For more information on how I plan and prepare my baby storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the baby rhymes/bounces/lifts/etc., visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.
For baby time, my library passes out individual copies of board books to each caregiver/child pair. I typically keep two or three to the side of me in case a baby tries to grab my copy. I read face out; caregivers read to their children.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.**
Corduroy’s Day by Lisa McCue*
Mr. Bear Says Goodnight by Debi Gliori**
Early Literacy Tip
It’s only natural for babies to chew on books. They chew everything because they explore using their mouths.
This little guy came from my “Ten Teddy Bears” set. I took special care to hide him in my bag immediately after finding him because of his googly eyes. (This was an older flannel from before I was doing baby and toddler only storytimes.)
Repeating Extension Activities
- Grr Grr Went the Big Brown Bear**
- I Bounce You Here**
- Open, Shut Them*
- Round and Round the Garden**
- Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear**
How It Went
Today’s group was so fascinated with the brown bear puppet that I brought. Several of the babies just kept petting him once I was done with “Grr Grr Went the Big Brown Bear”, which was a nice tactile thing for them to play with. I actually went and put on a CD with “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” so they could keep squishing him.
The best activity for this group was definitely “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”. Our parents and caregivers love this book. So many of them have it memorized. And while I often want to introduce new materials to parents, if a material works with this age group, I will use it and use it often!