First 5 Years

Let's Dance

BPL - FFY, Songs and Rhymes, Let's Dance, three toddlers in diaper dancing

Do you like to dance? Movement and music are great tools to help young children learn the rhythm of language and build their pre-reading skills. They’re also great activities to enjoy together. Share a good book with your child, or try some of our action songs and rhymes together – and don’t forget to dance!


Babies

Book Jacket: Baby Dance

Baby Dance
by Taylor, Ann; pictures by Marjorie van Heerden.
ISBN: 0694012068(board)
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Rhyme: "Acka Backa Soda Cracker"
 
Acka Backa soda cracker Bounce baby on lap
Acka backa boo!  
Up goes you! Lift baby into the air.
Acka Backa soda cracker Bounce baby on lap
Acka backa boo!  
I love you! Give baby a hug.

Toddlers

Book Jacket: And then comes Halloween
Wiggle
by Cronin, Doreen; art by Scott Menchin.
ISBN: 0689863756
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Action Rhyme: "Tommy Thumbs Up"
 
Tommy Thumbs up! Point thumbs in air
Tommy Thumbs down! Point thumbs to the ground
Tommy Thumbs dancing,  
All around the town Point thumbs up and dance them in a circle
Dance them on your shoulders, Point thumbs in air and touch shoulders
Dance them on your head, Point thumbs in air and touch head
Dance them on your knees Point thumbs in air and touch knees
And tuck them into bed! Fold thumbs under fingers and place hands in lap

Preschoolers

Book Jacket: My Mama Had a Dancing Heart
My Mama Had a Dancing Heart
by Gray, Libba Moore; illustrated by Rauúl Colón.
ISBN: 0531071421(pbk)
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Rhyme: "Leaves in the Wind"
((to the tune of "Ring Around The Rosie" : http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/r054.html)
 
Dance and twirl together, Sway from side to side
Like leaves in windy weather. Swing arms
Twirling, swirling, Twirl around in a circle
We all fall down! Crouch down on the floor