Storytime Songs to Help Get the Jiggles Out

Introduction:Ever been convinced parents feed all the children large amounts of sugar and caffeine right before coming to the library? Next time, try one of these songs. Each song lets children use their gross motor skills to expend some energy so they can then refocus on the stories.

  • 01

    The Grand Old Duke of York

    Oh, The grand old Duke of York,
    He had ten thousand men;
    He marched them up the hill,
    And he marched 'em down again.

    Cause when they're up, they're up,
    And when they're down, they're down,
    And when they're only half-way up,
    They're neither up nor down.

    *Repeat two or three times. The last time, have kids sing song "super sonic fast."

  • 02

    We Are the Dinosaurs

    Found on Laurie Berkner's "Whaddaya Think of That?" CD, children follow the storytime leader around the storytime room. They stop to eat their food, take a rest and (of course) let out a great big ROAR!

  • 03

    I'm In the Mood

    I'm in the mood for singing,
    Hey, how 'bout you?
    I'm in the mood for singing,
    Hey, how 'bout you?
    I'm in the mood for singing,
    Singing along with you.
    Hey, hey, what do you say?
    I'm in the mood for that today.
    Hey, hey, what do you say?
    I'm in the mood for that!

    *Substitute "singing" for other action verbs such as stomping, flying, dancing, jumping, spinning, swimming, etc. In smaller storytimes, you can ask children for ideas. For the last verse, sing "I'm in the mood for sitting" to wind the kids down.

  • 04

    Head and Shoulders

    Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
    Knees and toes.
    Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
    Knees and toes.
    Eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
    Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
    Knees and toes.

  • 05

    Fruit Salad Salsa

    On Laurie Berkner's Victor Vito CD, children jump, spin around, put various body parts into the imaginary fruit salad bowl and pretend to eat their fruit salad.




Final Thoughts

As with many songs using gross motor skills, children may still feel jumpy at the end of the song, but they will have less energy. Refocus their attention with a couple of deep breaths or the "Reach Up and Touch the Sky" refocusing rhyme.

What songs or rhymes to you like to use to help children release pent up energy?


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