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Rhymes

Andy Pandy
Bouncing, Bouncing (bounce)
Cheek Chin
Chop Chop Choppity Chop
Clap Your Hands
Come Under My Umbrella (Parachute or scarves)
Cuckoo Clock
Dos Manitas, Diez Deditos
Elephants at the Zoo
Elevator Song
Fee Fi Fo Fum
Form the Orange
Giddyap, Giddyap (bounce)
Go In and Out the Window
Goodbye Bubbles
Hands Are Clapping
Have You Ever Seen a Baby
Heckedy Peckedy
Hello Bubbles
Hi Hello and How Are You
I Bounce You Here (bounce)
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker (bounce)
Itsy Bitsy Spider In English and Spanish
Jack in the Box
Jump Like a Frog
Let’s Go Riding in an Elevator
Merry Go Round
Mix a Pancake
Noble Duke of York
Now It’s Time for Storytime
Peek a Boo
Penny Pointers
Pizza Pickle Pumpernickel
Popcorn
Pop Goes the Weasel
Put Your Scarves in the Air
Rain is Falling
Ram Sam Sam (bounce)
Rock the Baby
Roly Poly
Round and Round the Garden
Row Boat, Row Boat
Row, Row, Your Boat
Rub a Dub Dub
Slowly, Slowly
Smooth Road (bounce)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Ten Little Bubbles
These are Baby’s Fingers
These are the Colors Over You (parachute)
This is Big
This is a Choo Choo Train
This Little Train
Tiny Little Babies
Toast in the Toaster (bounce)
Tooty Ta
Trot Trot to Boston (bounce)
Two Little Blackbirds
Wake Up! Quiet and Loud
Wake Up Toes
Wave Goodbye
We’re Going to Kentucky/We’re Going to the Zoo
We Went to the Zoo One Day
Where is Baby?
Zoom Zoom Zoom

Andy Pandy Sugar and Candy (I ask them to stand for this activity)

Andy Pandy, Sugar and Candy, all pop DOWN

Andy Pandy, Sugar and Candy, all pop UP

Andy Pandy, Sugar and Candy, all pop IN (for a baby party!)

Andy Pandy, Sugar and Candy, all pop OUT

Bouncing, Bouncing Baby on my Knee (they can use their baby’s name instead of “baby”)

Bouncing, bouncing 1 2 3! (lift or big bounce)

Clapping, clapping with baby on my knee

Clapping, clapping 1 2 3!

Hugging, hugging baby on my knee

Hugging, hugging 1 2 3!

Cheek chin cheek chin cheek chin, nose

Cheek chin cheek chin cheek chin, toes

Cheek chin cheek chin, up baby goes!

Chop Chop Choppity Chop Jbrary video here

Chop chop choppity chop

Cut off the bottoms and cut off the tops

What there is left you put in the pot

Chop chop choppity chop

Clap Your Hands (tune: row, row your boat)

Clap, clap clap your hands

Clap them now with me

Clap your hands, let me see

Clap your hands with me

Tap, tap, tap your knees…

Shake, shake, shake your feet…

Come Under My Umbrella (tune of The More We Get Together)

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

Cuckoo Clock (Bounce)

Tick, tock, tick, tock

I’m a little cuckoo clock

Tick, tock, tick, tock

Now I’m striking one o’clock

CUCKOO! (lift baby in the air)

Dos Manitas, Diez Deditos

Dos manitas, diez deditos, dos manitas, diez deditos

Dos manitas, diez deditos cuentalos conmigo

Uno, dos, tre, deditos

Cuatro, since, seis deditos

Siete, ocho, nueve deditos

Y uno mas son diez!

Elephants at the Zoo (tune of Farmer in the Dell)

The elephants at the zoo, the elephants at the zoo

They stomp and stomp and stomp and stomp

The elephants at the zoo

The lions at the zoo…roar

The monkeys at the zoo…jump

Elevator Song See the Jbrary video here

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 turn around

Fee Fi Fo Fum

See my fingers, See my thumbs

Fee Fi Fo Fum

Goodbye fingers, Hello thumbs

Form the orange, form, form the orange (arms round above your head)

Peel the orange, peel, peel the orange (peel arms down)

Form the potato, form the potato (arms above your head, slightly flatter)

Mash the potato, mash the potato (stomp)

Form the banana, form the banana (arms above your head and bend to the side)

Go bananas! Go, go bananas!!! (seriously, go bananas)

Giddyap, Giddyap ride to town

Giddyap, giddyap up and down

Giddyap fast, Giddyap slow

Giddyap, giddyap WHOA!

Go In and Out the Window See it on Jbrary here

Go in and out the window, go in and out the window

Go in and out the window, as we have done before

Stand up and face your partner, stand up and face your partner (some parents use themselves as the partner and face babies out and back in)

Stand up and face your partner, as we have done before

Goodbye Bubbles, Goodbye Bubbles (tune: Frere Jacques)

Time to Go, time to go

I will help you, I will help you

With a blow, with a blow

Hands Are Clapping, clap, clap, clap (tune of Skip to My Lou)

Hands are clapping, clap, clap, clap

Hands are clapping, clap, clap, clap

Clap your hands my darling!

Feet are stomping…

Arms are flapping…

Have You Ever Seen a Baby, a baby, a baby?

Have you ever seen a baby go this way or that?

Go this way or that way and that way or this way

Have you ever seen a baby go this way or that?

Heckedy Peckedy Bumblebee (name game)

Heckedy Peckedy Bumblebee won’t you say your name for me? (slap hands on lap while saying the chant)

(wait for child to give their name) Mary!

Let’s clap the syllables. Ma-ry

And whisper it. mary

And hooray it. MARY!!!

Repeat for each child.

Hello Bubbles Hello Bubbles (tune of Frere Jacques)

Come and land, come and land

Right in the middle, right in the middle

Of my hand, of my hand

See a video of me doing this in storytime here.

Hi Hello and How Are You Tune of London Bridge

Hi, hello and how are you?

How are you? How are you?

Hi, hello and how are you?

How are you today?

Come along and sing with me, sing with me, sing with me

Come along and sing with me, sing with me today!

Come along and stomp with me..
Come along and clap with me…

Alternate version:
Sing first verse

Hi, hello and how is Kevin? How is Eliza? How is Nicole?

Hi, hello and how is Seth? How are you today?

Keep going until you’ve named all the children.

I bounce you here, I bounce you there

I bounce you, bounce you everywhere

I tickle you here, I tickle you there

I tickle you, tickle you everywhere

I hug you here, I hug you there

I hug you, hug you everywhere

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker, icky bicky boo

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker, up goes you!

Icky bicky soda cracker, icky bicky boo

Icky bicky soda cracker, I love you (hugs&kisses)

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

La araña pequeñita subió, subió, subió,

Vino la lluvia y se la llevó.

Salió el sol y todo lo secó.

Y la araña pequeñita subió, subió, subió.

Jack in the Box

Jack in the box (ball up scarf or pull chute tightly)

Sits sooooo still (everything still)

Will he come out? (building suspense)

YES! He will! (throw scarf up or life parachute high)

Jump like a frog, stretch like a cat

Hop like a bunny, flap like a bat

Wiggle like a worm, slither like a snake

Be a wet dog and shake, shake, shake!

Let’s Go Riding in an Elevator (parents standing with babies held in front about waist high

Let’s go riding in an elevator

First floor…. second floor… third floor… fourth floor…fifth floor (baby should be high now) and….

DOWN! (drop down quickly)

The Merry Go Round goes round and round (stand up song)

The children laugh and laugh and laugh

So many were on the merry go round

The merry go round collapsed

Fishies in the ocean, fishies in the sea

We all jump up with a 1 2 3!

Mix a Pancake (with scarves)

Stir a pancake

Pop it in the pan

Fry the pancake

Toss the pancake

Catch it if you can!

The Noble Duke of York (on Baby-O by MaryLee Sunseri)

He had ten thousand men

He marched them up to the top of the hill

And he marched them down again

When you’re up, you’re up

When you’re down, you’re down

When you’re only half way up

You’re neither up nor down

Lean them to the left

Lean them to the right

When you turn them upside down (or lean them back)

What a funny sight!

Now its Time for Storytime (Camptown Races tune)

Now its time for storytime, doo da, doo da

Now its time for storytime, oh the doo da day

Raise your arms and say “Hooray! It’s a library day”

Now its time for storytime, oh the doo da day

Repeat on different parts of the body or at different speeds

Peek-a-Boo (tune of Frere Jacques)-could do with scarves

Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo

I see you! I see you!

I see your button nose, and your tiny toes

Peek-a-boo! I see you!

Penny Pointers up and penny pointers down

Penny Pointers dancing all around the town

Dancing on your shoulders, dancing on your head

Dancing on your tummy, now tuck them in to bed!

Finger families up and finger families down

Finger families dancing all around the town

Dancing on your shoulders, dancing on your head

Dancing on your tummy (or any body part), now tuck them in to bed

Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel

My little baby deserves a tickle

One for her nose, one for his toes

One for the tummy where the cracker (or yum yum) goes

Popcorn

Put the oil in the pot and make it real hot

Put the popcorn in and begin to grin

Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, POP!

Pop Goes the Weasel

All Around the Cobbler’s Bench

The monkey chased the weasel

Monkey thought ’twas all in fun

POP goes the weasel

Put your scarves in the air, in the air

Put your scarves in the air, in the air

Put your scarves in the air, just put them in the air (or something silly like “now rub them in your hair”)

Put your scarves in the air, in the air

Put your scarves on your knees…

Put your scarves…wherever and do as many verses as you like

Rain is Falling (tune of Frere Jacques) you could do this with scarves or just your hands

Rain is falling, rain is falling

From the sky, from the sky

Put up your umbrella, put up your umbrella

Nice and dry, nice and dry

Ram Sam Sam

Ram sam sam, a ram sam sam, gooly, gooly, gooly, gooly, gooly, ram sam sam

(repeat)

A raffi! A raffi! Gooly, gooly, gooly, gooly, gooly, ram sam sam

(repeat)

Rock the baby, rock the baby, 1-2-3

Watch the baby, watch the baby, smile at me

Bounce the baby, bounce the baby, on your lap

Don’t forget to teach the baby how to clap: clap, clap, clap, clap!

Roly Poly

Roly poly, roly poly

Up and down, up and down (lift baby or baby’s arms)

Roly roly poly, roly roly poly

Up and down, up and down

Round and round the garden (circle bellybutton)

Goes the teddy bear

One step, two step (walk fingers up baby’s belly)

Tickle under there! (tickle under baby’s chin or arms)

Row Boat, Row Boat

Row boat, row boat go so fast (shake the chute fast)

Row boat, row boat go so slow (wave the chute slowly)

Row boat, row boat the waves are getting worse (shake fast again)

Row boat, row boar put it in reverse (stop the chute by pulling towards you)

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row it all around

If you see a ______

Make a ______ sound

Rub-a-dub-dub (stand up)

Fishy in the tub

Swimming in the deep blue sea

Dive for an oyster

Dive for a clam

Then come back to me

Slowly, slowly, very slowly

Creeps the little snail

Slowly, slowly, very slowly

Up the wooden rail

Quickly, quickly, very quickly

Runs the little mouse

Quickly, quickly, very quickly

All around the house

Smooth Road Check out the Jbrary video here

A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road

A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road

A rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a HOLE!

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground

Teddy bear, teddy bear jump up high

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the sky

Teddy bear, teddy bear tap your knees

Teddy bear, teddy bear sit down please

Ten Little Bubbles

One little, two little, three little bubbles

Four little, five little, six little bubbles

Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles

Ten little bubbles go POP POP POP (slap the parachute)

Pop, pop, pop, let’s pop those bubbles

Pop, pop, pop, let’s pop those bubbles

Pop, pop, pop, let’s pop those bubbles, at the library!

These are Baby’s Fingers

These are baby’s toes

This is baby’s bellybutton

round and round it goes!

These are the colors over you (don’t sing this line first. tune: twinkle, twinkle)

Pink (or red) and orange (or yellow) and green and blue

These are the colors over you

Pink as a blossom, green as a tree

Orange as a carrot (yellow as the sun), blue as the sea

Pink and orange and green and blue

These are the colors over you

This is Big

This is big, big, big
This is small, small, small

This is short, short, short
This is tall, tall, tall

This is yes, yes, yes
This is no, no, no

This is fast, fast, fast
This is slow, slow, slow

This is a Choo Choo Train

Puffing down the track (chug arms)

Now it’s going forward

Now it’s going back

Now the bell is ringing (ding ding)

And the whistle blows (whoo whoo)

What a lot of noise it makes (cover ears)

Everywhere it goes!

This Little Train

This little train ran up the track (Walk fingers up baby’s arm or leg)

It went Choo! Choo! (Tap baby’s nose)

And then it ran back (Walk fingers back down baby’s arm)

The other little train ran up the track

It went Choo! Choo!

And then it ran back.

Tiny Little Babies (Tune of Shortenin’ Bread)

Tiny little babies love bouncin’ bouncin’

Tiny little babies love bouncin’, yeah

Tiny little babies love bouncin’, bouncin’

Tiny little babies love bouncin’ so

Bounce to the left, bounce to the right

Now hug that baby nice and tight!

Repeat with tappin’ or clappin’, etc.

Toast in the Toaster

Toast in the toaster getting very hot

Tick tock, tick tock, up you pop!

Tooty Ta (Dr. Jean) you can do it without the music, but it’s kind of fun to try it with. This is an echo song so the kids repeat after you.

Thumbs up!

Tooty ta, tooty ta, tooty ta ta (repeat)

Thumbs up! Elbows back!

Tooty ta, tooty ta, tooty ta ta (repeat)

Thumbs up! Elbows back! Feet apart!

Tooty ta, tooty ta, tooty ta ta (repeat)

Thumbs up! Elbows back! Feet apart! Knees together!

Tooty ta, tooty ta, tooty ta ta (repeat)

Thumbs up! Elbows back! Feet apart! Knees together! Bottoms up!

Tooty ta, tooty ta, tooty ta ta (repeat)

Thumbs up! Elbows back! Feet apart! Knees together! Bottoms up! Tongues out!

Tooty ta, tooty ta, tooty ta ta (repeat)-all with your tongues still out

Thumbs up! Elbows back! Feet apart! Knees together! Bottoms up! Tongues out! Turn around!

Tooty ta, tooty ta, tooty ta ta (repeat) (say while turning around

Thumbs up! Elbows back! Feet apart! Knees together! Bottoms up! Tongues out! Turn around! Now we’re done! Phew!

Trot Trot to Boston

Trot trot to Lynn

Trot trot to Gramma’s house

But don’t fall in! (dip baby between legs or to the side)

Two Little Blackbirds, sitting on a hill

One named Jack, one named Jill

Fly away Jack, fly away Jill

Come back Jack, come back Jill

Wake Up!

You can use any animal, person, or thing for this song. Ask the kids and grownups for ideas. My co-worker uses body parts even! Tap gently on the ground while you’re being quiet and pound the ground to wake everyone up.

Dog is sleeping, don’t wake it up. Dog is sleeping don’t wake it.

Dog is sleeping, don’t wake it up. Now we’re very quiet. Shhhhh.

WAKE UP dog, it’s time to play! WAKE UP dog, it’s time to play!

WAKE UP dog, it’s time to play! Now we’re very LOUD!

Cat is sleeping, don’t wake it up. Cat is sleeping don’t wake it.

Cat is sleeping, don’t wake it up. Now we’re very quiet. Shhhhh.

WAKE UP kitty, it’s time to play! WAKE UP kitty, it’s time to play!

WAKE UP kitty, it’s time to play! Now we’re very LOUD!

Wake Up Toes, wake up toes (action song)

Wake up toes and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle

Wake up toes, wake up toes

Wake and wiggle in the morning!

Wake up legs…

Wake up bodies…

Wave Goodbye (Rob Reid) This is my version of his excellent rhyme.

Wave Hi, Wave low

I think it’s time, we’ve gotta go

Wave your elbows, wave your toes

Wave your tongue, wave your nose

Wave your knees, wave your lips

Blow me a kiss with your fingertips

Wave your chin, wave your eye

Wave a hand and say “goodbye!”

We’re Going to Kentucky/We’re Going to the Zoo, we’re going to the fair

To see the senorita with flowers in her hair

Shake it baby, shake it. Shake it if you can

Shake it like a milkshake and pour it in a can

Shake it to the bottom, shake it to the top

Shake it round and round and round (for babies just say shake and shake and shake and shake)

Until I tell you STOP!

We’re Going to the Zoo

We’re going to Tacoma (or wherever your closest zoo is), we’re going to the zoo

To look at all the animals and everything they do

Shake it baby, shake it, shake it if you can

Shake it like a milkshake and pour it in a can

Shake it to the bottom, shake it to the top

Shake it round and round and round until I tell you STOP!

We Went to the Zoo One Day, zoo one day, zoo one day (tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

We went to the zoo one day, and this is what we saw: lion!

Repeat with other animals.

Where is baby? Where is Baby? (scarves, tune of Frere Jacques)

There he is, There she is

I’m so glad to see you! I’m so glad to see you!

Peek-a-boo! I see you! (or just say Peek-a-boo again)

Zoom Zoom Zoom We’re Going to the Moon (bounce and lift)

Zoom zoom zoom we’re going to the moon

If you’d like to take a trip

Climb aboard my rocket ship

Zoom zoom zoom we’re going to the moon

5 4 3 2 1.. Blast Off! (lift baby)

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54 thoughts on “Rhymes

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  15. I love your bubble song. Where did you find the bubble blower you used? What kind is it? Seemed to work really well for you. 🙂

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  17. I stumbled upon your blog while searching for rhymes songs for my baby & toddler storytimes. As a new children’s librarian, I can’t thank you enough for creating and sharing this list!! These songs are so energizing and easy and I can’t wait to incorporate them into my storytimes. Thank you!

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