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For over 20 years the children of San Antonio have been calling in to Dial-A-Story to hear a children's story.  The children's librarians record new stories every Tuesday and Friday, one in English and one in Spanish. 

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Songs and Rhymes for Babies and Toddlers

Resources

As parents and caregivers, you can begin helping children to understand racial differences and racism from an early age. See below for a list of resources and to learn more:

Two little hands, ten little fingers,
Two little hands, ten little fingers,
Two little hands, ten little fingers,
Count them all with me. 

One, two, three little fingers,
Four, five, six little fingers,
Seven, eight, nine little fingers,
And one more makes ten.

Dos manitas, diez deditos,
dos manitas, diez deditos,
dos manitas, diez deditos,
cuéntalos conmigo.

Uno, dos, tres deditos,
cuatro, cinco, seis deditos,
siete, ocho, nueve deditos,
y uno más son diez.

Baby and Toddler Time at Home

 

Opening:  Hello Song

Read Aloud:  Jump! by Tatsuhide Matsuoka

Let’s jump like a kangaroo! Jump, Jump Kangaroo Brown  (Caregivers, you can help your baby to jump like in the video.  That’s quite fun!  It’s also fun to see if your toddler will jump with you while you say the rhyme.)

“Jump, Jump”

Jump, jump, Kangaroo Brown.

Jump, jump, up and down.

Jump, jump, Kangaroo Brown.

Jump, jump all around.

Now let’s watch a frog jump. . . Frog Jumping

Closing:  Goodbye

Opening song: If You're Ready for a Story

Read Aloud: Not a box by Antoinette Portis

Song and guessing game: Mystery box

Time to move: Follow me

Pretend Play: Cardboard boxes can transform into almost anything… truck, rocket ship, fort, train, time machine… an empty box is full of possibilities.

Here are four fun activities to inspire your child’s creativity and imagination with empty boxes.

Use empty boxes to create a castle or fort. Add blankets and pillows for extra fun.

A big box makes the perfect stage for puppets. Use toys and dolls from around the house, or make your own, and put on your own show

Make a tunnel - cut out the tops and bottoms from different sized boxes and make tunnels for crawling. Tip: tape them together for a homemade maze.

      Make a coloring cave - have your child crawl inside an extra-large box for a four-walled coloring canvas.

Song:  Hello Song

Read Aloud:  Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

Rhyme:  The Little Piggy

Song:  I have ten little fingers

Goodbye Song:  Goodbye

Body Parts Game:  Help your child name the different parts on his or her body with this easy game.

Point to your baby's body parts and name them. Start by pointing to your own nose and say 'nose'. Then point to your baby's nose and repeat 'nose'. Repeat this activity with other body parts for several days in a row for each part.

Now make a game out of finding the right body part. Call out: “Where is baby's mouth?” Then ask your baby to point to his or her mouth.  When your child does it correctly, praise your baby. Repeat with other familiar body parts and soon your baby will be able to identify many parts of the body.

Opening Song: Hello Hello

Read aloud:  Maria Had a Little Llama by Angela Dominguez

Finger Play:  Happy Llama, Sad Llama

Song:  I am Nana LLama

Activity:  Nature Scavenger Hunt for Toddlers

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Opening RhymeSee the Little Mousie

Read Aloud: “In The Tall, Tall Grass” by  Denise Fleming

Movement Song:  “Caterpillar Crawled”

Ending Song:  “The Little Turtle”

Family Activity: This is a great book for counting activities.  Count how many different kinds of animals there are in this book.  Can you see how many times the caterpillar shows up throughout the book?  How many bees are in the story?  What about how many bunnies? 

Opening Song: Hello Friend

Read Aloud: The Kindness Book by Todd Parr .This sweet book shows many ways to express kindness.  Feel free to stop the video and talk if your child wants to add something!  This only reinforces the learning and focus.

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It .

Add these verses with actions or make up your own! Smile real big, Hug a friend, Blow a kiss.

Goodbye Song: Goodbye Friend

Family Activity: Talk with your child about ways she/he can be kind, like the pictures in the book.  With your child, look through a magazine for examples of kindness and cut them out. Let your child make a kindness collage.

Opening Song: I Love it When you Read to Me 

Read Aloud:  It’s My Turn! By David Bedford 

Fingerplay: 10 Little Fingers 

Song: 1, 2, 3, Baby’s on My Knee 

Extension Activity: Friendship art- get two sheets of white paper and have your child and their sibling/friend create a picture. After a few seconds tell them to switch so they can continue creating what their friend or sibling was creating. This can be done with crayons, markers and even paint. 

Hello Song: Hello

Song: Let's go to the zoo

 This delightful story requires your assistance in helping your child understand what is happening.   Every other page has no words and the pictures are what move the story forward.  You don’t want to miss the humor!  Remember, you can stop the video at any point to talk about the gorilla and what he is doing.  Also keep your eyes on the mouse as he has his own story.  Even babies will enjoy this story because you are interacting with them.

Book: Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathbone

Song: Good Night, Gorilla

Activities

  • Name various zoo animals and make their sounds using this story 
  • Go on a walk. Look and listen for other animals (birds… tweeting, insects… buzzing,  dogs….barking
  • Create/draw various animals by tracing your child’s hand and adding markings, ears, eyes, etc….)

Additional Video : Good Night, Gorilla                                                          

Opening Song: Wake up feet

Read Aloud: Summer Babies

Song:  ABC

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider 

Time to move: If You're Happy and You Know It

Activities: Stacking with plastic cups 

Gather up a few plastic cups of different sizes and set out for your child to play.

Babies love to test textures with their mouths. They differentiate between sizes and shapes while gripping and chewing.

  • Roll the cups - Watch what happens when you roll the cups to or away from your child. She is learning hand and eye coordination as she reaches for a moving cup.
  • Hide small items under the stacked cup - babies love the surprise of finding more cups under the big one, or even a smaller toy.

For toddlers:

  • Play a memory game. Show your child a variety of items. Cover them with the cups and have your child predict what is under each cup.
  • Serve “tea”. Playing pretend is something toddlers love to do.  Add beans or other small items for them to pour as their tea.
  • Incorporate other toys – add dolls, stuffed toys  and make the cups their hats… or their boats in the bath tub…   Use the cups as scoops in sensory exploration. 

Opening song/Canción de apertura: Buenos Días

Good Morning, Good Morning,

How are you? How are you?

Very well thank you, very well thank you.

And you?  And you?

Read aloud/Leer en voz alta:  How Are You? ¿Cómo Estás?  By Angela Dominguez

Fingerplay/Juego de dedos:  Dos Manitas/Two Little Hands

Movement Song/Canciones de movimiento: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes/Cabeza, Hombros, Rodillas, Pies (en español)

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes.

Book extension activity:  Can you think of other ways you are feeling? ¿Puedes pensar en otras formas de sentir?  Can you act it out? ¿Puedes actuarlo?

Additional material/Material adicional:  Have fun with/Divertirse con:  123 Andres  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBiFqDyAZGA

Welcome: Hello Hello! Can You Clap Your Hands? 

Read Aloud: Little White Fish by Guido van Genechle

 Song: 12345 Once I Caught A Fish Alive! 

Parent Tip:   Sensory Play engages the 5 senses. 

https://www.parentingforbrain.com/sensory-activities-importance-sensory-play/#benefits

Activities: Create fish using paper, paper plates or cereal boxes.  (Make 1 or up to 5). If the child is old enough let him “color” the fish. Engage sight as a sense and talk about the names of the colors they use/see.                     

Play Hide and Seek – hide the fishes around the house and have your child search for them.  For “tummy” babies, put the fish just out of their reach and have them stretch, scoot or crawl toward it. Consider gluing fabric or different textures to the fish to enhance their sensory experience.

Fishing “toddler style” – Put something blue down on the floor like a sheet. Spread out fish on top of it. Place a container like a laundry basket or box nearby.  Have the child pick up the fish and put it in the container. Make it more challenging by letting them use tongs or other utensils to help them grab their fish.

Additional Book

Tim the Fish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eupnmOSRuVs

Opening Song: Pat-A-Cake

Read-Aloud: Dear Zoo, By Rod Campbell

Movement Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It

Extention Activities: Big Gray Elephant

Ask your child questions.  As you read to your child, make the experience interactive by asking him/her questions, such as “What do you think will happen next?”  Dear Zoo is a perfect book to ask questions such as “What animal do you think is in the box?”

Opening SongMy Two Little Hands Go Clap, Clap, Clap

Read Aloud:  I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont  

Movement Song: Tony Chestnut Knows I Love You

Closing Song: The More We Get Together

Parent Child Talk:  After or during the book reading the child and the parent can say what they like about themselves.  They can also talk about their favorite body parts after the songs.

Opening SongWelcome Song

Read Aloud:  Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

Movement Rhyme:  Hokey Pokey

Ending Song:  Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Family Extension Activity:  Count how many times Goose appeared in this story.  How many farm animals were in the story and what were they called?  Practice making your favorite farm animals sounds, too!

Opening song: The more we get together

Read Aloud : Whoever you are  by Mem Fox

Song: If you're happy and you know it

Activity:  Torn Paper collage

Have your child rip up pieces of scrap paper of different colors. You can also use old magazines. Have him stick the pieces onto a blank piece or paper/cardboard or paper plate

Different colors together can make a beautiful picture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaQpovVbbIE&t=12s

       

Opening song: Hola!

Read aloud: Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn

                    A Lola le encantan los cuentos por Anna McQuinn

Song: Mi Cuerpo Hace Musica

Extension Activity: Nature hunt 

Arm yourself and your toddler with a little bag or box and head out into the great outdoors on a walk. See how many treasures you can find to pop in your boxes or bags.                 

Opening song:  Hello everybody

Read aloud: My nose ,Your nose by Melanie Walsh

Song: Ten Little Fingers

Activity: Play Peek-a-boo with your baby. Peek-a-boo stimulates baby's senses, builds gross motor skills, strengthens visual tracking, encourages social development and, best of all, listen to those giggles. If you are reading with a toddler, you can play Hide and Seek. Playing this game gives your child some valuable physical benefits and aids muscle development. The challenge of getting into the perfect hiding place will help improve balance, agility, and coordination.

Opening Song: H.E.L.L.O.

Sign Language SongPicked a Strawberry

Read Aloud: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and  the Big Hungry Bear

Action SongPop Goes the Berry 

Extension Activity: Explore the diet of mice, bears and humans. In the wild, mice love to eat fruits and berries. Bears eat about 30,000 berries a day! Do you like to eat strawberries? What other berries do we eat?   

Opening song: Wake up Feet

Read aloud: Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

Lap Bounce: Charlie Over the Water

Song: Swing me over the Ocean

Extension Activity: Pretend a part of your house is the ocean where sharks live and have your little ones pretend to be a shark exploring other parts of the house. Ask what they think a shark would do in each area of the house 

Welcome: Buenos Dias 

Song with Theme: I’m a Turtle  

Song with Theme: There Was a Little Turtle  

Parent Tip: This book has rich vocabulary building opportunities.  The retelling version only has 

music.  If your family speaks in more than one language this video is great for developing vocabulary. 

Retelling Activity: Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond by Cathryn Falwell  

 

What are the turtles doing? What is the new animals on each page doing? Point out the water,

the green trees, and the blue sky.  Count the turtles, identify colors ,makanimal sounds together.  

Act out the body movements of the animals; jumping, flying 

 

Opening Song:  Pat-Pat-A-Cake  

Read Aloud:  “Cat’s Colors” by Jane Cabrera 

Movement Rhyme:  Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes                       

Ending Song:  If  You're Happy and You Know it !

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. 
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. 
If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, 
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. 

If you’re happy and you know it, jump up and down...

If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet...

If you’re happy and you know it, shout hooray!...

Family Activity : Play "I Spy" games outside - how many different  colored objects can you find? Can you find colors that were in the book, Cat's Colors?

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