Weekly Storytime Songs

Here are the words and citations to the weekly repeated rhymes and songs for my baby storytimes:

from Teach a Toddler: Playful Songs for Learning, Priscilla Hegner & Rose Grasselli, Kimbo Educational

Hello, hello, it’s time to come and play
Hello, hello, let’s have some fun today
Let’s clap our hands
Wiggle our toes
Shake our bottoms
Hug and kiss and away we go

This is an old standard! I chant it rather than sing it.

Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Give a little clap clap clap

Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Lay them in your lap

Creep them, creep them
Creep them, creep them
Right up to your chin chin chin

Open wide your little mouth…
But do not let them in!

FLANNEL SONG: A-Hunting We Will Go
Traditional. I sing this every week, using four different clip art animal-and-rhyme pairs.

A-hunting we will go
A-hunting we will go
We’ll catch a fox and put him in a box
And never let him go

I wrote this easy action rhyme & we do it every week. It’s a big hit!

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

This is no no no
Shake head

from Teach a Toddler: Playful Songs for Learning, Priscilla Hegner & Rose Grasselli, Kimbo Educational

You see with your eyes
Touch your eyes
You sneeze with your nose
Touch your nose (achoo!)
You hear with your ears
Touch your ears
You kiss with your lips
Kiss me here


23 Responses to Weekly Storytime Songs

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  3. Lisa says:

    I just might use your “This is Big” as a closing for the baby program, with two extras: “stop” and “go”!

  4. Melissa says:

    Great add!

  5. Desiree says:

    Love all this inspiration!

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  14. Vicki Howsare says:

    Your rhyme, “This Is Big” can be sung to the tune of London Bridge Is Falling Down. Just repeat the key words to match the meter of the song.
    I’m new to your site and love it already. Thanks for all the wonderful and useful ideas.

  15. Melissa says:

    Hey! Wow! I never would have tried that out, thanks for sharing!!!

  16. Katy K. says:

    Thanks very much for this! You saved me this morning when all the youth librarians were out sick & I had to do a Baby Play last minute. I did Red Sled, Noble Duke of York, Snowballs by Lois Ehlert, and a snow chant from my daughter’s music class. This list let me look put together on a half hour’s notice!

  17. Melissa says:

    Yahoo! Thanks for letting me know! Other blogs have helped me out at the last minute so it’s nice to return the favor!

  18. Francine Allen says:

    I especially like the “this is big” and “sneeze game” songs because they help the littlest kids develop sense of themselves, their boundaries, and where other people’s boundaries begin. By teaching this through the consistency of having these songs, which babies and toddlers enjoy, maybe its possible to later on cut down on the need to lecture elementary school kids about it – not entirely but to some extent.

  19. Linda says:

    Second stanza to open shut them that I use:

    Open shut them, open shut them
    To your shoulders fly fly fly
    Then just like the birdies do they fly up to the sky
    Falling, falling, falling, falling
    Right down to the ground ground ground
    Quickly pick them up again and turn them round and round

  20. Melissa says:

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Gina H says:

    Thank you! Just found out at the last minute I needed to cover for a coworker and your outline was a lifesaver!

  22. Melissa says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for letting me know. I’ve certainly grabbed other people’s stuff at the last minute myself!

  23. Cinda says:

    Here is the rest of the Second stanza to open shut them my mother sang. Some of the wording is different also. Also we didn’t repeat clap or chin in the original stanza. I’m 57 and she probably learned it from her mom so it is very old:

    Open shut them, open shut them
    To your shoulders fly
    Then like little birdies let them flutter in the sky
    Falling, falling, falling, falling
    Almost to the ground
    Quickly pick them up again and turn them round and round
    Faster, faster, faster, faster
    Slower, slower, slower, slower

    I always used this and other songs when I changed my kids and grandkids.
    This one has motions so you obviously can’t do it while changing but it gets their attention, settles them or as a reward for a good diaper change.

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