We were first introduced to this song at a play group. All the children sit in a circle. The leader begins with one child, using their name, to start the song. For example, "Sammi, will you stand up and let us see your smile?" The child stands up and shows their smile to the group. After the verse is over, the leader moves to the next child in the circle and so on until all of the children have had a turn. It's a great way to help all the children (and most parents, too) remember or learn the names of all the children in the play group. I really like it because it involves all the children. New children aren't singled out, which can be uncomfortable for some, and returning children aren't left out, which doesn't sit well with some (mine, in particular!)
The group of children Sammi usually sings this with have developed their own tradition around the song. When it is a child's turn, tha child not only stands up and smiles, but also runs around the circle trying to return to their original spot before their turn is over. In the video you'll notice Sammi take off and then return. Enjoy the video. The words follow.
Name, will you stand up
and let us see your smile?
We're glad you're here today,
won't you stay awhile.
When to sing the Welcome Song
- At the beginning of a play group
- At home with all your stuffed animals and dolls each taking a turn
- When you need your child to stand up and they are not cooperating
- Anytime you need to calm or distract a frustrated child