Baby Storytime Songs & Rhymes

Here are some popular songs and nursery rhymes that I have done in Baby Storytime:

(My personal favorites–and the ones that my groups seem to respond best to– are starred!)

Here’s a Bunny

Here’s a bunny with ears so funny [make bunny ears]
Here’s his hole in the ground. [make a circle with your hands]
When a noise he hears [cup your hands behind your ears]
He perks up his ears [make bunny ears]
And jumps in his hole in the ground!

Grand Ol’ Duke of York
I have found this works best as a lapsit with small babies and the caregiver can do the actions while holding the baby.  Toddlers, who typically won’t sit in caregivers lap and are heavier, don’t respond as well to it. I leave this out when I have an older group.

The grand ol’ duke of york,
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them to the top of the hill,
And marched them down again.

And when they’re up they’re up
And when they’re down they’re down
And when they’re only halfway up,
They’re neither up nor down!

He rolled them to the right
He rolled them to the left
He rolled them over upside down,
Oh what a silly sight!

**Slowly, Slowly, Quickly, Quickly**
Used to do this one when I brought the little girl I nannied to storytime and she loved it Do it in my own storytime now and it’s always a hit!
you can do the actions however fits for you (walking your fingers slowly/quickly up your arms or just actually going around in a circle, etc..)

Slowly, slowly, very slowly,
creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly,
Up the wooden rail

Quickly, quickly, very quickly,
runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly,
round about the house.

Peas Porridge

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.

They’re a Part of Me
tune: wheels on the bus

I can make my hands go
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
I can make my hands go
Clap, clap, clap
Because they’re a part of me.

Lips go kiss…

Eyes go blink…

Hands go bye…

**Two Little Blackbirds**

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill,
one name Jack and one named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill,
Come back Jack, come back Jill

Two little blackbirds sitting on a stick, one named slow and one named quick…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud, one named soft and one named loud…

Two little blackbirds flying through the sky, one named low and one named high…

Here is Jbrary singing a similar version:


Also favorites that everyone knows the words to: Wheels on the Bus, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Pat-a-Cake, etc…

For more awesome baby storytime songs visit Jbrary!


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  1. Older pre-schoolers love The Grand old Duke of York if they sit on the floor to start and then stand/sit when the words up/down are mentioned in the song. eg stand on “up” in the line “He marched them UP to the top of the hill” and sit on “down” in the line “And he marched them DOWN again.” etc. On the words “half way up”, stand up but crouch/bend over a bit so you are “half way up”. The last line is fast and you end up sitting down again. Pause at the end of each line till everyone is standing/sitting, etc. Teacher sits on a chair to make it easier to stand and sit three times in the song!

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