Storytime Songs & Rhymes

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Opening Songs

Hi, Hello and How Are You?

Hi, hello, and how are you?

How are you?

How are you?

Hi, hello, and how are you?

How are you today?

Credit: Jbrary

Good Morning to You

Tune: Happy Birthday

Good morning to you,

Good morning to you.

Good morning dear friends.

It’s nice to see you!

Credit: adapted from Teaching Mama

I Wake Up My Hands

I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap.

A clap, clap, clap.

A clap, clap, clap.

I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap.

And now I’m ready to… (bounce, jump, read)

Credit: there are several versions on the web, but my favorite is by Dany Rosever

Toast in the Toaster

Toast in the toaster

Getting very hot…

Tick tock, tick tock,

Up you pop!

Credit: Jbrary

Roll the Ball

Tune: Going to Kentucky

I roll the ball to JACK,

JACK rolls it back to me.

I roll the ball to JILL,

JILL rolls it back to me.

Credit: Whimsy Librarian

Clap Everybody and Say Hello

Clap everybody and say hello!

Clap everybody and say hello!

Clap everybody and say hello!

How are you this morning?

(repeat with other home languages or actions)

Credit: adapted from Jbrary

Bread and Butter

Bread and butter, jelly and jam.

Let’s say hello as FAST as we can!

Bread and butter, jelly and jam.

Let’s say hello as S-L-O-W as we can!

(repeat with other opposites)

Credit: Jbrary

My Hands Say Hello

Tune: Farmer in the Dell

My hands say hello,

My hands say hello.

Everytime I see my friends,

My hands say hello!

(repeat with other body parts)

Credit: I learned this song at a local guerrilla storytime.

Wake Up Toes

Wake up toes, wake up toes.

Wake up toes and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle!

Wake up toes, wake up toes,

Wake and wiggle in the morning!

(repeat with other body parts)

Credit: Joanie Bartels

Transitions

If You’re Ready for a Story

(to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands.

If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands.

If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story,

If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands!

(repeat with other actions- stomp your feet/have a seat/look at me)

Credit: I picked this up when I was a classroom teacher.  Jbrary also has a nice video to watch and learn from.

Tick Tock Cuckoo Clock

Tick tock, tick tock

I’m a little cuckoo clock.

Tick tock, tick tock

Now the time is one o’clock.

CUCKOO!

Repeat

Credit: KCLS

Dance Your Fingers Up

Dance your fingers up.

Dance your fingers down.

Dance your fingers to the side.

Dance them all around!

Dance them on your shoulders.

Dance them on your head.

Dance them on your knees.

Now put them into bed!

My Thumbs Are Starting to Wiggle

(to the tune of “The Bear Went Over the Mountain”)

My thumbs are starting to wiggle,

My thumbs are starting to wiggle.

My thumbs are starting to wiggle,

And now so are my toes!

(repeat with other body parts)

Credit: I learned this at a Guerilla Storytime. Jbrary also has a nice video to watch and learn from.

Can You Jump, Jump, Jump?

Can you jump, jump, jump?

Can you hop, hop, hop?

Can you clap, clap, clap?

Can you stomp, stomp, stomp?

Can you nod your head yes?

Can you shake your head now?

And can you sit down very slow?

Credit: adapted from KCLS

Closing Songs

Goodbye, Goodbye

Tune: London Bridge

Goodbye, goodbye.

We’ll see you soon, see you soon.

Goodbye, goodbye.

We’ll see you soon on another day!

Credit: King County Library System (KCLS)

We Wave Goodbye Like This

Tune: The Farmer in the Dell

We wave goodbye like this,

We wave goodbye like this.

We clap our hands for all our friends!

We wave goodbye like this.

We wave goodbye really fast,

We wave goodbye really slow.

We turn around and take a bow,

And then it’s time to go!

Credit: adapted from Storytime Katie