Baby Storytime: Mother Goose (Again!)

Our fall storytime sessions start today after a month off, and Mother Goose rhymes make for a fun and familiar way to welcome old friends back and to make new friends feel comfortable. See last fall’s version here!



BOOK: Big Fat Hen by BAKER
An oversized picture book with bold colors for little eyes.

ACTIVITY: Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds, sitting on a wall
hold up pointer fingers
One named Peter, one named Paul
wiggle one finger, then the other
Fly away Peter! Fly away Paul!
tuck one hand behind back, then the other
Come back Peter! Come back Paul!
bring one hand back to front, then the other

SONG: Baa Baa Black Sheep
I use pop stick puppets with this song, and sing it with different color sheep.
Baa Baa Colors

FLANNEL SONG: A Hunting We Will Go*
Today we used crow/snow, sheep/Jeep, hen/pen, and bear/chair.

BOUNCE: Royal Duke of York
Many thanks to Anne and Brianna for the great Twitter conversation we had about this old rhyme! We talked about different variations (Is the Duke “royal,” “grand,” or “merry”?) and Anne reminded us that with older kids we can skip, jump, and hop up the mountain after we march, and Brianna taught us the “rolling” verse that I end with here. Yay for Twitter colleagues!

Oh, the royal Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
Bounce baby in lap
He marched them up the mountaintop
Lift baby up!
And marched them down again
Set baby in your lap again

Oh, when you’re up, you’re up
Lift baby up!
And when you’re down, you’re down
Set baby in your lap again
And when you’re only halfway up
You’re neither up nor down!
Bounce baby in lap

He rolled them to the left
Tilt baby to one side
He rolled them to the right
Tilt baby to the other side
He rolled them over upside down
Tilt baby gently backwards in your lap!
Oh, what a silly sight!
Bring baby back upright


Pat a cake pat a cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Clap baby’s hands together
Pat it
Pat baby’s tummy
And roll it
Roll baby’s hands over each other
And mark it with B
Trace the letter B on baby’s tummy
And put it in the over for Baby and me!
Clap again!

BOOK: Diddle Diddle Dumpling by PEARSON
This is small in size, but the illustrations about a bedtime routine (Daddy falls asleep reading to baby!) are wonderful.

LITERACY TIP: Print Motivation
Researchers have found that kids who go to kindergarten with a few Mother Goose rhymes memorized have an easier time learning to read than kids who don’t! Nursery rhymes introduce babies to the rhymes and rhythms of words, and that intimate knowledge really does give them a head start.

ACTION SONG: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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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10 Responses to Baby Storytime: Mother Goose (Again!)

  1. marf says:

    Yaaaaaay! Mel’s back! I’ve used the time off from programming to make some (about 7) of your flannelboards! Yaaaay! We’re all set for babies n toddlers now!

  2. Melissa says:

    Aww, thanks! I am *so* glad you are finding the flannels helpful! Let me know how they go!

  3. Karen says:

    I just started doing the lapsit programs at our library. I love your baby storytime suggestions and I too really like the flannels. Where do you get all your cute clip art?

  4. Melissa says:

    Hi Karen! I hope you are having a good time getting started with baby storytime! I primarily use Microsoft Clip Art for my flannels, but I have to admit that I edit the images often…that’s how I get several different colored trees, for example. I will also cut out parts of a complex image and just use one part. After you choose your image, right click on it and choose Edit Picture. Then you can click on individual shapes in the image and change their color, or cut them out. Hmmm. Sounds like a blog post idea! 🙂

  5. BabetteR says:

    Oooo, I going to “borrow” the colored sheep and the Grand Old Duke! My storytime kids will love them. Thanks so much for posting. (You can see how far behind I’ve been in my reader :-))

  6. Melissa says:

    You’re welcome! Have fun!

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  9. Theresa says:

    Hi Mel

    I love your website & the props for Baa baa black sheep. Was wondering if you could tell where you got the clip art from?



  10. Melissa says:

    Hi Theresa, the clip art for these is from years ago before Microsoft Word moved clip art online. I can’t even find a doc file of these on my computer anymore! What I did was use Edit Picture within Microsoft Word to change the color on the clip art. You may still be able to do that with a clip art you download from the web. I’m sorry I can’t offer more help!

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