Dance – Preschool

Opening Song

Clap Everybody and Say Hello!

Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Books

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Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
One More Dino On the Floor by Kelly Starling Lyons
The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants by Eric Litwin

Finger Rhyme

Dance Your Fingers Up

Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed
Source: King County Library

Actions Rhymes

We Can Jump
We can jump, jump, jump
We can hop, hop, hop
We can clap, clap, clap
We can stop, stop, stop
We can nod our heads for yes
We can shake our heads for no
We can bend our knees a little bit
And we can sit down really slow
Credit: 1234 More Storytimes

An activity I did with the kids was challenge them to contort their bodies depending on what letter I gave them. Another storytime blogger mentioned this activity and it worked really well for this storytime.

Activity Songs by Joe Scruggs

Silly Illy Willies by Lolly Hopwood
Jump Up! by Imagination Movers
Chicken Dance by Fisher Price: Fun in the Sun
The Twist by Disney Dancin’ Tunes

Take Home Craft

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song. We are learning it in sign language.
Counting to 25.

Closing Goodbye Song

See you later, alligator

See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye)
In a while, crocodile
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself)
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss)
See you soon, big baboon
Out the door, dinosaur (Point straight ahead)
Take care, polar bear
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye)

Observations

I think I will do more of these in the future. It gave me a breather and it gets the kids moving!

Dance – Toddler

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose

Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes,
touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your toes,
touch your toes?

Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy, rub your tummy?
Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy?

Books

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I Can Dance by Betsy Snyder
Toddlerobics! by Zita Newcome

Traditional Rhymes

This is Big Big Big

This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk

Clap, Clap, Clap Your hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

Beep, beep, beep your nose
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders
Tap, tap, tap your knees
Shake, shake, shake your feet

Wind Your Bobbin Up

Wind your bobbin up,
Wind your bobbin up,
Pull, Pull, Clap! Clap! Clap!

Wind your bobbin up,
Wind your bobbin up,
Pull, Pull, Clap! Clap! Clap!

Point to the ceiling
Point to the floor
Point to the window
Point to the door

Clap your hands together – 1, 2, 3,
Put your hands down on your knees.

Action Rhymes

Laugh A Little

Laugh a little, laugh a little, ha, ha, ha.
Sing a little, sing a little, la, la, la.
Clap a little, clap a little, clap, clap, clap.
Dance a little, dance a little, tap, tap, tap.
Spin a little, spin a little, round and round.
Rest a little, rest a little, all fall down!
Source: Author Unknown

Activity Songs by Joe Scruggs

Got the Wiggles  by Bob and Lolo
Chicken Dance by Fisher Price: Fun in the Sun
Hot Potato by The Best of the Wiggles

Take Home Craft

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song
Counting to 20.

Closing Goodbye Song

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot

Observations

This was a fun storytime. I’m always up for dancing. The kids enjoyed the change-up with more dancing than rhymes and books.