Babies in Bloom: Print Awareness

BIBBabies from birth to 18 month (with caring adult) enjoy songs, action rhymes and playtime while building early literacy skills. A great way to get to know other families in your community! Today’s early literacy skill is Print Awareness.

Program Outline

Housekeeping Welcome to an AACPL Early literacy storytime. My name is Ms. Elaine. Don’t worry about wandering babies, please feel free to step outside if they need a break, and rejoin once they are ready. For now, it doesn’t matter whether your children follow along. If your babies see you play along they’ll want to copy you so please silence any cell phones and try to keep conversation until the social time afterwards.
Opening Song Everybody Wave Hello (Silly Hands Verse)
Aside 1


Today we’re going to talk about Print awareness, Print Awareness includes knowing that print has meaning, knowing how to handle a book, and noticing print all around.
Rhyme Where is Thumbkin
Flannelboard Ants and Bees
Rhyme I Know a Little Pony
Aside 2


In the book we’re about to read, there are lots of signs and different words we can point to, and draw our finger across underneath.
Book Wheels on the Bus (Board Books)
Song If You’re Happy
Rhyme Hurry Scurry Little Mouse
Rhyme Dance Your Fingers Up
Aside 3


When you read a board book with nice clear pictures, you can point to the picture and show your baby the real thing. For example, point to a picture of a truck in the book, then show your child a toy truck or a real truck. This helps Baby learn that pictures represent things she can see and touch. Later, Baby will learn that print represents words, which represent real things.
Rhyme Hello Bubble
Bubbles/Song Song: Happy by Pharrell
Ending Song Shake My Sillies Out!  (Raffi Live- 12),

Add remaining instruments, balls, toys

Words to fingerplays after the jump!

Everybody Wave Hello

Everybody wave hello.
Wave hello. Wave hello.
Everybody wave hello.
Lets have some fun!
Now let me see those SILLY HANDS!

Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today sir?
Very well I thank you.
Run away, run away.

Flannelboard: Ants and Bees

I Know a Little Pony
I know a little pony.
Her name is Dapple Grey.
She lives down in the meadow
Not very far away
She goes nimble nimble nimble

And trot, trot, trot…

Annnddd then she stops and waits a bit…

Gallop Gallop Gallop!

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It

(Aside: Example)


Hurry, Scurry Little Mouse

Hurry Scurry Little mouse,
Starts down at your toes,
Hurry scurry little mouse,
Past your knees it goes,
Hurry scurry little mouse,
Past where your tummy is,
Hurry scurry little mouse,
Gives you a mousy kiss!

Dance Your Fingers Up

Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance them to the side,
and dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders;
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy,
and put them all to bed.
[repeat 1-2x]

(Aside: Empower)

Hello Bubble (Tune: Frere Jacques)

Hello Bubble,
Hello Bubble.
Come and land
Come and land
Right in the middle
Right in the middle
Of my hand
Of my hand.

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One Response to Babies in Bloom: Print Awareness

  1. orangerful says:

    I’ve got the BiB program next month so I am going to definitely use some of these rhymes! I need some new rhymes (more for me than the babies, I mean, it’s all new to them!)

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