Rhymes

Lapsit rhymes and songs I’m using frequently in this session of Infant Storytime (January – May, 2015):

 

Good Morning Song (tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” – source unknown)

Good morning, good morning how are you? (clap, clap)

Good morning, good morning how are you? (clap, clap)

Oh, on this special day we’re glad you came to play

Good morning, good morning how are you? (clap, clap)

 

Grand Old Duke of York (multiple sources)

The grand old Duke of York (bouncing)

He had ten thousand men. (bouncing)

He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby up gradually)

Then marched them down again. (bring down gradually onto lap)

And when you’re up you’re UP, (lift quick!)

and when you’re down you’re DOWN. (back down!)

And when you’re only halfway up (bouncing)

you’re neither up nor down. (quick up and down in the air – whee!)

 

Here Are Baby’s Fingers (multiple sources)

Here are baby’s fingers,

And here are baby’s toes,

And here is baby’s belly button…

Round and round it goes!

 

Here is the Beehive (multiple sources)

Here is the beehive, (hold out fist)

But where are the bees?

They’re hidden away where nobody sees. (hide fist with opposite hand)

Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5! Bzzzzz!! (pop fingers out of your hive to indicate number, one at a time, then tickle on buzz)

 

Open Them, Shut Them (multiple sources…I do mine as a rhyme but others do it as a song)

Open them, shut them (x3) (open and shut hands)

Give a little clap! (clap)

Open them, shut them (x3) (open and shut hands)

Put them in your lap.

Creep them, creep them (creep fingers up towards baby’s chin)

Up to your chin.

Open your little mouth,

But do not let them in.

 

Popcorn, Popcorn (multiple sources)

Popcorn, popcorn (bouncing all the time)

Put it in a pan

Shake it up, shake it up

BAM, BAM, BAM!

 

Rain is Falling Down-Splash! (The Baby Record – Bob McGrath)

Rain is falling down. Splash! (sprinkly motion with fingers, then hit thighs for splash)

Rain is falling down. Splash!

Pitter, patter. Pitter, patter.

Rain is falling down. SPLASH! (final splash is a loud CLAP) (also works well with scarves)

 

Red Wagon (multiple sources)

Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon, (bouncing throughout)

Bumpin’ up and down in m ylittle red wagon.

Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon,

Won’t you be my darling?

 

Snowflakes, Snowflakes (tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle”) (Intellidancing)

Snowflakes, snowflakes all around (swirl hands with sprinkly fingers)

In the air and on the ground.

Some are big (arms out) and some are small (curl arms in),

Roll them into a snowball (circle hands in a rolling motion).

When the sun comes out to play (stretch out arms, letting fingers touch above your head)

Watch the snowflakes melt away. (sprinkly fingers that fall to the floor)

 

This is Big (Mel’s Desk)

This is big, big, big. (arms out wide)

This is small, small, small. (hands in close together)

This is short, short, short. (hands close to ground)

This is tall, tall, tall. (stretch your arms up high)

This is fast, fast, fast. (circle hands quickly)

This is slow, slow, slow. (circle hands slowly)

This is yes, yes, yes. (nod yes)

This is no, no, no. (shake head no) (this is probably my favorite. The kids LOVE tall and fast! Thanks, Mel, for this awesome rhyme!)

 

Tiny Mice (source unknown)

The tiny mice are creeping, (walk fingers over baby’s arms and legs)

Shh, shh, shh! (finger over lips)

The tiny mice are creeping, (walk fingers over baby’s arms and legs)

Shh, shh, shh! (finger over lips)

They do not make a sound as their feet touch the ground. (walk fingers over baby’s head and behind neck to tickle)

The tiny mice are creeping, (walk fingers over baby’s arms and legs)

Shh, shh, shh! (finger over lips) (this works very well as a transition into reading the story)

 

Toast in the Toaster (multiple sources)

Toast in the toaster (bouncing)

Getting very hot.

Tick, tock. Tick, tock. (Sway back and forth while bouncing)

Up you POP! (Hold baby up high!)

 

Two Little Blackbirds (multiple sources)

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill, (hold up each index finger)

One named Jack, (wiggle one index finger)

And one named Jill. (wiggle the other)

Fly away, Jack. (put first hand behind your back)

Fly away, Jill. (put the other hand behind your back)

Come back, Jack. (bring ’em back!)

Come back, Jill. (I like to sub in the names “Quiet” and “Loud” for older kids…those two birds sit on a cloud, and the kids LOVE being loud in the library!)

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