Robot and You Know It by David A Carter

Happy robots stomp their feet, jump and beep, and shout Hooray, in a take on the classic lyrics to “Happy and you know it.”

Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton

Everybody sing along—because it’s time to do-si-do in the barnyard with a high-spirited animal crew! 

Pop Up Peekaboo! Space

5,4,3,2,1 – blast off! Go on an out-of-this-world adventure with two brave astronauts, Daisy and Danny, in this lift-the-flap baby book. Rocket into space, past the stars and planets, and join them as they land on the moon.

Snappy Little Farmyard by Dugald Steer

A day on the farm has never been quite so much fun — or quite so noisy — thanks to this mooing, baaing, neighing menagerie of pop-up surprises. And what better way to learn than with this happy, snappy pop-up! 

Where is Baby's Pumpkin? by Karen Katz

An adorable baby searches throughout the house for her pumpkin. Is the pumpkin under the leaves, behind the curtain, under the bed? NO! But Baby finds many other surprises as a ghost, a witch’s hat, cute-as-a-button bats, and candy apples are found beneath each flap. Finally after Baby finds her pumpkin, she’s ready to go trick-or-treating and the final flap reveals a Halloween extravaganza!

Spooky Spooky Little Bat

Join the Halloween fun in this spooky rhyming twist on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Follow the little bat as it flies above town and makes new friends. This fun board book for tots features beautiful illustrations and a plush bat finger puppet with wings.

Creak! Squeak! Halloween

Peek-a… BOO! We’re going to a spooky castle to celebrate Halloween in this fun storybook! Let’s sneak through the pumpkin patch together without being seen.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Clippity Clop

This is how the ladies ride…
Clippity clop, clippity clop!
This is how the gentlemen ride…
Giddy-up, giddy up!
This is how the cowboys ride…
Yeehaw! Ride-um, cowboy!

As I Was Walking to Town One Day

As I was walking to town one day
I met a (animal name) along the way
And what do you think that (animal name) did say?
(make animal noise)

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon
Just climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – 0 – Lift OFF !!!

Baby Put Your Pants On

Tune of “Mama’s Little Baby Loves Shortnin’ Bread”

Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on,
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3. (repeat)

Leg to the left, leg to the right, wiggle and jiggle and pull ‘em up tight.

Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on,
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3.

Repeat with other articles of clothing (socks or tights, shoes, etc.)

Baby Sign Language

More Book Babies

OCTOBER Book Babies + Toddler Time

In October, we walked with animals, flew in a spaceship, and cooked French fries and pumpkins in a pan with hot oil! Try out some more activities this month with your baby or toddler from the suggestions below.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room Ages 0 -...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

Hats, hats, and more hats! Did you know that learning to put on and take off a hat is one of the developmental milestones for a baby? In addition, getting dressed and undressed can be a learning experience , too. Try some of these songs, rhymes, and activities to turn...

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Book Babies + Toddler Time: Trains

Children find trains fascinating. It could be its speed and motion as it moves on the track. Or perhaps it's the unique sounds that it makes as it passes by. What ever it is, trains wake up excitement, curiosity, and creativity in a child's mind. So, with plenty of...

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SEPTEMBER Kid and Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS ARE BACK! Madison Library District is bringing FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT back! Every Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:September 7th: Raya and the Last DragonSeptember 14th: Peter RabbitSeptember 21st: Spirit: UntamedSeptember...

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Book Babies + Toddler Time: Frog and Toad Tails

Ribbit, ribbit... HOP! Enjoy learning about tiny tadpoles to big frogs with these books and songs. Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months  Welcome SongsHere We Are...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Pig Tails!

Many of us can remember, "This little piggie went to market, this little piggie stayed home..." Try expanding your "piggie repertoire" for your little one with these books, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Rabbits & Bunnies

Whether bouncing like a bunny or hopping like a rabbit, toddlers and babies love these fluffy animals. Try reading some of the books below or doing the activities with your child for a fun-filled learning time about bunnies & rabbits. Book Babies: Wednesday @...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

Hats, hats, and more hats! Did you know that learning to put on and take off a hat is one of the developmental milestones for a baby? In addition, getting dressed and undressed can be a learning experience , too. Try some of these songs, rhymes, and activities to turn an everyday activity into fun activity with your child.

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip
When you read a book with your child, running your finger under the printed words helps her to know that it is the text you are reading, not the pictures. Did you know that without our guidance, 4- year- old children will give 95 percent of their visual attention to the pictures?

- Lambert

Activity

Read “Hats are not for Cats” by Jacqueline Rayner or another book with your child, and run your finger under the title as you read the words. If the book has a repeated phrase, run your finger under those words as well. Encourage your child to say the repeated phrase while pointing at each word as he says it. Then encourage him to point at the words.

Books Presented

I Went Walking by Sue Williams

These catchy stanzas frolic through the Australian author Sue Williams’s simple, funny read-aloud picture book that tracks a crazy-haired boy’s stroll through the countryside. The boy sees a black cat, then a brown horse, then a red cow, and so on, and before he knows it, he’s being trailed by the entire menagerie!

Who's Wearing a Hat? an Usborne baby book

Who’s wearing a hat? Is it the orange cat? Lots to look at and talk about in this colorful new title from Usborne. Babies will marvel at the colorful pictures and the fun rhyming questions and will share a delightful moment or two with their parents with this enjoyable new series. Do cows sing? Do cows coo? All I know is cows go–moo! Lift the flaps to find lots more barnyard animal sounds!

Pop-Up Peekaboo: Meow! by DK Publishing

A fun pop-up book!

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Giddyap, Giddyap

Giddyap, giddyap, ride to town
Giddyap, giddyap, up and down.
Giddyap fast
Giddyap slow
Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap, WHOA! 

Clipity-Clop

Horsey, Horsey don’t you stop, just let your feet go clippety-clop.
(clap/bounce in rhythm)
Your tail goes swish,
(slide palms together)
And the wheels go round,
(roll hands)
Giddy-up we’re homeward bound!
(clap/bounce in rhythm)

Silly Hat Song

Tune to This Old Man

On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
[Repeat using foot, elbow and knee]

These Are Grandma’s Glasses

These are Grandma’s glasses
This is Grandma’s hat
This is the way she folds her hands
And lays them in her lap
Here are Grandpa’s glasses
And here is Grandpa’s hat
And here’s the way he folds his arms
And takes a little nap

Baby Put Your Pants On

Tune of Shor’nin Bread

Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
(move baby’s legs)
Baby put your pants on, one, two, three
(gently poke baby’s belly)
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, one, two, three

Leg to the left, leg to the right
(move legs)
Wiggle and jiggle and pull them up tight
Leg to the left, leg to the right
Wiggle and jiggle and pull them up tight

Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, one, two, three

As I Was Walking to Town One Day

As I went walking to town one day
I met an elephant on the way
And what do you think that elephant did say?
(trumpet like an elephant!)
But I kept walking!
Choose other animals to keep the song going!

Crafts and Activities

Make an adorable SPIDER HAT with your little one!

More Book Babies

OCTOBER Book Babies + Toddler Time

In October, we walked with animals, flew in a spaceship, and cooked French fries and pumpkins in a pan with hot oil! Try out some more activities this month with your baby or toddler from the suggestions below.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room Ages 0 -...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

Hats, hats, and more hats! Did you know that learning to put on and take off a hat is one of the developmental milestones for a baby? In addition, getting dressed and undressed can be a learning experience , too. Try some of these songs, rhymes, and activities to turn...

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Book Babies + Toddler Time: Trains

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SEPTEMBER Kid and Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS ARE BACK! Madison Library District is bringing FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT back! Every Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:September 7th: Raya and the Last DragonSeptember 14th: Peter RabbitSeptember 21st: Spirit: UntamedSeptember...

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Book Babies + Toddler Time: Frog and Toad Tails

Ribbit, ribbit... HOP! Enjoy learning about tiny tadpoles to big frogs with these books and songs. Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months  Welcome SongsHere We Are...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Pig Tails!

Many of us can remember, "This little piggie went to market, this little piggie stayed home..." Try expanding your "piggie repertoire" for your little one with these books, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Rabbits & Bunnies

Whether bouncing like a bunny or hopping like a rabbit, toddlers and babies love these fluffy animals. Try reading some of the books below or doing the activities with your child for a fun-filled learning time about bunnies & rabbits. Book Babies: Wednesday @...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Cats

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Cats

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Cats

Meow – cats and kittens!

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip
It’s OK if your child can’t sit still for an entire book — toddlers’ attention spans will get longer soon. You might want to keep reading even if your child moves around. Before bedtime, allow your child to touch and play with favorite toys while you read aloud. The sound of your voice will be a soothing reminder of the bedtime routine and that books are a part of it.

- https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/reading-toddler.html

Activity

Create a “Favorites” or core nursery song list to sing with your child every day, then you can add other songs that match with books you like to read together.

Books Presented

"Cats" Discovery Kit

Check out our Discovery Kits all about CATS! Inside is full of books and activities all about our friendly felines.

Do Cats Meow? by Salina Yoon

Do cows sing? Do cows coo? All I know is cows go–moo! Lift the flaps to find lots more barnyard animal sounds!

Cat's Colors by Airlie Anderson

Cat spends the day collecting colors, and when she is finished something wonderful happens.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

A Bouncing We Will Go

A bouncing we will go, a bouncing we will go,
High-ho the dairy oh, a bouncing we will go.
A rocking we will go, a rocking we will go,
High-ho the dairy oh, a rocking we will go.
A tickling we will go, a tickling we will go,
High-ho the dairy oh, a tickling we will go.

Kitten in the Box variation

Kitten in the box
Kitten in the box sits so still.
Will he come out?
Yes, he will!

Five Little Cats

5 little cats playing near the door, one ran inside and that left 4.
4 little cats underneath a tree, one heard a dog bard and that left 3.
3 little cats wondering what to do, one saw a little bird and that left 2.
2 little cats sitting in the sun, one ran to catch his tail and that left 1.
1 little cat looking for some fun, he saw a butterfly and there there were none!

Scarf Song: Peek-a-Boo

(cover your face with the scarf)
Peek-a-boo, where are you
Hiding in your…
place! PEEKABOO!
(throw the scarf off your face and tickle baby)

(cover your face with the scarf)
Peek-a-boo, I see you
and your smiling…
face! PEEKABOO!
(throw the scarf off your face and tickle baby)

Scarf Song: One Bright Scarf

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow (wave it gently)
Toss it up high (throw it high in the air and catch it)
And wave it down low
Wiggle it FAST!
and wiggle it s…l…o…w……
Hey! (hide it behind you)
Where did it go?
…. Here it is! (bring it back out)

Additional Books

Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.

Five Black Cats by Patricia Hegarty

Five black cats set out through shadowy streets and dark forests. Along the way, they encounter bats and glowing jack o’ lanterns. Then, they follow a tiny white mouse into a spooky old house for an annual Halloween party.

Cats Know Best by Colin Eisler

Cats know how to keep warm or cool, find food, play, keep clean, and take care of their kittens.

Hugs in the City

Jilly goes on a quest to hug all the cats in the city! 

More Book Babies

OCTOBER Book Babies + Toddler Time

In October, we walked with animals, flew in a spaceship, and cooked French fries and pumpkins in a pan with hot oil! Try out some more activities this month with your baby or toddler from the suggestions below.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room Ages 0 -...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

Hats, hats, and more hats! Did you know that learning to put on and take off a hat is one of the developmental milestones for a baby? In addition, getting dressed and undressed can be a learning experience , too. Try some of these songs, rhymes, and activities to turn...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Cats

Meow - cats and kittens!Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Trains

Children find trains fascinating. It could be its speed and motion as it moves on the track. Or perhaps it's the unique sounds that it makes as it passes by. What ever it is, trains wake up excitement, curiosity, and creativity in a child's mind. So, with plenty of...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Construction Site

Having fun and learning in the construction zone!Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together,...

SEPTEMBER Kid and Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS ARE BACK! Madison Library District is bringing FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT back! Every Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:September 7th: Raya and the Last DragonSeptember 14th: Peter RabbitSeptember 21st: Spirit: UntamedSeptember...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Bird Tails

Cheep, cheep! Tweet, tweet! Quack, quack! Oh, how babies love the sounds of our feathered friends. Help your child explore the world of birds with the following activities.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Tuesday @...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Frog and Toad Tails

Ribbit, ribbit... HOP! Enjoy learning about tiny tadpoles to big frogs with these books and songs. Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months  Welcome SongsHere We Are...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Pig Tails!

Many of us can remember, "This little piggie went to market, this little piggie stayed home..." Try expanding your "piggie repertoire" for your little one with these books, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Rabbits & Bunnies

Whether bouncing like a bunny or hopping like a rabbit, toddlers and babies love these fluffy animals. Try reading some of the books below or doing the activities with your child for a fun-filled learning time about bunnies & rabbits. Book Babies: Wednesday @...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Trains

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Trains

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Trains

Children find trains fascinating. It could be its speed and motion as it moves on the track. Or perhaps it’s the unique sounds that it makes as it passes by. What ever it is, trains wake up excitement, curiosity, and creativity in a child’s mind. So, with plenty of “Choo, choo’s,” have fun with these books and activities.

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip
When your children have happy experiences, they want to repeat them. Starting kindergarten can seem as an extension of informal library classes. Children who have had joyful experiences in the public library often approach school with a positive attitude, ready and excited to learn.

- Lambert

Activity

Help your toddler make an “egg carton” train like this one: What Can We Use Egg Cartons For? Make a Train. Then sing some songs and rhymes about trains.

Books Presented

Choo Choo by Petr Horáček

What could be more fun than an old-fashioned train ride? Off go the passengers, past the town, into the woods (Shhh, Shhh), over the bridge (Clack, Clack), into the tunnel (Toot, Toot), and back out into the sunshine. Who could guess that the destination is–a day at the seaside?

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles

I'm Dirty by Kate and Jim McMullan

A busy backhoe loader describes all the items it hauls off a lot and all the fun it has getting dirty while doing so.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Engine, Engine Number 9

Engine, engine number 9
Coming down Chicago Line
If the train goes off its track
Do you want your money back?
Yes? (sway to the side)
No? (sway to the other side)
Maybe so? (sway back and forth)

Chugga-Choo Freight Train

Chugga- chugga choo choo goes the freight train,
Chugga- chugga choo choo goes the freight train,
Chugga- chugga choo choo goes the freight train,
Uuuuuuup the hill!
Doooown the track!

The Wheels on the Train

Tune to “Wheels on the Bus”

The wheels on the train go clackety clack
Clackety clack, clackety clack
The wheels on the train, go clackety clack
All along the track.

More verses:
The whistle… goes whoo, whoo, whoo
The conductor… says, “All Aboard”
The people … go bumpety, bump

This Little Train

This little train ran up the track
Trail fingers up baby’s arm from fingers to shoulder
It went Choo Choo!
Tap baby’s nose!
And then it ran back.
Trail fingers back down baby’s arm.

The other little train ran up the track
Trail fingers up baby’s other arm from fingers to shoulder
It went Choo Choo!
Tap baby’s nose!
And then it ran back.
Trail fingers back down baby’s arm.

Flannel Board: Down by the Station

Down by the station early in the morning
See the little puffer trains all in a row
See the engine driver turn the little handle
Puff puff, chuff chuff, off we go! (remove one train, and count)

Baby Sign Language

“More”

“All Done”

Additional Books

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

 Although he is not very big, the Little Blue Engine agrees to try to pull a stranded train full of toys over the mountain.

Trains Chug by Rebecca Stromstad Glaser

There’s a lot of building going on in Playtown! There is so much to explore, learn, and discover inside this busy, busy book – diggers are digging holes, materials are being delivered, and roads are being laid. On every page there are fun flaps to lift which tell children more about the picture above, and at the back of the book is a big page to fold out that reveals a bustling construction scene

Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Cuddle up with the beloved animal friends from the bestselling Steam Train, Dream Train and count on lots of fun! Little train enthusiasts will love counting from one to ten along with the dreamy train cars!

Who Takes the Train

Naledi is taking the train to the beach with her Mum – and there is so much to see!

More Book Babies

OCTOBER Book Babies + Toddler Time

In October, we walked with animals, flew in a spaceship, and cooked French fries and pumpkins in a pan with hot oil! Try out some more activities this month with your baby or toddler from the suggestions below.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room Ages 0 -...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

Hats, hats, and more hats! Did you know that learning to put on and take off a hat is one of the developmental milestones for a baby? In addition, getting dressed and undressed can be a learning experience , too. Try some of these songs, rhymes, and activities to turn...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Cats

Meow - cats and kittens!Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Trains

Children find trains fascinating. It could be its speed and motion as it moves on the track. Or perhaps it's the unique sounds that it makes as it passes by. What ever it is, trains wake up excitement, curiosity, and creativity in a child's mind. So, with plenty of...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Construction Site

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SEPTEMBER Kid and Tween Activities

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Book Babies + Toddler Time: Construction Site

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Construction Site

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Construction Site

Having fun and learning in the construction zone!

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip: Singing to your children is very important, and it doesn’t matter if you sing in English or another language. In one scientific study, babies as young as one week could distinguish their mother’s voice from a group of other female voices. Children love being sung to by their parents, and such singing helps to trigger their speech development. So, sing aloud to your children at home in any language you like.

- Lambert

Activity

Create a “Favorites” or core nursery song list to sing with your child every day, then you can add other songs that match with books you like to read together.

Books Presented

Construction by Sally Sutton

Hoist the wood. Hoist the wood. Chain and hook and strap. Swing it round, then lower it down. Thonk! Clonk! Clap! Build the frame. Build the frame. Hammer all day long. Make the stairs and floors and walls. Bing! Bang! Bong!

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play!

I'm Dirty by Kate and Jim McMullan

A busy backhoe loader describes all the items it hauls off a lot and all the fun it has getting dirty while doing so.

Five Trucks by Brian Floca

Five different trucks do five different jobs to get an airplane ready for takeoff.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Bumpity Bumpity Goes the Dump Truck

Bumpity, bumpity goes the dump truck
Bumpity, bumpity goes the dump truck
bBumpity, bumpity goes the dump truck
Dump out the load.

Dump Truck

Dump truck, dump truck
Bumping down the road,
bounce baby on lap
Spilling gravel with our heavy load!
rock baby back & forth on lap
Dump truck, dump truck
Bumping down the road,
bounce baby on lap
Spilling gravel,
rock baby back & forth on lap
And now it’s time to DUMP!
tip baby backward, or lift in air

Scoop and Dump

Tune to “Skip to My Lou”

Scoop! Goes ditch digger in the dirt.
(Bend low, raise arms high)
Scoop! Goes ditch digger in the dirt.
Scoop! Goes ditch digger in the dirt.
Scoop up all the dirt!
Reach up high with the crane.
(Cup hands, hold high)
Reach up high with the crane.
Reach up high with the crane.
Hold the dirt up high!
Dump the dirt into the truck.
(Reach high, drop hands to knees)
Dump the dirt into the truck.
Dump the dirt into the truck.
Haul it all away!

Hello Bubbles

Hello bubbles, hello bubbles
come and land, come and land
right in the middle, right in the middle
of my hand, of my hand.
Goodbye bubbles, goodbye bubbles
time to go, time to go
I will help you, I will help you
with a blow, with a blow.

Rainbows in My Bubbles

Tune to “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain “

I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes I do.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes I so.
When I blow up towards the sun,
They have rainbows, every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes I do

Baby Sign Language

“More”

“All Done”

Additional Books

Vroom, Vroom, Trucks! by Karen Katz

 

In this book “little ones can lift the flaps at the construction site to reveal bulldozers, dump trucks, and more things that build!”

Construction: a Lift the Flap Book by Roger Priddy

There’s a lot of building going on in Playtown! There is so much to explore, learn, and discover inside this busy, busy book – diggers are digging holes, materials are being delivered, and roads are being laid. On every page there are fun flaps to lift which tell children more about the picture above, and at the back of the book is a big page to fold out that reveals a bustling construction scene

Roadword by Sally Sutton

Rhyming text and illustrations show how a road is made, from planning to moving dirt, laying asphalt, putting up signs, and landscaping.

Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres

Discover what bedtime looks like for the snowplows, dump trucks, giant cranes, and more that dot the pages of this irresistible construction story. Just like you and me, the vehicles in this story get tuckered out after a long day of hard work and need to quiet down and settle in for sweet dreams. Young readers will surely identify as these trucks ask for one more story while their parents sing them a goodnight song and send them off to bed

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Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

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Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

 

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Did you know that “singing” a book instantly engages a child’s brain? Because music affects multiple regions of the brain, when a child is listening to a book being sung, both hemispheres are working. One side of the brain processes the words while the other processes the music.

Musically Minded

 

Activity

Find a “singing” book which has an accompanying fingerplay such as “Five Little Ducks.” Then “sing” the book and do the fingerplay with your child! Remember to model the finger movements for your child; never force them to do it.

Books Presented

Five Little Ducks

A duck with a feather on his back leads his siblings with a “quack, quack, quack.” End notes list the benefits of children’s poems and songs.

This is a Book of Shapes by Kenneth Kraegel

First comes the circle. Then the square and the triangle. Then the . . . emu pushing a pancake wagon down a hill? What begins as a concept book about everyone’s geometric favorites soon defies expectations with a series of funny and imaginative twists.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Two Little Bluebirds

Two little bluebirds
(Hold up thumbs)
Sitting on a wall
One named Peter
The other named Paul
Fly away, Peter!
Fly away, Paul!

Bird in the Egg

Bird in the egg sits so still.
Will he come out?
Yes, he will!

There’s a Bird in the Air

There’s a bird in the air, in the air
There’s a bird in the air, in the air
There’s a bird in the air, now he’s flying in my hair

There’s a bird on my leg, on my leg
There’s a bird on my leg, on my leg
There’s a bird on my leg and he is pretty big

There’s a bird on my hand, on my hand
There’s a bird on my hand, on my hand
There’s a bird on my hand but now he is my friend

Scarf Song: Popcorn Kernels

Tune of Frere Jacques

Popcorn Kernels
(wave scarves overhead)
In the pot
(tell the kids to make their scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them up in their fists)
Shake them shake them shake them
(shake)
’til they POP
(toss scarves up into the air)

Five Little Ducks

Five little ducks went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
But only four little ducks came back
1, 2, 3, 4

Four little ducks went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
But only three little ducks came back
1, 2, 3

Three little ducks went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
But only two little ducks came back
1, 2

Two little ducks went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
But only one little duck came back
1

One little duck went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
But none of the five little ducks came back

Sad mother duck went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
And all of five little ducks came back

Five little ducks went out to play
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
And all of the five little ducks came back!

Five Little Birds

One, Two, Three, Four, Five.
Five little birds went flying one day,
Over the hills and far away.
When Mother bird said, “Tweet, tweet, tweet,”
Only four birds came to the tree.
One, Two, Three, Four.

Four little birds went flying one day
Over the hills and far away.
When Mother bird said, “Tweet, tweet, tweet,”
Only three birds came to the tree.
One, Two, Three.

Three little birds went flying one day
Over the hills and far away.
When Mother bird said, “Tweet, tweet, tweet,”
Only two birds came to the tree.
One, Two.

Two little birds went flying one day
Over the hills and far away.
When Mother bird said, “Tweet, tweet, tweet,”
Only one bird came to the tree.
One.

One little bird went flying one day
Over the hills and far away.
When Mother bird said, “Tweet, tweet, tweet,”
No little birds came to the tree.

Sad Mother bird went flying one day
Over the hills and far away.
When Papa bird said, “TWEET!”
All the birds came flying to the tree!

Additional Books

Ten Little Bluebirds by Emily Ford

A rhyming counting book that features ten bluebirds that disappear on each page as they decide to fly away to play.

Quick Duck by Mary Murphy

Over and under, around and down–where is he going in such a hurry?

My Nest is Best by PD Eastman

Mr. and Mrs. Bird search for a place to build a new nest only to discover their old one is better.

Small Bird's Big Adventure

Small Bird escapes his cage… and discovers a whole big world outside.

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Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

 

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

The use of small percussion instruments such as bells, rhythm sticks, shakers and drums helps with muscular development and coordination

 

- Lambert

Activity

Sing “Going to Kentucky” or another egg shaker song with your child. While shaking the egg, experiment with different rhythms, stopping and starting, and high or low!

Books Presented

Big Frog Can't Fit In by Mo Willems

Big Frog is big. Quite big. So big this book can’t hold her. But with a lot of help from some good friends, Big Frog will fit in just fine! Filled with exciting and unique pops constructed sturdily, and perfectly suited for little hands, this vibrant new pop-up book will appeal to Mo fans old and new.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Knee Bounce: Dickery Dickery Dare

Dickery Dickery Dare,
(bounce baby on lap)

A pig flew up in the air!
(lift baby up into air)

The man in brown
Soon brought him down.
(bring baby back down)

Dickery Dickery Dare.
(bounce baby on lap)

Knee Bounce: To Market, To Market

To market, to market to buy a fat pig
Home again, home again, jiggity jig!
To market, to market to buy a fat hog
Home again, home again, jiggity jog!

Shakers: Going to Kentucky

I was going to Kentucky, going to the fair,
To see the senorita with the flowers in her hair.
Oh, shake it, shake it, shake it,
Shake it if you can,
Shake it like a milkshake,
And do the best you can.

Oh, wobble to the bottom,
Wobble to the top,
And turn around and turn around until you make a stop!

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five Green and Speckled Frogs
sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs.
Yuuuuummm…yuuummm!

One jumped into the pool,
where it was nice and cool.
Then there were four green speckled frogs,
Glub glub.

Four green and speckled frogs…
Three green and speckled frogs…
Two green and speckled frogs…
One green and speckled frog…
…Then there were no green speckled frogs!
Glub glub, glub, glub

Baby Sign Language

“Bed”

 

“Tired”

 

“Sleep”

 

Additional Books

Frog's Summer Journey by Anita Loughrey

Frog is looking for somewhere new to live. Near the ducks is too loud, under the willow tree is too dark, will Frog find the perfect place to live? This delightful picture book about friendship and the changing seasons is perfect for reading with your child in summertime. Learn about what happens in summer and then explore the activities, crafts and discussion points at the back of the book, to further develop your child’s understanding of the natural world.

Tad by Benji Davies

Meet Tad. She’s the smallest tadpole in a big pond. And she’s not frightened of Big Blub. Not. At. All. But when her tad brothers and tadsisters start to get bigger and disappear, Tad worries that she’ll be left all alone. All alone in the dark, with Big Blub. Growing up might take longer when you start at the bottom, but sometimes tiny hearts have the biggest dreams.

One Frog Sang by Shirley Parenteau

As the night becomes still, one big frog lets out his croaking song, followed by two tiny friends, until groups of as many as ten frogs have all joined in, in voices of all sorts, but when a car passes near, all songs are silenced.

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Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

 

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

When your children have happy experiences, they want to repeat them. Starting kindergarten can seem as an extension of informal library classes. Children who have had joyful experiences in the public library often approach school with a positive attitude, ready and excited to learn.

 

- Lambert

Activity

After you attend Book Babies or Toddler Time, sing the songs that were presented. You can find the words and links on this blog post. Then talk about how much fun you had at the library.

Books Presented

Peekaboo

Who’s that hiding beneath the flap? With textured patches to touch, feel, and explore, this bright and beautiful lift-the-flap book will engage both babies and toddlers

Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

Turn the board pages to see what different sounds animals make.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Knee Bounce: Dickery Dickery Dare

Dickery Dickery Dare,
(bounce baby on lap)

A pig flew up in the air!
(lift baby up into air)

The man in brown
Soon brought him down.
(bring baby back down)

Dickery Dickery Dare.
(bounce baby on lap)

Knee Bounce: To Market, To Market

To market, to market to buy a fat pig
Home again, home again, jiggity jig!
To market, to market to buy a fat hog
Home again, home again, jiggity jog!

Fingerplay: Two Mother Pigs

Two mother pigs lived in a pen (show thumbs)
Each had four babies, and that made ten (show fingers & thumbs)

These four babies were black as night (thumb in palm, wiggle fingers)
These four babies were black and white (switch hands, repeat)
But all eight babies loved to play

And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day (roll hands)
At night, with their mother, they curled up in a heap (clasp hands)
And squealed and squealed till they fell fast asleep.

Five Clean and Squeaky Pigs

Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest that you’ve ever seen
Wanted to outside and play (IN THE MUD)
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a great big thud
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs (Oink, oink!)

Baby Sign Language

“Bed”

 

“Tired”

 

“Sleep”

 

Additional Books

Is That Wise Pig? by Jan Thomas

Mouse and Cow are making soup, but Pig keeps trying to add strange ingredients

Ten Pigs: an Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson

One pig looks to take a relaxing bath in private, but he is soon joined by another pig, then another, until there are ten pigs–and number one has to come up with a plan so that he can actually enjoy his bath.

Little Pookie by Sandra

Pookie’s mom lists ten things she knows about Pookie.

The Three Little Pigs by Emily Bolam

Retells the story of the three little pigs who leave home to find their fortune, only to meet up with the big bad wolf.

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Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

 

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Even if you can’t sing on key, be sure to sing to your child! Your child is not looking for a concert quality song; he wants familiar sounds from a person who means a great deal to him. Singing together can be great fun; it doesn’t require any special equipment or cost any money.

 

- Lambert

Activity

Sing a song with motions with your child such as, “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” or “Hello, Everybody Let’s Clap Our Hands!” You can also replace the pronouns with your child’s name to “personalize” it!

Books Presented

Pop-Up Peekaboo! Meow!

Can you find Stripy Cat’s friends hiding under the flaps? Watch out-they might jump out at you!

Hush, Little Ones by John Butler

Baby animals in their natural environments are lovingly lulled to sleep by their parents.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Fingerplay: Here is a Bunny

Here is a bunny with ears so funny.
(hold up 2 fingers on one hand like bunny ears)
And here is a hole in the ground.
(finger and thumb of other hand together to make circle)
When a noise he hears
(hold one hand to ear)
He pricks up his ears
(hold up 2 fingers on one hand like bunny ears)
And jumps in the hole in the ground!
(hand with finger-ears “jumps” into hand with hole)

Variation
Here’s a bunny with ears so funny.
(wave hands above head for ears)
And here is a hole in the ground
(use hands to form a circle).
When a noise he hears,
(clap hands)
He perks up his ears,
(make ears stand up straight)
And jumps in a hole in the ground.
(dive towards the floor)

Rhymes, Songs, and Fingerplays Booklet

If you didn’t receive the booklet at Toddler Time or Book Babies, come to the library and ask for one at the Children’s Reference desk.

Scarf Song: Peek-a-boo

To the tune “Are You Sleeping”

Peek-a-boo, Peek-a-boo
I see you, I see you.
I see your button nose.
I see your tiny toes.
I see you, I see you.

Jbrary.com

Scarf Song: Rain on the Grass

*Rain on the grass
*Rain on the trees
*Rain on the roof but not on me!

*Replace with snow, sun, leaves
Jbrary.com

If You’re a Bunny and You Know It

If you’re a bunny and you know it, hop around
If you’re a bunny and you know it, hop around
If you’re a bunny and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re a bunny and you know it, hop around

(shake your tail)
(flop your ears)
(wiggle your nose)

 

Additional Books

If You're Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre

In rhyming text reminiscent of the traditional song, “If you’re happy and you know it,” presents various animals that are hoppy, sloppy, growly, flappy, or slimy, scaly and mean.

Peek-a-Boo Bunny by Holly Surplice

An energetic bunny plays hid and seek with his forest friends

Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson

A young rabbit enjoys a “busy, dizzy” day of playing in the meadow near his home.

Bunny Breaths by Kira Willey

Part of the Mindfulness Moments for Kids series, this mindful meditation moment teaches kids to think like a bunny and find their own focused energy! With Bunny Breaths, kids learn how to replenish their energy with quick, focused breaths…no matter how blah they feel. Best of all, it can be performed anywhere: in the backseat of a car, at home, or even at a child’s desk at school.

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