Archive for the ‘Rhymes’ Category

Croc Crazy!

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Do your kids go crazy for crocodiles and alligators?   Check out:

Crocodaddy by Kim Norman, or

An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni.

Then, sit on the floor with your child between your outstretched legs and act out this fun version of Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

Row, row, row your boat (rock forward and backward)
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily merrily
Life is but a dream
Rock, rock, rock the boat (sway side to side)
Over rapids we go
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Hope we don’t need a tow.
Row, row, row, your boat (rock forward and backward)
Underneath the stream
Ha-ha fooled you!
You’re a submarine! (lean child backward and bring up again)
Row, Row, Row your boat (rock forward and backward)
Gently down the stream
If you see an alligator
Don’t forget to scream! Aaaaagh! (Make a “mouth” from thumb and fingers and nibble on tummies or fingertips.)

Join us every week for Saturday Tales!  Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming programs.

Added bonus:  Singing songs and reading books with rhyme, such as Crocodaddy, enhances your child’s phonological awareness.  For more information about the six early literacy skills that can help your child get ready to read, check out our Born to Read page!

Wibble-wobble, JELL-O on the plate!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Sing this fun rhyme while making dinner; your baby will eat it up!

Courtesy of Flickr

JELL-O on the plate,
JELL-O on the plate,
wibble-wobble, wibble-wobble,
JELL-O on the plate.

Popcorn in the pan,
popcorn in the pan,
hip-hop, pip-pop,
popcorn in the pan.

Sausage in the pan,
sausage in the pan,
sizzle-fizzle, sizzle-fizzle,
sausage in the pan.

For more fun, check out Miss Margo’s book picks!

Play like Tarzan!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Recite a Gorilla poem.

I am big, dark and hairy and the thing that I like to do best –
Is to look all ferocious and scary, while pounding my giant big chest!
What am I?

Tell a Gorilla joke.

Knock, knock. / Gorilla / Gorilla me a hamburger, I’m hungry!
Knock, knock. / Police / Police stop telling me knock-knock jokes!

Do the Tarzan’s Thymus Tap breathing exercise:  (p. 36)

Start in mountain and jump feet apart.
Make two fists, take a deep breath in and pound your chest.
Howl, yowl & yodel.

Do the Untying the Knots warm-up exercise.  (p. 44)

Squeeze your hands into fists, and your feet up tight.
Scrunch up your neck, back and shoulders.
Now loosen up each part, one at a time.
Then, shake your whole body like jelly!
Shake all over to get nicely and loose and jiggly.
Now, reach down to the floor in a forward bend.
Take a deep breath in, then blow all your air back out.
Take another deep breath in and sway side to side while blowing all your air back out.

Sing Just Like the Monkeys ♫ from Amazing Adventures of Kid Astro by Ralph Covert.

Reserve It!

Play the following Gorilla games.

What kind of ways do gorillas move? (jump, scratch, eat bugs, pound chest, etc.)
Play big gorilla, little gorilla mirror game.
Find a partner, one of you is the big gorilla and the other is the little gorilla.
If you are the little gorilla, copy everything the big gorilla does.  Switch roles and repeat.

Then join us next time for Yoga Tales! Check our Events calendar for upcoming sessions.

(Performed on April 30th, 2009 by Miss Mandie.)

Jungle Jamboree

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Recite the 5 Little Monkeys rhyme.

Five little monkeys sitting in a tree,
teasing Mr. Crocodile, “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Crocodile quiet as can be
and . . . SNAP! Run monkey, run!
4 – 3 – 2 – 1
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree
and one Mr. Crocodile, hungry as can be.

Sing Wimoweh from Whaddaya Think of That by Laurie Berkner.


Read Roar! by Pamela Edwards.

Sing The Elephant from Early Childhood Classics by Hap Palmer.

Reserve It!

Then join us next time for Preschool Special! Check our Events calendar for upcoming sessions.

(Performed on April 17th, 2009 by Miss Mandie.)

Color Your Day!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Recite the energy rhyme :

My body has energy
I jump up and down
Now you see!
I don’t frown – No not me
Not when I have Energy!

Energy in my fingers
Energy in my toes
Energy in my elbows
Now it’s in my nose!

Energy in my head
Energy in my lips
Energy in my legs
Now it’s in my hips!

I don’t frown
No not me
Now when I have

Sing My Energy from Under a Shady Tree by Laurie Berkner


Read Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

Sing Shake Your Scarves ♫ from The Second Line Scarf Activity Songs by Johnette Downing


Sing Color Game from Do Re Mi on His Toe Leg Knee by Jim Gill


Sing Let’s Work Together and Make a Circle ♫ to the tune of Paw Paw Patch.

Sing the Choo Choo Song ♫.

Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo
Up the Railroad Track
Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo
Now we come right back.
First we go to _____’s house and then we go to _____’s house
Then we go to _____’s house
And then we come right back!

Recite the Five Purple Polka Dots rhyme.

Five purple polka dots sitting on the floor,
one crawled away and then there were four.
Four purple polka dots got up on their knees,
one tipped over and then there were three.
Three purple polka dots stood on one shoe,
one fell down and there there were two.
Two purple polka dots started to run,
one stopped quickly and then there was one.
One purple polka dot rolled out the door,
when it disappeared there were no more.

Recite the Color Rhyme ♫.

If your clothes have any red, put your finger on your head.
Blue…finger on your shoe.
Green…wave your hand so you’re seen.
Yellow…smile like a happy fellow.
Brown…turn that smile into a frown.
Black…hands behind your back.
White…stamp your feet with all your might.

Sing Parade of Colors from Can a Cherry Pie Wave Goodbye? by Hal Palmer.


Then join us next time for Move with Music! Check our Events calendar for upcoming sessions.

(Performed on April 20th, 2009 by Miss Mandie.)

Ocean Occassions

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Celebrate ocean occasions!

Read Who’s in the Ocean? by Chris Gilvan-Cartwright

Read Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

Sing ♫ The Goldfish ♫ from Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner


Recite the Baby Octopus rhyme.

Eight long legs and two big eyes
Salty tears when he cries
Digs his home at the bottom of the sea
Can you guess what he can be?
Try to catch him watch him hide
Watch him wiggle watch him slide
Feed him a fish so he won’t fuss
He’s a baby OC-TO-PUS!

Read Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Then join us next time for Preschool Storytime! Check our Events calendar for upcoming sessions.

(Performed on April 7th & 9th, 2009 by Miss Carol.)