Baby Storytime–Bells and Scarves

As I’ve mentioned before (lots of times, but see here for an example) I use a program called Mother Goose on the Loose for my baby storytimes.  It’s a little bit difficult to blog about my baby storytimes then, because much of the program is the same from week to week.  That’s by design.  Very young children find consistency and repetition reassuring, and it gives them a chance to learn the rhymes and songs to the point where they can eventually join in.

But for the sake of shorter, less repetitive, and more readable blogs, I’m thinking I might try something new.  While I use the same nine segments each week, I will feature only one segment here on the blog.  I’ll try to go in depth with each segment to discuss what we do and why we do it.


I do this in two segments.  I pass out the shakers, then we play with them for awhile and put them away before I pass out the scarves.  If you are looking for shakers, we got ours from Lakeshore Learning here and here.  These shakers are specifically designed for very young children.  There are even a couple of smaller rattle-type shakers that I use for children under six months.  I also got my scarves from Lakeshore Learning here.

This segment comes almost exactly in the middle of the program.  Why?  Because the little ones are starting to get antsy!  What better way to grab their attention than to ring a bell?

Sample Shakers Segment:  (singing and shaking shakers with the rhythm)

1.  We ring our bells together, ring our bells together, ring our bells together because it’s fun to do (2x) [Source: MGOL, Barbara Cass-Beggs]

2.  Ring them up HIGH (up over head, high tone of voice), ring them down LOW (down to ground, low tone of voice), ring them in the MIDDLE [Source: MGOL, Barbara Cass-Beggs]

3.  Ring your bells, ring your bells, you can ring your bells today.  Ring your bells, ring your bells, ring your bells today. [Source: MGOL, Barbara Cass-Beggs]

4.  Here we’ll do a song such as Are you sleeping? or Do you know the ice cream man?

5.  Ring them up HIGH, etc.

6.  Bells away, bells away, put your bells away today.  Bells away, bells away, put your bells away. [Source: MGOL, Barbara Cass-Beggs]

The whole segment is just a few minutes long.  We sing the songs without stopping, doing UP HIGH/DOWN LOW in between.  Having a song at the end helps the children to part with the bells.  If you need a song to use at home to encourage your child to pick up his or her toys, this simple song could do just the trick.

*Note that MGOL also includes material for sticks and bells.

Scarves are good for movement, games, and colors.

Sample Scarves Segment: (pass out one colored scarf to each child, saying the color out loud as you give it to them.  Example: Jordan is getting the purple scarf today!)

1.  Wind, oh wind, oh wind I say.  What are you blowing away today?  Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves I say, I am blowing the scarves away. [Source: MGOL, Barbara Cass-Beggs]

2.  Peek-a-boo, I see you, I see you hiding there.  Peek-a-bo0, I see you, I see you hiding there.  (2 times–play peek-a-boo with the scarf)  [Source: MGOL, Traditional]

3.  Here we will do an activity with the scarf such as stirring it to pretend we are making a cake, then recite Pat-a-Cake.  Or, we will sing This is the way we wash our face and pretend that the scarf is a wash cloth.

4.  Right before it’s time to put the scarves away, we will scrunch them up into little balls, then count to three and throw them up in the air, watching them drift down slowly.  We usually do this two or three times.

5.  Wind, oh wind

6.  Scarves away, scarves away, put your scarves away today.  Scarves away, scarves away, put your scarves away.

I think the kids really enjoy using the shakers and scarves, and I’m really glad we can offer them.  I’m looking forward to finding and trying out new rhymes, activities, and songs to use!

3 thoughts on “Baby Storytime–Bells and Scarves

  1. here’s the scarf rhyme I use:
    scarf up high (hold scarf up high)
    scarf down low (hold scarf low)
    put the scarf on your head just so (put on baby’s head covering face)
    uh, oh.. where did you go?
    peek a boo, I see you! (remove scarf)
    repeat rhyme and have the adult put the scarf on their head this time

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