Closing Songs

I think it is important to have a closing routine at storytime. It lets children and adults know we are finishing up and provides consistency between storytimes.

I usually wrap up storytime by singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and the ABCs. I like these because they are songs that are commonly known so everyone can participate one more time. Also, they have that lullaby quality to them (especially when you slow down the ABCs to enunciate each letter), so it refocuses and calms the group.

After that I follow up with my favorite action rhyme that I found from Miss Meg called Tickle the Clouds. It blends really nicely into the Goodbye Song that all of the youth services staff at my libraries uses.

Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the clouds
Tickle your toes
Turn around
And tickle your nose
Reach down low
Reach up high
Our stories are over
So let’s sing goodbye

Goodbye Song
Goodbye, goodbye
To you and you and you!
Goodbye, goodbye
To you and you and you!
A big goodbye, a small goodbye (move arms wide and close)
A high goodbye, and a low goodbye (use high and low voice)
Goodbye, goodbye
To you and you and you!

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