Toddler Storytime Song Round-up: Fall 2014 Edition

We sing a lot of fun songs in our storytimes, and sometimes you want to be able to sing them at home as well!  Here are the lyrics for the songs that we are using in this session of toddler storytime.

TODDLER STORYTIME SONGS

Welcome Song
(to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”)
Welcome, welcome everyone!
Now we’re here, let’s have some fun!
First we clap our hands just so.
Then we bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone!
Now we’re here, let’s have some fun!

Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands from “Tickles and Tunes” by Kathy Reid-Naiman

Clap your hands, clap your hands
And sing a happy song.
Clap your hands, clap your hands
and sing a happy song.
Clap your hands, clap your hands
and sing a happy song
And then you shake them, shake them, shake them right along.

Stomp your feet, stomp your feet
And sing a happy song.
Stomp your feet, stomp your feet
and sing a happy song.
Stomp your feet, stomp your feet
and sing a happy song
And then you shake them, shake them, shake them right along.

Nod your head, nod your head
And sing a happy song.
Nod your head, nod your head
and sing a happy song.
Nod your head, nod your head
and sing a happy song
And then you shake it, shake it, shake it right along.

Jump up and down, up and down
And sing a happy song.
Jump up and down, up and down
and sing a happy song.
Jump up and down, up and down
and sing a happy song
And then you shake it, shake it, shake it right along.

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them. (Spread fingers wide, then close into fists)
Open, shut them. (Spread fingers wide, then close into fists)
Give a little clap, clap, clap. (Clap hands on “clap”)
Open, shut them. (Spread fingers wide, then close into fists)
Open, shut them. (Spread fingers wide, then close into fists)
Place them in your lap, lap, lap (Pat lap with hands on “lap”)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up stomach to chin)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up stomach to chin)
Right up to your chin, chin, chin (tap chin with hands on “chin”)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth wide and pretend to put fingers in)
But do not let them in! (Hide hands behind your back quickly)

Roll Your Hands from “Toddlers on Parade” by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

Roll, roll, roll your hands
as fast as fast can be.
Do it now, Let me see,
Do it now with me.

Clap, clap, clap your hands
as loud as loud can be.
Do it now, Let me see,
Do it now with me.

Tap, tap, tap your feet
as softly as can be
Do it now, Let me see,
Do it now with me.

Roll, roll, roll your hands
as fast as fast can be.
Do it now, Let me see,
Do it now with me.

Twinkle Twinkle from “Walt Disney’s Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 1”

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.

Counting Song
(to the tune of “10 Little Indians”)
One little, two little, three little books
four little, five little, six little books
seven little, eight little, nine little books.
Ten little books together.

(I used books here, but you can substitute anything for that!)

Row, Row, Row Your Boat from “Songs for Wiggleworms” by The Old Town School of Folk Music

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.

Twist, twist, twist your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider from  “It’s Toddler Time” by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out.
Up came the sun and dried out all the rain.
And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again.

2 Little Blackbirds from Fingerplays and Footplays for Fun and Learning by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

2 little blackbirds sitting on a hill. (hold up pointer finger of right and left hand)
One named Jack and the other named Jill. (raise the right pointer higher first, then the left pointer)
Fly away Jack. Fly away Jill. (hide right hand behind back, then hide left hand behind back)
Come back Jack.  Come back Jill. (bring right hand forward again, then bring left hand forward.)
2 little blackbirds sitting on a hill.  (hold up pointer finger of right and left hand)
One name Jack and the other named Jill. (raise the right pointer higher first, then the left pointer)

Storytime’s Over
Hands up high!
Now give a big sigh.
Our storytime’s over,
So let’s wave good-bye!
Bye!

Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer D. is a Senior Librarian of Youth Services . When she was young, she was once grounded for reading too much. Things haven’t changed much since then and she loves escaping into a good story. When she’s not reading she enjoys watching old musicals, scouring flea markets, taking way too many photos and letterpressing. If she could have any pet she wanted she would have a wombat or a manatee.

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