Storytime: Body

A lot of children under the age of 3 attend our Monday morning storytime. To make these programs more interactive I try to incorporate a lot of songs and rhymes that require the parent or child to point to different body parts. That is when I got the idea of having a storytime all about our body parts! The parents and children had a blast during this program, this is a high energy crew and the storytime had the perfect amount of movement for them. Also, the books I picked have some great parts that parents truly appreciate. You know a book is good when even the parents are laughing!

My Hands Wave Hello (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
My hands wave hello (wave)
My hands wave hello
Every time I see my friends
My hands wave hello

(My feet wave hello)
(My elbows wave hello)
(My tongue waves hello)

Source: Mel’s Desk

I Love You Nose, I Love You Toes by Linda Davick
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This Big, Big, Big
This is big, big, big (hold hands out to side)
This is small, small, small (bring hands in)
This is short, short, short (lower hands to floor)
This is tall, tall, tall (raise hands high)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll arms quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll arms slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head yes)
This is no, no, no (shake head no)

Fingers Like to Wiggle Waggle
Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle (wiggle fingers)
Fingers like to wiggle waggle to and fro
Feet like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle (wiggle feet)
Feet like to wiggle waggle to and fro
My body likes to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle (wiggle body)
My body likes to wiggle waggle to and fro

Hurry Scurry
Hurry scurry little mouse (pretend fingers are a mouse)
Starts down at your toes (touch toes)
Hurry scurry little mouse (bring fingers up shin)
Past your knees he goes (walk fingers to knee)
Hurry scurry little mouse
Past where your tummy is (Tickle stomach)
Hurry scurry little mouse
Gives you a mousy kiss (blow kiss)

Source: Mel’s Desk

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
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To make this book more interactive I passed out scarves to each child and told them to pretend it was a paintbrush. Children and parents would touch the scarf to the different body parts mentioned in the book and would pretend to paint themselves. Both the kids and parents got a kick out of this.

Where, Oh Where
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers? (touch fingers)
Where, oh where are baby’s toes? (touch toes)
Where, oh where is baby’s belly button?
Round and round it goes (make a circle with finger on stomach)

Where, oh where are baby’s ear? (touch ears)
Where, oh where is baby’s nose? (touch nose)
Where, oh where is baby’s belly button?
Round and round it goes

Source: Jbrary (I do not sing it)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Lots of Exercise (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
We’re jumping up and down,
We’re jumping up and down
We’re getting lots of exercise
We’re jumping up and down

(We twist from side to side)
(We bend and touch our toes)
(We stretch up to the sky)

Source: King County Library System

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

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10 Little Fingers (Tune: 10 Little Indians)
1 little, 2 little, 3 little fingers (hold up fingers)
4 little, 5 little, 6 little fingers
7 little, 8 little, 9 little fingers
10 little fingers on my hands

They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together (wiggle fingers)
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
10 little fingers on my hands

They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping (clap hands)
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
10 little fingers on my hands

Source: Jbrary

Here Comes the Little Bird

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Here comes a little bird, flying high in the sky.
Where do you think he’ll land?

(have the bird land on different body parts)

Source: Jen in the Library

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