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Want to continue the story time fun at home? You've come to the right place! This page contains the songs & rhymes we like to use during our story time sessions.

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Songs and Rhymes Handout 2024 [PDF]

Bilingual Story Time Songs and Rhymes 2024 [PDF]

Story Time Songs & Rhymes for Baby Bop, Tiny Tales, and Tales for Twos

Children learn through repetition! Sing these songs and say the rhymes while you do daily tasks like diaper changes, getting dressed, or taking a bath. Singing helps children learn the sounds that make up words through rhythm and separating syllables with a beat.

 

For January 8 though April 27, 2024

Well Hello Everybody

Well hello everybody can you touch your nose,

Touch your nose, touch your nose,

Well hello everybody can you touch your nose,

Touch your nose?

- Repeat with: touch your toes, pat your head, rub your belly, clap your hands, wave your scarf or shake your shaker. -

 

Washing Machine

We’re washing in the washing in the washing machine

We’re washing in the washing in the washing machine

We’re washing in the washing in the washing machine

Spin around and now we’re clean

Add bouncing, dancing, spinning -

 

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Knees and toes

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Knees and toes

Eyes, and ears, and mouth, and nose

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Knees and toes

 

You Are Here Today

_____ is here today,

_____ is here today,

Let’s give a cheer, let’s give a cheer,

Because _____ is here today!

 

I Wake Up My Hands

I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap

a clap, clap, clap, a clap, clap, clap

I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap

and I wiggle my waggles away

Verses: Feet - stomp, head - nod, belly - beep,  eyes - blink,  hips - shake

 

Pat-A-Cake

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man

Bake me a cake as fast as you can.

Roll it, and pat it, and mark it with a "B"

Then put it in the oven for baby and me.

 

Beehive Tickle Rhyme

Here is the beehive but where are the bees?

Hidden away where nobody sees

Watch and you'll see them come out of the hive

1, 2, 3, 4, 5... They're alive!

Buzzzzzzz

 

Apples and Bananas

I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas.
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas.

I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays.
I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays.

I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees.
I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees.

I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys.
I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys.

I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos.
I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos.

I like to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos.
I like to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos.

I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas.
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas.

 

Hurry Hurry

Hurry hurry drive the firetruck

Hurry hurry drive the firetruck

Hurry hurry drive the firetruck

Ding ding ding ding ding

Other verses: turn the corner, put the ladder up, spray the fire hose

 

These Are Baby's Fingers

These are baby’s fingers

These are baby’s toes

This is baby’s belly button

Round and round it goes

 

Popcorn Kernels

Popcorn kernels

Popcorn kernels

In a pot, in a pot

Shake them, shake them, shake them

Shake them, shake them, shake them

Till they POP!

 

Open Shut Them

Open shut them, open shut them

Give a little clap, clap, clap

Open shut them, open shut them

Put 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 don’t you let them in

 

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Zoom zoom zoom,

We’re going to the moon

Zoom zoom zoom,

We’re going to the moon

If you want to take a trip,

Climb aboard my rocket ship

Zoom zoom zoom,

We’re going to the moon

In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...BLASTOFF

 

The Itsy-Bitsy Spider

The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.

And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again.

 

 

Bilingual Story Time Songs & Rhymes

"Children who are raised with at least two languages have been found to have greater social understanding," says Oren Boxer, Ph.D. In addition, bilingual children:

  • tend to demonstrate empathy better than their monolingual peers;
  • are better at planning, problem-solving, concentration, and multitasking;
  • and have a stronger foundation for picking up more languages down the line.

 

For January 6 though April 20, 2024

Clap Everybody and Say Hello

(Sung to Skip to my Lou)

Clap everybody and say hello,

Clap everybody and say hello,

Clap everybody and say hello,

No matter what the weather.

- Repeat with: snap and say hola, tap and say bonjour, wiggle ears and say annyeong, hug and say namaste -

 

Buenos Dias

(Call and response sung to Frère Jacques)

Buenos dias, buenos dias,

Como estas? Como estas?

Yo estoy bien, yo estoy bien,

Y usted? Y usted?

- Repeat with: buenas tardes, and buenas noches -

 

Las Horas

tic tac, yo soy el señor reloj

tic tac, doce horas toco yo

tic tac, yo soy el señor reloj

tic tac, doce horas toco yo

a la una, como tuna

a las dos, como arroz

a las tres, todo al revés

a las cuatro, voy al teatro

a las cinco, ¡pego un brinco!

a las seis, aprendo inglés

a las siete, un juguete

a las ocho, un bizcocho,

a las nueve, ¡nadie se mueve!

a las diez, con los pies

a las once, campanas de bronce

a las doce, alguien tose

tic tac, yo soy el señor reloj

tic tac, doce horas toco yo

tic tac, yo soy el señor reloj

tic tac, doce horas toco yo

 

Un Elefante Se Balanceaba

Un elefante se balanceaba

sobre la tela de una araña,

como veía que resistía

fue a llamar a otro elefante.

 

Dos elefantes se balanceaban,

sobre la tela de una araña,

como veían que resistía

fueron a llamar a otro elefante.

- Repeat with: tres elefantes, cuatro elefantes, etc. -

 

¿Dónde está Pulgarcito?

(Sung to Where Is Thumbkin?)

¿Dónde está Pulgarcito? ¿Dónde está Pulgarcito?

¡Aquí estoy!

¡Aquí estoy!

¿Cómo estás esta mañana?

Muy bien, te doy las gracias. Escápate.

Escápate.

- Repeat with: puntero, hombrealto, hombreanillo, meñique, y la familia -

 

If You’re Wearing Rojo Hoy

If you’re wearing rojo hoy, clap your hands

If you’re wearing rojo hoy, clap your hands

If you’re wearing rojo hoy, and you really want to show it,

If you’re wearing rojo hoy, clap your hands

- Repeat with: azul (blue), rosa (pink), amarillo (yellow), blanco (white), negro (black) -