Dancing Toddler storytime

dancing toddler

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Where, oh Where are Baby’s Fingers?
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers? Where, oh where are baby’s toes?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
‘Round and round it goes
Where, oh where are baby’s ears?
Where, oh where is baby’s nose?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
Round and round it goes.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont

Mama’s Little Baby Loves Dancing
Mama’s little baby loves dancing, dancing
Mama’s little baby loves getting down
Mama’s little baby loves dancing, dancing
Mama’s little baby loves to turn around!
You lean to the left
You lean to the right
You hug that baby nice and tight
Source: King County Library System

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,
Then your face will surely show it,
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
(repeat with other movements—stamp your feet, shout hurray, etc.)
Source: traditional

Book – Dancing Feet! by Lindsay Craig

Here We Go Up, Up, Up
Here we go up, up, up,
(lift baby’s legs off your lap)
Here we come down, down, down,
(lower baby’s legs)
Here we go backwards and forwards (rock baby back and forth)
And here we go round and around!
(bicycle baby’s legs in the air)
Source: King County Library System

The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh, the Grand Old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
(lift child up or reach arms up high)
And he marched them down again.
(lower child or arms)
And when they were up, they were up.
(lift child up or reach arms up high)
And when they were down, they were down.
(lower child or arms)
And when they were only half way up,
(hold arms or child at waist height)
They were neither up nor down.
(reach/lift up and down again)
Source: traditional

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 Rainbows in my Bubbles
Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Early Literacy Tip: By integrating movement and literacy, children use more of their senses to retain information. Movement stimulates the brain and memory.
Source: United Way

 

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