Posts Tagged ‘Songs’

Kids ROCK!

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Parents often ask us: Where in the world do you find the great rock-n-roll kids’ music that you use in your storytimes like Saturday Tales?

Well, we get it at the library!

We believe that parents and kids have more fun when music is involved in storytime and there is a lot of great music out there for kids. Here are  some of our favorite rock-&-rollin, not-your-granny’s albums for kids….

Did you miss the zoo?

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Did you miss our special Preschool Storytime about going to the zoo? Never fear; you can recreate the fun at home!

Read These Books!

Check out more great books about the zoo!

Try These Activities!

  • Talk with your child about the animals in a box of animal crackers. What sounds do those animals make? What do those animals eat?
  • Play “Monkey See, Monkey Do” with your child and copy his/her silly actions. Then have your child take a turn copying your silly actions.
  • After reading Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle, take a walk around your neighborhood to see what you can hear. Are there birds chirping? Do you live near a busy street? Ask your child to be still and use his/her “animal ears” (made by cupping your palms around your ears) to listen for sounds.
  • For more ideas on how to take zoo fun home, visit Kid Territory, hosted by The Zoological Society of San Diego.
Sing This Song!
Here’s a trick: while you sing this song with your child, have fun pretending to be the animals mentioned!
We Are Going To The Zoo
(to the tune of: London bridges)

We are going to zoo,
To the zoo, to the zoo.
We are going to the zoo,
Won’t you join us too?

We’ll see lions, tigers too,
Tigers too, tigers too.
We’ll see lions, tigers too,
All at the zoo.

We will find some chimpanzees,
Chimpanzees, chimpanzees.
we will find some chimpanzees,
Swinging from the trees.

We will look for kangaroos,
Kangaroos, kangaroos.
We will look for kangaroos,
Hopping at the zoo.

And be sure to keep checking back to the Westerville Public Library’s events calendar for more Preschool Specials!

Stuck in a Rut

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Ahhh, days are getting longer, trees are budding, the air is a little warmer…it’s Spring!  Break out of your winter doldrums with some books about being stuck

Then dance to “Stick to the Glue” by Jim Gill , “Sticky Bubble Gum” by Carole Peterson, or “Chew Chew Chew” and “Molasses Molasses” by the timeless Ella Fitzgerald.  Furthering a reading experience with related music is a great way to work on early literacy skills

And don’t forget to come to Saturday Tales for more fun ideas like this!

More books about getting stuck!

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!

Rockin’ and Rollin’

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Kids love music, and it’s good for them too! Just as you rock them to sleep and teach them to roll themselves over, you can teach them great literacy skills, such as phonological awareness, by singing and playing music.

The library has a large collection of children’s music to choose from, including the newly ordered titles below.



With songs like Marshmallow Farm, The Secret Life of Six & Big Rock Candy Mountain, your kids will moving and grooving!

Road Trip!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Okay, so maybe you and your kids are not part of the select (lucky) group that can read in the car without getting sick.  Never fear!  Travel time is not lost time when you use music to enhance your pre-reader’s early literacy skills.  Grab two chopsticks, pencils, crayons, or sticks and make your own rhythm sticks!  Sing these fun songs:

This Is the Way We Tap Our Sticks (to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we tap our sticks,
Tap our sticks, tap our sticks.
This is the way we tap our sticks,
So early in the morning.

Everybody Count to Six (to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)
Everybody count to six,
One, two, three, four, five, six.
Tap to six upon your sticks,
One, two, three, four, five, six.
Additional verses (change only the third line):
Scrape to six upon your sticks…
Pound to six upon your sticks…
Hammer to six upon your sticks…

Or, check out some CDs and tap along!

Reserve it! Reserve it!

If your kids love music, join us every other Thursday for Get Musical.  Check out our Events Calendar to register for more information!

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!

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.)