Storytime Songs & Rhymes

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Baby Storytime Songs

Let’s All Clap

Let’s all clap because X is here,

X is here, X is here!

Let’s all clap because X is here

On our story morning!

X = baby’s name or group (e.g. the babies are here, the mommies are here, etc.)

Mix a Pancake

Mix a pancake,

Stir a pancake,

Pop it in a pan.

Fry a pancake,

Toss a pancake,

Catch it if you can!

Credit: Jbrary

Round and Round the Batter Bowl

Round and round the batter bowl.

One… two… three!

A little here… (tickle)

A little there… (tickle)

As tasty as can be!

Credit: adapted from “Round the Butter Dish” by Jbrary

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

This is Big, Big, Big

This is big, big, big.

This is small, small, small.

This is short, short, short.

This is tall, tall, tall!

This is fast, fast, fast.

This is slow, slow, slow.

This is yes, yes, yes.

And this is no, no, no!

Credit: Mel’s Desk

Toast in the Toaster

Toast in the toaster

Getting very hot…

Tick tock, tick tock,

Up you pop!

Credit: Jbrary

Opening Songs

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 opposite pairs)

Credit: Jbrary

Clap Everybody and Say Hello

Clap everybody and say hello!

Clap everybody and say hello!

Clap everybody and say hello!

No matter what the weather.

(repeat with other home languages or actions)

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

Hello, Hello

Hello, hello.

Hello and how are you?

I’m fine, I’m fine.

I hope that you are, too!

Hi, Hello and How Are You?

Tune: London Bridge

Hi, hello, and how are you?

How are you?

How are you?

Hi, hello, and how are you?

How are you today?

Credit: Jbrary

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

My Hands Say Hello

Tune: Farmer in the Dell

My hands say hello,

My hands say hello.

Every time I see my friends,

My hands say hello!

(repeat with other body parts)

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

Now It’s Time to Say Hello

Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb

Now it’s time to say hello,

Say hello, say hello.

Now it’s time to say hello

And start our storytime!

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

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

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

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!

Goodbye (Props)

Tune: Goodnight Ladies

Goodbye, shakers.

Goodbye, shakers.

Goodbye, shakers.

We’ll see you again soon!

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.

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.

Put Your Bottom on the Rug

Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It

Put your bottom on the rug, on the rug.

Put your bottom on the rug, on the rug.

Put your bottom on the rug and give yourself a hug!

Put your bottom on the rug, on the rug.

Credit: Move, Play, Learn by Alyssa Jewell

Put Your Hands in the Air…

Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It

Put your hands in the air, in the air.

Put your hands in the air, in the air.

We’re about to sing a song.

If you’d like to shake along,

Put your hands in the air, in the air!

Repeat: put hands in different places while waiting for props to be passed out

Credit: coworker

What’s Inside the Story Bag?

Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb

What’s inside the story bag,

Story bag, story bag?

What’s inside the story bag?

Let’s open it and see!

Credit: Original

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)

Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb

Now it’s time to say goodbye,

Say goodbye, say goodbye.

Now it’s time to say goodbye.

We’ll see you again soon!

Credit: Jbrary

Our Storytime is Over

Our storytime is over, wave goodbye.

Our storytime is over, wave goodbye.

Our storytime is done, I hope you had lots of fun!

Our storytime is over, wave goodbye.

We Are Clapping, Clapping, Clapping

Tune: She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain

We are clapping, clapping, clapping,

Then we STOP!

We are clapping, clapping, clapping,

Then we STOP!

We are clapping, clapping, clapping.

We are clapping, clapping, clapping.

We are clapping, clapping, clapping,

Then we STOP!

(repeat with other actions, end with waving goodbye)

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