Storytime Go To Songs

Here are some songs and activities that are perfect for getting the wiggles out. These songs are guaranteed to get the kids moving and engaged. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and will be added to the list!

Roly Poly (Tune: Where is Thumbkin)

Roly poly, roly poly (roll arms)
Up, up, up (raise arms)
up, up, up
Roly roly poly (roll arms)
roly roly poly
down, down, down (bring arms down)
down, down, down

Roly poly, roly poly (roll arms)
out, out, out (extend arms out to the side)
out, out, out
Roly roly poly (roll arms)
roly roly poly
in, in, in (bring arms in)
in, in, in

Roly poly, roly poly (roll arms)
fast, fast, fast (roll quickly)
fast, fast, fast
Roly roly poly (roll arms)
roly roly poly
slow, slow, slow (roll slowly)

Souce: Jbrary

The 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 its all about

(repeat with other body parts)

Tommy Thumbs Up

Tommy thumbs up (raise thumbs up)
And Tommy thumbs down (raise thumbs down)
Tommy thumbs dancing all around the town (move arms side to side)
Dance them on your shoulders (tap them on shoulders)
Dance them on your head (tap them on head)
Dance them on your knees (tap them on knees)
And tuck them into bed (say quietly, tuck thumps into fist)

(repeat while jumping)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes (place hands on each body part)
Knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes

(repeat going faster and then slower)

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Music CDs

Animal Action by Greg & Steve

Jumping and Counting by Jim Gill

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

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  1. […] This was my very first time working with just the twos, I did this particular program 3 times and each time I tweaked it a little bit. This past week has definitely been a learning experience for me and I’m hoping after a few more weeks of working with this age group that I will get into the swing of things. I was warned by my coworkers that the hardest part would be getting the children to listen to the stories but they were actually very well behaved during the books. The biggest issue I had was fingerplays and flannel boards, some of the kids just didn’t want to participate in the fingerplays and the adults with them seemed uninterested as well (librarian pet peeve) and when it came to the flannel board the kids were more interested in pulling the pieces off. By the last program I cut out almost all of the fingerplays, and replaced them with action songs and rhymes, and got rid of the flannel board. If you would like to see some of the songs and rhymes we did to get the wiggles out please see “Storytime Go To Songs.” […]

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