North Columbus (GA) Public Library program

From Kim Scott at the North Columbus (GA) Public Library:

“Once a week my library holds a program for 0-24 month old children. The program is based on the Perry study. It involves a 30 minute free play and socialization followed by a 15 minute lap-sit time. The program total is 45 minutes. I use several props and interactive rhymes for the 15 minutes of lap-sit time. I have taught this program for 7 years and the patrons love it. I am very repetitive and time and time again parents come in saying my child has to sing the clean up song when we clean up or out of nowhere my child starts singing head, shoulders, knees and toes.  Out of nowhere my child starts singing head, shoulders, knees and toes. 5 to 10 families come to the weekly program. We gain new families through word of mouth.”

Sample Program

Free play time

30 min.  (Music in the background)


Clean Up

Clean up – Clean up, clean up, everybody clean up.
Clean up, clean up, let’s clean up all of our toys.

Play along with song instrument time.

(place instruments on floor and let children choose)

Rhyme:   If You are Happy and You Know It


Let’s sing (animal sounds to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)

The dog says arf, arf
The dog says arf, arf
Hi Ho the Cherrio, the dog says arf, arf
The cat… The monkey…The duck…The owl


Old MacDonald
(Use puppets with both)

Rhyme:   Hug You Here

Hug you here, hug you there,
Hug, hug you everywhere.
Tickle you here, tickle you there,
Tickle, tickle you everywhere.
Bounce you here, bounce you there,
Bounce, bounce you everywhere.

Action Rhyme:  We Can Jump

We can Jump, Jump, Jump
Hop, Hop, Hop,
Clap, clap, clap
Stomp, stomp, stomp
We can stretch up both our arms
We can reach & touch our toes
We can bend our knees a little and sit down slow.

Action Song:  Head and Shoulders

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, knees and toes
Action Song:  The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water’s spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again


Adios Amigos

Adios amigos, adios amigos
Ya me voy, ya me voy
Me dio mucho gusto, me dio mucho gusto
 Estar con ustedes
Estar con ustades

Play with scarves. Pass out different colored scarves to children.

(Use the scarves to play peek-a-boo, move in patterns, play dress- up, count the corners, etc.)

Action Rhyme:  Teddy Bear Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear show your shoes     
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear I love you
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear jump up high
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear wave bye bye

Pass out craft or stickers seasonally.