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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. 

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

Movement Song:  To Market, To Market 

This is also a great bouncy rhyme to use with babies. Say the first verse and bounce your baby on your lap while doing so! 

Story:   Piggies by Audrey and Don Woo

Goodbye Song:  This Little Piggy . Have kids put their hand up and each finger will be a little piggy.   

Family Activity:  Count your fingers, count and point to other body parts.  Who in your family has cold hands?  Who in your family has warm hands?  Trace one of your hands and decorate it with pigs, with stickers, or make a collage out of materials found in your house.   

Introduction:  H. E. L. L. O. 

Read Aloud:  Hello, Day!  by Anita Lobel 

Animal Sounds Song:  When Cows Wake Up in the Morning 

Song:  Good Morning to You 

When the other animals are saying, “Hello, Day”, owl is saying “Good Night”. 

Why is that?  The Owl Song 

Activity to do with your toddler:  Shoe Song 

Sing this song to the tune of “The Mulberry Bush”.  Pretend to do things in your morning getting-ready routine like putting on your shoes, combing your hair, washing your face, etc.  You could sing:  

This is the way we put on our shoes, 

Put on our shoes, put on your shoes.  

This is the way we put on our shoes 

Before we skip to town.   

(from The Fitness Fun Busy Book:  365 Fun, Physical Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Trish Kuffner) 

Hello Song:  H.E.L.L.O. 

Read Aloud:  Across the Stream by Mirra Ginsburg, pictures by Nancy Tafuri 

Action Song: All the Little Ducks Go Upside Down 

Action Song:  Chook, Chook, Good Morning, Mrs. Hen 

Video:  Baby Ducks' First Swim 

Activity:  Lesson in kindness  

In the story, the mother duck and her ducklings did something kind for the hen and her chicks.  One way for children to learn kindness is through personal experience.  Lead your child in a small act of kindness—write a “thank you” note to community helpers, give old clothes to a charity organization, donate to a food bank, donate to an animal shelter, etc.                                                                   

Hello Song: Hello 

Read Aloud: Baby Happy, Baby Sad by Leslie Patricelli 

Song: Eyes, Nose, Cheeky Cheeky Chi

Finger Play: Open Shut Them 

Activity for Baby: Tummy Time 

Tummy time is one of the earliest ways your baby will learn to play. Tummy time helps develop your baby's neck and upper-body muscles for better head control. Place her on her tummy and place toys in front of her to encourage reaching, creeping, and eventually crawling. 

 

Opening Song:  “You Are Here Today” 

Story:  Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson 

Tickle Rhyme: “See the Little Mousie”  

Goodbye Song: “Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye”  

Family Activity:  Discuss what you and your family do in the summer that is the same as mouse—do you fly kites?  Do you go on picnics?  What are activities that your family does during the summer that are different from this book? 

Opening Song: The Greeting Song  

Read Aloud: The Family Book by Todd Parr View the recording together. Remember, you can pause the video to have your own discussion 

Action Song: The Warm-up Song 

Song: Let’s Make Music Together 

Extension Activity:  Make your own family book! Using whatever form of art you like such as colors or paint create your family.  

   

Opening Song:  H. E. L. L. O.  

Read Aloud: Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin  

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

Closing Song: Skidamarink 

Play Activity:  Scribble Art                       

Supplies: Piece of heavy paper (or cardboard, paper bag) crayons, tape (masking tape works well).

How to: On the heavy piece of paper, make the letter of your child’s first name (or a favorite letter or shape) very large with tape.  Then let your child scribble away on the paper, like the monsters did. Gently remove the tape and you have a masterpiece! (www.linesacross.com)  

Opening song:  When Cows Wake Up in the Morning 

Read aloud:  From Head to Toe  by Eric Carle

ABC Time: ABC song 

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes  

 

Activity: Baby Pokey (Tune: Traditional Hokey Pokey)
Try singing to baby in front of a mirror! 

 
You put your legs in (hold babies legs out straight) 
You put your legs out (turn your body, swing babies legs to the side) 
You put your legs in 
And you dance them all about! 
You do the baby pokey, and you turn yourself around 
'Cuz that's what it's all about! 
(Repeat with "hands", and "whole bod"y) 

 

Toddlers can sing and dance to Hokey Pokey  The Hokey Pokey | Karaoke - YouTube

Opening Rhyme: If You're Ready for a Story 

Read Aloud: Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

Song: Old MacDonald Had a Farm  

Extension Activity: Shapes

While exploring the various shapes in this book, children can learn the names of the  shapes. Point to and say all the shapes and colors in the book. 

Hello Song: If You're Ready for a Story 

Read Aloud: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. Illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Repeat After Me Song: Boom Chicka Boom by The Learning Station  

Song: Alphabet Song 

Extension activity: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Inspired Snacks  

Opening Rhyme:   If You're Ready for a Story 

Read Aloud: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Movement Song:  “Caterpillar Crawled 

Animated Film: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Opening songHello! 

Read aloud:I  love dad with the very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle 

Poem: Father's Day 

Movement SongBoom Chicka Boom-Father's Day 

Activity: Make dad a torn paper collage 

Have your toddler tear up scrap pieces of paper and stick them on a sheet of paper to make a collage. You can then cut out a heart shape and you have a handmade present for dad! 

Hello Song: Hello, Hello, How Are You 

Read Aloud: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert 

Song: Farmer plants the seeds 

Song: Grow, grow, grow a garden 

Extension activity: I Spy Colors 

Take your child outside and play “I Spy” with the colors of the rainbow. For example, “I spy something red in the tree!” and talk about what you see. To keep building vocabulary, ask your child what else they see that is red. 

Opening Song “Hello Everybody” 

Bouncy Rhyme/Song “Polar Bear Song”  

Read Aloud:  Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin Jr.  

Ending Rhyme: “Polar Bear, Polar Bear” (point to child’s body parts or stand up and mime movements). 

Polar bear, polar bear turn around, Polar bear, polar bear touch the ground,  

Polar bear, polar bear bend down low, Polar bear, polar bear touch your toe.   

Polar bear, polar bear slide on the ice, Polar bear, polar bear spin around twice, 

Polar bear, polar bear reach up high, Polar bear, polar bear wave goodbye. 

 

Family Activity:  What animals did you see in the story?  What sounds did you hear the animals make in the story?  Can you or your grown-up make some of the sounds very quietly?  How about very loudly?   

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