JUNE Book Babies + Toddler Time: Adventures in Imagination

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Blog, Book Babies, Kid's Corner, Toddler Time | 0 comments

Did you know that imaginative or pretend play contains the building blocks of developing critical thinking skills, following directions, expressive language, and even managing emotions? So, grab those sheets, boxes, mud, dishes, and anything you can think of to help your child expand their universe with their imagination!

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

Imagination needs to be stretched and used just like your child’s muscles! Don’t be afraid to create a world using your imagination and play with your child!

Activity

Using typical household items such as a sheet and chairs, bowls and spoons, or boxes, have a pretend play session by turning the sheets into a tent, or the bowls and into boats and paddles, or the box into a cave.

Books Presented

Book cover for There's a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

There's a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

Encourages the reader to shake, tilt, and wiggle the book to remove the little monster inside, but once it is out, another problem arises.

Book cover for Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricielli

Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

A little girl. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go “Higher! Higher!” An everyday pastime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy. How high can it go? Higher than a giraffe? Taller than a mountain? Is Earth the final frontier?

Book cover for Let's Play Monsters! by Lucy Cousins

Let's Play Monsters! by Lucy Cousins

Inspired by a game played by the author with her own grandchild, a crayon-bright story by the award-winning creator of the Maisy series invites little monsters to munch, scrunch, gobble and moo their way through imaginative interactions with loved ones before settling down to sleep.

Book cover for Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard

Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard

The box in which all the animals are sitting gets more and more crowded until a hungry flea comes along.

Book cover for Today I'll be a Unicorn by Dana Simpson

Today I'll be a Unicorn

Who wouldn’t want to be a unicorn? The stars of Phoebe and Her Unicorn celebrate the magical and enchanting world of being a unicorn in this charming board book.

Book cover for Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Car by Jay Fleck

Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Car by Jay Fleck

In the style of the starry nursery tune, a noisy little car zooms through the night sky, waking the Moon, Mars, and the stars with his noisy honking–until finally he returns home to a good night’s sleep. The reader is invited to touch the textured material on each page to make a crackly, crinkly sound.

Book cover for Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli

Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli

A funny tale of few words about a day at the park and a ride on Daddy’s back.

Book cover for The Button Book by Sally Nicholls

The Button Book by Sally Nicholls

Follow a group of animal friends as they discover a collection of mysterious buttons, all of which do different things! From a blue singing button to a purple tickle button, from a rude sound button to a mysterious white button, there’s only one way to find out what they do: press them all! And thankfully, there’s even a sleeping button to lull the animals to sleep after a busy day.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Grand Old Duke of York

The Grand Old Duke of York 
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill 
And he marched them down again. 
And when they’re up, they’re up. 
And when they’re down, they’re down. 
And when they’re only halfway up 
They’re neither up nor down.

Oh he marched them to the left.
And he marched them to the right.
Then he marched them up to the top of the hill,
And marched them out of sight. 

Source: Jbrary

5 Little Leaves

Five little leaves so bright and gay,
Were dancing in a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town,
One little leaf came tumbling down.
(4,3,2,1…)

Source: Literacious

The Acorn Song

I’m an acorn small and round
lying on the cold, cold, ground
people always step on me
that is why I’m cracked you see
I’m a nut (clack, clack)
I’m a nut (clack, clack)
I’m a nut, I’m a nut, I’m a nut (clack, clack)

Source: Jbrary

Roly Poly

(Tune: “Frère Jacques”)
Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up
up, up, up
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
down, down, down
down, down, down

Repeat with: out/in, fast/slow

Source: Jbrary

 

Can You Shake Your Egg With Me?

(Tune:London Bridge)
Can you shake your egg with me?
Shake your egg along with me
It’s as easy as can be
Now put it on your tummy!
(head,knee,ear,etc.)

Source: Jbrary

The Monsters Stomp Around the House

The monsters stomp around the house
hurrah, hurrah
The monsters stomp around the house
hurrah, hurrah
The monsters stomp around the house
Their brothers and sisters kick them out
So they stomp some more outside, oh yeah
Around the house
Boom, boom, boom

Source: Jbrary

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