Weekly Standards

These are songs I regularly use in the toddler storytime.

Welcome Song: Hello Everybody
(clap hands on lap and then together, clap twice on the word “you”)
Hello everybody, how are you?
Hello everybody, how are you?
It’s such a lovely day, I’m so glad you came to play,
Hello everybody, how are you?

Welcome Song: The More We Get (Read) Together (with signs)
The more we get together
together, together,
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be!
For your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends,
The more we get together the happier we’ll be.

The more we read together, together, together
The more we read together
the happier we’ll be.
We’ll read big books and small books
and short books and tall books
The more we read together the happier we’ll be.

Toddler Yoga Break: Tall as a Tree
Tall as a tree (Stretch arms overhead)
Wide as a house…or the library (Stretch arms out to side)
Thin as a pin (Arms tight against side)
Small as a mouse (Crouch small)
(Repeat)
Credit: Truro Guerrilla Storytime

Fingerplay: Open Shut Them
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open Shut them, open shut them
Lay them in your lap, lap, lap

Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin
Open wide your little mouth
But do not let them in

Movement: Bubbles
One little, two little, three little bubbles.
Four little, five little, six little bubbles.
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles.
Ten little bubbles go pop, pop, pop!
Song: If You’re Ready for a Story
(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re ready for a story, blow me a kiss! (or some other related action)
If you’re ready for a story, blow me a kiss!
If you’re ready for a story,
If you’re ready for a story,
If you’re ready for a story, blow me a kiss!
… sit down please
(I usually sing two verses of this song with one action and one that involves them sitting down.)

Song: Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor,
And the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor
And the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor
And the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor
And the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed

One little monkey jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor
And the doctor said,
Put those monkeys right to bed

Rhyme: This is Big
This is big big big (Hold arms out to side)
This is small small small (Cup hands together)
This is short short short (Hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (Reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (Circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (Circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (Nod)
This is no no no (Shake head)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Fingerplay: Itsy Bitsy Spider and Biggy Wiggy Spider
Itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout. (alternate touching first finger and thumb tips as you move your hands upward)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out. (wiggle hands moving downward as if they are rain falling and sweep hands away from body)
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain, (bend arms with hands touching to form a circle like the sun above your head)
And the itsy bits spider went up the spout again. (repeat spider climbing motion from beginning)

Biggy wiggy spider went up the water spout. (spread arms and legs out to the sides of your body and pretend to climb with your whole body)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out. (exaggerated arm movements from itsy bits spider)
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain, (same sun as in itsy bits version)
And the biggy wiggy spider went put he spout again. (repeat whole body imitation of large spider climbing)

Goodbye Rhyme: Wave Hi, Wave Low aka The Goodbye Rap
I think it’s time, we’ve gotta go
Wave your elbows, wave your toes
Wave your tongue, wave your nose
Wave your knees, wave your lips
Blow me a kiss with your finger tips
Wave your ears, wave your hair,
Wave your belly and derriere.
Wave your chin, wave your eye
Wave a hand, and say goodbye!
Credit: Rob Reid

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