Houses and Homes-Babies

Books

In My Nest by Sara Gillingham
My House by Byron Barton

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

My House
I’m going to build a little house Finger form roof
With windows big and bright Two index fingers and thumb
With chimney tall and curling smoke Raise arms up in air
Drifting out of sight.
In winter when the snowflakes fall, Hands flutter down
Or when I hear a storm Hand cupped to ear.
I’ll go sit in my little house Sit in lap
Where I’ll be snug and warm. Hug baby

A House for Me
The carpenters hammer
Goes rap, rap, rap Make hammering motions
And her saw goes see, saw, see. Move arm is sawing motion
She hammers and hammers
And saws and saw
And builds a house for me. Make a roof shape over head with arms.

Houses
Here is a nest for robin cup both hands
Here is a hive for bee fists together
Here is a hole for bunny make a circle
And here is a house for ME! make a roof

Music

The Elevator Song by MaryLee Sunseri
This is a perky song that work well with bouncing babies on your knee. Then when the elevator goes up and down we pick babies up and down to correspond with the elevator.

Houses and Homes-Toddler

Books

My House by Byron Barton
Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? By Melanie Walsh
Flora’s Surprise by Debi Gliori
A New House for Mouse by Petr Horáček
Home by Carson Ellis
Maisy Cleans Up by Lucy Cousins
This Is Our House by Hyewon Yum
Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal Habitats by Il Sung Na

Flannel Boards

Rhymes & Fingerplays

Here Is A House
Here is a house built up high hands over head to make a roof
With two big chimneys reaching for the sky raise arms up high
Here is a window draw a square
Here is a door pretend to open a door
If we look inside peek through fingers</i
There’s a mouse on the floor! scamper fingers away

A House for Me
The carpenters hammer
Goes rap, rap, rap Make hammering motions
And her saw goes see, saw, see. Move arm is sawing motion
She hammers and hammers
And saws and saw
And builds a house for me. Make a roof shape over head with arms.

Houses
Here is a nest for robin cup both hands
Here is a hive for bee fists together
Here is a hole for bunny make a circle
And here is a house for ME! make a roof

My House
I’m going to build a little house Finger form roof
With windows big and bright Two index fingers and thumb
With chimney tall and curling smoke Raise arms up in air
Drifting out of sight.
In winter when the snowflakes fall, Hands flutter down
Or when I hear a storm Hand cupped to ear.
I’ll go sit in my little house Sit in lap
Where I’ll be snug and warm. Hug baby

Bugs-Babies

Books

Big Bugs!: Giant Creepy Crawly Pop-Ups by Keith Faulkner
Big Bug Little Bug: A Book of Opposites by Paul Stickland
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner
Snappy Little Bugs by Claire Nielson

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

On My Toe There Is A Flea
On my toe there is a flea
Now he’s climbing up on me
Past my tummy
Past my nose
On my head where my hair grows.

On my head there is flea
Now he’s climbing down on me
Past my tummy
Past my knee
Now take that you flea

The Insects and Spiders
Tune: The Wheels on the Bus

The pretty butterflies fly up and down, up and down, up and down,
The pretty butterflies fly up and down, all through the day! flap arms like wings

2) The spiders in the tree all spin a web… roll arms
3) The crickets in the field hop up and down…bounce baby
4) The bees in the hive go buzz, buzz, buzz…fly with arms out

The Itsy-Bitsy Spider
The itsy-bitsy spider went up the waterspout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out!
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again

Teeny weeny spider…
Great big spider…

Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey. sign for “eat” – fingers to mouth
Along came a spider who sat down beside her, walk fingers up baby’s arm
And frightened Miss Muffet away! tickle!

I’m A Little Beetle
I’m a little beetle bounce
And I wiggle all day
If you get too close to me,
I’ll fly away! lift on the word fly

I’m a little bumblebee…
I’m a little Ladybug…

Music

Five Little Flies by MaryLee Sunseri
I like to perform this song with a cow puppet. I put picture of 5 flies up on the board and pretend that the cow puppet swats them away with his tail.