Baby Storytime: Mice


One plus about doing storytimes for so long is that there’s a lot of plans in your files to reuse when you’re busy. One minus about doing storytimes for so long is that you can get a little tired of reusing your plans! I challenged myself to make an all-new storytime for my babies, and here it is!



BOOK: Where? by LIONNI
I grabbed up this set of four Lionni board books earlier this year. I used Where? today because I wanted to keep the focus on the mice, but there’s also When?, What?, and Who? In this one, we look for the mice in the grass, trees, and in shoes.

I found this on Storytime Source Page, always an amazing resource for me!

Where are the baby mice?
Squeak, squeak, squeak (Cover eyes)
I cannot see them
Peek, peek, peek (Peek-a-boo)
Here they come from a hole in the wall (Make hole with fingers)
1-2-3-4-5… That’s all! (Count fingers)

TICKLE: Hurry Scurry Little Mouse
“Now that we’ve found the baby mice, where are they going to go?” You can find this one all over the place, but I like this pdf booklet from Pierce County.

Hurry scurry little mouse
Starts down at your toes
Touch baby’s toes

Hurry scurry little mouse
Past your knees he goes
Walk fingers to baby’s knees

Hurry scurry little mouse
Past where your tummy is
Tickle baby’s tummy

Hurry scurry little mouse
Gives you a mousy kiss
Touch baby’s lips then give a kiss!

FLANNEL SONG: A Hunting We Will Go*
Today we used mouse/house, along with other small creatures like snail/pail, bee/tree, and bug/rug.

I did cartwheels when I discovered this series! I prop the book on my four fingers and stick my thumb in the puppet and wiggle it a bit while I read the simple text on each page. The wiggling and the cutouts help engage the babies and the stories aren’t too long to share with them. Plus there’s a ton of them! Bear, owl, ladybug, goldfish, dolphin, monkey…I’ve been slowly stocking up!

Grownups, books like this one with interactive elements, puppets, popups, lift the flaps, cutouts–all give your children something new and fresh and extra to explore while you read together. We want our babies to think books are fun and exciting, so look for ways to mix up your reading time! Reading with your babies is the number one best way to help them become readers later on.

BOUNCE: I Had a Little Mouse
“Do you think the mouse liked to nibble on the pumpkins in her patch? What else to mice like to eat? Cheese! Except for the mouse in this rhyme. Let’s bounce and find out!” I learned this song from the Deschutes Library.

I had a little mouse that never would eat his cheese
All he ever wanted to do was bounce upon my knees
Bounce upon my knees, bounce upon my knees
All he ever wanted to do was bounce upon my knees

ACTION RHYME: This is Big Big Big*

CLOSING SONG: Sneeze Game*

*Check out the My Baby Storytime page for the words and/or citations for these weekly activities!

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7 Responses to Baby Storytime: Mice

  1. All of these mouse-themed rhymes and songs are new to me! Now I know what I’m doing with my daughter when she wakes up from her nap. (We are big fans of those Lionni board books, too. We have What? checked out from the library right now.)

  2. Yes, I LOVE this series by Gillingham. Just perfect for babies.

  3. Melissa says:

    @Katie–Yay for new rhymes! Glad they were new to you, too. I’m going to have to challenge myself like this more often!

    @Stephanie–It’s been hard to keep myself from buying them all at once 🙂

  4. My daughter LOVED Hurry Scurry Little Mouse. She is teething and having a super-fussy week so far, and this was a bright spot in our day. Thanks again for sharing it!

  5. Melissa says:

    Wow, now that’s an impressive turnaround! 🙂 Loved hearing your update–glad she liked it!

  6. Michael says:

    I followed your babytime schedule and it matches others that I have seen online. The program we offer is supposed to be half an hour long but what I planned only lasted fifteen minutes. What would you estimate is the duration of your mice storytime and the others that you have done?

  7. Melissa says:

    This is a great question! I plan for about 15-20 minutes of material for the babies, so if that’s how one of my plans turned out for you, you are not missing something! A couple of things I do that aren’t written out in the plan: As everyone is finishing getting settled in the room, I talk about upcoming library closures, interesting family programs, new services (we’re going fine-free for children’s materials this year!), and so forth. This carries us through a late-comer or two and lets everyone get organized. Then I launch into my formal welcome and behavior guidelines spiel, and THEN we go around the room (I have typically between 5-15 babies/10-30 altogether) and I invite the grownups to introduce themselves and their babies. We don’t take up tons of time on this, but I do take a few seconds to say hello to the babies and call them by name, see if they will look at me so I can smile and tell them I’m happy to see them. THEN I start my first song. So it might be 5-7 minutes into the session time before we even “get started.” I do not consider this filler or wasted time! Not all of the patrons come every week, so it’s very helpful to go over the behavior stuff each time. And baby storytime is all about building relationships–between me and the families, and between the families and each other–so learning names is a critical part of this. And my calling out to the babies helps them get oriented and learn where the “front” of the room is.

    Something else I just thought of–I usually do the rhymes and bounces 2-3 times through in a row, so that’s something else that might stretch the program a little.

    The other thing we do after all of our storytimes, including baby storytime, is set aside a few minutes for free play afterwards. For the babies, we have some soft balls, our shakey eggs and scarves, foam or soft plastic blocks, very simple and straightforward toys. We sit on the floor and let the babies play, and the grownups talk with each other, and I’m there if they have questions about their baby’s development, or books, or the library.

    Because of our schedule, I am not in any rush to clean up after play time, so some of the families are there for a good 45 minutes…and only 15-20 minutes of that is the “actual storytime.” So in your case, you could add a welcoming activity to the front and a few minutes of playtime to the end and fill out 30 minutes very easily and comfortably.

    On the other hand, the Mother Goose on the Loose curriculum is VERY well loved, very successful, and plans for a full 60 minutes of activities for a baby storytime! So another strategy would be to take two 15 minute baby storytime plans and just smoosh them together, and do 30 minutes straight of songs, bounces, books, and rhymes. If you made it clear that famililies should feel comfortable just standing up and leaving if their baby has had enough, you could keep going for the babies who are into the full 30 minutes that day.

    I hope this helps! Good luck–let me know how it goes!

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