“Sleepytime” toddler storytime

toddler sleepy

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them,
Creep them, crawl them,
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your little mouth,
But do not put them in.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont

Five in the Bed
Five bears in the bed
And the little one said,
“Roll over. Roll over.”
So they all rolled over
And one fell out,
Four bears in the bed,
And the little one said…
Count down until one bear left
Alternate ending when one bear is left:
tune of He’s Got the Whole World in his Hands)
I’ve got the whole bed to myself
Source: Traditional with extra ending from King County Library System

 

 

Rock-a-bye, baby
Rock-a-bye, baby in the treetop
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all
Source: Traditional

Book – Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox

All My Fingers Go to Sleep
Tune: London Bridge
All my fingers go to sleep (open hands wide)
Go to sleep, go to sleep (slowly curl fingers into a fist)
All my fingers go to sleep.
Now wake up! (quickly open hands again)
Source: King County Library System

Baby’s Nap
Here is a baby ready for a nap.
(Hold up pointer finger)
Lay him down in his mommy’s lap.
(Lay pointer finger in palm of other hand)
Cover him up so he won’t peep.
(Curl fingers over pointer finger)
Rock him till he’s fast asleep.
(Rock finger back and forth gently)
Source: King County Library System

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 Rainbows in my Bubbles
Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early literacy tip: Use fabric to encourage baby to move. Turn on some music and wave fabric to the melody. If baby is old enough to sit up, she can sway along with the fabric. Alternatively, spread fabric on the ground and pretend that it is a pool to swim in. Help baby kick those feet and swing those arms. Or tie fabric pieces to chairs to create a tunnel to crawl under.
Source: Suite 101 (no longer in existence)

 

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