First 5 Years

Let's Dance

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

Movement and music are great tools to help young children learn the rhythm of language and build early literacy. 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
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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 Libba Moore Gray; illustrated by Raúl Colón.
ISBN: 1413153763
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Rhyme: "Leaves in the Wind"
(To the tune of "Ring Around The Rosie")
 
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.