Walkers under 3 program

From Caitlin Augusta at the Stratford (CT) Public Library:

This is a non-registered program for walkers under 3 – often with younger/older siblings – with a caregiver.

Hello Song

(To the tune of ‘Good Night, Ladies’) to each child present

Hello Miguel, Hello Miguel, Hello Miguel, we’re glad that you are here

Open, Shut Them (twice)

Sing or chant

Open, shut them, open shut them (open and shut your fingers)
Give a Little Clap, clap clap (clap)
Open, shut them, open shut them
Lay them in your lap, lap lap (tap hands against lap)
Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them
right up to your chin chin chin (creep hands up arms to your chin)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth)
But do not put them in (race hands behind back)

Itsy Bitsy Spider

(fingers together, thumb lined up with alternate index finger, climb fingers toward the sky)
The Itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
(palms facing away from you, wiggle fingers down toward the ground)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
(Hands touching above your head in an arc)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
(fingers climbing again)
And the Itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Humpty Dumpty

(Forearms on top of each other, out in front of you like I Dream of Jeannie)
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
(roll forearms)
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
(2 or 3 fingers held out, march fingers across in front of you)
All the king’s horses
(Use other hand, do the same thing)
And all the king’s men
(Clasp hands together in a big fist)
Couldn’t put Humpty together again

Chug Chug Chug song by Melissa Green from her ‘Round and Round’ CD

(Roll arms next to your sides in circles parallel to your body)
Chug Chug Chug
Chug Chug Chug
The train goes on the tracks
The train goes on the tracks
The train goes on, the train goes on, the train goes on the tracks
Chug Chug Chug
Chug Chug Chug

(One palm out in front of you , pat the air)
Beep Beep Beep
Beep Beep Beep
The car drives down the street
The car drives down the street
The car drives down, the car drives down, the car drives down the street
Beep Beep Beep
Beep Beep Beep

(Place hands together in a giant fist, sweep arms toward you alternating sides as if paddling a canoe)
Row Row Row
Row Row Row
The boat floats on the water
The boat floats on the water
The boat floats on, the boat floats on, the boat floats on the water
Row Row Row
Row Row Row

(Arms outstretched like a plane, circle the storytime area!)
Fly Fly Fly
Fly Fly Fly
The plane flies in the sky
The plane flies in the sky
The plane flies in, the plane flies in, the plane flies in the sky
Fly Fly Fly
Fly Fly Fly

If You’re Happy and You Know It from Go Fish’s CD ‘Party Like a Preschooler’

Verse 1: If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (repeat twice)
Ending: If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it,
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands

Verse 2: If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (repeat as above)
Verse 3: If you’re happy and you know it, say whoo-oooh! (repeat as above)
Verse 4: If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (repeat as above)

Refrain (in between verses): If you’re happy, wave your hands up in the air, If you’re happy, jump around like you don’t care, If you’re happy, then lift your praises high (we substitute, then lift your faces high), and tell everybody why

Bookshare (5 minutes)

A variety of board books are brought out for children to share with their grownups. Usually I sit in the center of the group and share books with any active walkers. Cleaning up is as much a part of the activity as the reading. I encourage children to place their books on the pile, to take a few steps away from their grownups and hand me the book, or to do whatever their current abilities allow. Waiting a short time after making a request for help allows the children to process your words and make the decision to be helpful.

Activity Songs

We use shaker eggs, maracas, rhythm sticks, bean bags, scarves, or instruments to bring a movement song to life. One such song might be:

Bean Bag Rock from Georgiana Liccione Stewart’s CD ‘Bean bag activities and coordination skills’

Wheels on the Bus (An excellent song to quiet everyone and bring their focus back together)

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round,
round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town. (Roll hands round and round)

The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish;
Swish, swish, swish;
Swish, swish, swish.
The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish,
all through the town. (move index fingers side to side)

The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep;
Beep, beep, beep;
Beep, beep, beep.
The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep,
all through the town. (tap the air in front of you with one palm)

The babies on the bus go wah-wah wah,
Wah, wah, wah
Wah, wah, wah,
The babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah
all through the town (hands near eyes making crying motions)

The mommies on the bus say "Shush, shush, shush;
Shush, shush, shush;
Shush, shush, shush."
The mommies on the bus say "Shush, shush, shush"
all through the town.

The daddies on the bus say Sit back down
Sit back down
Sit back down
The daddies on the bus say sit back down
all through the town. (Pretend you’re sitting in a seat)

Other verses might include:

The grandmas on the bus say I Love You (Point to eye, cross hands over heart, point to child)
The grandpas on the bus say Have a Treat (Hold out hand, fingers touching each other)
The doors on the bus go Open and Shut (Bring fingers together like a shutting door, then spread away from each other)

Slowly and Quickly (To the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Clap, clap, clap your hands, quickly just like this
Clap, clap, clap your hands, quick quick quick like this (mimic speed with claps)

Other versus might include:
Roll your hands
Stamp your feet
Wiggle your fingers
Tap your toes

Baa Baa Black Sheep (chant or sing)

Baa Baa Black Sheep, have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full
One for the master and one for the dame
And one for the little boy (second verse girl) who lives down the lane
Baa Baa Black Sheep, have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full

Inside and Outside from Ella Jenkins CD ‘Growing Up with Ella Jenkins’

We do this with a mouse puppet and a plastic house that has doors he scampers in and out of.  The children ADORE this and sometimes swarm the mouse!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (twice)

We have a large rectangular piece of fabric with stars on it. Two adults hold the ends and the children stand underneath. We wave the cloth above their heads while they look up at the starry sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

My Hands

My Hands say thank you with a clap clap clap
My Feet say thank you with a tap tap tap
Clap clap clap
Tap tap tap
We roll our hands and we wave goodbye.