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Preschool: For children 0-5 years old

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Dial A Story / Telecuentos

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. 

Just call 210.207.4466 to listen!

Songs and Rhymes for Babies and Toddlers

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 Song: Hello Everybody

Read Aloud: Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli 

Action Rhyme: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom 

Ending Rhyme: This Little Piggy Went to Market

Family Activity:  Ask what items/things the girl passed as she got higher and higher.  Do you have a swing in your yard?  Have you ever been to a park with a swing and used it?   

Hello Song: If You're Ready for a Story 

Read Aloud: Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton 

Song: 5 Enormous Dinosaurs  

Movement Rhyme : Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs 

Dinosaurs Dinosaurs lived long ago.  

Some walked (stomp in place)  

Some swam (pretend to swim) 

Some flew, you know! (flap arms at sides) 

Some were big (hold hands high)  

Some were small (hold hands low) 

Some were gigantic--(stretch arms out wide)  

Some were V-e-r-y tall! (stretch arms up high) 

Extension activity: Listen to this song by the Laurie Berkner band and stomp around like a dinosaur:

                                 We are the Dinosaurs  

Opening SongHello Everyone, How Are You? 

Read Aloud: Sleepyheads by Sandra J. Howat  

Fingerplay: 10 Little Fingers 

Song: Rock-a-Bye Baby 

Extension Activity: Create a mini fort out of blankets and pillows for a new naptime experience.

Opening Song:  Hello Everybody  

Tickle Rhyme:  See the Little Mousie

Read story:  Lunch by Denise Fleming

Ending Rhyme: This Little Piggie Went to Market (use child’s hands or toes). 

Family Activity:  Talk about the colors of the foods in the story.  Do you like to eat any of the foods that mouse ate in the story?  What are some of your favorite foods that you like to eat for lunch?

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. 

 

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.

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

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/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

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.

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