Toddler Time and Book Babies – Once Upon a Time There Were Unicorns

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Toddler Time and Book Babies – July 27 and 29, 2020

Toddler Time for ages 10 to 23 months – 9:45 am Mondays (July 27)

Book Babies for ages 0 to 9 months – 9:45 am Wednesdays (July 29)

 

This week in Toddler Time and Book Babies we played with shakers, sang songs, and read books about unicorns and other fun animals. Singing is an important part of language and literacy development because it “stretches” out multiple sounds that make up a word, so don’t be afraid to sing with your child even if you feel like you are not a “singer.” We’ve also included a cute pattern for a unicorn horn that you can color with your toddler!

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!

Books Presented

4 Little Pigs
by Carmen Crowe

You already know about the Three Little Pigs – now see what happens when Baby Pig tags along!

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I Believe in Bunnycorns
Danielle McLean

Part bunny, part unicorn, and 100% magical! We’re going on a bunny hunt to find the bunnycorns. We follow trails of sparkle dust and look for shiny horns!

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Ten Playful Penguins
by Emily Ford

Ten penguins visit their friends at the zoo, in a book featuring three-dimensional penguins to aid readers in counting.

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Once Upon a Unicorn’s Horn
by Beatrice Blue

A little girl befriends a sad, tiny horse, and, with a little magic (and an ice cream cone), helps him fly.

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I’m Just a Little Penguin
by Oakley Graham

Shake the book to move the 3D googley eyes in this funny story about a day in the life of a happy little penguin.

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You are My Sunshine
by Sandra Magsamen

This playful new shaped board book from Sandra Magsamen features a plush sun-shaped finger puppet! This puppet then becomes a character on every spread, offering a uniquely interactive reading experience for you and your child.

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The Little Book of Big Ideas
by Suzanne Francis

Four concept-based story retellings in one wonderfully chunky package!

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Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Shaker: Shake Your Shaker

(Tune: London Bridge)

Shake your shaker in the air,
Shake it here, shake it there.
Shake your shaker in the air,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it high and shake it low,
Shake it yes, shake it no.
Shake it high and shake it low,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it up and shake it down,
Rub your shaker on the ground.
Shake it up and shake it down,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it near and shake it far,
Drive your shaker like a car.
Shake it near and shake it far,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it fast and shake it slow,
Shake it stop, shake it go.
Shake it fast and shake it slow,
Shake your shaker.

– Lisaslibraryland.blogspot.com

Shaker: If You’re Happy and You Know it

If you’re happy and you know it give a shake.
If you’re happy and you know it give a shake.
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it.
If you’re happy and you know it give a shake.

If you’re happy and you know it give a clap.
(Clap shaker against palm.)

If you’re happy and you know it give a tap.
(Tap shaker on the floor.)

If you’re happy and you know it do all three.
(Shake, shake, clap, clap, tap, tap)

– Lisaslibraryland.blogspot.com

Shaker: Going to Kentucky

We’re going to Kentucky, we’re going to the fair
We’re going to Kentucky, we’re going to the fair
To see a senorita, with roses in her hair, OH
Shake it baby, shake it! Shake it if you dare!
Shake it like a milkshake, Oh shake it here to there!
SOOO, rumble to the bottom, rumble to the top
Then turn around and turn around Until it’s time to STOP!
(repeat, going faster each time!)

Spoken rhyme for putting away shakers:
Shake your shaker slowly, as slowly as can be
Now shake your shaker quickly, do it just like me.
Shake your shaker high Shake your shaker low
One last shake … and away it goes!

– Macaronisoup.com

Shaker: We Shake Our Shakers Together

(To the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)

We shake our shakers together.
We shake our shakers together
We shake our shakers together
Because it’s fun to do!

– Lisaslibraryland.blogspot.com

 

Bounce: Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Acka backa soda cracker,
(bounce to rhythm)
Acka backa boo,
(lean forward on ‘boo’)
Acka backa soda cracker,
(bounce to rhythm)
I love you!
(kiss baby’s head or hug baby)

Acka backa soda cracker,
(bounce to rhythm)
Acka backa boo,
(lean forward on ‘boo’)
Acka backa soda cracker,
(bounce to rhythm)
Up goes you!
(lift baby/arms up)

– Oremlibrary.org

Bounce: Giddy Up Horsie

Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up horsey.
(bounce baby on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, go, go, go.

Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up horsey.
Giddy-up, giddy-up, Whoa!
(let baby slip through knees)

– Traditional

Fingerplay: Two Little Penguins

Here’s two little penguins
Sliding on the ice
One named Brooke
And the other named Bryce
Slide away Brooke
Slide away Bryce
Come back Brooke
Come back Bryce

– Traditional

Bounce: Popcorn, Popcorn!

Popcorn, popcorn!
(bounce baby on knee)

Sizzle in the pan.
(rock legs side to side)

Shake it, shake it,
(rock legs side to side)

Bam, bam, bam!
(bounce baby on knee)

Popcorn, popcorn!
(bounce baby on knee)

Now it’s getting hot!
(rock legs side to side)

Shake it, shake it,
(rock legs side to side)

Pop, pop, pop!
(lift baby up higher with each pop)

– Blog.intellidance.ca

 

Diaper Changing: There Was a Little Man

There was a little man who had a little crumb
And over the mountain he did run
With a belly full of fat
And a big tall hat
And a pancake stuck to his bum, bum, bum!

– Jbrary.com

Signing

“Milk”

“Food”

“More”

“All Done”

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

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 familar 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 an “egg shaker” or “clapping” song with your child such as “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Have fun making up different verses throuout the day for activities you do with your child such as “…wash your hands, scrub scrub,” or “…eat your lunch, yum, yum!”

Sensory/Craft Activity

Make a Unicorn Horn

Make a unicorn horn with this simple template!

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