Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
My favourite for most ages is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, as almost every child knows it, and for many it is their favourite from a very early age. There are a variety of theories as to why this tune is so popular, and many are brought together in the concluding paragraphs of this newspaper article (I was thrilled to read that the leading authority, Dr Katie Ovary, is a senior lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art).
Anyway, my storytimers seem to love it, and we ring the changes sometimes by shouting a verse as loudly as we can (hamming it up with hands over ears), and then restoring calm by whispering a verse as quietly as we can.
Ali Bali, Ali Bali Bee
A Scottish song recommended in our training uses a similar tune, Ali Bali, Ali Bali Bee, and also features in my favourite Scot's Rhymes book, Katie's Coo. I haven't used the song that often and will make a point to use it more in the future.
Cross, Cross, Line, Line
In Baby Rhymetime sessions I like to use Cross Cross, Line Line (aka Criss Cross, Applesauce). In looking for a link to the words I realise that I've revised the words somewhat, so I've included my version in it's entirety.
Cross, cross, [finger draw a diagonal cross on baby's back]
Line, line [draw two parallel lines from shoulder to waist]
Fingers creeping up your spine [walk fingers up baby's back]
Over here [tap one shoulder]
Over there [tap the other shoulder]
Fingers mussing up your hair [ruffle up the hair on the top of baby's head]
Tight squeeze [cuddle]
Cool breeze [blow onto baby]
Now we've got the shi-i-v-ers! [cuddle and a gentle shake]
Some other rhymes I've used are:
- Ten Little Fingers
- Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around
Of course, sometimes we need to ring the changes and I searched the Flannel Friday storytime resources search from Mel's Desk for inspiration.
I found that Kay, of Storytime ABC's, has a lovely leaves rhyme that's great for autumn/fall storytimes called Leaves are Twirling, sung to the tune of Frère Jacques, in her Fall Leaves are Falling Flannel Friday post.
A wider Internet search found these ideas which I might try:
- Please Sit Down (video from Super Simple Learning)
- Two Little Feet (and others from Transition Times on Gayle's Pre-school Rainbow)
Do you have a favourite calming or transition rhyme? If so, please do share in the comments below.