FEBRUARY Book Babies + Toddler Time: Music & Movement

by | Feb 6, 2024 | Blog, Book Babies, Kid's Corner, Toddler Time | 2 comments

Music and movement can improve a child’s mood and help to reduce stress all while stimulating the formation of important brain connections. So, sing those lullabies, dance in the kitchen, play an instrument, and sing a book with your baby each and every day!

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

The concept of loud and soft plays an important role in music and throughout life. Children need to know when a loud voice is ok and when a soft voice is required. Through music, they can have fun learning the difference between loud and soft. ~Reading Picture Books With Children by Lambert

Activity

Recite the rhyming fingerplay, “Two Little Blackbirds Sitting on a Cloud,” with your child using the indicated movements. When you recite it, say the words, “soft” softly and “loud” loudly.

Books Presented

Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig

Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig

Easy-to-read, rhyming text depicts different animals dancing.
Book Cover for Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera

Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera

In this expansion of a familiar song, the occupants of a rowboat enjoy seeing and making the sounds of different jungle animals
Book cover for I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

On a trip to the park with her mother, a young girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her and begins to move to the beat, finally beginning an impromptu dance in which other children join her.
Book cover for Move! by Steve Jenkins

Move! by Steve Jenkins

Learn about how different animals move.
Book cover for Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson

Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson

Rhyming text, accompanied by labeled illustrations that identify parts of the body, encourages readers to wiggle and twist, stomp and zig-zag, and hug and shrug.
Book cover for How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle

How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle

A young boy who likes to “wokka-wokka, shimmy-shake, and shocka-shocka” gathers his neighbors together for a surprise celebration.
Book cover for If You're Happy and You know It by Jane Cabrera

If You're Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera

An elephant, a monkey, and a giraffe join other animals to sing different verses of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.

 

Sing, stomp, and clap along with animal friends in this interactive board book. Nod along with groovy giraffe, flap with baby bird, and roar out loud with lion in this sing-along action book that will put a smile on everyone’s face. If you’re happy and you know it, then this celebration is for you.
Book cover for Hope a Little, Jump a Little! by Annie Kubler

Hope a Little, Jump a Little! by Annie Kubler

Simple rhymes describe the different ways babies and toddlers can move around.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Andy Pandy Sugar and Candy

Andy Pandy Sugar and Candy, All pop down.
Andy Pandy Sugar and Candy, All pop up.
Andy Pandy Sugar and Candy, All pop in.
Andy Pandy Sugar and Candy, All pop out.

Source: King County Library System

Two Little Blackbirds

Two little black birds sitting on a cloud. (Hold fists with extended index fingers in front.)
One named Soft (Wiggle one finger.)
The other named Loud. (Wiggle 2nd finger.)
Fly away, Soft. (Hide 1st  finger behind back.)
Fly away Loud.(Hide 2nd  finger behind back.)
Come back, Soft. (Bring 1st finger back to front.)
Come back, Loud. (Bring 2nd finger back to front.)

 

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 backwards on ‘boo‘)
Acka backa soda cracker, (bounce to rhythm)
Up goes you! (lift baby up)

Source: Jbrary

Dancing with Bears

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 Dancing with bears
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 Dancing round chairs
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 That’s what we’ll do
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 Dancing with you.

Source: Jbrary

Five green and speckled frogs

Five green and speckled frogs
Sitting on a hollow log
Eating the most delicious bugs – YUM YUM
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are only four speckled frogs – GLUB GLUB GLUB

1, 2, 3 Doggie’s Got a Flea

One, two, three
Doggie’s got a flea, doggie’s got a flea
And now it’s on me!
One, two, three
Doggie’s got a flea, doggie’s got a flea
And now it’s on me!
It’s on my nose, It’s on my toes,
It’s on my ear, It’s over here
It’s on my tum, It’s on my thumb
One, two, three
Doggie’s got a flea, doggie’s got a flea
And now it’s on me!
One, two, three
Doggie’s got a flea, doggie’s got a flea
And now it’s on me!

Source: Jbrary

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2 Comments

  1. Lucas Buchanan

    Could you link the song we sang with slapping the knees and thighs?

    Reply
    • Marybeth Isle

      I will add that to the activity section.

      Reply

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