Babies: Farm

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.

The Plan

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.


Cow Moo Me by Stephen Losordo**
Farm Kisses by Marianne Richmond*
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee*

Early Literacy Tip

Animal noises are great first sounds for babies. Sounds come before words!

Flannelboard: Shape Game

I hid a sheep behind the shapes today. It’s from my Farm Pack.

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep**
  • Popcorn, Popcorn*
  • Roly Poly**
  • This Little Piggy**
  • Tiny Little Babies*
  • Toast In the Toaster*

How It Went

Tuesday morning
A couple of my babies were teething this morning, so we had a rocky start to the program. But they settled in once we started our opening routine — another great reason to have a routine. “Baa Baa Black Sheep” captured one of my youngest baby’s attention more than anything else so far. “Clip Clop” was a great book; lots of sweet bouncing babies!

Thursday morning
The babies were so bouncy today! I used both “Popcorn, Popcorn” and “Toast In the Toaster” since bouncing was their favorite today. Also, I have a mom who has memorized “Cow Moo Me” because of storytimes. She recites it to her daughter every night without having the book. Sweet!

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