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Story Time Songs & Fingerplays

Story Time Songs and Fingerplays

Take Story Time Home with You!

We want you to take a little piece of Story Time home with you today!

Did you hear a song that you want to sing? Did you want to try a fingerplay with your child to improve motor skills? What about introducing your child to American Sign Language (ASL) which has proven to promote early communication, encourage speech development, and reduce tantrums?

Browse the age-appropriate Story Time elements that you can easily do at home.

Babies & Books

Opening Song

Say Say Oh Baby

Say, say, oh baby,
Come here and clap with me.
And bring your happy smile,
Bounce on my lap so free.
Shake, shake your hands, now.
Shake, shake your bottom too.
And shake your tootsies ten.
Let’s do it again. (repeat three times)

Let’s kiss and kiss again!

Story Time Favorites

Bumping Down the Road

Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Won't you be my darling.

One wheel's off and the axle's broken
One wheel's off and the axle's broken
One wheel's off and the axle's broken
Won't you be my darling.

Choo Choo Train

Choo choo choo choo,
Choo choo choo choo,
Up the railroad track,
Choo choo choo choo,
Choo choo choo choo,
Then we come right back.
First we go to (name)’s house,
Then we go to (name)’s house … repeat until all children's names have been used
And then we come right back!

Clean Up

Clean up, Clean up
Everybody, everywhere.
Clean up, Clean up
Everybody do your share…
Clean up, clean up, we’re all done!

Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes

Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes, knees and toes,
Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.

Look, Look!
(sing before reading boo; use ASL for underlined words)

Look, look, it’s time for a book.
Look, look, it’s time for a book,
Look, look, it’s time for a book.
It’s time for a book right now.

Pat-A-Cake

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
Roll it, Pat it and mark it with B,
Put it in the oven for baby and me.

The Noble Duke of York

The noble duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And marched them down again.
And when they’re up, they’re up,
And when they’re down, they’re down,
And when they’re only half-way up,
They’re neither up nor down.

Goodbye Song

Here We Go Up
(Tune: "Here We Go Looby-Loo")

Here we go up, up, up
Here we go down, down, down
Here we go back and forth
Here we go round and round
Here we go to the left
Here we go to the right
Let’s all blow a kiss
Now wave goodbye like this!

No Fuss Diaper Change Activities

Here's Your Arm
(Tune: “Frère Jacques”)

Here’s your arm, here’s your arm, (Hold baby’s arm.)
Watch it move, watch it move.
I wave it up and down.
I wave it all around.
Watch it wave, watch it wave.

Here’s your leg, here’s your leg. (Hold baby's leg.)
Watch it move, watch it move.
I can move it up and down.
I can move it all around.
Watch it move, watch it move.

Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory, dickory, dock (clap hands)
The mouse ran up the clock. (raise baby’s arms above head)
The clock struck one, (lightly tap baby’s tummy)
The mouse ran down, (bring arms back down)
Hickory, dickory, dock. (clap hands)

Repeat with legs

I Love You
(Tune: Skip to My Lou)

I love you, yes I do,
I love you, yes I do,
I love you, yes I do,
Here’s a kiss that’s just for you!

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go
Round and round
Round and round
Round and round
The wheels on the bus go
Round and round
All over town.

Other verses:
The horn on the bus goes, Beep, beep, beep. (lightly press baby’s nose or tummy.)
The babies on the bus go, Waa, waa, waa.
The grownups on the bus, Say, “I love you.”

Toddler

Opening Song

Hello

Hello!  Hello!
Hello and how are you?
I’m fine.  I’m fine.
I hope that you are too!

Today is...
(Tune: “Frère Jacques”) Have the group repeat each line after you.

Today is (day of the week,) today is ­­­­­­­­(day of the week,) all day long, all day long.
Let’s sing some songs.
Let’s read some books.
We’ll have fun. We’ll have fun.

Story Time Favorites

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
3 bags full.
1 for the master,
And 1 for the dame,
And 1 for the little boy who lives down the lane.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes

Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes, knees and toes,
Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.

I Caught a Fish

One, two, three, four, five, (Count on fingers)
Once I caught a fish alive. (Hold up pretend fish)
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten. (Count on fingers)
Then I let it go again. (Throw fish back)

Let’s Go to the Market
(use ASL for market items)

Let’s go to the market.
Let’s go to the store.
Let’s go get a (item repeated four times)
And maybe a few things more.

Let’s go to the market.
Let’s go to the store.
Let’s go get (item repeated four times)
And maybe a few things more!

Look, Look!
(sing before reading boo; use ASL for underlined words)

Look, look, it’s time for a book.
Look, look, it’s time for a book,
Look, look, it’s time for a book.
It’s time for a book right now.

Oh Mister Sun
(use ASL for the underlined word)

Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me.    

Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun
Hiding behind a tree….
These little children
Are asking you
To please come out
So we can play with you.      

Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me!

Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi

I’m gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

I’m gonna clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

I’m gonna yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, Yawn, Yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, Yawn, Yawn my sleepies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

I’m gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, point to your eyes,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, slap your knees,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit down please.

The More We Read Together
(use ASL for underlined words)

The more we read together, together, together,
The more we read together the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends
The more we read together the happier we’ll be.

The Noble Duke of York

The noble duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And marched them down again.
And when they’re up, they’re up,
And when they’re down, they’re down,
And when they’re only half-way up,
They’re neither up nor down.

Tommy Thumbs Up

Tommy thumbs up
Tommy thumbs down
Tommy thumbs dancing all around the town
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your knees
And tuck them into bed!

Two Little Feet
(sing before sitting down for a book)

Two little feet go tap, tap, tap.
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap.
Two little feet go jump, jump, jump.
Two little fists go thump, thump, thump.
One little body goes round and round.
And one little child
Sits quietly down.

Goodbye Song

Time to Wave Goodbye

Oh it's time to wave goodbye to all my friends,
Oh it's time to wave goodbye to all my friends,
Give a smile, wink your eye.
It’s time to wave goodbye,
Oh it's time to wave goodbye to all my friends.
Goodbye!                                     

We Wave Goodbye like This

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

We wave goodbye today.
We wave goodbye today.
We stomp our feet for all our friends.
We wave goodbye today.

When It’s Bedtime

When it’s bedtime, when it’s bedtime,
Rest your legs, sleepy legs.
Rest your legs, my children,
Rest your legs, my children.
Rest your legs, sleepy legs.
Repeat with arms
Repeat with head.

2s

Opening Song

Hello

Hello!  Hello!
Hello and how are you?
I’m fine.  I’m fine.
I hope that you are too!

Hello Everybody, How Are You?

Hello everybody, how are you?
Hello everybody, how are you?
Hello everybody, how are you?
How are you today?

Hello everybody, can you clap your hands?
Hello everybody, can you clap your hands?
Hello everybody, can you clap your hands?
Clap your hands today!

Hello everybody, can you stomp your feet?
Hello everybody, can you stomp your feet?
Hello everybody, can you stomp your feet?
Stomp your feet today!

Sing Hello!
(Tune: "Farmer in the Dell")

We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
Repeat with "wave hello", "stomp hello", "sing hello."

Story Time Favorites

A, A, A...let’s sing hooray for A”
(or any letter of the day)

A, A, A,
Let’s sing hooray for A!
A, A, A,
Let’s sing hooray for A!
(name three objects that begin with the letter A)

Source: Dr. James Thomas

Counting Song

1 little, 2 little, 3 little __________s
4 little, 5 little, 6 little __________s
7 little, 8 little, 9 little __________s
10 little __________s all together.
(counting objects to match week’s theme)

Dance Your Fingers
(Do the actions indicated by the rhyme.)

Dance your fingers up!
Dance your fingers down!
Dance your fingers side to side!
And dance them all around!
Dance them on our shoulders!
Dance them on your head!
Dance them on your tummy!
And put them all to bed!

Look, Look!
(sing before reading boo; use ASL for underlined words)

Look, look, it’s time for a book.
Look, look, it’s time for a book,
Look, look, it’s time for a book.
It’s time for a book right now.

Opposites
(action rhyme)

This is fast, fast, fast.
This is slow, slow, slow.
This is yes, yes, yes.
This is no, no, no.

This is short, short, short.
This is tall, tall, tall.
This is big, big, big.
This is small, small, small.

Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi

I’m gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

I’m gonna clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

I’m gonna yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, Yawn, Yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, Yawn, Yawn my sleepies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

I’m gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

Taller, Smaller

When I stretch up, I feel so tall. (Reach high.)
When I bend down, I feel so small. (Bend over.)
Taller, taller, taller, taller. (Reach up high and higher.)
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller. (Crouch low and lower.)
Into a tiny ball. (Sit down.)

The Color
(action rhyme)

If you like the color red
Put your finger on your head.
If you like the color blue    
Put your finger on your shoe.

If you like the color green
Wave your hands so you’ll be seen
If you like the color white
Stomp your feet with all your might!

Tickle the Clouds (closing rhyme)

Tickle the clouds!
Tickle your toes!
Turn around and touch your nose!
Reach down low!
And reach up high!
Story time’s over —
Wave goodbye!

Goodbye Song

Clap Your Hands

Clap your hands
Clap your hands
Everybody clap your hands
Clap your hands, clap your hands,
Clap your hands, clap your hands,
Everybody clap your hands!

Repeat: stomp your feet, touch your nose, wave goodbye!

When It’s Bedtime

When it’s bedtime, when it’s bedtime,
Rest your legs, sleepy legs.
Rest your legs, my children,
Rest your legs, my children.
Rest your legs, sleepy legs.
Repeat with arms
Repeat with head.

3-5s

Opening Song

Hello Everybody, How Are You?

Hello everybody, how are you?
Hello everybody, how are you?
Hello everybody, how are you?
How are you today?

Hello everybody, can you clap your hands?
Hello everybody, can you clap your hands?
Hello everybody, can you clap your hands?
Clap your hands today!

Hello everybody, can you stomp your feet?
Hello everybody, can you stomp your feet?
Hello everybody, can you stomp your feet?
Stomp your feet today!

“Hello My Friends”

Hello my friends,
Won’t you sing with me,
Sing with me,
Won’t you sing with me?

Hello my friends,
Won’t you sing with me?
Won’t you come and sing with me?

Repeat: clap, march, read

Story Time Favorites

Look, Look!
(sing before reading boo; use ASL for underlined words)

Look, look, it’s time for a book.
Look, look, it’s time for a book,
Look, look, it’s time for a book.
It’s time for a book right now.

Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi

I’m gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

I’m gonna clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

I’m gonna yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, Yawn, Yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, Yawn, Yawn my sleepies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

I’m gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away.

The Little Turtle

I had a little turtle. (Cup your hand slightly to make a shell.)
He lived inside a box. (Cover the shell with your other hand.)
He swam in the water. (Move both arms as if swimming.)
And he climbed on the rocks. (Move both arms as if climbing.)
He snapped at a mosquito. (Make a snapping motion with one hand.)
He snapped at a flea. (Snap again.)
He snapped at a minnow. (Snap again.)
And he snapped at me. (Snap again.)
He caught the mosquito. (Snatch the imaginary bug and eat it.)
He caught the flea. (Same as above.)
He caught the minnow. (Again.)
But he didn’t catch me! (Point to yourself.)

Tickle the Clouds (closing rhyme)

Tickle the clouds!
Tickle your toes!
Turn around and touch your nose!
Reach down low!
And reach up high!
Story time’s over —
Wave goodbye!

Goodbye Song

Clap Your Hands

Clap your hands
Clap your hands
Everybody clap your hands
Clap your hands, clap your hands,
Clap your hands, clap your hands,
Everybody clap your hands!

Repeat: stomp your feet, touch your nose, wave goodbye!

Now It’s Time To Say Goodbye
(Tune: “She’ll Be Comin’ Around the Mountain”) Clap your hands to the beat and wave during "goodbye"

Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Now it’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands,
Blink your eyes,
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”

When It’s Bedtime

When it’s bedtime, when it’s bedtime,
Rest your legs, sleepy legs.
Rest your legs, my children,
Rest your legs, my children.
Rest your legs, sleepy legs.
Repeat with arms
Repeat with head.