Storytime: Egg Shakers

I love egg shakers! It’s almost impossible to pick up an egg shaker and not wiggle around with it. You know who else loves egg shakers?? Children! I use egg shakers quite a bit in my story times and it is always a crowd pleaser. The great thing about egg shakers is that they work with children of all ages. Another bonus is that they are easy to clean, which is great for when little ones suck on them (which happens quite a bit). When using egg shakers I typically pass one out to each child and adult, if an adult is with an infant I only give it to the adult. I also leave the bucket of egg shakers out for children, some like to switch the colors or enjoy holding onto 2.

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Without any further ado, here are my favorite egg shaker songs and activities:

Can You Shake Along with Me (tune: London Bridge)
Can you shake along with me?
Along with me, along with me
Can you shake along with me?
It’s easy as can be!

Place the shaker on your knee,
On your knee, on your knee
Place the shaker on your knee
It’s easy as can be

(repeat with different body parts and get recommendations from children)

Source: Jbrary

Egg Shakers Up (tune: Tommy Thumbs Up)
Egg shakers up (raise shakers)
Egg shakers down (lower shakers)
Egg shakers dancing all around the town (wave shakers side to side)
Dance them on your shoulders (place shaker on your shoulder)
Dance them on your head (place shaker on your head)
Dance them on your knees (place shaker on your knee)
And, shhhhh tuck them into bed (quielty rest shaker on your palm)

Source: Jbrary

Going to Kentucky
I was going to Kentucky, going to the fair (shake shakers)
To see the senorita with the flowers in her hair
Oh, shake it, shake it, shake it
Shake it if you can
Shake it like a milkshake
And do the best you can
Oh wobble to the bottom (lower shaker)
Wobble to the top (raise shaker)
And turn around, and turn around (turn in a circle)
Until you make it stop (stop shaking)

Source: Childhood

One, Two
One, two shake it on your shoe
Three, four shake it on the floor
Five, six stir and mix
Seven, eight stand up straight
Nine, ten wave to all your friends

Source: Libraryland

Shake Your Shakers (Tune: London Bridge)
Shake your shakers in the air (raise shakers)
Shake it here, shake it there (shake side to side)
Shake your shakers in the air
Shake your shakers

Shake it high and shake it low (raise and lower shakers)
Shake it yes, shake it no (shake up and down, shake side to side)
Shake it high and shake it low
Shake your shakers

Shake it up and shake it down (raise and lower shakers)
Shake your shaker on the ground (shake on the ground)
Shake it up and shake it down
Shake your shakers

Shake it near and shake it far (shake it close to chest, hold it out from you)
Drive your shaker like a car (pretend to turn the wheel of a car)
Shake it near and shake it far
Shake your shakers

Shake it fast and shake it slow (shake fast, then slowly)
Shake it stop, shake it go (stop shaking, start again)
Shake it fast and shake it slow
Shake your shakers

Source: Libraryland

Mama’s Sleeping (tune: Skip to My Lou)
Mama’s sleeping, don’t wake her up (sing/shake quietly)
Mama’s sleeping, don’t wake her up
Mama’s sleeping, don’t wake her up
We must be very quiet

Wake up mama, we want to play (sing/shake loudly)
Wake up mama, we want to play
Wake up mama, we want to play
Let’s be very noisy!

(repeat with other family members)

Source: Getting Giggles

I Can Shake My Shaker Egg
By Mr. Eric & Mr. Michael

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I Know a Chicken
By Laurie Berkner

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Shaky Shaky
By the Wiggles

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