Ask a Storytime Ninja: Lightning Round – Opening Songs for Baby, Toddler and PreK Storytime

Here’s our newest Lightning Round question! These questions are posed to all of our ninjas instead of just our featured monthly ones and are meant to be quick and efficient responses to some interesting inquiries. Here’s our question for this week:




The Question:


“”What are good songs or chants for hello and goodbye songs for the following age groups:
Lapsit – 2 months to 18 months
Toddler Time – 18 months to 3 years
Story Hour – 3 years to 5 years”


The Answers:


From Michelle M. (@mmlibrarian):


My song choices are for Lapsit and Toddler Time: Hello Everyone
Hello Everyone, and how are you? How are you? How are you? (wave baby’s hand)
Hello everyone and how are you? How are you today?
I am fine, I am fine and I hope that you are too (point to self and then point to child).


From Soraya S. (@vivalosbooks):

I mostly do all age, family storytimes but I think these would work for 3-5 for sure and probably toddler as well:
Hello Song in Sign Language
I learned this from Jbrary and love it! Here’s the YouTube link:
Hello Song
And then we do a wake up song with Jim Gill’s Can’t Wait to Celebrate


From Jaime C.:


For babytime I use three songs, all from Mother Goose on the Loose by Besty Cohent Diamond:
Hello Everybody:
Hello everybody yes indeed, yes indeed, yes indeed (wave baby’s hands)
Hello everybody yes indeed, yes indeed my darling (wave baby’s hands)
Clap Clap Clap Your Hands:
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands together (clap baby’s hands x2)
Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet, stomp your feet together (stomp baby’s feet x2)
Wave, wave, wave your arms, wave your arms together (wave baby’s hands x2)
Nod, nod, nod your head, nod your head together (I normally recommend kind of bobbing with baby x2)
Sway, sway, sway and sway together (sway with baby x2)
See My Fingers Dance and Play:
See my fingers dance and play, fingers dance for me today (wiggle baby’s fingers)
See my ten toes dance and play, ten toes dance for me today (wiggle baby’s toes)
For toddler time I use two songs and one fingerplay:
Shake Your Sillies Out by Jim Gill
These Are My Glasses by Laurie Berkner
I Wiggle My Fingers Fingerplay:
I wiggle my fingers,
I wiggle my toes,
I wiggle my shoulders,
I wiggle my nose.
Now no more wiggles
Are left in me,
So I can sit as still as can be.
Have any songs you use that weren’t listed? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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