Storytime Songs

This is a directory of songs and rhymes that are suitable for Toddler and Preschool Storytimes. Please check back often for new resources!

 Rainbow Music

Opening Songs

If you want to hear a story (Tune: ‘If you’re happy and you know it’)
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands. (Clap, Clap)
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands. (Clap, Clap)
If you want to hear a story,
If you want to hear a story,
If you want to hear a story clap your hands. (Clap, Clap)
Other verses
– Stamp your feet (Stomp, Stomp)
– Nod your head (Nod, Nod)
– Shout hooray (“Hooray!”)
– Sit so still (finger on lips – “Shhh”)

The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together,
Oh the more we get together, the happier we’ll be!
‘Cause your friends are my friends,
And my friends are your friends.
Oh the more we get together, the happier we’ll be!

Hi! Hello and how are you? (Tune: London Bridge is falling down)
Hi! Hello and how are you?
How are you?
How are you?
Hi! Hello and how are you?
How are you today?

What do you think my name is?
What do you think my name is? (clapping)
I wonder if you know.
My name is _____________!
Hello, hello, hello, (waving)
Hello, hello, hello! (waving)

 

Settling Songs

My hands
I hide my hands,
I shake my hands,
I give a little clap.
I clap my hands,
I shake my hands,
I hide them in my lap.

Shake the sillies out
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.
Other verses:
Clap my crazies out.
Jump my jiggles out.
I’m gonna sit, sit, sit and be quiet now.
Sit, sit, sit and be quiet now.
Sit, sit, sit and be quiet now,
And listen to the next story.

 

Rhymes, Songs and Fingerplays

Baa baa black sheep
Baa, baa, black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir
Three bags full
One for the master
One for the dame
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Bananas in pyjamas
Bananas, in pyjamas
Are coming down the stairs
Bananas, in pyjamas
Are coming down in pairs
Bananas, in pyjamas
Are chasing teddy bears
‘Cos on Tuesdays they all try to catch them unawares!

Big Mack Truck
A Big Mack Truck, a Big Mack Truck, (rock baby side to side with driving motion)
A little mini minor, (roll pointer fingers around each other)
And a Big Mack Truck.
A Big Mack Truck, a Big Mack Truck,
A little mini minor,
And a Big Mack Truck.
A Racing car, a racing car, (rub hands together while clapping)
A little mini minor,
And a racing car.
A racing car, a racing car,
A little mini minor,
And a BIG MACK TRUCK!

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap your hands together
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap your hands together
La la la la la la la, La la la la la la,
La la la la la la la, La la la la la la.

Do you put your hat on…?
Do you put your hat on your foot, on your foot?
Your hat on your foot?
Uh-uh, uh-uh!
Do you put your hat on your elbow, on your elbow?
Your hat on your elbow?
Uh-uh, uh-uh!
Do you put your hat on your knee, on your knee?
Your hat on your knee?
Uh-uh, uh-uh!
You put your hat on…
You put your hat on…
You put your hat on your head, head, heady-head!

Family fingerplay
This is a family (hold up one hand, fingers spread)
Let’s count them and see,
How many there are,
And who they can be (count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, pointing to each finger)
This is the mother (touch pointer finger)
Who loves everyone
And this is the father (touch middle finger)
Who is lots of fun.
This is my sister (touch ring finger)
She helps and she plays,
And this is the baby (touch little finger)
He’s growing each day.
But who is this one? (touch thumb)
He’s out there alone,
Why it’s Jackie, the dog,
And he’s chewing a bone (wiggle thumb).

Five in the bed
There were five in the bed and the little one said,
“Roll over, roll over,”
So they all rolled over and one fell out…
Other Verses:
Four
Three
Two
There was one in the bed and that one said,
“Goodnight!”

Five little ducks
Five little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
but only four little ducks came back
Other verses:
Four little ducks
Three little ducks
Two little ducks
One little duck

Mother duck went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
and all five little ducks came back

Giddy up horsey
(bounce child on knee while facing you)
Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up horsey,
Giddy up, giddy up, go, go, go!
Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up horsey,
Giddy up, giddy up, WOAH! (lean child backwards)

Grand Old Duke of York
(older children can march on the spot)
Oh, the Grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill, (lift child or hands up)
And he marched them down again. (move child/hands down)
And when they were up, they were up, (lift child/hands up)
And when they were down, they were down, (move child/hands down)
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up, nor down! (lift child/hands up then down)

Heads and shoulders
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head and shoulders, knees and toes
We all clap hands together
Eyes and ears, and mouth and nose, mouth and nose, mouth and nose
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
We all clap hands together

Here’s a house
Here’s a house with a wall, with a wall, with a wall,
Here’s a house with a floor, with a floor, with a floor,
Here’s a house with a roof, with a roof, with a roof
(Here’s a house falling down! Crash!)
There’s no house anymore, anymore,
There’s no house anymore!

Hey diddle diddle
Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon

Hey there, what do you wear?
Hey there, what do you wear
When you go out to play?
You wear your sun hat,
Yes your sun hat,
In a hat hat hatty way.
Hey there, what do you wear
When you go out to play?
You wear your t-shirt,
Yes your t-shirt,
In a shirt shirty way.
Hey there, what do you wear
When you go out to play?
You wear your necklace,
Yes your necklace,
In a neck neck necky way.

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory Dickory dock

Hokey Pokey
You put your right foot in
You put your right foot out
You put your right foot in
And you shake it all about
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn around
That’s what it’s all about
Other verses:
Left leg
Right arm
Left arm
Whole self

Hot potato
Hot potato, hot potato
Hot potato, hot potato
Hot potato, hot potato
Potato,
Potato, potato, potato.
Other verses:
Cold spaghetti
Mashed banana

If you’re happy and you know it
If you’re happy and you know it
Clap your hands (Clap, Clap)
If you’re happy and you know it
Clap your hands (Clap, Clap)
If you’re happy and you know it
and will really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it
Clap your hands (Clap, Clap)
Other verses:
If you’re angry… Stamp your feet (Stamp, Stamp)
If you’re sad… Cry boo-hoo (Boo hoo)
If you’re friendly… say hello (Hello)
If you’re sleepy…Give a yawn (Yawn)
If you’re excited…Shout hurray (Hurray)

I’m a little teapot
I’m a little teapot
Short and stout
Here is my handle
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up
hear me shout
Tip me over and pour me out

Incy Wincy spider
Incy Wincy spider
climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain
And washed poor Incy out
Out came the sunshine
And dried up all the rain
So Incy Wincy spider
climbed up the spout again.

Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after
Up Jack got and home did trot
As fast as he could caper
And went to bed to mend his head
With vinegar and brown paper

Jelly on a plate
Jelly on a plate
Jelly on a plate
Wibble wobble wibble wobble
Jelly on a plate.
Ice cream in a cone
Ice cream in a cone
Yummy yummy in my tummy
Ice cream in a cone.
Sausage in a pan
Sausage in a pan
Sizzle sizzle sizzle sizzle
Sausage in a pan.

Jump
Jump, jump, jump if you feel you want to.
Jump, jump, jump if you feel you can.
Jump, jump, jump if you feel you want to.
Jump, jump, jump, if you feel you can.
Hop, hop, hop when you’re feeling bouncy,
Shake, shake, shake altogether now.
Stamp, stamp, stamp when you’re feeling cranky,
Clap, clap, clap, then make a bow.
Dance, dance, dance when you hear a band play.
Sing, sing, sing when you hear a tune.
Cry, cry, cry when you’re feeling teary
Laugh, laugh, laugh and we’ll all join in.

Let’s go walking
Let’s go walking, walking, walking
Let’s go walking far, far away.
Let’s walk back again, back again, back again
Let’s walk back again, back the same way.
Other verses:
Jumping
Stamping
Hopping
Skipping
Etc.

Little Bo Peep
Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And can’t tell where to find them
Leave them alone
And they will come home
Wagging their tails behind them

Mary had a little lamb
Mary had a little lamb
little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb
whose fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went
Mary went, Mary went
and everywhere that Mary went
the lamb was sure to go
It followed her to school one day
school one day, school one day
It followed her to school one day
which was against the rules
It made the children laugh and play
laugh and play, laugh and play
it made the children laugh and play
to see a lamb at school

My hat, it has three corners
My hat, it has three corners
Three corners has my hat
And had it not three corners
It would not be my hat.
My hat, it has three feathers
Three feathers has my hat
And had it not three feathers
It would not be my hat.
My hat it has three pompoms
Three pom poms has my hat
And had it not three pom poms
It would not be my hat.

Old MacDonald had a farm
Old MacDonald had a farm
E-i-e-i-o
And on his farm he had a cow
E-i-e-i-o
With a moo-moo here
And a moo-moo there
Here a moo, there a moo
Everywhere a moo-moo
Old MacDonald had a farm
E-i-e-i-o
Other verses:
Chicken (cluck-cluck)
Pig (oink-oink)
Dog (woof-woof)
Cat (meow-meow)
Sheep (baa-baa)
Horse: (neigh-neigh)

One potato
One potato, two potato, three potato, four
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more.
One potato, two potato, three potato, four
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more.

Open, shut them
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap.
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Lay them in your lap.
Creep them, creep them
Creep them, creep them
Right up to your chin.
Open wide your little mouth
But do not let them in.

Shake them, shake them,
Shake them, shake them,
Shake them just like this.
Roll them, roll them,
Roll them, Roll them,
Blow a little kiss.

Polly, put the kettle on
Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
We’ll all have tea.
Sukey take it off again,
Sukey take it off again,
Sukey take it off again,
They’ve all gone away.

Pop goes the Weasel
Half a pound of tupenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle.
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

A penny for a spool of thread,
A nickel for a needle.
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

Put a spot over here
Put a spot over here,
And a spot over there.
Put a spot on your ear,
And a spot on your hair,
And a lot of little spots in the air, everywhere!
It’s a spotty kind of day.
Other verses:
Stripe
Swirl
Blob
Squiggle
Etc.

Put your finger on your nose
Put your finger on your nose, on your nose (x4)
Other verses:
ear
lips
chin
head
knee
foot

Rock a bye baby
Rock-a-bye baby, on the treetops
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all

Row, row, row your boat
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
If you see a crocodile
Don’t forget to scream!
Row, row, row your boat,
Safely to the shore.
If you see a lion,
Don’t forget to ROAR!

Slippery Snake
A long snake (run finger from neck to base of spine)
A short snake (run finger from neck to halfway down back)
A fat snake (use palm to rub back from neck to base of spine)
A thin snake (run finger from neck to base of spine)
A wiggly snake (wiggly finger from neck to base of spine)
A straight snake (run finger from neck to base of spine)
And the worst is the one that BITES! (tickle child on the neck)

Splish splash splosh!
Splish splash splosh!
I’m having a wash
Splosh splash splish!
I’m wet as fish
Soap on my body
Shampoo on my hair
Scrubadubdub, now I’m clean everywhere
Splish! Splash!
Splish splash splosh!
I’m having a wash.

Take you riding
I’ll take you riding in my car, car.
I’ll take you riding in my car, car.
I’ll take you riding in my car, car.
I’ll take you riding in my car.

The ants go marching
The ants go marching one by one
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stopped to suck his thumb,
And they all went marching,
Down to get out of the rain
Boom boom!
Down to get out of the rain.
Other verses:
Two by two… To tie her shoe.
Three by three… To climb a tree.
Four by four… to knock at the door.

The toothbrush song
When you wake up in the morning at a quarter to one
And you can’t go back to sleep and you want to have some fun
You brush your teeth,
Ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch ch.
When you wake up in the morning at a quarter to two
And you can’t go back to sleep, so what do you do?
You brush your teeth,
Ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch ch.
When you wake up in the morning at a quarter to three
And you can’t go back to sleep and you want a cup of tea
You brush your teeth,
Ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch ch.
When you wake up in the morning at a quarter to four
And you can’t go back to sleep because you’ve fallen on the floor
You brush your teeth,
Ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch ch.
When you wake up in the morning at a quarter to five
And you can’t go back to sleep and you feel like a jive
You brush your teeth,
Ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch ch.
When you wake up in the morning at a quarter to six
And you can’t go back to sleep and you want to do some tricks
You brush your teeth,
Ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch ch.
When you wake up in the morning at a quarter to seven
And you can’t go back to sleep but it’s getting light, thank heaven.
You brush your teeth,
Ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch ch.
When you wake up in the morning at a quarter to eight
And you’re feeling very sleepy but you’re going to be late,
You brush your teeth!

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 through the town.
Other verses:
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep…
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish…
The mummies on the bus go chatter, chatter, chatter…
The babies on the bus go waa, waa, waa…
The daddies on the bus go shh, shh, shh…
The people on the bus bounce up and down…

This is the way we (To the Tune: Here we go round the mulberry bush)
This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth
This is the way we brush our teeth
So early in the morning
Other verses:
Wash our hands
Comb our hair
Make our lunch
Throw a ball
Eat our toast
Tie our shoes
Pour our drink
Etc.

This little piggy
(wiggle a different toe for each piggy)
This little piggy went to market
This little piggy stayed at home
This little piggy had roast beef
This little piggy had none
And this little piggy went “Wee wee wee” all the way home.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.

Wash your dirty hands
Wash your dirty hands
Wash your dirty hands
Rub and scrub and rub and scrub
And wash your dirty hands
Other verses:
Knees
Toes
Face
Tummy
Arms
Etc.

We are all stamping
We are all stamping, stamping, stamping
We are all stamping, this fine day.
Other verses:
Walking
Jumping
Mixing
Clapping
Dancing
Eating
Playing
Etc.

Zoom
Up in the air, I fly,
Zoom zoom a zoom zoom zoom,
Up in the clouds I fly,
Zoom zoom a zoom zoom zoom.
Zoom zoom zoom zoom,
A zoom zoom, A zoom zoom zoom.
Zoom zoom zoom zoom,
A zoom zoom zoom, A zoom a zoom zoom.

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom,
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re going very soon.
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re going to the moon.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF!

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