Songs and Rhymes

Lyrics to my storytime songs and rhymes

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

After My Bath

After my bath I try, try, try
To rub myself till I’m dry, dry, dry
Hands to dry and fingers and toes
Two wet legs and one shiny nose
Just think how much less time it would take
If I were a dog and could shake, shake, shake!

Alphabet Song

A B C D E F G H I J K
L-M-N-O-P
Q R S T U V W X Y and Z

Now I know my ABC’s,
Next time won’t you sing with me!

Apple Tree

Way up high in the
apple tree
(stretch way up)
Two little apples did I see
(make two fists)
So I shook that tree as hard as I could!
(shake and wiggle)
Down came the apples
Mmm, they were good!
(rub your tummy)

Apples and Bananas

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

I like to Ate, Ate, Ate,
Apples and bAnAnA

I like to Eat Eat Eat
Epple and bEnEnEs

I like Ite Ite Ite
Ipple and bInInIs

I like Oat Oat Oat
Opple and bOnOnOs

I like to Ute Ute Ute
Upples and bUnUnUs

Are You Sleeping?
Are you sleeping?
Are you sleeping?
Little bear, little bear?
I will sleep till springtime
I will sleep till springtime
Snug and warm
Snug and warm

B

BINGO!

There was a farmer
Who had a dog
And Bingo was his name-o!

B-I-N-G-O (3x)

And Bingo was his name-o!

Repeat and replace letter with a clap

Boom Chicka Boom!

Repeat after me!

I said a Boom Chicka Boom!
repeat

I said a BOOM chick-a-boom!
repeat

I said a boom chicka, rock-a-chicka, rock-a-chicka boom!
repeat

This time . . . (different style)

C

Choo Choo Train

This is a choo choo train
Puffing down the track
Now its going forward,
Now its going back.
Now the bell is ringing
Ding ding ding
What a lot of noise it makes
Chugga chugga choo choo
Everywhere it goes.

Come Under My Umbrella

Come under my umbrella,
umbrella, umbrella
Come under my umbrella,
it’s starting to storm
There’s thunder and lightning and wind and rain
Come under my umbrella
it’s starting to storm

A Counting We Will Go

(Tune: Farmer in the Dell)

A counting we will go,
A counting we will go,
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
A counting we will go!
Repeat with Clap, Stomp, Jump

Cranes

Cranes reach up,
Cranes reach down,
Cranes reach out,
And all around.

The Croaky Pokey

You put your right hand in
You put your right hand out
You put your right hand in
And you shake it all about

You do the croaky pokey
And you hop yourself around
And that’s what it’s all about
(ribbit, ribbit)


D

Dance Like a Snowflake
to the tune of Frere Jacques
Dance like snowflakes
Dance like snowflakes
in the air
in the air
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
here and there
here and there

Draw a Circle, Draw a Square

Draw a circle, draw a circle, draw it in the sky
Use your finger, use your finger, make it round as pie

Draw a square, draw a square, make the lines so straight
Use your finger, use your finger, draw one or draw eight

Draw a triangle, draw a triangle, with a point up on top
Use your finger, use your finger, draw three lines and then stop


E

Elephant Song (flannel)

One elephant went out to play
On a spider’s web one day
He had such enormous fun
That he called for another friend to come!

Elevator Song (parachute)

Oh the city is great, oh the city is grand
There are lots of tall buildings, on a little piece of land
We live way up on the 57th floor
This is what we do when we go out the door

Take the elevator up,
take the elevator down

Take the elevator up,
take the elevator down

Take the elevator up,
take the elevator down

And we walk around


F

Fireman, Fireman, Turn Around

(to the tune of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)
Fireman fireman, turn around
Fireman, fireman, touch the ground
Fireman, fireman, drive the truck
Fireman, fireman, don’t get stuck!
Fireman, fireman, hurry to the fire
Fireman, fireman, spray the water higher.
Fireman, fireman, put the fire out,
Fireman, fireman, give a shout!

Hooray!

Five Fat Peas

Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed
(hold hand in a fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest
(put fingers up one by one)
They grew and grew
(raise hands in the air very slowly)
And did not stop,
Until one day the pod went POP!
(clap)

Five Green and Speckled Frogs (flannel)

Five green and speckled frogs
Sitting on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs
(yum, yum)

One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green
speckled frogs
(ribbit, ribbit)

Cont. 4, 3, 2, 1

 

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head!
Momma called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

Five Little Monkeys Swinging from the Tree
Five little monkeys swinging from the tree
(Hold up 5 fingers)

Teasing Mr. Crocodile, “Can’t catch me!
No, you can’t catch me!”
(Wiggle fingers)

Along came Mr. Crocodile, quiet as can be
(Swim hands)

And SNAPPED that monkey right out of the tree!
(CLAP)

Five Little Kittens

Five little kittens sitting in a row
(hold up five fingers)
Swish their tails, to and fro
(wave hand)
The run to the left
(roll hands left)
They run to the right
(roll hands right)
They stand up and stretch
(stretch arms up)
In the warm sunlight

Five Little Nails

Five little nails
Standing straight and steady
Here comes the carpenter
With his hammer ready
BAM BAM BAM! (clap 3x)
And then there were four.

Five Little Owls (flannel)

Five little hoot owls
sitting in a tree.
One flew away!

How many do you see?
One, two, three, four. .

Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

The first one said, “My, it’s getting late.”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
The third one said, “But we don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run, let’s run”
The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.”
“Oo oo,” went the wind and OUT went the lights.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

5 Piggies in the Bath (flannel)

One piggy in the bathtub
Going for a swim
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
Come on in!

2 piggies in the bathtub . . .

Five Pigs so Squeaky Clean

Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest pigs you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
1 jumped into the mud
Landed with a great big thud
Then there were 4 pigs
So squeaky clean!

Four Little Quarters

Four little quarters my mom gave to me,
I bought a soda pop
And then there were three.
Three little quarters so shiny and  new,
I bought a bag of chips
And then there were two.
Two little quarters, and before the day was done,
I bought a cupcake,
And then there was one.
One little quarter, I heard it plainly say,
“I’m going into the piggy bank for a rainy day!”


G

Giraffe

A giraffe is as tall as tall can be
(stretch way up)
He eats leaves right off the trees
(open and close hands)
His legs are long and his neck is too
(stretch legs and neck)
And he can run faster than me or you
(run in place).

Go Bananas!
First you form banana,
form, form banana!

Then you peel banana
Peel, peel banana!

Then you go bananas
Go, go banana!

Oranges . . . Squeeze oranges!

Potatoes . . . Mash potatoes


H

Have You Seen the Animals?

Oh, have you seen the animals,
The animals, the animals.
Oh, have you seen the animals,
That live down at the zoo?

Yes! I’ve seen the animals,
The animals, the animals.
Yes, I’ve seen the animals,
That live down at the zoo!

I have seen the __(name animal)__ . . .

That lives down at the zoo!

Head to Toes

Head, Shoulders
Knees and Toes
Knees and Toes
(repeat)

Eyes and Ears and
Mouth and Nose

Head, shoulders, knees and toes!

Head, Whiskers, Paws and Tail

Head, whiskers, paws and tail, paws and tail.
Head, whiskers, paws and tail, paws and tail.
And eyes, and ears, and mouth and nose.
Head, whiskers, paws and tail, paws and tail.

Hokey Pokey

You put your right hand in
You put your right hand out
You put your right hand in
And you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey
and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!


I

I See Colors

Red, red
is the color I see
If you’re wearing red,
then show it to me!
Stand up,
take a bow,
turn around
and sit back down.

Repeat with other colors.

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
I will shout
“Tip me over
and pour me out!

If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it –
clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it –
clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it,
If you’re happy and you know it –
clap your hands

Other Verses

– stomp your feet
– wiggle your ears
– shout HOORAY!!

If You’re an Animal and You Know It

If you’re a dog and you know it,
Wag your tail.
If you’re a dog and you know it,
Wag your tail.
If you’re a dog and you know it,
And you really want to show it.
If you’re a dog and you know it,
Wag your tail.

If You’re a Bug

If you’re a Bee and you know it
Buzz like this—Buzz Buzz
If you’re a Bee and you know it
Buzz like this—Buzz Buzz
If you’re a Bee and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re a Bee and you know it
Buzz like this—Buzz Buzz

If you’re a grasshopper . . . Hop
If you’re a butterfly . . . Flap you’re wings
If you’re a spider . . . crawl

If You’re a Dinosaur and You Know It
If you’re a dinosaur and you know it,
clap your claws,
If you’re a dinosaur and you know it,
clap your claws,
If you’re a dinosaur and you know it,
And you really want to show it.
If you’re a dinosaur and you know it,

clap your claws,

. . . swing your tail!
. . . stomp around!
. . . give a ROAR!!

If You’re a Monster and You Know It
If you’re a monster and you know it –
clap your claws
If you’re a monster and you know it –
clap your claws
If you’re a monster and you know it, and you really want to show it,
If you’re a monster and you know it –
clap your claws!

Other Verses

– stomp your paws!
– wiggle your horns!
– twitch your tail!
– give a ROAR!

If You’re a Robot

If you’re a robot and you know it clank your coils
If you’re a robot and you know it clank your coils
If you’re a robot and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re a robot and you know it clank your coils

Other lyrics

Clunk your gears (stomp feet)
Press your buttons (beep beep)

 

In the Castle

Fierce is the dragon
(hold up hands like claws)
Brave is the knight
(hands on hips)
Poised is the princess
(make a curtsy)
Tiny is the sprite
(crouch down small)
Tall is the giant
(hands up high)
Quiet is the queen
(put a finger to your lips)

 

In the Summer
(Tune of Farmer in the Dell)

In the summer it is hot
In the summer it is hot
Oh, when it’s hot,
I (activity) a lot
In the summer when it’s hot.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider
Climbed 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
Climbed up the spout again!

Repeat with GREAT BIG Spider


J K L

Kangaroo Brown

Jump, jump Kangaroo Brown
Jump, jump up and down
Jump, jump Kangaroo Brown
Jump, jump all around town

Leaves on the Tree
Tune of “Wheels on the Bus”

The leaves on the trees are Yellow and Green
Yellow and Green, Yellow and Green,
The leaves on the trees are Yellow and Green
All around the town.

The leaves on the trees turn Orange and Red
Orange and Red, Orange and Red,
The leaves on the trees turn Orange and Red
All around the town.

 

Other Verses
The leaves on the tree come tumbling down
The leaves on the trees go “swish, swish, swish,”
We’ll rake them up and jump right in!

Little Heart

I have a little heart,
(place hand over heart)
And it goes thump, thump, thump
(pat chest three times)
It keeps right on beating,
When I jump, jump, jump
(jump three times)
I get a special feeling,
when I look at you.
(point to child)
It makes me want to give
you a hug or two.
(hug yourself)

Lots of Cars (flannel)

 

There are lots of cars
driving down the street
Tell me, what color cars do you see?
Big cars, little cars
Beep, beep, beep!


M N

Noble Duke of York

The noble Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up the mountain top
And marched them down again.
And when you’re up your up,
Reach Up
And when you’re down your down,
Reach Down
But when you’re only half way up,
Bend side to side
You’re neither up nor down.


O

Oh, Do You Hear?

Tune of Do You Know the Muffin Man?


Oh do you hear the ducks go quack?
The ducks go quack, the ducks go quack.
Oh do you hear the ducks go quack?
That’s how he talks to me!

Repeat with other animals

 

Old MacDonald

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 an moo, there a moo,
everywhere a moo-moo.
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E I E I O.

Repeat with

Pig . . . Oink!

Sheep . . . Baa!

Duck . . . Quack!

Oliver Twist 
Oliver Twist twist twist
Can do this this this
Touch his knees knees knees
Touch his nose nose nose
Touch his hair hair hair
Touch his toes toes toes
Oliver Twist twist twist
Can do this this this
Touch his ears ears ears
Touch his waist waist waist
Touch his eyes eyes eyes
Touch his face face face.

Once There Was a Snowman

Once there was a snowman, a snowman, a snowman
Once there was a snowman, tall, tall, tall
But in the sun he melted, he melted, he melted
But in the sun he melted, small, small, small

Open Shut Them

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

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap.

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

Open up your little mouth . . .

But do not let them in!

Owl in the Tree
Tune: Skip to My Lou

Owl in the tree says,
who, who, who?
Owl in the tree says,
who, who, who?
Owl in the tree says,

who, who, who?
Who, who, are you?


P Q

The People in Your Neighborhood

Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood
In your neighborhood
In your neighborhood?
Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood,
The people that you meet each day?

Popcorn (parachute)

You put the oil in the pot
and you let it get hot.
You put popcorn in
and you start to grin.

Sizzle sizzle sizzle sizzle

POP!

Put Your Hands Up High
Tune: Do Your Ears Hang Low

Put your hands up high, put your hands down low,
Put your hands in the middle and wiggle just so.
Put your elbows in front, put your elbows in back
Put your elbows to the side
and quack, quack, quack!


R

Rain is Falling Down

Rain is falling down, Slash!
Rain is falling down, Splash!
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Rain is falling down, Splash!

Sun is peaking out, Peak!
Sun is peaking out, Peak!
Peaking here, peaking there
Sun is peaking out, Peak!

Ram Sam Sam
A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
(tap knees)
Guli guli guli guli guli
(roll arms)
ram sam sam
A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli guli
ram sam sam
A rafi, a rafi,
(hands by head)
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam
A rafi, a rafi,
Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam
Rhyme Time!

Rhyme, rhyme, rhyming words
Rhyme along with me!

__________ and __________

Are rhyming words
Rhyme along with me!

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! AHH!!!!

Row row row your boat,
gently to the shore,
If you see a lion there,
don’t forget to ROAR!!!”


S

Scarf Dance

Dance your scarves up
Dance your scarves down
Dance them to the side
Dance them all around

Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your belly
Then put them all to bed.

The Sea

Tune: Wheels on the Bus
The waves on the sea go up and down, up and down, up and down
The waves on the sea go up and down all day long.
The sharks in the sea go chomp …
The fish in the sea go swish,…
The boats on the sea go toot…

Shake Your Egg and Follow Me

(Tune: London Bridges)

Shake your egg and follow me,
follow me, follow me.
Shake your egg and follow me
Now put it on your head! *

*Repeat with other body parts.

Shaker Song

to the tune of “London Bridge”
Shake your shaker in the air,
Shake it here, shake it there.
Shake your shaker in the air,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it high and shake it low,
Shake it yes, shake it no.
Shake it high and shake it low,
Shake your shaker.


T U V

Tall as a Tree
Tall as a tree
reach up high
Wide as a house
spread arms wide
Thin as a pin
hold arms tight
Small as a mouse
crouch down

Tap Your Sticks
Tap your sticks in the air with a 1 2 3
Tap your sticks on the floor with a 1 2 3
(2x)
Tap your sticks to the right with a 1 2 3
Tap your sticks to the left with a 1 2 3
(2x)
Rub your sticks together
Shake them high above you
(2x)
From Hap Palmer “Rhythms on Parade”

Ten in the Bed

There were 10 in the bed
And the little one said,
“Roll over, roll over!”
So they all rolled over
And one fell out!

Repeat with 9, 8, 7 . . . 1

Thelma Thumb
Thelma Thumb is up!
(thumbs up)
Thelma Thumb is down!
(thumbs down)
Thelma Thumb is dancing all around the town!
(thumbs wiggle all around)

Dance her on your shoulders,
(thumb on shoulders)
Dance her on your head,
Dance her on your knees
And tuck her into bed.

(fold thumb in fist)

These Are My Glasses
(from Laurie Berkner)

These are my glasses
(circle fingers around eyes)
This is my book
(make book with hands)
I put on my glasses
and open up my book

Then I read, read, read
(sign language for “read”)
And I look, look, look
(sign “look”)
Then I take off my glasses
And close up my book
(close with a clap)

This is Big

This is big, big, big!
(stretch arms out)
This is small, small, small.
(cup hand together)
This is short, short short.
(bend down)
This is tall, tall, tall.
(reach up high)
This is yes, yes, yes
(nod head yes)
This is no, no, no
(shake head no)

This is the Way We Tap Our Sticks

Tune of Mulberry Bush
This is the way we tap our sticks, tap our sticks, tap our sticks.
This is the way we tap our sticks, so early in the morning!

This is the way we rub our sticks

This is the way we tap the floor

This is the Way We Get to Work

This is the way we dig a hole,
dig a hole, dig a hole.
This is the way we dig a hole,
so early in the morning!

Repeat with:
Pound the nails,
Turn the screw,
Paint the walls

Top to Bottom, Left to Right

Top to bottom, left to right
Top to bottom, left to right,
Left to right.
Top to bottom, left to right
Left to right.

This is how we read
And this is how we write
Top to bottom, left to right,
Left to right.
Travelling by Train
Traveling by train
Is always the best
Pull on the cord
And the train will STOP!

Two Little Black Birds

Two little black birds sitting on a hill
(Hold up one finger on each hand)

One named Jack,
The other named Jill
Fly away Jack, Fly away Jill
(“Fly” fingers behind back)

Come back Jack
Come back Jill

 (Fly” fingers back)

Two Little Hands

Two little hands go clap clap clap
Two little knees go tap tap tap
Two little feet go thump thump thump
Two little legs go jump jump jump

One little body turns around
One little child sits right down

Valentines

Little Red Valentine, I love you.

Little Red Valentine, I love you.

Little Red Valentine, I love you.

Orange one says, “I do, too!”

Repeat with other colors


W

We’re Going to Kentucky

We’re going to Kentucky
We’re going to the fair,
To see the senorita
With flowers in her hair!

Shake it baby, shake it!
Shake it if you dare!
Shake it like a milkshake,
Oh shake it here to there!
Shake it to the bottom,
Shake it to the top
Then turn around, turn around
Until it’s time to STOP!

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.

The Wheels on the Robot

(Tune of Wheels on the Bus)

The arms of the robot swing up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The arms of the robot swing up and down,
All around the room.

The legs of the robot move back and forth…
The head of the robot turns side to side…
The lights on the robot blink on and off . .

The Wheels on the Truck

The wheels on the truck go round and round, round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the truck go round and round all day long!

The shovel on the truck goes dig . . .

The bucket on the truck goes dump . . .

The horn on the truck goes honk .

Wiggle Them!

Wiggle them, wiggle them, wiggle them so,
Wiggle them high, wiggle them low.
Wiggle to the left, wiggle to the right,
And wiggle them, wiggle them right out of sight!

Wind is Blowing

Tune of “Mary Had a Little lamb”

The wind is blowing all around,
All around, all around.
The wind is blowing all around,
all around me.

Scarves are blowing all around,
All around, all around.
Scarves are blowing all around,
all around me.

Winter Head to Toes
Boots, snowpants, jacket, hat
jacket, hat.
Boots, snowpants, jacket, hat
jacket, hat.
Scarf and mittens
Nice and warm!
Boots, snowpants, jacket, hat
jacket, hat.

With My Family
tune of Muffin Man
Tell me what you like to do,
like to do, like to do.
Tell me what you like to do
With your family . . .
(verses will vary)

Melody likes to read books,
to read books, to read books.
Melody likes to read books
with her family.

X Y Z

Zoom Zoom Zoom!

Zoom Zoom Zoom!
We’re going to the Moon.
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!
We’ll be there very soon.

So, if you’d like to take a trip.
Just step inside my rocket ship.

Zoom Zoom Zoom!
We’re going to the Moon.
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!
We’ll be there very soon.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1
BLAST OFF!

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