The Toddler Storytime saga continues! In this post, I’ll be featuring my top 10 favourite songs to use when the kiddos just can’t seem to sit still. Which is perfectly normal for toddlers! And in case you missed it, here are the other posts in my Toddler Storytime series:
- How I Plan
- Favourite Toddler Read Alouds
- Favourite Toddler Songs and Rhymes
- How I Incorporate Puppets
- Favourite Felt Stories
So let’s get to it!
1. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
One of my storytime moms told me the other day that her daughter comes to storytime just for this song. We definitely do it every week. I stand up when I sing this song and pretend to climb a ladder. Then I crouch down and jump up for the blast off. Younger toddlers enjoy being lifted into the air by a caregiver.
2. Everyone Can March
And jump, and spin, and clap, and stomp, and stretch, and wave….and sit! This song also uses the ASL sign for “stop” which is a great concept for toddlers to learn in a fun and positive way.
3. See the Little Bunnies Sleeping
This song takes a few times before the caregivers and parents know it well enough to sing along, but once they do the kids will be all about it! I have one little boy in particular who loves popping up and down from “sleeping” to “waking” so much that we had to sing this song 3 times one week.
4. Bananas Unite
I learned this one at a Parent Child Mother Goose training, but it wasn’t until I saw my colleague David (@reflectioniskey) use it in a Man in the Moon program that I was sold. Again, I use my whole body when I sing this with toddlers to maximize wiggle capacity.
5. This is the Way We Clap Our Hands
We don’t have a video of this one yet, but it’s simple and super easy for caregivers and kids to pick up. You can do as many verses as you’d like – stomp our feet, turn around, reach and stretch, wave hello. The tune is “The Mulberry Bush.”
This is the way we clap our hands,clap our hands, clap our hands
This is the way we clap our hands
so early in the morning!
6. The Elevator Song
Traditionally a babytime song, you can easily adapt for toddlers. Jump up and down when the elevator goes up and down, or have parents lift their toddler into the air. They’ll love it, I promise.
7. All the Leaves are Falling Down
This was my favourite song to sing with toddlers this past autumn. When the wind blows, you can have the toddlers spin around. I also added a verse – “Make a pile and jump right in” – so we could do some jumping. If you ain’t sweating by the end of storytime, you ain’t doing it right!
8. Ring Around the Rosie
A perfect circle activity for smaller storytime groups. Did you know this second verse? It was new to me, but a great transition back to standing. Repeat as necessary!
Ring around the rosie, a pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!
The cows are in the meadow, eating buttercups
Thunder, lightning, we all jump up!
9. Pop Goes the Berry
This song is great to use in the summer time when kids can get their hands on local berries. With toddlers, we practice our jumping skills when we say, “Pop goes the berry!”
10. The Arms Go Up and Down
To the tune of “The Farmer and the Dell” this is a great action song. Just act out the lyrics to the song. This can also be used in a baby storytime with the caregivers lifting their baby’s arms and legs.
The arms go up and down, the arms go up and down
Hi Ho the Derry-OThe arms go up and down
Verses: Our feet go up and down, Our head goes back and forth, We all go round and round, We all jump up and down
So there you have it – my Top 10 songs to get the wiggles out. What are yours?