Fun Rhymes and Songs from Our Storytimes!

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How many families and friends have ever brought little ones to their favorite local library for Storytime?  If so, you’ve experienced the fun programming offered to entertain young readers while encouraging early literacy.  Are main goal is to create a collaborative plan of reading, performing flannel stories, singing and playing games to enhance a child’s relationship with books in the hopes that our thirty minute classes will help support their lifelong education.  It’s a great job- it really is…  But one of the best parts of being able to administer a Storytime is picking and choosing the perfect music to accompany the featured material.  I’ve always found the art of successfully completing this task a valued skill since the songs we teach are often repeated by our guests as soon as they get home.  We LOVE when this happens!  It’s the greatest compliment we can receive, making the selection process a top priority in our Storytime compilation.  While browsing our choices, we ask the questions:

                                Are the words to the song repetitive enough that it will be easily remembered?

                                Is the tune of the song simple to remember and repeatable?

                                Is the song fun and engaging for all Storytime participants?

If these questions are all answered with a great big “YES”, then it’s pretty safe to say the piece will work and be enjoyed by patrons.  Many times, librarians will perform ditties from the classics such as, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “The Wheels on the Bus” and “I’m a Little Teapot”, which are time and again proven crowd pleasers.   Since it’s always nice to have everyone involved with Storytime activities (especially the adults), picking out a well-known verse can sometimes ramp up engagement throughout the entire crowd.  While I, myself am a huge fan of the “oldies but goodies”, I also love to add a new rhyme or hymn I’ve either researched or learned from one of my coworkers.  Following along in the same simplified manner, contemporary songs are a wonderful inclusion to heighten interest and attention if your kids are getting bored by some of the more common selections.  If you are looking for some new material to entertain the kiddos at home with, here are a few of my favorite Storytime tunes, rhymes and lyrics!

“Hands Are Clapping”

(tune: “Skip to My Lou My Darling”)

Hands are clapping, CLAP, CLAP, CLAP!

Hands are clapping, CLAP, CLAP, CLAP!

Hands are clapping, CLAP, CLAP, CLAP!

Clap your hands my darling!

 

Toes are tapping, TAP, TAP, TAP!

Toes are tapping, TAP, TAP, TAP!

Toes are tapping, TAP, TAP, TAP!

Tap your toes my darling!

 

Feet are stomping, STOMP, STOMP, STOMP!

Feet are stomping, STOMP, STOMP, STOMP!

Feet are stomping, STOMP, STOMP, STOMP!

Stomp your feet my darling!

 

Fingers are wiggling, WIGGLE, WIGGLE, WIGGLE!

Fingers are wiggling, WIGGLE, WIGGLE, WIGGLE!

Fingers are wiggling, WIGGLE, WIGGLE, WIGGLE!

Wiggle your fingers my darling!

 

“I’m an Airplane”

(tune: frere jaques”)

“I’m an Airplane, I’m an Airplane,

Flying high!  Flying high!

I can tilt this way, I can tilt this way,

In the sky.  In the sky.

 

“I’m an Airplane, I’m an Airplane,

Flying high!  Flying high!

I can tilt that way, I can tilt that way,

In the sky.  In the sky.

 

“I’m an Airplane, I’m an Airplane,

Flying high!  Flying high!

I can make a landing, I can make a landing,

On the ground.  On the ground.

 

“My Hands Say Thank You” Rhyme

My hands say thank you

With a CLAP, CLAP, CLAP!

My feet say thank you

With a TAP, TAP, TAP!

My head says thank you

With a SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!

My heart says thank you

With a kiss to take!