Posts Tagged ‘Rhymes’

Little seeds grow….

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Friday April 22 is Earth Day, but you can have fun exploring nature with your child everyday! Here is a fun fingerplay you can teach your child about flowers in the spring time:

Flowers in a Row (to the tune of Down by the Station)

Out in the garden (crouch down), Early in the Springtime,
See the pretty flowers, grow in a row! (slowly raise up)
See the little bees, flying down to greet them! (wiggle fingers around like bees)
Buzz, Buzz, swish-swish, high they grow! (stretch tall on tippy toes)

Here are some easy ways to explore nature with your child:

  • Take a walk! Talk to your child about the plants and animals in your neighborhood. How many red flowers can you count? What does that rough tree bark feel like?
  • Collect leaves, twigs, acorns and other small pieces of nature from your yard. Glue your bits of nature to a piece of paper to make a collage.
  • Plant seeds for small flowers like marigolds in a paper cup or small flower pot. Let your child water the plant and watch it grow.
  • Visit the library for books about bees, squirrels, fish or any other natural topic your child shows an interest it!

Can you hear that?

Friday, April 8th, 2011


April is National Poetry Month! Poetry is fun to read and fun to write, but to really enjoy poetry many feel it must be HEARD. Listening to poems can help kids develop important literacy skills like phonological awareness, the ability to hear and play with smaller sounds in words, and vocabulary, or knowing the names of things. Here are a few books that are not only beautiful to look at, but also come with CDs so that the poems come alive at home, in the car–anywhere you are!

Trees Please!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Trees are everywhere and we love them! Get ready to watch the trees around your neighborhood slowly bud, flower and grow beautiful green leaves! While you are waiting, enjoy books,  songs and finger-plays about our green friends.

Read stories about trees!

Learn facts about trees with books from our new Non-Fiction Readers section!

Here is a fun song about the parts of a tree sung to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

Leaves (wiggle fingers above head), Branches (hold arms out to the sides),
Trunk (touch belly) and Roots (touch toes). Trunk and Roots.
Squirrels (hold up hands like paws) and Birds (flap arms) and Nests (cup hands together) and Fruits (pantomime picking apples)
Leaves, Branches, Trunk and Roots! Trunk and Roots!

Talk to your child about what animals live in trees. In Ohio, we see LOTS of squirrels! Here is a fun fingerplay about these  ubiquitous critters:

Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel, (hold hands up like paws)
Shake your bushy tail! (shake bottom)
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel,
Shake your bushy tale!

Wrinkle up your little nose! (wrinkle nose)
Put a nut between your toes! (tap paws together)
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel,
Shake your bushy tail!

Looking for more? Stop by the Arbor Day Society’s “Teaching Youth about Trees” page for more games, printables and fun!


Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Worms.  They’re slimy, slithery, and a little bit gross.  Which is probably why kids love them so much!  Check out some books about the little wrigglers, then round out your reading with a rhyme and fingerplay.

And if you still can’t get enough, bring the kids to this program to meet some worms and find out how to make your very own worm bin.  (It’s easy, and not as yucky as it seems!)

More books about worms!

(Gross) Rhyme:
It’s such a shock
I almost screech
when I find a worm
inside my peach.
But then, what really
makes me blue
is to find a worm
who’s bitten in two!

Finger play:
I lifted a stone and saw a worm,
(place hand over opposite pointer finger and “lift”)
I watched him wiggle and squiggle and squirm.
(wiggle index finger)
Hello Mr. Worm!  How are you today?
(talk to index finger)
But the worm just silently wiggled away.
(wiggle index finger away)

Did you know this post was based on a storytime?  Come to Saturday Tales and see what else we have to offer!

Under the Big Top

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Get over your winter blues with a circus at home!  Pretend to juggle with cotton balls.  Place a long piece of masking tape on the floor and practice walking it like a tight rope walker.  Pretend to be a lion and lion tamer.  Do somersaults and other amazing acrobatic feats.  Do the action rhyme listed below, then pop some popcorn and enjoy some great circus books!


Funny Clown, Funny Clown (Tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)
Funny clown, funny clown,
spin around.
Funny clown, funny clown,
jump up and down.
Funny clown, funny clown,
shake your hips.
Funny clown, funny clown,
wiggle your lips.
Funny clown, funny clown,
touch your toes.
Funny clown, funny clown,
honk your nose.

If you love this idea, check out Saturday Tales every week at 11:00 for more great storytime themes!

Vroom Vroom!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Kids won’t sit still?  These fun action rhymes will entertain them.

Twinkle, Twinkle Traffic Light (tune:  Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Twinkle, twinkle traffic light, (open & close hands)
Standing at the corner bright. (rest elbow on opposite arm)
Red means stop (palm out), green means go, (wave hands)
Yellow means to drive real slow. (pretend to steer car)
Twinkle, twinkle traffic light, (open & close hands)
Standing at the corner bright. (rest elbow on opposite arm)


C-A-R (tune:  Bingo)
I have a bright red shiny car, I’m driving it today-o!
C-A-R, beep beep!  C-A-R, beep beep!  C-A-R, beep beep!
I’m driving it today-o!
(repeat 3 times with claps for the letters)

More books about cars, trucks, and things that go!  And don’t forget to join us every Saturday morning at 11:00 for Saturday Tales!

Best Not-Too-Scary Picture Books

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

It’s that time of year — ghosts and goblins will soon be trolling our streets looking for treats.  Get the kids in the mood with these fun books guaranteed NOT to keep them up all night!

Complement your reading by really getting into character with this fun action rhyme!

Monsters Galore!
Monsters galore, can you roar?  (roar)
Monsters galore, can you soar?  (flying motion)
Monsters galore, please shut the door.  (clap hands once)
Monsters galore, fall on the floor!  (fall down)

Come to Saturday Tales October 17 at 11:00 for more Silly Monster fun with Miss Lisa!

Wheels on the Bus

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

There are going to be a lot of first-time bus riders this year! To help your child prepare, we’ve gathered up a few suggestions for you!

Singing Raffi’s version of The Wheels on the Bus song in the car makes time on the highway fly by!

For older children, try out the Magic School Bus series.

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!