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It's Birthday Party Time

Song: It's Birthday Party Time (Tune: The Farmer in the Dell) It’s birthday party time It’s birthday party time Hi ho the derry-o It’s birthday party time
It’s time to blow out the candles It’s time to blow out the candles Hi hi the derry-o It’s time to blow out the candles
It’s time to eat the cake It’s time to eat the cake Hi ho the derry-o It’s time to eat the cake
It’s time to open presents It’s time to open presents Hi ho the derry-o It’s time to open presents
Rhyme source Prop source
Looking for another idea for this same prop? I posted a different song last week
I do want to acknowledge that not all people celebrate birthdays so that is something to be aware of and sensitive to as you plan programs in a public library but I did want to share an option since many of my blog readers come from a variety of settings where they work with children and it can be difficult to find a variety of materials on birthday activities. 
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Happy Birthday, Everyone!

A coworker and I wrote the following song to accompany this dog toy/slice of birthday cake.  
Happy Birthday Everyone Tune: London Bridge is Falling Down
Happy birthday, everyone, Everyone, everyone, everyone Happy birthday, everyone Let’s sing this song!
Everyone, let’s make a wish (Close your eyes) Make a wish, Make a wish, Everyone, let’s make a wish! Blow that candle out! (BLOW) Blow out the candle
Everyone, let’s eat some cake, (pretend to eat cake) Eat some cake, Eat some cake, Eat some birthday cake! YUM! Yum, yum, yum yum.
Prop source: ZippyPaws Birthday Cake
I do want to acknowledge that not all people celebrate birthdays so that is something to be aware of and sensitive to as you plan programs in a public library but I did want to share an option since many of my blog readers come from a variety of settings where they work with children and it can be difficult to find a variety of materials on birthday activities. 

If you like this prop but not this song, check back next week for another …

Little Birds in the Birdhouse

Little Birdies in the Birdhouse By Anne Clark Little birdies in a house, Can we hear them tweet? Little birdies in the house, Will you sing your song?
Used with: Animal House Birdhouse


Could also use with this rhyme:


Little Bird [tune: "Five Little Ducks" ] One little bird with feathers of blue; flew beside the green one and then there were two. Two little birds signing in the tree; The red bird came and then there were three. Three little birds, wishing there were more; Along came the purple bird and then there were four. Four little birds, happy to be alive; Found a little yellow one, and then there were five. Five little birds as happy as can be. Singing beautiful songs - just for you and me!

We're Little Red Crabs Prop Song

Song: “We’re Little Red Crabs” (Tune: Farmer in the Dell) We’re little red crabs Who live down by the sea, And where we do go We’re quick as quick can be. We’re little red crabs Who like to run and hide, And when you see us walking by It’s always side to side. Credit: Preschool Education


Used with Zippy Paws: Sea Buddies Burrow--Crab 'n Rock

An Aquarium for My Fish Prop Rhyme

An Aquarium for My Fish On Saturday I got my wish, When I found an aquarium for my fish
But an empty tank is not much fun, So I bought an orange fish and now I have one.
I have a fish, but one won’t do, So I bought another and now I have two.
I have two fish swimming happily, But I bought another, and now I have three.
A tank full of fish is lots of fun, But the cat just saw them so I’d better run!


Prop source: Zippy Paws--Sea Buddies Burrow--Aquarium

This is a pretty well known rhyme and I simply made a few tweaks to the structure to better fit the prop I am using with it.

Three Little Seahorses Prop Rhyme

Three Little Seahorses Three little seahorses In the ocean blue One went to play And that left two.
Two little seahorses Having some fun. One went home And that left one.
One little seahorse Yes, just one, He swam away And that left none!


Used with Zippy Paws' Sea Buddies Burrow--Seahorse 'n Coral

Down By the Lily Pad

I'm tweaking a few of our curated storytime tubs and so I decided to split our Fish/Pond/Beach and Pirates tubs into Fish/Pond and Ocean/Pirates. But then I needed to beef up the pond content, so I came up with this lily pad activity.

Down by the Lily Pad
I'm swimming by a lovely, little lily pad,
Lovely little lily pad.
And this is what I am...
A fish!

I'm hopping on (frog), flying by (dragonfly), etc. 

Change the words to suit whatever puppets or stuffed animals you have. You can put down a tarp or sheet to make them look more like a pond!

If you don't like the rhyme, adapt the idea as a guessing game. Who might fly by a lily pad? Who might hop onto a lily pad? Have a conversation with the kiddos.

This could also be adapted to a flannel board.

Prop Sources: Floating Foam Lotus Leaves (pack of 6) and Artificial Floating Foam Lotus Flowers (pack of 4)

I also want to draw some attention to the wonderful resources that the Wisconsin Water Library has put together. I'm not…