Favorite Storytime Songs & Rhymes

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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 opposites- I always end with loud and quiet)

Credit: Jbrary

 

My Hands Say Hello

(to the tune of “The 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)

Optional last verse:

Have a seat, have a seat,

Have a seat and get ready for a story!

Eyes on me, eyes on me.

Are you ready for a story?

Credit: adapted from Joanie Bartels

 

Transitions

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!

Credit: Does anyone know WHERE this fantastic rhyme originated 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.

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

 

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.

 

Closing Songs

We Wave Goodbye Like This

(to the tune of “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

 

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