Thursday, February 9, 2023

All About Me -- Toddler Time with Sign Language Songs


A toddler-friendly story time full of songs that teach common signs

Welcome Song (tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Welcome, welcome everyone
Now you’re here we’ll have some fun.
First we’ll clap our hands just so
Then we’ll bend and touch our toes
Welcome, welcome everyone
Now you’re here we’ll have some fun.

Sign Language Song: "Brand New Day" - track #1 from Pick Me Up: Fun Songs for Learning Signs

Pat a Cake (traditional clapping rhyme -- mentioned the importance of sharing traditional nursery rhymes and stories...people assume everyone knows them but many kids don't)

Peas Porridge Hot (clap hands on stressed words)

Book: Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley

Sign Language Song: "Get Up and Shake" - track #6 from Pick Me Up

and/or Action Song: Shake Your Sillies Out

Action Song: Doing the Chocolate Shake 
You squat right down (squat)
Up you stand (stand up)
Stomp your feet (stomp)
Shake your hands (shake hands)
Wiggle all over (wiggle)
And mix real well (roll hands over & over)
Doing the Chocolate Shake! (clap hands)
Yum! (reach high)
(Repeat, faster each time.)

Action Song: Head Shoulders Knees & Toes

Sign Language Song: "Where is Baby's Tummy" - track #7 from Pick Me Up

Book: We’ve All Got Bellybuttons! by David Martin

Hand Rhyme: Where is Thumbkin?
pointer, tall man, ring finger, pinky

Hand Rhyme: Open Shut Them 

Action Song: Round & Round the Garden
Round & Round the Garden (circle child’s tummy)
Goes the teddy bear
One step, two step… (walk fingers up to child’s chest)
Tickle them under there! (tickle child’s chin)

Action Rhyme: Criss Cross Applesauce
Criss Cross Applesauce (make an "x" on child's back)
Spider Crawling Up Your Back (walk fingers up back)
Cool Breeze (blow on child's neck)
Tight Squeeze (give a squeeze)
And now you’ve got the shivers! (tickle!)

Action Song: Oliver Twist (Suit actions to words)
Oliver Twist, twist, twist
Can do this, this, this,
Touch his knees, knees, knees,
Touch his nose, nose, nose,
Touch his hair, hair, hair
Touch his toes, toes, toes

Oliver Twist, twist, twist
Can do this, this, this,
Touch his ears, ears, ears,
Touch his waist, waist, waist
Touch his eyes, eyes, eyes,
Touch his face, face, face

Sign Language Song: "When It's Cold Outside" - track #11 from Pick Me Up

Action Song: We Dress Like That (mention concept of "piggy-back songs")
Source Unknown, Tune: “Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes”—repeated several times

Boots, jacket, scarf and hat, scarf and hat.
Boots, jacket, scarf and hat, scarf and hat.
In wintertime we dress like that,
Boots, jacket, scarf and hat, scarf and hat.

Sign Language Song: "Let's Take a Little Walk Outside" - track #15 from Pick Me Up

Action Song: This is the way… (put child on your knees and ride them up & down)
This is the way the ladies ride, ladies ride, ladies ride…bouncy, bouncy, bouncy
gentlemen ride …gallopy...
farmer rides…trotty…
And this is the way the astronauts ride…whooshy (lift child up into the air!)

Action Song: Jack & Jill (sit on floor with legs straight and child on your knees facing you. Knees go up on UP & bring legs back down on DOWN. Touch child’s head on crown & tickle child on last line)
Jack & Jill went UP the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell DOWN & broke his crown
& Jill came tumbling after

Sign Language Song: "Jumping Up and Down" - track #17 from Pick Me Up

Action Song: If You’re Happy & You Know It...sad, angry, excited...

Popcorn Parachute

Popcorn (action) Song on Linda Arnold’s album "Make Believe"

Children can jump up & down on the “pops”
Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop!
First you take some oil, You put it in the pan,
Shake it up as fast as you can.
Put it on the fire, Wait for a while,
Pretty soon you've got popcorn!
Chorus: P-O-P-C-O-R-N!
Popcorn is a kid's best friend,
Munchee, crunchee, good for your lunchee,
Please pass the popcorn!
Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop!
Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop!
Add a little butter,
A little salt too,
Making popcorn is fun to do,
Fill your bowl to the very top,
But just make sure that you don't pop!
Repeat chorus, finish by repeating…
Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop! (2x)


Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boon – Bill Martin Jr. (omitted - no time)

Humpty Dumpty (omitted - no time)

Hickory Dickory Dock (omitted - no time)

Three Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (omitted - no time)

I’m a Little Teapot (omitted - no time)

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