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Baby Storytime Favorites: Lap Bounces

When I first started having babies in story time I was very intimidated. I was used to have preschoolers who would answer open-ended questions and followed along to songs. I quickly learned that for baby story time it is important to speak instructions and use a stuffed animal to demonstrate (I still feel silly doing this but parents appreciate it). The first time I tried lap bounces I tired some parents out by lifting their child so often, moving forward I inform them they they can lift their child or raise their arms.

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Here are some of my favorite lap bounces to use:

Bouncing, Bouncing
Bouncing, bouncing baby on my knee (bounce child)
Bouncing, bouncing
1, 2, 3 (lift child or raise their arms)
Clapping, clapping with baby on my knee (clap child’s hands)
Clapping, clapping
1, 2, 3
Hugging, hugging baby on my knee (hug child)
Hugging, hugging
1, 2, 3

Giddy-Up
Giddy-up, giddy-up ride to town (bounce child)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, up and down
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy-up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up (bounce child)
WHOOAH (dip child to side and dip between legs)

Grand Old Duke of York
The Grand Old Duke of York (bounce child)
He had ten thousand men
He march them up to the top of the hill (lift child or raise their arms)
And he marched them down again

And when they’re up, they’re up (lift child or raise their arms)
And when they’re down, they’re down
And when they’re only half way up
They’re neither up nor down

Icka Bicka Soda Cracker
Icka bicka soda cracker (bounce child)
Icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker
Up goes you! (life child or raise their arms)

Icka bicka soda cracker (bounce child)
Icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker
I love you (hug child)

Jack Be Nimble
I encourage parents to use their own child’s name.
Jack be nimble, jack be quick (bounce child on one knee)
Jack jumped over the candlestick (lift them to the other knee)

Mother, Father and Uncle John
Mother, father and Uncle John (bounce child)
Went to town one by one
Mother fell off (lean child to one side)
Father fell off (lean child to other side)
But Uncle John went on and on and on (bounce quickly)

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Storytime: Bugs

My Monday story time is for all ages but recently has turned into baby time. Sometimes I get children above the age of 1 but it is mostly 6 months to 1 years old. As such, I have taken out a story (I usually read 3), added in lap bounces and fingerplays that can be adapted. I have added the different actions for each activity, this way you can see the slight changes I use to make them fun for all ages.

Book

I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges

Beehive
Here is a beehive (make a fist)
But where are the bees? (shrug shoulders)
Hiding inside where nobody sees (point to fist)
Soon they’ll come out of their
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (raise one finger at a time)
BUZZZZZ, their alive! (wiggle fingers in air or tickle babies belly)

The Little Bee
The little bee went flying (fly hand in the air)
To see what he could see
And all that he could see
Was a little tummy! (tickle belly)

Where, Oh Where
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers (wiggle fingers or touch baby’s fingers)
Where, oh where are baby’s toes (stamp feet or touch baby’s feet)
Where, oh where is baby’s bellybutton (pat belly or touch baby’s belly)
Round and round it goes (make circle on stomach or on baby’s stomach)

Book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

I have a board book set (12 books) for “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” I give each parent and child a book to read together. Some children will look at it at their own pace, while others will follow along with me. I encourage the parents to let their child hold the book and encourage them to turn the pages.

Four Green and Speckled Frogs by Peter Moses

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Four green and speckled frogs (bounce baby or bounce 4 fingers)
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs
Yum, yum, yum (rub baby’s bell or rub stomach)
One jumped into the pool
Where is was nice and cool
Now there’s just three green speckled frogs (bounce baby or bounce 3 fingers)
Ribbit, ribbit

(count down)

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

Bouncing Baby
Bouncing, bouncing baby on my knee (bounce baby or jump)
Bouncing, bouncing 1, 2, 3 (lift baby or raise arms on 3)

Clapping, clapping with baby on my knee (clap hands)
Clapping, clapping 1, 2, 3

Hugging, hugging baby on my knee (hug baby or self)
Hugging, hugging 1, 2, 3

Grand Old Duke of York
The Grand Old Duke of York, he had ten thousand men (bounce baby or march)
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby or lift arms)
And he marched them down again (lower baby or touch floor)

And when they’re up, they’re up (lift baby or lift arms)
And when they’re down, they’re down (lower baby or touch floor)
And when they are only half way up
They’re neither up nor down (lift and lower)

Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me by Cedarmont Kids

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Shoo fly, don’t bother me (wave scarf around, pretending to try and hit a fly)
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
For I belong to somebody

I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star (wave scarf over head)
I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star

Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
For I belong to somebody

Free Play!!

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