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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:  H. E. L. L. O. 

Read Aloud:  Tap Tap Bang Bang by Emma Garcia 

Action Song:  Joanie Works With One Hammer 

Learning Tools:  Toolbox Song 

Play Activity:  Body Shop 

Pretend that your child’s toy car (or other driving toy) has been in an accident and must be repaired. Help her set up a body shop in the driveway. 

Materials:   Toy car, pretend tools ( rocks, sticks or other plastic tools or toys that can be used as tools), bucket and sponge or water hose, tempura paint. 

Let your child fix her “damaged” driving toy with the pretend tools. Once the body work is done, let her paint the toy.  When the activity is over, use a wet sponge or garden hose to wash the paint away.  

(from The Fitness Fun Busy Book by Trish Kuffner) 

Opening Song:  “Hello Everybody”

Story:  “What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best” by Laura Numeroff 

Movement Song:  “I Love My Mommy”

Goodbye Song“This Little Piggy”  Have kids put their hand up and each finger will be a little piggy.  If it’s Baby Time, use baby’s toes or fingers.  

Family Activity:  What do the mommies do with their kids in this story?  What do the daddies do with their kids in this story?  How many different kinds of animals are in this story?  Draw your mommy or daddy or both doing an activity with you—it’s ok for your grown-up to help you too! 

Hello Song: Hello 

Read Aloud: Splish Splash Ducky by Lucy Cousins 

Song: Five Little Ducks 

Rhyme: Little Baby Ducklings 

Little baby ducklings – dash, dash, dash. 
Jumped in the duck pond – splash, splash, splash! 
When their Mother called them – quack, quack, quack! 
Little baby ducklings – swam right back. 

Activity: Water play 

Babies and toddlers love water play! They love splashing in water and getting themselves soaked. During bath time, add in a few rubber ducks or other toys and see which items sink and which float.   

Opening Song: Start this day with a song by Jack Hartmann 

Read Aloud: Fiesta Babies by Carmen Tafolla View the recording together. Remember, you can pause the video to have your own discussion 

Action Song: Shake your Hands by Jack Hartmann 

Song: Open my eyes (FIESTA) 

Extension Activity: Make a FIESTA themed sensory bin, add flowers, red, green and yellow items, maracas and drums for musical instruments. Also play food like chilis and tacos.  

Hello Songs: Story Time Hello Chant.       Hola! 

Read Aloud: Fiesta! by Ginger Foglesong Gibson Guy 

Song: Head and Shoulders Baby 123 

Song: Mi Cuerpo Hace Musica 

Extension activity: Count 

Are you dressing your baby?  “One arm, two arms!” One foot, two feet!" Are you walking up the stairs with your toddler?  “Let’s count the steps! One… two… three….”  Count how many grapes or crackers she has, how many fingers are on her hand, how many toes, or how many keys are on the ring.  When you point to each object as you count, you teach your child one -to- one correspondence.   

Introductory Song:  Gilly Gilly Gilly Good Morning 

Read Aloud:  Hickory Dickory Dog by Alison Murray 

Action Song:  Hickory Dickory Dock 

Dog Video:  Corgi's At Home Agility Course 

Dog Video:  Border Collie, Pink, Agility Champion 

Note to caregivers:  If you are considering getting a pet for your family, your public library is here to help.  The American Academy of Pediatrics advises checking out books from the library to help you with that decision.   

Hello Song:  How Do You Do? 

Read Aloud:  Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney   

Song:  Dig it Up Excavator 

Song:  Cranes Reach High 

Goodbye Song:  Goodbye Friends  

Activity:  Construction Sensory Bin   

Additional Books: 



Welcome Song:   Hello  

Read aloud:  Night Lights by Susan Gal 

Action Song:  "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" 

Video Song:  "The Man in the Moon" 

Closing Song:  "It Is Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends" 

Activity: Flashlight Stroll—Take an unhurried evening stroll around the neighborhood with flashlights and marvel at the sights and sounds of the night.  Bring a bug-catcher or jar to temporarily collect any interesting insect finds.  Take time to let your child look at how bugs are attracted to street lights (or similar lighting) and be sure to explain why.  Listen to the sounds of crickets and dogs, cars driving past, and other night sounds.  Let your child explore safely.  (from The Playskool Toddler’s Busy Play Book Over 500 Creative Games, Activities, Crafts and Recipes for your Very Busy Toddler by Robin McClure.  

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Opening Song: Hello to You! 

Read Aloud: Goodnight, Numbers by Danica McKellar 

Fingerplay: The Numbers song 

Song: Wheels on the Bus 

Extension Activity: Make counting fun by making it an everyday thing. Count fun items like stuffed animals, blankets, and toys. You can make a chart to keep track of what item has the largest number.

Opening Song:  “Hello Everybody”    

Read Story:   “You Are New” by Lucy Knisley 

Movement Song:  “Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes” (Iyou can sing and point to baby’s body parts).

Goodbye Song:  “This Little Piggy” . Have kids put their hand up and each finger will be a little piggy. For baby, use baby’s toes or fingers 

Family Activity:  Act out some of the emotions in this book:  Act mad, scared, blue/sad.  Demonstrate some actions of the babies in this book: Napping, looking, touching, hearing.    

Hello SongIf You're Ready for a Story 

Read Aloud: Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz 

Song: Open Shut Them 

Lap Bounce: Charlie Over the Water  

Rhyme: Swing Me Over the Ocean 

Activity: Cupboard Fun 

If your baby is on the move, he's surely curious to raid your cupboards. Leave one designated for play — it's a great way to allow some controlled exploration in the kitchen. Put some pots, pans, wooden spoons, and other safe objects within their baby's reach so that he can entertain himself. 

Early Childhood Development Tips 

Opening Song:  Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose? 

Read Aloud:  Astro Girl by Ken Wilson-Max  

Song:  Zoom Zoom Space Song  

Song:  Sun, Moon, and Stars  

Closing Song: Goodbye to You! 

Activity:   Moon Dough  


Opening Song: Hello to You! 

Read Aloud: Crocodiles Need Kisses Too by Rebecca Colby   

Fingerplay: Caterpillar Crawled 

Song: Bananas Unite 

Extension Activity: Using stuffed animals ask your child how they would kiss/hug each animal. Share with them how you would kiss/hug each animal as well if it is different.  

Opening Song:  Can You Say Hi?  

Read aloud:  Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd  

Song:  This is the Way We Go To Bed  

Song:  Sesame Street:  I Love My Hair  

Goodbye song:  Can You Say Bye?   

Activity:  Make a special bedtime fort with blankets and flashlights and read our favorite bedtime stories in the fort.    

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?   

Welcome Song:  H. E. L. L. O. 

Read Aloud:  Sleepy Me by Marni McGee 

Action Song:  Five in the Bed   

Action Rhyme:  Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear 

Closing Song:  Good Night by The Beatles 

Bedtime tips:  Routine is very important for children, especially when it comes to getting ready to go to sleep. Doing the same things every night (brushing teeth, reading a story, putting on PJs,) will help children associate the bedroom with good feelings and give them a sense of security and control.  Also, since bedtime means separation, a personal object, such as a teddy bear, doll, or blanket can further your child's  sense of security and comfort and reassure her before she falls asleep. 

Welcome song: If You’re Ready for a Story 

Read Aloud: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star  by Jane Cabrera 

Song: Skidamarink 

Song: Ten Little Fingers 

Activity: Hidden stars 
Cut out stars from any paper you have around the house - magazines, wrapping paper, paper bags. Hide the cut out stars around  the room: under toys, on a chair, in a toy bin.  Deposit a basket or any container  in the middle of the room. Invite your child to find the stars and  deposit the stars they find in the basket.  

Opening Song: Hello Everybody  

Movement Song: The Wheels on the Bus  

Story: My Bus by Byron Barton 

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

Family Activity:  Look and see how many other types of transportation are in this book.  What are they?  How many riders are on the bus driver’s bus?  How many cats get on at his second stop?  How many dogs get on at his last stop?   

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 Song: Hello to You!  

Read Aloud: Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps by Sophy Henn

Fingerplay: Open Shut Them 

Song: 10 in the Bed/Roll Over  

Extension Activity: To help deal with the grumps find the technique that works best for you and your little one. One you can try is showing them how to take calming breaths as many as they may need. Another is having them sit with you and hug them quietly until they are ready to talk about it or till they feel better.

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