Siblings: Songs

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan



Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz (Board Book)*
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera*

Early Literacy Tip
When you enjoy a book, let your children know that you like it and why. Sharing your enjoyment gives them a positive attitude towards books. This positive attitude will influence them when they get to school and learn to read.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Mr. Jon & Friends*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “Icka Bicka Soda Cracker”*
Bounce: “Icka Bicka Soda Cracker”
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, up goes you! (lift baby)
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, I love you! (hugs and kisses)
Credit: Co-worker

Lift: “Tick Tock”
Lift: “Tick Tock”
Start by swaying baby from side to side
Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Now I’m chiming one o’clock lift once
More verses: Two o’clock, three o’clock
Credit: My co-worker

Partnering: “Round & Round the Garden”*
Round and round the garden like a teddy bear (swirl finger around palm)
One step, two step (walk fingers up child’s arm)
Tickle under there! (tickle child’s underarm)
Credit: Co-worker

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

Success! I’m still adding families. Today’s class had fourteen kids (seven families) which is about the average for a toddler class attendance during the winter. Caregivers had a great time singing with me today and our most successful board was Babies on the Bus in shared board book form. I had one set of siblings where the toddler “read” the book to the baby during this shared reading and it melted my heart!

2 comments on “Siblings: Songs

  1. Danielle
    April 18, 2016 at 4:32 pm #

    With your board books, are you giving a copy of the book to each family to read/hold while you read/model?

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

      Yes, every child/caregiver gets a copy of the board books.

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