Toddler Time with Penny and Plantain from the Pop-up Library - video transcript

This page is a transcript of the  Toddler Time with Penny and Plantain from the Pop-up Library video on Brisbane City Council's YouTube channel. The video is 14 minutes and 16 seconds long.

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>> PENNY: Hi I’m Penny.

>> PLANTAIN: Hi I’m Plantain.

>> PENNY:  And we’re from the Pop-up Library.

>> PLANTAIN: So, normally we’d be out and about in parks across Brisbane but unfortunately at the moment we’re not able to do that so today we’re bringing you a special Toddler Time.

>> PENNY: Before we start, we’ll do our children’s Acknowledgement to Country which we have up here. Lets do it together, are you ready?

>> TOGETHER:  Here is the land, here is the sky, here are my friends and here am I.

>> PENNY: Now when we do Toddler Time in the libraries we have an array of songs that we love to sing and you love to sing with us, but I think a lot of the time you might be wondering where we get our ideas for our songs from.

So today I thought we might share an idea we had for what you can do at home to come up with some ideas for some songs.

>> PLANTAIN: Sometimes it can be hard to remember a song off the top of your head and even when we do our Toddler Times at the branches we might have a little list of songs just to prompt us and remind us.

But this is a way you can go through your home and find items that prompt you and remind you of songs you might like to sing.

>> PENNY: And if you do this with your child it’s a beautiful way to connect with them and really make it a fun and engaging time which is what we want Toddler time and Storytime to be. We really want it to be fun for you and your child.

So today, this morning, I had a little walk around my house, and I found a few things to put in a basket. I didn’t have any particular songs in mind, but I just saw a few little creatures and I thought ah, it reminded me of certain songs.

So, creating a basket like this with provocations in it to help you think of a story you can tell or a song you can sing can be really fun for you and your toddler.

>> PLANTAIN: Let’s have a look and see what we’ve got, can I go for the first one?

>> PENNY: Go for it

>> PLANTAIN: So, ooh, who’s little creature. We’ve got a little mouse.

>> PENNY: So, what song do we know about a mouse?

>> PLANTAIN: Well, one of my favourites is 'Hickory Dickory Dock', shall we do that one?

>> PENNY: That’s a great idea, let's sing 'Hickory Dickory Dock'. Have you got your tick tock, tick tock.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Hickory Dickory Dock. The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one.  The mouse ran down.
Hickory Dickory Dock. Tick Tock Tick Tock.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Hickory Dickory Dock. The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck two. The mouse said Boo!
Hickory Dickory Dock. Tick Tock Tick Tock.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Hickory Dickory Dock. The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck three - one, two, three - The mouse said Whee!
Hickory Dickory Dock. Tick tock tick tock.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Hickory Dickory Dock. The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck four – one, two, three, four 
The mouse said, “no more!” Hickory Dickory Dock.

>> PLANTAIN: That was a great one. Okay, I’m going to leave the little mouse there.

>> PENNY: Okay, I’m just going to randomly have a little feel – ooh, I found a cute little bunny. Do you know any songs about bunnies?

>> PLANTAIN: Aaah, I know, um, we could do…

>> PENNY: What about 'Little Peter Rabbit'? This looks like a little Peter Rabbit bunny doesn’t it?

>> PLANTAIN: And he has a flippy floppy ear.

>> PENNY: He does.

>> PLANTAIN: Is that how the song goes? Okay.

>> PENNY: Um, and a fly upon his nose?

>> PLANTAIN: That’s right, yes

>> PENNY: There’s a fly on his nose and do you know what? If you can think of a song but you can’t quite remember how it goes that’s completely fine.

Your child just wants to hear you sing and have some fun with it. You can just make up the words if you like, and the tune even. But let’s start with 'Little Peter Rabbit'.

>> PLANTAIN: Okay.

>> TOGETHER [singing]:  Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose.
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose.
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose.
So, he flipped it and he flopped it and it flew away.

>> TOGETHER Shall we do his flippy floppy ear? Yes.

>> TOGETHER [singing]:  Little Peter Rabbit had a flippy floppy ear.
Little Peter Rabbit had a flippy floppy ear.
Little Peter Rabbit had a flippy floppy ear.
So, he flipped it and he flopped it and it stood straight up.

>> PENNY: What else happens to little Peter Rabbit?

>> PLANTAIN: Ooh, I don’t remember.

>> PENNY: I don’t remember either.

>> PLANTAIN: I think we’ll leave it at that.

>> PENNY: And it’s fine to just do a small part of a song, you know? You’re the expert. All right Plantain, choose something else from the basket.

>> PLANTAIN: Ooh, what’s this creepy crawly creature. Oh! It’s a spider.

>> PENNY: A spider. I think we all know the song about a spider, don’t we?

>> BOTH: [singing]

 >> TOGETHER [singing]: Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the waterspout.
Down came the rain and washed poor Incy out.
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain.
So Incy wincy Spider climbed up the spout again.

>>PENNY: All right, here I’ve got a little tiny teddy bear. What songs do we know about a teddy bear?

>> PLANTAIN: Well there’s quite a few.

>> PENNY: 'Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around'?

>> PLANTAIN: Yep.

>> PENNY: We could do 'Rock-a-bye your bear'? There’s probably other songs about teddies that you know. Which one will we do?

>> PLANTAIN: What about 'Rock-a-bye your bear'?

>> PENNY: Shall we do 'Rock-a-bye your bear' so we can stand up and do a little bit of dancing?

>> PLANTAIN: I’m going to stay sitting. You can stay standing for this one [laughs].

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Everybody clap, everybody sing, tra la, la, la, la, la!
Bow to your partner, then you turn around.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Hands in the air, rock-a-bye your bear.
Bear's now asleep, sh, sh, sh. Bear's now asleep, sh, sh, sh.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Everybody clap, everybody sing, la, la, la, la, la!
Bow to your partner, then you turn around, yippie!

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Hands in the air, rock-a-bye your bear.
Bear's now asleep, sh, sh, sh. Bear's now asleep, sh, sh, sh.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Bear's now asleep, sh, sh, sh. Bear's now asleep, sh, sh, sh.

>> PENNY: There we go that’s a nice one. Put my little bear next to my bunny.

>>PLANTAIN: What about… there’s something furry? What about this one?

>>PENNY: That’s a little cupcake. What’s a song about a cake?

>>PLANTAIN: Hmmmm?

 >>PENNY: Who knows about…

[singing]: 'Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake bakers’ man'?

Shall we do that one?

>>PLANTAIN: You might have to remind of the words. I haven’t done this one in a while.

>>PENNY: This is one you can do with your own child’s own letter. So, it says, "Pat it and prick it and mark it with ‘B’ and put it in the oven for baby and me."

But Plantain and I, we might pat it and prick it and mark ours with ‘P’ because our names start with ‘P’.

So, it can be really fun, as well as walking around the house looking for these things to provoke song ideas…

… it’s also a lot of fun to walk around the house and look at favourite letters and what they might mean. So, let’s do…. we’ll mark it with ‘P’.

>> TOGETHER: Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake bakers’ man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Pat it and prick it and mark it with ‘P’
and put it in the oven for Plantain and me!

>> PLANTAIN: [laughs] I like that one. I’m sure you’ve been doing lots of baking as well.

 >> PENNY: So, that’s a really fun one to do with playdough as well. So, if you’ve made some playdough at home, pat-a-cake is a great one with playdough and you could put some letters in it and practice a little bit of early literacy like that.

Okay my turn, I found horsey. What songs do we know about horses?

>> PLANTAIN: Well I know a favourite when my boys were little and that was 'Giddy-up horsey'.

>> PENNY: Let’s do that.

>> PLANTAIN: Shall we do that?

 >> PENNY: There’s also another one you might have heard at the libraries, Is this is the way the ladies ride. Trit trot….

>> PLANTAIN: Ooh, I haven’t heard that one.

>>PENNY: Yeah, that’s another one you might know. So, there’s a few songs out there about horses.

>> PLANTAIN: I’ve got my magpie to do 'Giddy-up horsey' with.

 >> PENNY: I might let froggy do it with me. Okay.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up horsey. Giddy-up, giddy-up go, go, go.
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up horsey. Giddy-up, giddy-up horsey …. Whoah!

>> PENNY: That’s fun

>> PLANTAIN: That one get’s harder as your children get older if they’re sitting on your knee.

>> PENNY: [laughs]

>> PLANTAIN: But it’s still a favourite. They still love it.

>> PENNY: You could even a use a broom or something and giddy-up around the house.

>> PLANTAIN: [laughs] Yeah, definitely. Okay, we’ve got a few more.

>> PENNY: I’ll put my horsey down here.

>> PLANTAIN: Ah, what about this one?

 >> PENNY: Ooh, a song about a car?

>> PLANTAIN: We’ve got quite a few transport songs that we like. We’ve got….

>> PENNY: …'The wheels on the bus'.

>> PLANTAIN: 'The wheels on the bus'. I like to do one. 'Twinkle twinkle traffic lights'. That’s a good one.

>> PENNY: But we might do ‘Take you driving in my car, car’. So, we’ve got ‘take you driving in my car’, ‘the engine it goes broom broom’, ‘the wipers, they go swish swish’ and the horn it goes beep beep.

>> PLANTAIN: Great.

>> PENNY: Okay, so that’s the way we’re going to sing it. You can sing it anyway you like. It’s your song. You can make it up.

>>PLANTAIN: It’s your car!

>>PENNY: [laughs] Okay.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: I’ll take you driving in my car, car. I’ll take you driving in my car, car. I’ll take you driving in my car, car. I’ll take you driving in my car!

>> TOGETHER [singing]: The engine it goes brmmm, brmmm. The engine it goes brmmm, brmmm. The engine it goes brmmm, brmmm. I’ll take you driving in my car!

>> TOGETHER [singing]: The wipers they go swish swish. The wipers they go swish swish. The wipers they go swish swish. I’ll take you driving in my car!

>> TOGETHER [singing]: The horn, it goes beep beep. The horn, it goes beep beep. The horn, it goes beep beep. I’ll take you driving in my car!

>> PLANTAIN: I like that one.

>> PENNY: Your car could make lots of other noises, I’m sure! All right, we’ve got a ducky. We always sing some songs about ducks.

>> PLANTAIN: We do.

>> PENNY: The one, of course, that we love to sing is 'Five little ducks'. That’s a great one for practicing your counting and your backward counting.

Okay, I wonder if my duck will sit there? I’ll leave ducky here in front. We’ve got five little ducks and then a mother duck.

And this is another song… sometimes I find it hard to remember the tune, but you can sing it anyway you like because your child just likes to hear your voice. There are no rules.

>> PLANTAIN: No, there’s no wrong way to sing to your child.

>> PENNY: There’s no wrong way to sing it. Okay.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Five little ducks went out one day.
Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack."
But only four little ducks came back.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Four little ducks went out one day.
Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack."
But only three little ducks came back.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Three little ducks went out one day.
Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack."
But only two little ducks came back.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Two little ducks went out one day.
Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only one little duck came back.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: One little duck went out one day.
Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But none of the five little ducks came back.

>> PENNY: She’s got to go and find her babies.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Old mother duck went out one day.
Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack."
And all of five little ducks came back.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Five little ducks went out to play. 
Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack."
And all of the five little ducks came back.

>>PLANTAIN: Oh, phew! They’re all back

>>PENNY: That’s a great… being able to move your fingers to hold up the little ducks is a really great pre-writing skill. It helps you to build those muscles in your fingers to develop those fine motor skills.

So, that’s why we do a lot of counting songs because it’s actually super tricky to just hold up some of those fingers on their own.

>> PLANTAIN: Toddlers, I have noticed, are great at, especially the three. That can be hard for them to do, so the hold it like that.

>> PENNY: Holding down your little finger with your thumb, you know, that really requires a lot of muscles, so that’s one of the reasons those counting songs are really great for your fine motor skills. All right there’s only one thing left in our basket.

>> PLANTAIN: Oh, it’s so shiny!

>> PENNY: So twinkly!

>> PLANTAIN: [laughing] So what could we sing?

>> PENNY: [laughing] It’s so star shaped!

>> PLANTAIN: [laughing] Okay, this is beautiful. It’s very precious. I’m going to pop it there and then, of course, we’re going to do 'Twinkle twinkle little star'.

>>PENNY: All right, and that can be our last song for today. But, you know, you could create a basket like this at home and just keep adding to it and who knows what kind of songs you might come up with.

There might be a potato in that basket, and you could do…

[singing]: 'One potato, two potato'.

So really the sky’s the limit

>> PLANTAIN: Absolutely. 

>> PENNY: So, that could be a really fun thing to have at home so just off the top of your head you can think up some songs to sing. All right let’s do our twinkle song to say goodbye.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high.
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star.
How I wonder what you are.

>> TOGETHER [singing]: Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high.
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star.
How I wonder what you are.

>>PENNY: Okay, thanks for coming along today. We hope we see you next time at another one of our Brisbane Library videos. Bye!

>>PLANTAIN: Bye, thank you.

Last updated:29 June 2020
Topics: library