May Babytime Rhymes

Up, down, Turn Around

Up, down turn around

Touch the sky and touch the ground

Wiggle your fingers, wiggle your toes

Wiggle your shoulders, say, “Hello!”

Roly Poly

Roly-Poly up, up, up

Roly-Poly down, down, down.

Roly-Poly in, in, in

Roly-Poly out, out, out

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again!

Acka Backa

Acka backa soda cracker, Acka backa boo!

Acka backa soda cracker I love you!

Acka backa soda cracker, Acka backa boo!

Acka backa soda cracker,  up goes you!

I’m toast in the toaster

I’m the toast in the toaster

I’m getting very hot (gently bounce)

Tick, tock, tick, tock (sway side to side)

Up I pop! (lift baby up in the air)

‘Round n ‘Round

‘Round and ‘round the garden goes the teddy bear.  (circle your finger on baby’s opened palm)

One step, two step, tickle em under there! (creep finger up baby & tickle under the arm)

‘Round about, ‘round about goes the wee mouse. (circle your finger on baby’s other palm)

Up a step, up a step, all around the house! (creep finger up baby & tickle other arm)

Hana, Hana, Hana

Hana, hana, hana, (touch nose)

Nose, nose, nose,

Kuchi, Kuchi, Kuchi (touch mouth)

Mouth, mouth, mouth,

Mimi, mimi, mimi (touch ear)

Ear, ear, ear

Mei, mei, mei (touch eye)

Eye, eye, eye

Seesaw Lets Go Down

Seesaw, lets go down,

This is the way to Londontown.

One knee up and the other knee down,

This is the way to Londontown.

Seesaw, lets go down,

This is the way to Queen Creek town.

One knee up and the other knee down,

This is the way to Queen Creek town.

Peek-a-boo (for this song you can use a see through scarf  which shouldn’t freak baby out)

Peek-a-boo. I see you.  I see you hiding there!

Peek-a-boo. I see you. I see you hiding there!

This is the way…(can use scarf or dry hand towel)

This is the way we wash our necks, wash our necks, wash our necks.

This is the way we wash our necks,so early in the morning.

Other verses:

– Arms

– Feet

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Zoom Zoom Zoom (bounce)

We’re going to the moon (bounce)

Zoom Zoom Zoom (bounce)

We’ll get there very soon (bounce)

5…4…3…2…1…Blast off! (lower baby between knees and blast off)

Up, down, Turn Around

Up, down turn around

 Touch the sky and touch the ground

 Jiggle your tummy, blink your eyes

Blow a kiss and say goodbye!


Digital Storytime

Using the Greater Phoenix Digital Library, which features audiobooks, eFlicks, eBooks and music-, I presented a digital Toddler Time this week! Our first story was, “There was an Old Monkey who swallowed a Frog” by Jennifer Ward where we used Adobe Digital Editions which presents the book in a pdf-like format. Readers can decide whether the page fits the screen or has two pages, as if you were holding the book in your lap. In “There was an Old Monkey who swallowed a Frog” old monkey eats everything in the jungle from a frog to a tapir. The illustrations for this book make the story extra silly as the monkey begins to grow from all he has eaten.

Another type of digital book is an eFlick where illustrations from a book are slightly animated with narration, making the story come alive! We watched the eFlick for the book, “Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson, with the author doing the narrations! Using the digital library was easy to download items and use -I recommend giving it a try!

After the digital stories we made clocks out of paper plates to reinforce our numbers! You can make one too by visiting

Next week is our last week of Toddler Time; we will resume storytime in the Fall.


La, la, la, la! This week was a very musical Toddler Time with stories based on musical pieces or a beat you could groove to, with special guest Mr. Dan! Author Chris Raschka created a book based on the jazz musician John Coltrane’s song, “Giant Steps.” Raschka illustrates four elements which we assigned a particular instrument to each element, raindrops-egg shakers, a box-activity sticks, snowflakes-bells and a kitten-colored scarves, then performed our own rendition of “Giant Steps.” It was music to our ears!

We then put on our scavenger hats and went on a scavenger hunt for shapes around the storytime room while listening to the actual recording of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.” After collecting the shapes we counted how many butterflies, trains, dinosaurs, and fishes we found.  Handing out the activity sticks we created the sound of the swamp animals for the book, “Swamp Song” by Helen Ketteman.

Did you know-one of the reasons we sing songs in storytime, besides it being so fun, is it ties into early literacy? For example, singing songs reveals the sounds within a word which is a skill known as Phonological Awareness. Phonological Awareness is one of the six building blocks researchers for reading and writing when entering school.

Music can be created and found anywhere-no professional instruments/singers required! Here is a great craft where little ones can make their own kazoo-! All you need is:

–          Paper roll tube

–          Wax paper

–          Scissors

–          Rubber bands

–          Crayons, stickers, anything else for decoration

Cut a 6 inch circle from wax paper and place over one end of the tube. Secure wax paper with rubber band. Decorate as you wish. To use make loud tooting sounds into the open end of the tube.


With the help of a few furry puppet friends we read stories about dogs last week with special guest Miss Lizzie! What sound does a dog make- meow, oink, quack, moo? George’s mother wants George to bark like the other dogs, but George has other ideas in the hilarious tail tale, “Bark George” by Jules Feiffer.

In “Pigeon wants a Puppy!” by Mo Willems Pigeon explains how much he loves puppies and how he will take care of a puppy with plenty of sunshine and once a week watering. Will Pigeon get what he’s always wanted…at least since last Tuesday, or will he find another pet to love? Read and find out!

We counted various spring items in the Storytime Room and even counted the sides on shapes such as triangles, squares and octagons! For more counting fun visit .

After reading stories about dogs everyone got a chance to make their own dog paper bag puppet .

We have 3 more weeks of Toddler Time to go before Summer Break!

5 Senses

This week we explored our five senses and how they make us aware of our surroundings. “My Five Senses” by Aliki is perfect for teaching kids about their five senses and how we use them in everyday activities. It also shows readers how each sense can work with other senses or on its own. Kids got to see that not only do people have five senses, but animals do too in “Five for a Little One,” by Chris Raschka where a young rabbit explores his world through his senses.

April’s concept is numbers; this week, we sang ‘5 Little Ducks’ and ‘5 Senses’

5 Little Ducks

5 little ducks went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother duck said, “Quack,quack,quack!”

But only 4 little ducks came back (repeat until at 1)

Mother duck said, “Quack,quack,quack”

And… all of her little ducks came back!

Five Senses (Tune: Where is Thumbkin)          

 Five senses, five senses
 We have them. We have them.
 Seeing, hearing, touching,
 Tasting and smelling.
 There are five, there are five.

Check out “April Toddler Rhymes” to see what else we are singing about this month!

At the end of Toddler Time I set up sense stations where kids could explore senses further. You can create your own sense station at home too! Here are some ideas:

Touch-glue different materials (ex:cotton, aluminum foil, sand paper, sponge, felt, cloth, duct tape) onto separate pieces of paper. Kids can compare, contrast, and describe how the different materials feel.

Smell- Use 4-6 small bowls, each with particular smell (ex: lemon, cinnamon, garlic, basil). Have kids use their words to describe what the various objects smell like.

Hear-Make various sounds (ex: dog, fire truck, thunder, phone ringing) and have kids guess what makes that sound.

Sight-One of my favorite books, “Duck! Rabbit” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a great optical illusion book for toddlers. With a print out of the character to color kids got to decide if it truly was a duck or rabbit!

Taste-We did not have a taste station in the storytime room, but each time you eat food you can conduct your own station! For example, you can create an assortment of food (ex: banana, chocolate, lettuce, cracker) then have your child cover their eyes as they taste each food to describe what food they ate. Describing the way food tastes gives kids meaning to words like sweet, sour, or salty.

Remember, next week, Wednesday April 13; musical storyteller Kevin Roth will be performing at 10:30 in the Zane Grey Room. For more information visit .

*This performance will take the place of Toddler and Preschool Storytime that day.

April Songs for Toddlers

Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round n’ round, round n’ round, round n’ round,

The wheels on the bus g o round n’ round, all through the town

Other Verses:

– Door on the bus goes open and shut

– Money on the bus goes clink, clink, clink

– Horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep

– Wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish

– Driver on the bus says, “Move on back,” “Move on back,””Move on back”

– Windows on the bus go up and down, go up and down,go up and down

– People on the bus go bumpity bump, bumpity bump,bumpity bump

– Baby on the bus goes “wah”, “wah”, “wah”

 -Grownups on the bus go “I love you,” “I love you,””I love you”

– Kitties on the bus go “meow,” “meow,” “meow’

– Doggies on the bus go “woof,” “woof,””woof”

– Surprise Guest on the bus, you decide!

I am always amazed at how naturally gifted kids are with rhythm; they are able to pick up a beat and keep time. Using this natural rock star gift we brought out the rhythm sticks and had some fun! I admit, giving toddler big sticks to play with was nervous making, but I found if you give them a task with the stick they do not see the stick as something to whack their sibling with (I had no reports of kids misusing their rhythm sticks!).  We warmed up with this rhythm stick song:

This Is the Way We Play Our Sticks  (Tune of “Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush”)

 This is the way we tap our sticks, tap  our sticks, tap our sticks,

This is the way we tap our sticks, so early in the morning.

Other verses:

This is the way we tap the floor…

This is the way we tap our shoes… (Stretch legs in front and tap on toes)

At a “Mother Goose on the Loose” workshop they had a brilliant idea of using non-kid music when using instrument, so we tapped out a beat to The Beatles song, “Love Me Do” .