Back to News

Storytimes at Home!

Hi! This is Kristin from Erie Community Library!

I’ve written out the general outline for our storytime structure, then put the song lyrics at the bottom. I’ll give you some favorites and then some places to find more songs to supplement. Hopefully you’ve got some books at home, but I’ll also share some links to places to get books online. Screens aren’t the best, but we’re all making do!

Thank you all! Please stay safe and healthy. Let me know if there’s any other way I can support you. I know that our buildings are closed, but libraries are so much more than buildings!

Outline

Opening Song: If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

Wiggle Song: Clap your hands

Book!

Wiggle/Song 1

Wiggle/Song 2

Wiggle/Song 3

Baby Yoga

Book!

Counting: How many Fingers on one hand?

Barnyard

Closing: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Lyrics

Opening Songs

If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!”
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!”
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!”

Clap Your Hands (to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

CLAP YOUR HANDS 123 123 123

CLAP YOUR HANDS 123

CLAP YOUR HANDS  JUST LIKE ME

WIGGLE YOUR FINGERS 123 123 123

WIGGLE YOUR FINGERS 123

WIGGLE YOUR FINGERS JUST LIKE ME

TOUCH YOUR TOES 123 123 123

TOUCH YOUR TOES 123

TOUCH YOUR TOES JUST LIKE ME

WAVE HELLO 123 123 123

WAVE HELLO 123

WAVE HELLO JUST LIKE ME

Favorite Songs and Wiggles for the middle

Put Your Hands Up High (to the tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low)

Put your hands up high

Put your hands down low

Put your hands in the middle

And wiggle them slow

Put your elbows to the front

Put your elbows to the back

Put your elbows to the side

And QUACK QUACK QUACK

I’m a little cuckoo clock

Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
It’s one o’clock!
CUCKOO!

Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
It’s two o’clock!
CUCKOO! CUCKOO!

 Love Somebody (to the tune Skip to My Lou)

Love somebody yes I do, Love somebody yes I do,

Love somebody yes I do, that somebody is you!

Jiggle like jelly yes I will, jiggle like jelly yes I will,

Jiggle like jelly yes I will, ’cause I can’t sit still.

Climb a mountain, oh so high, Climb a mountain, oh so high,

Climb a mountain, oh so high, ‘Til I touch the sky

Tickle that tummy hee hee hee, Tickle that tummy hee hee hee,

Tickle that tummy hee hee hee, Won’t you laugh with me?

Popcorn

Pop pop pop

You put the corn in the pot

Pop pop pop

And you shake it ‘til it’s hot

Pop pop pop

Lift the lid and what have you got?

Pop pop pop

POPCORN

Shake your Shoulders (to the tune of Frere Jacques)

SHAKE YOUR SHOULDERS,

SHAKE YOUR SHOULDERS

CLAP YOUR HANDS, CLAP YOUR HANDS

ROLL THEM BOTH AROUND NOW,

ROLL THEM BOTH AROUND NOW

SLOW IT DOWN, SLOW IT DOWN

FLAP YOUR ELBOWS, FLAP YOUR ELBOWS

WIGGLE YOUR KNEES, WIGGLE YOUR KNEES

STOMP YOUR FEET OUT LOUD NOW,

STOMP YOUR FEET OUT LOUD NOW

QUIET DOWN, QUIET DOWN

Roly Poly (to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Roly poly, roly poly

Up, up, up

up, up, up

Roly roly poly

roly roly poly

down, down, down

down, down, down

Roly poly, roly poly

out, out, out

out, out, out

Roly roly poly

roly roly poly in, in, in

in, in, in

Roly poly, roly poly

fast, fast, fast

fast, fast, fast

Roly roly poly

roly roly poly slow, slow,

slow slow, slow, slow

A Smooth Road

A smooth road

A smooth road

A smooth road

A smooth road

A bumpy road

A bumpy road

A bumpy road

A bumpy road

A rough road

A rough road

A rough road

A rough road

Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Acka backa soda cracker

Acka backa boo.

Acka backa soda cracker

up goes you.

Acka backa soda cracker

Acka backa boo

Acka backa soda cracker

I love you!

Closing Songs

Baby Yoga (the “pound pound pound” song

Up to the ceiling

And down to the floor

Lean to the window

Lean to the door

Right hand, left hand

Roll them around

Left hand, right hand

Pound, pound, pound

How Many Fingers (to the tune of skip to my lou)

How many fingers on one hand?

How many fingers on one hand?

How many fingers on one hand?

Let’s all count together.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

How many fingers on two hands?

How many fingers on two hands?

How many fingers on two hands?

Let’s all count together.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

6, 7, 8, 9, 10

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Barnyard

An oink and a moo and cock-a-doodle-doo

Who’s in the garden, playing peek-a-boo?

Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Resources

Songs and Bounces

Jbrary-these ladies have every storytime song basically ever. Their Youtube channel is full of ideas https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnjsY7TmClktuQLNCXXra6Q

Sunflower Storytime-this list has some classic hits by children’s musicians. Some might be more appropriate for toddlers, but I bet a few of you have some toddlers at home too! https://sunflowerstorytime.com/2015/09/22/storytime-music/

Hoopla Digital-This is a resource offered by the High Plains Library District. The checkout limit is currently 16 items a month. You need your library card number to create an account. If you can’t find your library card please let me know. I can’t access the system from home, but I will FIND A WAY! There is some really great music for both kids and adults. https://www.mylibrary.us/stream-and-download/#1482341064245-d9b3c1b9-b061

Noodle & Pals-This Youtube channel will possible drive you nuts, but do it for the kids. Hint-some of the songs are just too slow. I change the speed on the video (via the gear icon in the bottom right corner of the video screen and then “playback speed”) to 1.25 or even 1.5 speed if necessary. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdkj6XH8GYPSlWRvfDZOgcoZ-j8cXU04G

Books

Hoopla Digital-Books too! There are more chapter books, but I see some fun ones for the younger crowd. https://www.mylibrary.us/stream-and-download/#1482341030825-bdf97620-d075

Overdrive/Libby-The other resource from HPLD for eBooks and eAudiobooks. There are fewer picture books and you do have to put items on hold, but it’s worth knowing about. https://highplains.overdrive.com/library/kids

TumbleBooks-Another resource from HPLD. https://login.hpld.idm.oclc.org/login?qurl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.tumblebooks.com%2flibrary%2fauto_login.asp%3fU%3dweld%26P%3dlibra

Storyberries-Super cute website. You can play the stories on audio, watch an animated video, or just scroll and read the story. If you are scrolling then I recommend reducing the size of the website so the pictures flow more easily. I shrunk mine down quite a bit and it looks pretty good. Just helps the pictures flow better. I already love “Baby Babble.”  https://www.storyberries.com/category/age-0-3-bedtime-stories/