Mother Goose Storytime at Home-5/11/20

Bringing you weekly tips and rhyme recommendations you can use to have your own storytime at home.

Weekly Tip

Do fingerplays like “Itsy-Bitsy Spider” with your child in addition to letting him or her scribble on paper, play with blocks, and pop bubbles.

These are all activities that help build up the muscles in your child’s hands. It is important for children to develop these muscles because they will eventually use them when they learn how to write.

Rhymes

Itsy-Bitsy Spider

The itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the water spout (alternate touching first finger of one hand to thumb of other while moving hands up into the air)

Down came the rain and washed the spider out (wiggle fingers while moving hands down, then wipe hands out to side)

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain (make a ring with arms by touching hands finger to finger over head)

And the itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the spout again (alternate touching first finger of one hand to thumb of other while moving hands up into the air)

Repeat, replacing “itsy-bitsy” with “great big” and using full hands as the spider instead of just first fingers and thumbs.

Note: Your child might not be able to alternate touching their first finger with their thumb to make the itsy-bitsy spider right away, but the more you practice and the older they get, the more control they will gain over their hand-eye coordination and they will be able to mimic you.

Five Fat Hot dogs

Five fat hot dogs (show five fingers)

Frying in a pan (lay fingers flat on other hand)

‘Til the grease got hot (rub hands together briskly)

And one went ‘BAM!’ (clap LOUDLY!)

Repeat with 4 hot dogs and continue counting backwards until there are no hot dogs left.

Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them. Open, shut them. (spread fingers out wide, then close hands into fists)

Give a little clap, clap, clap.

Open, shut them. Open, shut them. (spread fingers out wide, then close hands into fists)

Lay them in your lap.

Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them (slowly walk fingers up body from legs to neck)

Right up to your (continue walking fingers slowly)

Chin, chin, chin. (tap chin 3 times)

Open wide your little mouth, (hold fingers on chin while opening mouth wide)

But do not let them in! (hide hands behind back)

Extra Tid-bits

Playing with blocks doesn’t just help your child build fine motor skills. This type of play also supports early math concepts and imagination. Read more about why your child should play with blocks.

Virtual Storytimes

Are your children 3 or older? Check out our daily virtual storytimes for more reading fun.

Preschool Storytime Online (new content posted @ 10:00 AM)

Elementary Explorers (new content posted @ 2:00 PM)

Snuggle Up Storytime (new content posted @ 7:00 PM)