Itsy Bitsy Birthday Recap!

What a fun morning!  Thanks to everyone who showed up to celebrate the 3rd year of Itsy Bitsy Story Time and Mother’s Day!  Thanks too to our new friends who went with the flow today! We will return to our regular programming next week with ABCs and 123s!  Here are the activities and books we shared today in addition to our Opening and Closing Songs:

Little White Fish Gets Bigger
by Guido van Genechten
little white fish

Delightful board book about all of the different sea creatures coming to Little White Fish’s birthday!  Double bonus – they come in pairs of opposites! The whole Little White Fish series is adorable and our library is lucky to have a full set!

Happy Birthday Jack!
by Rebecca Elgar
Happy Birthday Jack

One of our favorites – an adorable lift-the-flap book showing differently shaped presents and revealing the fun gifts beneath the flaps. Fun pop-up at the end!

What Momies Do Best
by Laura Numeroff
illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
what Moms do best

Two books in one!  The reverse side is called What Daddies Do Best (we’ll read it in June!) Sweet and simple text with adorable drawings. (When you read both sides back to back there are amusing differences in how Mommies and Daddies do the same task differently!)

Finger Rhyme:

Ten candles on a birthday cake (hold up all 10 fingers)
All lit up for me!
I’ll make a wish and blow them out,
Watch and you will see!
(blow out ‘candles’)

(No idea where I found this one, sorry!)

Bouncing Rhyme:

Tune: Here we Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

Take a ride on the merry go-round,
Around and around, Around and around.
The horses go up and the horses go down,
One the merry go-round!

(Don’t know where I got this one either – let me know if you do!)

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out,
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again!

(Traditional!) Yup, we only sing this once a year, but wow we nailed it!


Two crafts today! Paper Plate Birthday Hats and Mother’s Day Flowers!




Pre-cut paper plates (cut in sixths across center – see photo above)

Decorate the plate and then fold up points to make a party hat!  Hat size can be made bigger by cutting further into the plate, but can’t be made smaller, so start with a small size and increase if necessary!

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Pipe cleaners (pre-crimped at one end)
Pre-cut construction paper and recycled magazine paper petals in small, medium and large (pre punched center hole too!)


String the ‘petals’ onto the open end of the pipe cleaner starting with your smallest petal first. Crimp the pipe cleaner on the underside of the flower so the petals stay in place


4 thoughts on “Itsy Bitsy Birthday Recap!

  1. Lovin’ those plate hats, Anne. So easy! And reading about the adorable books you’ve listed I worked up an appetite. *clears throat* Cupcake, please? So glad you happen to have some! *confiscates!*

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