Book Babies: Little Owl’s Bedtime

This week in Book Babies, we had fun with bedtime routines and night animals. Talking about your day’s routine is a great way to expand Baby’s vocabulary.

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Ages 2-5

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 we talk about the sequence of our days with our children, they have a chance to hear vocabulary words in context and begin to learn how to put events in order…both skills that help with comprehension when they are readers.”

- Melissa Depper

Activity

When going through your bedtime routine, try singing, “This is the Way We Yawn and Stretch.” Then talk with Baby about why you are doing each thing.

Books Presented

Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan

Little Owl enjoys a lovely night in the forest visiting his friend the raccoon, listening to the frogs croak and the crickets chirp, and watching the fog that hovers overhead.

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

An assortment of animals on a boat take a bath, put on their pajamas, brush their teeth, and exercise before going to bed.

Overboard by Sarah Weeks

Sweet little baby bunny is as cute as can be, but turn your back for just one minute and–uh-oh, he’s throwing everything overboard!

Llama Llama Nighty-Night by Anna Dewdney

A young llama follows the same bedtime routine every night.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

This is the Way We Yawn and Stretch

(Tune: Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we yawn and stretch,
Yawn and stretch, yawn and stretch.
This is the way we yawn and stretch,
On our way to bed.

This is the way we take a bath…
This is the way we read a book…
This is the way we hug and kiss…
This is the way we close our eyes…

– Melissa.depperfamily.net

 

Here’s a Little Pumpkin

Here’s a little pumpkin bouncing on the vine (bounce baby gently)
Roll it left (sway to left)
And roll it right (sway to the other side)
ANd bounce it down the line (bounce down legs)

*Here’s a medium pumpkin bouncing on the vine (bounce baby slightly bigger)
*Here’s a great big pumpkin bouncing on the vine (bounce baby BIG)

– Oremlibrary.org

There’s a Wide-Eyed Owl

(Tune: Five Little Ducks)

There’s a wide-eyed owl (thumb and forefingers around eyes)
With a pointed nose, (point to nose)
Two pointed ears, (point to ears)
And claws for toes. (fingers bent into claws)
He sits so high up in the tree, (walk hand up in steps)
He looks at you and he looks at me!

Adapted from www.melissa.depperfamily.net

Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell down and bumped his head,
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell down and bumped his head,
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell down and bumped her head,
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell down and bumped his head,
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

One little monkey jumping on the bed,
She fell down and bumped her head,
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
Put those monkeys back to bed!

– Allnurseryrhymes.com

Signing 

We Ask…

(tune “The Farmer in Dell)

We ask for milk like this, we ask for milk like this.
(squeeze fingers together to make a fist)
When we’re thirsty and want a drink, we ask for milk like this.

We ask for food like this, we ask for food like this.
(Bring fingers together & up to mouth)
When we’re hungry and need a snack, we ask for food like this.

We ask to have a change, we ask to have a change.
(alternate fists from top to bottom)
When our diaper is so full, we ask to have a change.

Additional Books

So Many Bunnies by Rick Walton

Old Mother Rabbit’s twenty-six children, each named for a letter of the alphabet, are lovingly put to bed.

Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish by Lorie Ann Grover

As night comes to the deep ocean, sea creatures prepare to sleep.

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