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Sing, clap, learn rhymes, and more!

For babies and toddlers 0-36 months this storytime uses songs, nursery rhymes, oral stories, and fingerplays to introduce language, concepts, and play to babies and their care givers.

Words from Rhymetime, Winter Sessions:

  • Welcome Song
  • Happy & you know it
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • Eyes Nose Cheeky Cheeky Chin
  • Come-a-Look-a-See
  • Peek A Boo
  • Baby put your pants on
  • Acka Backa
  • Smooth Road
  • Cobbler
  • Ponies are walking…
  • Beehive
  • STORY: Mother Mouse
  • When Animals Get Up in the Morning
  • Roly Poly
  • Waltzing with Bears
  • Zoom zoom
  • Good Bye Song

Good morning everyone (welcome song)
Good morning everyone, good morning everyone, good morning everyone it’s nice to see you here [wave as you sing]
Good morning [insert name], good morning [insert name], good morning [insert name], it’s nice to see you here.
[Repeat verse and chorus with other names]

Happy and you know it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands [clap hands]
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands [clap hands]
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it, if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands[clap your hands]

If you’re happy and you know it, shout hooray [shout hooray w/ arms in air]
If you’re happy and you know it, shout hooray [shout hooray w/ arms in air]
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it, if you’re happy and you know it shout hooray [shout hooray w/ arms in air]

If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet [stomp feet]
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet [stomp feet]
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it, if you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet [stomp feet]

If you’re happy and you know it, beep your nose [squeeze nose and make ‘beep’ sound]
If you’re happy and you know it, beep your nose [squeeze nose and make ‘beep’ sound]
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it, if you’re happy and you know it beep your nose [squeeze nose and make ‘beep’ sound]

If you’re happy and you know it, wave hello [wave hand and say ‘hello’]
If you’re happy and you know it, wave hello [wave hand and say ‘hello’]
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it, if you’re happy and you know it wave hello [wave hand and say ‘hello’]

If you’re happy and you know it, dance around [get up – if seated – and dance in a circle or in place]
If you’re happy and you know it, dance around [get up – if seated – and dance in a circle or in place]
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it, if you’re happy and you know it dance around [get up – if seated – and dance in a circle or in place]

*this song is very easy to add new verses to depending on what you and your baby like to do

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star [reach up high and wiggle fingers]
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high [point upwards]
Like a diamond in the sky [make diamond shape with forefingers and thumb]
Twinkle, twinkle, little star [reach up and wiggle fingers]
How I wonder what you are.

Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin (face song and fingerplay)
Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin [point to eyes, nose, cheeks, and then chin]
Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin [point to eyes, nose, cheeks, and then chin]
Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin [point to eyes, nose, cheeks, and then chin]
Cheeky cheeky chin, nose, eyes [reverse – point to cheeks, chin, nose, and then eyes]

Come-a-look-a-see (fingerplay and song)
*before starting song hold out your right hand with fingers wide

Come-a-look-a-see – here’s my mama [point to your right thumb]
Come-a-look-a-see – here’s my papa [point to your right pointer finger]
Come-a-look-a-see – my brother Tall [point to your right middle finger]
Sister [point to right ring finger]
Baby [point to right little finger]
I love them all [curl fingers together and blow a kiss]

*now hold out left hand with fingers wide
Come-a-look-a-see – here’s my grandma [point to your left thumb]
Come-a-look-a-see – here’s my grandpa [point to your left pointer finger]
Come-a-look-a-see – my Uncle Tall [point to your left middle finger]
Auntie [point to left ring finger]
Cousins [point to left little finger]
I love them all [curl fingers together and blow a kiss]

Peek-a-boo (fingerplay and song)
Peek-a-boo [cover and uncover eyes with your hands]
Peek-a-boo [cover and uncover eyes with your hands]
I see you [point to your eyes, and then point to baby]
I see you [point to your eyes, and then point to baby]
I see your tiny toes, [point and give a little tickle to baby’s toes]
I see your button nose [point and give a little tickle to baby’s nose]
Peek-a-boo [cover and uncover eyes with your hands]
I see you [point to your eyes, and then point to baby]

Baby put your pants on (fingerplay and getting dressed song)
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on,
Baby put your pants on 1-2-3
Baby put your scarf on, scarf on, scarf on
Baby put your scarf on 1-2-3
Baby put your gloves on, gloves on, gloves on
Baby put your gloves on 1-2-3
Baby put your hat on, hat on, hat on
Baby put your hat on 1-2-3
Baby put your boots on, boots on, boots on
Baby put your boots on 1-2-3

Acka Backa (bounce)
[*For all bounces, get your baby sitting on your knees–either facing you or facing out–with your hands around theirs]
Acka backa soda cracker [bounce baby]
Acka backa boo
Acka backa soda cracker
Up goes you [lift baby in air]
Acka backa soda cracker [bounce baby]
Acka backa boo
Acka backa soda cracker
I love you [cuddle baby in a hug]

Smooth Road (bounce)
[*For all bounces, get your baby sitting on your knees–either facing you or facing out–with your hands around theirs]
We’re going down a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road [gently bounce your baby on your knees]
We’re going down a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road [gently bounce your baby on your knees]

We’re going down a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road [bounce a little faster, and rougher]
We’re going down a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road [bounce a little faster, and rougher]

We’re going down a rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a rough road [bounce even faster, and rougher]
We’re going down a rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a rough road [bounce even faster, and rougher]

Then there’s a hole in the road [stop bounce, and while supporting baby, have them gently drop between your knees]

Smooth Road (bounce)
[*For all bounces, get your baby sitting on your knees–either facing you or facing out–with your hands around theirs]
We’re going down a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road [gently bounce your baby on your knees]
We’re going down a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road [gently bounce your baby on your knees]

We’re going down a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road [bounce a little faster, and rougher]
We’re going down a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road [bounce a little faster, and rougher]

We’re going down a rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a rough road [bounce even faster, and rougher]
We’re going down a rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a rough road [bounce even faster, and rougher]

Then there’s a hole in the road [stop bounce, and while supporting baby, have them gently drop between your knees]

Cobbler (bounce and/or diaper changing song)
[*for this song, sing to your baby as they are on their back, legs in the air getting their diaper changed; for an older child you can use this as a getting dressed song to help them get their shoes on]
There is a cobbler on my street
Mending shoes for little feet
With a bang and a bang [gently bang baby’s feet together]
And a bang bang bang [gently bang baby’s feet together]
Mending shoes the whole day long
Mending shoes to make them strong
With a bang and a bang [gently bang baby’s feet together]
And a bang bang bang [gently bang baby’s feet together]

Ponies are Walking… (bounce)
[*For all bounces, get your baby sitting on your knees–either facing you or facing out–with your hands around theirs]
The ponies are walking,[gently bounce your baby on your knees]
They’re walking along, walking along, walking along [continue gentle bouncing]
The ponies are walking, they’re walking along [continue gentle bouncing]
Whoa, whoa, whoa [stop and lean baby back like you were pulling on a horse’s reins]

The ponies are trotting,[bounce baby faster than first verse]
They’re trotting along, trotting along, trotting along [continue faster bounce]
The ponies are trotting, they’re trotting along [continue faster bounce]
Whoa, whoa, whoa [stop and lean baby back like you were pulling on a horse’s reins]

The ponies are galloping,[bounce even faster, with a few bumps]
They’re galloping along, galloping along, galloping along [continue fast, bumpy bounce]
The ponies are galloping, they’re galloping along [continue fast, bumpy bounce]
Whoa, whoa, whoa [stop and lean baby back like you were pulling on a horse’s reins]

*this song can also be done standing up, with baby in your arms, or, with multiple children, as a circle game

Beehive (fingerplay and tickle)
Here is a beehive [clasp right and left hands together]
But where are all the bees? [bring hands up to indicate confusion]
Hidden away where nobody sees [wave index finger back and forth to indicate ‘no one’]
Ohhhhh…..here they come….
1-2-3-4-5…. [count out the numbers with your fingers]
BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ [tickle baby as you make the bzzzzzzing sound]

STORY: Mother Mouse
[*this story uses modified American sign language. Many of the signs are not exact ASL but instead serve the purpose of storytelling with your voice and hands which engages children and acts as an important early literacy tool. You are encouraged to make up your own signs and additions to the story as well]

One [hold up your right pointer finger to indicate ‘1’]
Day [make a semi-circle with your right arm, like a sun rising]
Mother [touch your thumb to your chin with the rest of the fingers splayed out]
Mouse [the sign for mouse is your right pointer finger flicking your nose]
And her three [hold up three fingers]
Children [make a motion with your hands like walking down the stairs]
Went for a walk [‘walk’ with your pointer and middle fingers]
They came to a corner [make a point with your hands touching to indicate a corner]
And at that corner was a…
Great, Big, Enormous [stretch your hands out, out, out to indicate great size and girth]
CAT! [sign for cat is three quickly whisked across your face like whiskers]
Mother Mouse [sign for mother mouse]
Was scared [scared is your hands lightly brushing against your collarbone]
Her children [sign for children]
Were scared [sign for scared]
But…….
Mother Mouse [sign for mother mouse]
Was brave [sign for brave is your hands curled into two fists like a boxer]
Mother Mouse [sign for mother mouse]
Had an idea [touch finger to forehead and then into air, like a light bulb going ion]
She said to her 3 [three fingers]
Children [sign for children]
‘Children, get behind me’ and all together they went…..
‘WOOF! WOOF! WOOF!’ [say VERY loudly, and snap your arms together like big jaws]
And the Great, Big, Enormous [sign for great, big, enormous]
CAT [sign for cat]
Ran away [throw your arm to the side, as if banishing something away]
Mother Mouse [sign for mother mouse]
Turned to her children [sign for children]
And said, “children [sign for children]
Never [wag pointer finger back and forth like the gesture for ‘no’]
Underestimate the power of a second [make the sign for 2 – two fingers]
Language” [touch thumbs together with palms down and hands splayed and then move hands apart with fingers wiggling like water in a stream]

Roly Poly (fingerplay and song)
Roly Poly [make continuous circular motion with hands]
Roly Poly
Up up up [hands go up-up-up]
Up up up
Roly roly poly [make continuous circular motion with hands]
Roly roly poly
Down down down [hands go down-down-down]
Down down down

Roly poly [make continuous circular motion with hands]
Roly poly
Out out out [hands go out-out-out]
Out out out
Roly roly poly [make continuous circular motion with hands]
Roly roly poly
In in in [hands go in-in-in]
In in in

Roly poly [make continuous circular motion with hands]
Roly poly
Fast fast fast [hands go fast-fast-fast in a circle]
Fast fast fast
Roly roly poly [make continuous circular motion with hands]
Roly roly poly
Slow slow slow [hands go slow-slow-slow in a circle]
Slow slow slow

Roly poly [make continuous circular motion with hands]
Roly poly
Loud loud loud [hands keep making circular motion, but say the verse LOUD-LOUD-LOUD]
Loud loud loud
Roly roly poly [make continuous circular motion with hands]
Roly roly poly
Soft soft soft [hands keep making circular motion, but say the verse very soft-soft-soft]
Soft soft soft

*roly poly works in a fun way to teach children about opposites – however, a nice, fun verse to throw into the song is ‘roly poly roly poly – hug hug hug, hug hug hug – roly roly poly, roly roly poly – kiss kiss kiss, kiss kiss kiss’

Waltzing with Bears (dancing song)
[*this song takes place standing up with your baby either standing in front of you or with you holding baby in your arms]
1-2-3, 1-2-3 waltzing with bears [waltz with your baby]
1-2-3, 1-2-3 waltzing ‘round chairs [do a spin with baby]
1-2-3, 1-2-3 that’s what we’ll do [waltz with your baby]
1-2-3, 1-2-3 waltzing with you [do a spin with baby]

Zoom zoom (action song)
[*this song takes place standing up with your baby either standing in front of you or with you holding baby in your arms]
Zoom zoom we’re going to the moon [march in place]
Zoom zoom we’re going very soon [continue to march in place]
So if you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship [pretend like you are going in through a doorway]
Zoom zoom we’re going to the moon [march in place]
Zoom zoom we’re going very soon [continue to march in place]
Upside down and turn around [either pick up baby and turn her upside and do a turn, or, for older kid, have them spin in place]
I’ll take you where the stars are found [march in place]
Zoom zoom we’re going to the moon [march in place]
Zoom zoom we’re going very soon [continue to march in place]
5-4-3-2-1 blast off! [crouch down and count down on your fingers – at 1 pick up baby and swing the in the air at the call of ‘blast off!’]

Now it’s time to say good bye (good bye song)
Now, it’s time to say good bye, say good bye, say good bye, [wave good bye as you sing]
Now, it’s time to say good bye, we’ll see you all next week

For a complete PDF version of all Baby Rhymetime songs and rhymes from past and present sessions click HERE