Songs For Fairytale Storytime

Introduction:Whether you're reading "Falling for Rapunzel" or "The Paper Bag Princess" in storytime, you'll need a few royal songs to sing, too.

  • 01

    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.

  • 02

    Humpty Dumpty

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
    All the king's horses and all the king's men
    Couldn't put Humpty together again.

    *My storytime kids love pretending to fall down. Prepare for giggles even though most already know the rhyme by heart.

  • 03

    Hop Up Ladies

    Hop up, ladies, three in a row
    Hop up, ladies, three in a row,
    Hop up, ladies, three in a row,
    Don't mind the weather when the wind don't blow.

    *Turn this older chorus into a piggyback song by changing lines 1-3. Ideas I've used in fairytale storytime:
    Curtsy like a princess, three in a row.
    Bow like a prince, three in a row.
    Roar like a dragon, three in a row.

  • 04

    Little Bunny Foo-Foo

    Little Bunny Foo-Foo hoppin' through the forest,
    Scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' 'em on the head.
    Down came the good fairy and she said,
    "Little Bunny Foo-Foo I don' t want to see you,
    Scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' 'em on the head.
    Now I'm going to give you two more chances,
    And then I'll turn you into a goon."

    Little Bunny Foo-Foo hoppin' through the forest,
    Scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' 'em on the head.
    Down came the good fairy and she said,
    "Little Bunny Foo-Foo I don' t want to see you,
    Scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' 'em on the head.
    Now I'm going to give you one more chance,
    And then I'll turn you into a goon."

    Little Bunny Foo-Foo hoppin' through the forest,
    Scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' 'em on the head.
    Down came the good fairy and she said,
    "Little Bunny Foo-Foo I don' t want to see you,
    Scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' 'em on the head.
    I gave you three chances but you didn't obey,
    So POOF you're into a goon."

  • 05

    Old King Cole

    Old King Cole was a merry old soul
    And a merry old soul was he.
    He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl
    And he called for his fiddlers three.
    Dance with the fiddlers.
    Dance with the fiddlers.
    Dance with the fiddlers thee.
    Dance with the fiddlers.
    Dance with the fiddlers.
    Dance with the fiddlers thee.

    Old King Cole was a merry old soul
    And a merry old soul was he.
    He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl
    And he called for his drummers three.
    Dance with the drummers.
    Dance with the drummers.
    Dance with the drummers thee.
    Dance with the drummers.
    Dance with the drummers.
    Dance with the drummers thee.

    Old King Cole was a merry old soul
    And a merry old soul was he.
    He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl
    And he called for his trumpeters three.
    Dance with the trumpeters.
    Dance with the trumpeters.
    Dance with the trumpeters thee.
    Dance with the trumpeters.
    Dance with the trumpeters.
    Dance with the trumpeters thee.

    *This is the less traditional version of the Old King Cole song, but it is more storytime and child friendly. For additional verses, ask children what other instruments a king might ask for and insert them into your Old King Cole song!




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