Story Time Songs

musical_notes_set_colorBelow are lyrics to many of the songs we sing during toddler and lapsit story times. The list is alphabetized by the first line of each song.

Singing is one of the five early literacy practices you can use to help get your kids ready to learn to read. So keep on singing, loud and long. The more songs you know, the more you can sing along!

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go.
We’ll catch a bear and put it in a chair and never let it go.
(repeat with other animals and rhyming words)

A ram-sam-sam, a ram-sam-sam
Gooly gooly gooly gooly gooly ram-sam-sam
A ram-sam-sam, a ram-sam-sam
Gooly gooly gooly gooly gooly ram-sam-sam
A raffi! A raffi!
Gooly gooly gooly gooly gooly ram-sam-sam
A raffi! A raffi!
Gooly gooly gooly gooly gooly ram-sam-sam

All around the mulberry bush (turn in a circle, waving scarf)
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought ‘twas all in fun
Pop! Goes the Weasel! (throw scarf in the air!)

Bumping up and down in my little red wagon.
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon.
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon.
Won’t you be my darling?
One wheel’s off and the wagon’s dragging (repeat 3 times)
Won’t you be my darling?
Other wheel’s off and the wagon’s dragging (repeat 3 times)
Won’t you be my darling?
Bumpety bump bump ba dump bump bump bump (repeat 3 times)
Won’t you be my darling?

Dance your fingers up
Dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers side to side
Dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy
And put them all to bed.

Five little ducks went out one day, over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said, “quack quack quack quack.”
But only four little ducks came waddling back.
(repeat with four, three, two, and one)
Sad mother duck went out one day, over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said, “quack quack quack quack.”
(again louder) Mother duck said, “quack quack quack quack.”
And all five ducks came waddling back.

Five green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs (yum yum!)
One jumped into the pool where it was nice and cool
Now there are four green speckled frogs (glub glub!)

Five little fishes swimming in the sea.
Hey there crocodile, you can’t catch me!
Along came a crocodile quiet as can be and SNAP!
Now there are four little fishes!

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said, “oh my it’s getting late!”
The second one said, “there’s witches in the air.”
The third one said, “I don’t care!”
The fourth one said, “let’s run and run and run.”
The fifth one said, “we’re ready for some fun.”
Then whoosh when the wind, and out went the light
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Five monkeys were jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said…
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

Hands a washing, hands a washing, wash them ‘til they’re clean.
Let’s get some water and get some soap and wash them ‘til they’re clean.
Oh where’s the towel to pat them dry?
It’s on the rack it’s much too high.
So… now we’ll have to shake them, shake them shake them shake them.
Now we’ll have to shake them,shake them ‘til they’re dry!

I had a little turtle, his name was Tiny Tim
I put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water, he ate up all the soap.
And now my little turtle has a bubble in his throat.
Bubble bubble bubble, bubble bubble bubble, bubble bubble bubble, bubble bubble bubble.
Bubble bubble bubble, bubble bubble bubble, bubble bubble bubble, bubble bubble POP!

If you’re happy and you know it shake your eggs
If you’re happy and you know it shake your eggs
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it shake your eggs
(Repeat and shake up high, shake down low, shout Hooray!)

I’m a little beetle and I wiggle all day
But if you get too close to me I’ll FLY away!
I’m a little ladybug…
I’m a little bumblebee…

It’s a rainy rainy day but that’s okay
We’re gonna have fun anyway
On this rainy rainy day we’ll laugh and play
It’s a rainy rainy day.
Go get your raincoat and put your boots on
We’ll go puddle jumping
Twirl our umbrellas, and do a rain dance
Splish and splash with a song and a laugh.
(credit: Milkshake http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvNUfg6H8r4)

I’ve been working on the railroad, all the live-long day.
I’ve been working on the railroad just to pass the time away.
Can’t you hear the whistle blowing, rise up so early in the morn;
Can’t you hear the captain shouting, “Dinah, blow your horn!”
Dinah, won’t you blow, Dinah, won’t you blow,
Dinah, won’t you blow your horn?
Dinah, won’t you blow, Dinah, won’t you blow,
Dinah, won’t you blow your horn?
Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah
Someone’s in the kitchen I know
Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah
Strummin’ on the old banjo!
And singin’ fee, fie, fiddly-i-o, fee, fie, fiddly-i-o-o-o-o
Fee, fie, fiddly-i-o, strummin’ on the old banjo.

I’ve got a house in Baltimore, Little Liza Jane,
Streetcars outside my door, Little Liza Jane.
Oh, Eliza, Little Liza Jane,
Oh, Eliza, Little Liza Jane.
Brussels carpet on my floor, Little Liza Jane,
Silver doorplate by my door, Little Liza Jane.
Oh, Eliza, Little Liza Jane,
Oh, Eliza, Little Liza Jane.
Come, my love, and be with me, Little Liza Jane,
Let me take good care of thee, Little Liza Jane.
Oh, Eliza, Little Liza Jane,
Oh, Eliza, Little Liza Jane.

Mama Paquita, Mama Paquita,
Mama Paquita, buy your baby a papaya
A ripe papaya and a banana,
A ripe papaya that your baby will enjoy.
Ma-ma-ma-ma, Mama Paquita, Mama Paquita,
Mama Paquita says, “I haven’t any money
To buy papayas and ripe bananas,
Let’s go to Carnival and dance the night away!” Ole!

One elephant went out to play on a spider’s web one day
He had such enormous fun, he called another elephant to come (Hey elephant!)
(continue for two, three, and four elephants)
Five elephants went out to play on a spider’s web one day
There just wasn’t enough room/so they all fell down with an enormous BOOM!

One little, two little, three little shakers.
Four little, five little, six little shakers.
Seven little eight little nine little shakers.
Ten little shaker eggs!
(repeat, counting down from ten)

Open, shut them, open shut them.
Give a little clap clap clap.
Open, shut them, open shut them.
Put them in your lap lap lap.
Creep them crawl them, creep them crawl them,
Right up to your chin chin chin.
Open up your little mouth but…
Do not let them in!

Pat a cake, pat a cake, baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Rolllllllll it. And paaaaaat it. And mark it with a B.
And toss it in the oven for baby and me!

Peek a boo, peek a boo
I see you! I see you!
I see your little nose, and your little toes.
Peek a boo, peek a boo.

Roly poly, roly poly, up up up, up up up!
Roly poly poly, roly poly poly, down down down, down down down.
Roly poly, roly poly, out out out, out out out!
Roly poly poly, roly poly poly, down in in in, in in in.
Roly poly, roly poly, fast fast fast, fast fast fast!
Roly poly poly, roly poly poly, slow slow slow, slow slow slow.

Row row row your boat gently down the stream
Merrily merrily merrily merrily life is but a dream.
Row Row Row Your Boat gently down the stream
If you see an alligator, don’t forget to scream. Aaaahh!

Shoo, fly, don’t bother me! Shoo, fly, don’t bother me!
Shoo, fly, don’t bother me, I belong to somebody!
I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star!
I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star!
Shoo, fly, don’t bother me! Shoo, fly, don’t bother me!
Shoo, fly, don’t bother me, I belong to somebody!

Slippery fish, slippery fish, sliding in the water.
Slippery fish, slippery fish. Gulp, gulp, gulp.
Oh no! It got eaten by an…
Octopus, octopus, wriggling in the water.
Octopus, octopus. Gulp, gulp, gulp.
Oh no! It got eaten by a…
Tuna fish, tuna fish, swimming in the water.
Tuna fish, tuna fish. Gulp, gulp, gulp.
Oh no! It got eaten by a…
Great big shark, great big shark, biting in the water.
Great big shark, great big shark. Gulp, gulp, gulp.
Oh no! It got eaten by an…
Enormous whale, enormous whale, spouting in the water.
Enormous whale, enormous whale. Gulp, gulp, gulp.
BURP!
Excuse me.

Stirring and stirring and stirring the brew.
Oooooohhh. Oooooohhh.
Stirring and stirring and stirring the brew.
BOO!

This is the choo-choo train, puffing down the track.
Now it’s going forward, now it’s going back.
Now the bell is ringing (ding ding ding!) Now the whistle blows. (Woo-hoo!)
What a lot of noise it makes everywhere it goes.

alternate lyrics for use with the flannel board:
This is the choo-choo train, puffing down the track.
The engine is in front, the train cars are in back
Now the bell is ringing (ding ding ding!) Now the whistle blows. (Woo-hoo!)
What a lot of noise it makes everywhere it goes.

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock, now I’m striking one o’clock. Cuckoo!
(repeat for two and three o’clock)

The grand old duke of York, he had ten thousand men.
He marched them up a hill and then he marched them down again.
And when you’re up you’re up. And when you’re down you’re down.
And when you’re only halfway up you’re neither up nor down.

Trot trot to Boston, trot to Lynn,
Trot trot to Grandma’s house but don’t fall in.
Trot trot to Boston, trot trot to Dover,
Trot trot to Grandma’s house but fall over.

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill,
One named Jack, one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill,
Come back Jack, come back Jill,
Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named quiet, one named LOUD
Fly away quiet, fly away loud,
Come back quiet, come back loud
Two little blackbirds sitting in the snow
One named fast, one named slow
Fly away fast, fly away slow
Come back fast, come back slow
Two little blackbirds very, very still,
One named Jack, one named Jill.
Go to sleep Jack, go to sleep Jill,
Wake up Jack, wake up Jill!

There was a little turtle who lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle, He climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito,
He snapped at a flea,
He snapped at a minnow,
And he snapped at me!
He caught the mosquito,
He caught the flea,
He caught the minnow,
But he didn’t catch me!

This is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands.
This is the way we wash our hands, so early in the morning.
(repeat with other body parts)

We’re going to Kentucky, we’re going to the fair
To see the senorita with flowers in her hair.
Shake it shake it shake it, shake it all you can,
Shake it like a milkshake, and pour it in a can.
Shake it to the bottom, shake it to the top.
Shake it round and round and round until we holler STOP.

We wave goodbye like this,
We wave goodbye like this,
We clap our hands for all our friends,
We wave goodbye like this.

What shall we do with a tiny baby? What shall we do with a tiny baby?
What shall we do with a tiny baby? Early in the morning.
Hug and squeeze and kiss the baby. Hug and squeeze and kiss the baby.
Hug and squeeze and kiss the baby. Early in the morning.
Hoppity hop, bounce-along baby. Hoppity hop, bounce-along baby.
Hoppity hop, bounce-along baby. Early in the morning.
Yippee-yi-yay! Up goes baby! Yippee-dee-yay! Up goes baby!
Yippee-yi-yay! Up goes baby! Early in the morning.

Who can see the wind? Neither you nor I
But when the trees bow down their leaves the wind is passing by.
Who can see the wind, neither me nor you
But when the leaves are rustling, the wind is passing through.

Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon.
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon.
5…4…3…2…1… blast off!