The Usuals

I have a set of rhymes, songs, fingerplays, etc. that I use on a regular basis.  It’s good for kids to feel comfortable and know what’s coming. Repetition, repetition, repetition!

OPENING SONGS:

For Toddlers:  Hello Friends
Hello friends, hello friends, hello friends
It’s time to say hello.
See Jbrary do it here.

For Preschoolers:  Peanut Butter Jelly
Peanut butter jelly,
Marmalade jam,
Let’s say hello as ______ as we can!
(Fast, slow, loud, or soft.  I ask the kids what the’y like to do first, then we always do it’s opposite next.)
See Jbrary do it here.

The Mystery Box
This idea came from Abby the Librarian. Each week after singing our hello song, we open the infamous mystery box. I took it upon myself to bedazzle a shoe box after my wonderful coworkers covered it in metallic paper. Every week we put a new object or picture in this box that represents our storytime theme that week. To create excitement over what’s inside, we first sing a song about the mystery box (below), and then we give the kids three clues.

What’s in the box it’s a mystery,
What’s in the box shall we look and see,
What’s in the box can you guess for me,
Solve the mystery.
Credit: King County Library System

Mystery Box

SOME MORE OPTIONS FOR OPENING SONGS:

The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together,
The more we get together the happier we’ll be,
‘Cause your friends are my friends,
And my friends are your friends,
The more we get together the happier we’ll be.

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 wanna show it,
If you’re happy and you know it cap your hands.
(Repeat with stomp your sheet, shout hooray!)

Good Morning Song (English/Spanish)
Good morning, good morning,
How are you? How are you?
Very well I thank you, very well I thank you,
How about you? How about you?

Buenos dias, buenos dias,
Como estas? Como estas?
Muy bien gracias, muy bien gracias,
Y usted? Y usted?

OPENING ACTIVITY:

Dance Your Fingers
Dance your fingers up high
Dance your fingers down low
Dance them side to side
And dance them all around
Dance your fingers on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummies
And put them all to bed.
Credit: King County Library System:

CLOSING SONG:

Toddlers:  Goodbye Friends
Goodbye friends, goodbye friends, goodbye friends
It’s time to say goodbye.
See Jbrary do it here.

Preschoolers:  Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends,
Goodbye!
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends,
Goodbye!
Now it’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hand, wink your eye,
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends,
Goodbye!
Credit: Mrs. Jones Room

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