We are happy to report that we’ve come out of it now, but Lindsey and I went through a mean shaker phase back in December. We appreciated your support and kind words and because we lived to tell our tale we’d love to share a few things we learned along the way! A few quick links if you’re a busy beaver we suggest you check out our Egg Shaker Songs playlist and Egg Shaker Songs Pinterest board. If you’re not a busy beaver and feel like sticking around give Lisa’s Shake Shake Shake post a read. She not only shares song ideas, but explains why you should use shakers, which ones and even better…how! Coming to us from Scotland Library Quine has also shared a great list of shaker songs and activities. Finally we love this post from the Massillon Public Library Children’s Department blog which has some delicious food themed songs and tips on how to make your own shakers. Ok we think that’s quite enough reading for now, here are some of our favourite shaker songs!
This is a classic and for that reason it’s a great song to warm up with and let your storytimers get used to shaking their shakers.
Speaking of shaking your shaker, this video has one version that is more challenging and one that’s perfect for beginners.
A nice break from all that singing, a shaking rhyme we learned from Lisa’s Libraryland!
The best part about this song is singing “And now let’s make a stop!” and seeing if the little ones can hold onto their shakers long enough for complete silence.
Another cute song with a challengingly quiet finish!
Again, it’s as if the people who wrote these songs actually worked with kids and anticipated the wildness that shakers bring!
Does the tune sound familiar? Well it should, but we like this one for all its fun vocabulary and milkshakes!
We’d love to hear from you: what are your favourite songs to use with shakers? How do you incorporate them into your storytimes?