New Songs & Rhymes

We are almost there people, ALMOST THERE.  At least for those of us in Vancouver, kids go back to school in about two weeks and the Summer Reading Club is finally starting to wrap up.  And you know what that means – fall storytimes!  I’ve been browsing our Fall Pinterest board for books, songs, rhymes, and felt stories for ideas.  Last year Dana picked out some of our fall favourites that I’m itching to bust out again.

But I also wanted to share some of our recent uploads that I’m also excited to share in storytime this autumn.  Here’s 5 new-to-me songs and how I plan to use them over the next few months.

I have a few moms in my babytime who are teaching their babies sign language and I am so excited to incorporate these common signs into storytime.  Before we sing the song, I plan on going over each sign and practicing them as a group. This will be one we do every week to help us all memorize the signs.  I’d love to bring in some props too to help babies make the connection between the sign and the object, but I can encourage caregivers to do that at home too.

New favourite action song for toddlers and preschoolers! My storytimers love An Orca Whale, so I feel confident this one will be a hit. I’d love to hear any versions you create with animals and plants specific to your region.  My legs are sure to get a workout from the up and down movements involved in transforming from a tree to a mushroom!

I’d only ever heard the extra alligator verse before filming this video.  I think this bounce or action song would work great with a mixed age group or in a babytime. Have older kids act out the rowing with you and have caregivers bounce little ones. I love sharing ways to modify old favourites, especially ones caregivers may get a bit tired of hearing.

We don’t offer snacks after storytime, but I visit a lot of daycares and Strong Starts that do offer a snack.  I’m going to sing this one when I visit them this fall not only because it’s easy to learn, but also because it teaches proper handwashing techniques.

All hail the lyrical genius of Brytani!  I can’t wait to use this one with scarves and shakers. I’m going to write the lyrics up on a poster so it’s easier for families to learn.  This one gets stuck in my head every single time I sing it!

What are you looking forward to sharing in storytime this fall?  Let me know in the comments!

12 thoughts on “New Songs & Rhymes

  1. Hi Jbrary! Loved the Douglas Fir and Orca Whale rhymes to the tune of Ram Sam Sam. As my Preschool Storytime program is starting soon, I am compiling my content. You’ve inspired me to make more local rhymes to go with yours, and thought I’d share. I work at a public library in the Fraser Valley so here is our world.

    A bald eagle
    A bald eagle
    Sockeye salmon and a bald eagle
    A bald eagle
    A bald eagle
    Sockeye salmon and a bald eagle
    Blackberries, blackberries
    Sockeye salmon and a bald eagle
    Blackberries blackberries
    Sockeye salmon and a bald eagle

    Thanx for sharing and inspiring.

    1. I love it! We are right next to you in Vancouver, B.C. so I’ll definitely be trying this one out too. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I live in Florida and am thinking “A tall palm tree on a hot sandy beach” for the douglas fir song! Thanks for the idea! Of course, I’d be using that for my summer/beach theme!

  3. How about an Autumn theme for that tune? “It’s pumpkin time, It’s pumpkin time, Time for picking apples and it’s pumpkin time! (Make big round pumpkins with arms in front of bellies 🙂 repeat, then sing: “Pick apples! Pick apples! Time for picking apples and it’s Pumpkin time!” (Reach up to pick apples, then back down to pumpkin arms in front of bellies…) You could also make it more physical by “being” the pumpkins while squatting on the floor, then jumping up and reaching high to pick the apples ; )

    Thanks once again for sharing so much storytime fun and for the inspiration!

  4. I try to do some sign language in every baby story time. Thank you for the apples and bananas with ASL! It’s perfect for our fall lessons, and reinforces so many of our signs! Thank you!

    1. That’s so great to hear! I’ve been using it every week in babytime this fall and it’s been well received. If I had a bigger group of caregivers who sign with their babies I’d ask them to help me think of new verses using the signs they want to teach. I know “all done” is a popular one for babies 🙂

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