Rhyme Time: Week 1

This week kicked off our brand new set of Children’s programs!! Today was the first day I held a program for the under 2 crowd and was very excited to get started. This program was also the first one I ever did without a theme. At first I was apprehensive not having a theme but then I realized all the options available. Without any further do…

Let’s All Clap (Tune: Skip to My Lou)
Kids love their own names and get really excited to have people clap for them. This is a great opener to get children ready for the program.
Let’s all clap cause (name)  is here, (name) is here, (name) is here,
Let’s all clap cause (name) is here
(name) is here today
YAY! (raise arms in the air)

Wake Up Feet
Next I told the children it is time to wake up our body parts!
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up and wiggle in the morning
(hands, ears, knees)

Source: Jbrary

Hello Everybody
Of course we had to make sure we brought all of our body parts to the library today.
Well hello everybody can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose
Well hello everybody can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose today
(touch your toes, pat your head, rub your tummy)

Source: Jbrary

The Garden Snail
A real crowd favorite! This received a few “do it again” yells.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly creeps the garden snail (creep thumb slowly up arm)
Slowly, slowly, very slowly, up the garden rail
Quickly, quickly, very quickly goes the little mouse (scurry fingers up arm)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly, all around the house

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 then itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Book- Read it to the tune of Frere Jacques

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

Picture Walk- I Went To Visit a Farm One Day

I love picture walks, for those of you who are not familiar with them it is basically when you go over the pages of a book without actually reading the story. It is a great way to get kids engaged. For this picture walk we looked at the different animals in the book.

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

I went to visit a farm one day
I saw a (animal) along the way
And what do you think that (animal) did say?

Source: Mother Goose on the Loose


Next we played with the scarves. I just received these wonderful bright scarves from Lakeshore Learning and couldn’t wait to use them!


This is the Way We Wash Our Face
This is the way we wash our face (pretend to wash face)
Wash our face, wash our face
This is the way we wash our face
So early in the morning
(repeat with other body parts)

Wind, Oh Wind
Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say (wave scarves)
What are you blowing away today?
Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves I say
I am blowing the scarves away

Popcorn Kernels (Tune: Frere Jacques)
Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels (wave scarves, over head)
In the pot, in the pot (bunch scarves in fist)
Shake them shake them shake them (shake closed fist)
Shake them shake them shake them
‘Til they pop (toss scarves into the air)

One Bright Scarf
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow (hold scarf out)
Wiggle it high
Wiggle it low
Shake it fast
Shake it slow
Where did it go? (hide behind back)

Overall: I was really excited to work with the younger ones. By far the most popular song was “The Garden Snail” and the scarf activities were a huge hit. I actually had a child and grandmother stay late and keep playing with the scarves. I had a small crowd since it was only the first week and the library I am currently working at has never had a program like this before but I’m optimistic that it will grow with time.


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