Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Storytime Rhymes

We wanted to share some of our most oft-recited rhymes from storytime at the library with you. The great thing about sharing rhymes with your child is that it not only creates a bond between the two of you, but it also can introduce vocabulary and new concepts (like counting, colors, sizes, shapes, and seasonal topics) and contains a lot of early literacy value like repetition, alliteration, and beginning narrative skills. Rhymes that involve movement are also great ways to transition to new activities, burn some extra energy - and a great boredom buster during "wait times" at the grocery store, doctor's office, etc.

A few of our favorites:

Two Little Red Birds
Two little red birds
Sitting on a hill
One named Jack
One named Jill
Fly away Jack
Fly away Jill
Come back Jack
Come back Jill

(This rhyme is also traditionally heard as "blue birds" or "black birds", but since I have cardinal bird finger puppets, I have always said "red birds" during storytime.)

Elevator Ride (from Infant Storytime)
Let's go riding on an elevator
Let's go riding on an elevator
Let's go riding on an elevator

1st floor, 2nd floor, 3rd floor, 4th floor, 5th floor...

Smooth Road
A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road
A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road
A rough road, a rough road, a rough road
And a hole! 

Here is a beehive
But where are the bees?
They're hidden inside
Where nobody sees
Soon they'll come out, out of the hive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5...buzzz!!!

Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree
Two red apples were smiling down at me
So I shook that tree as hard as I could
And down came the apples
Mmmm...they were good!

Trit Trot to Boston
Trit trot to Boston
Trit trot to Lynn
Watch out little baby
Don't fall in!

Mother and Father and Uncle John
Mother and Father and Uncle John
Went to the market, one by one
Mother fell off,
Father fell off,
But Uncle John went on and on and on!

I have a little bicycle
I ride it to and fro
And when I see a big green light
I go, go, go!
I have a little bicycle
I got it at the shop
But when I see a big red light
I stop, stop, stop! 

Stay tuned - We'll feature more rhymes from wobbler, toddler, and preschool storytime soon! 

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