Nursery Rhymes

Including “Frere Jacques” and “How much is that Doggie in the Window?” We’ve got all the classics!

Little Bo Peep

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn’t know where to find them
Leave them alone
And they’ll come home
Wagging their tails behind them

 

Little Bo Peep she searched for her sheep
But didn’t quite know how to find them
She looked everywhere
From here and to there
But still couldn’t think where to find them

 

Little Bo Peep began to weep
And lay down to rest for a while
She fell fast asleep
While counting her sheep
Then dreamt they came home with a smile

 

Little Bo Peep had fallen asleep
And dreamt that she was all alone
But when she awoke
And pulled back her cloak
She saw that her sheep had come home

 

Little Bo Peep had lost her sheep
And didn’t know where to find them
She left them alone
And they came home
Wagging their tails behind them

All Around the Mulberry Bush

All around the mulberry bush
All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel.
The monkey thought ’twas all in fun.
Pop! goes the weasel.

 

A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle.
That’s the way the money goes.
Pop! goes the weasel.

 

Up and down the City Road,
In and out of the Eagle,
That’s the way the money goes.
Pop! goes the weasel.

 

Half a pound of tuppenney rice,
Half a pound of treacle,
Mix it up and make it nice,
Pop! goes the weasel.

As I was going to St Ives

As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives
And every wife had seven sacks
And every sack had seven cats
And every cat had seven kits
Kits, cats, sacks, wives
How many were going to St Ives?

Baa, baa, black sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.

 

One for my master,
One for my dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Betty Botter

Better botter bought some butter,
But, she said, this butter’s bitter,
If I put it in my batter bitter,
But a bit of better butter,
That would make my batter better
So she bought a bit of butter
Better than her bitter butter
And she bought a bit of butter
Better than her bitter butter
And she put it in her batter
And the batter was not bitter
So it was better Betty Botter
Bought a bit of better butter

Baby’s Eyes so Blue

Here are baby’s eyes so blue,
(Gently touch baby’s eyes)

 

Here is baby’s little nose;
(Gently touch baby’s nose)

 

Here are baby’s rosy cheeks,
(Gently touch baby’s cheeks)

 

And here are baby’s little toes!
(Playfully run fingers from baby’s cheeks,
past tummy and down to her or his toes)

Bingo

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O!
B-I-N-G-O!
B-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o!

 

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(Clap)-I-N-G-O!
(Clap)-I-N-G-O!
(Clap)-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o!

 

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(Clap, clap)-N-G-O!
(Clap, clap)-N-G-O!
(Clap, clap)-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o!

 

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(Clap, clap, clap)-G-O!
(Clap, clap, clap)-G-O!
(Clap, clap, clap)-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o!

 

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(Clap, clap, clap, clap)-O!
(Clap, clap, clap, clap)-O!
(Clap, clap, clap, clap)-O!
And Bingo was his name-o!

 

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)
(Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)
(Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)
And Bingo was his name-o!

Bubbles All Around Me

Sung to:  “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”
The bubbles flew over the flowers.
The bubbles flew over the trees.
The bubbles flew over the grass.
So many bubbles, I see.
Bubbles, bubbles
As pretty as bubbles can be.
Bubbles, bubbles
Popping all around me.
Jean Warren

Bye Baby Bunting

Bye baby bunting
Daddy’s gone a ‘hunting
Mummy’s gone a ‘milking
Sister’s gone a silking
Brother’s gone to buy a skin
To wrap the baby bunting in

Camp Fire’s Burning

Camp fire’s burning, camp fire’s burning
Draw nearer, draw nearer,
In the glowing, in the glowing
Come sing and be merry

Clap Your Hands

Clap your hands,
One, two, three.
(Clap hands three times.)

 

Then like this,
Shake them free.
(Shake hands loosely in front of body.)

 

Bending forward, touch your toes,
(Bend down and touch toes.)

 

Then reach up and touch your nose!
(Stretch arms way up high,
then touch nose.)

Clean White Teeth

Tune:  “I’m A Little Teapot”
I’m your little teeth,
Clean and bright.
Please brush me
Both day and night.
First you make your brush
Go up and down.
Then on each tooth,
Go ‘round and ‘round.

Climb Aboard the Space Ship

Tune:  “ Eensy, Weensy Spider”
Climb aboard the space ship, we’re going to the moon.
Hurry and get ready, we’re going to blast off soon.
Put on your helmets, and buckle up real tight.
Here comes the count down.  Let’s count with all our might.
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1  – blast off!

 

Jean Warren

Cockles and Mussels

In Dublin’s fair city
Where girls are so pretty
‘Twas there I first met with
Sweet Molly Malone

She drove a wheelbarrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, “Cockles and mussels,
Alive, alive-o”

Alive, alive-o
Alive, alive-o
Crying, “Cockles and mussels,
Alive, alive-o”

She was a fishmonger
But sure ’twas no wonder
For so were her mother
And father before

They drove their wheelbarrows
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, “Cockles and mussels,
Alive, alive-o”

Alive, alive-o
Alive, alive-o
Crying, “Cockles and mussels,
Alive, alive-o”

She died of a fever
And nothing could save her
And that was the end of
Poor Molly Malone

Her ghost wheels a barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, “Cockles and mussels,
Alive, alive-o”

Alive, alive-o
Alive, alive-o
Crying, “Cockles and mussels,
Alive, alive-o”

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them o’er your shoulder
Like a Continental Soldier?
Do your ears hang low?

 

Do your ears hang high?
Do they reach up to the sky?
Do they wrinkle when they’re wet?
Do they straighten when they’re dry?
Can you wave them at your neighbour
With an element of flavour?
Do your ears hang high?

 

Do your ears hang wide?
Do they flap from side to side?
Do they wave in the breeze
From the slightest little sneeze?
Can you soar above the nation
With a feeling of elevation?
Do your ears hang wide?

 

Do your ears fall off
When you give a great big cough?
Do they lie there on the ground
Or bounce up at every sound?
Can you stick them in your pocket
Just like Davy Crocket?
Do your ears fall off?

Elephant

An elephant goes like this and that (pat knees)
He’s terribly big (hands high)
And he’s terrible fat (hands wide)
He has no fingers (wriggle fingers)
And he has no toes (touch toes)
But goodness gracious,
What a long nose (curl hand away from nose)

Farmer, Farmer, Driving Cattle

Farmer, farmer, driving cattle,
Listen to his money rattle!
One-a, two-a, three-a dollah,
Out goes he, now hear him hollah!

Firefighters

Whistles blow and engines go,
And firefighters shout,
“There’s a fire down the street
And we must put it out!”
(Cup hands around mouth and pretend to shout)

 

Up the ladder, climbing high,
The firefighters go,
(Pretend to climb ladder)
Spraying water, Shh-shh-shh!
While folks watch from below.
(Hold ‘hose’ in hands and pretend to spray water)

 

When the fires out at last, and
All their work is done.
“Thanks!” we’ll say, as they drive away,
“For saving everyone!”
(Wave goodbye)

Five Fat Sausages

Five fat sausages sizzling in a pan
one went pop the other went bang.

 

Four fat sausages sizzling in a pan
one went pop the other went bang.

 

Three fat sausages sizzling in a pan
one went pop the other went bang.

 

Two fat sausages sizzling in a pan
one went pop the other went bang.

 

One fat sausage sizzling in a pan
one went pop the other went bang.

 

No fat sausages sizzling in a pan.

Five Little Ducks

Five little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only four little ducks came back.

 

Four little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only three little ducks came back.

 

Three little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only two little ducks came back.

 

Two little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only one little duck came back.

 

One little duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But none of the five little ducks came back.

 

Sad mother duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
The sad mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack.”
And all of the five little ducks came back.

Five Red Apples

Five red apples high in a tree,
One looked down and winked at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could,
One fell down….mmmm it was good!

 

(Continue rhyme until all the apples have fallen from the tree.)

Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys
sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
“You can’t catch me.”
Along came Mr. Crocodile,
Quiet as can be
SNAP

 

Four little monkeys
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
“You can’t catch me.”
Along came Mr. Crocodile,
Quiet as can be
SNAP

 

Three little monkeys
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
“You can’t catch me.”
Along came Mr. Crocodile,
Quiet as can be
SNAP

 

Two little monkeys
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
“You can’t catch me.”
Along came Mr. Crocodile,
Quiet as can be
SNAP

 

One little monkey
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
“You can’t catch me.”
Along came Mr. Crocodile,
Quiet as can be
SNAP

 

No more little monkeys
sitting in a tree

Follow the Leader

Follow me
Wherever I go,
And do what I do
When I tell you so.

 

First we walk
(All walk the same way as the leader does)

 

And then we skip,
(Everyone skip)

 

And then we will jump
With a clip, clip, clip!
(Jump in place or around the room)

 

Now we’ll run
A merry race
(Run on the spot or in short ‘race’)

 

And then we will STOP!
Everyone, stay in place!
(Everyone freeze in place)

Frère Jacques/Are You Sleeping

Frère Jacques,
Frère Jacques,
Dormez vous?
Dormez vous?
Sonnez les matines,
Sonnez les matines,
Din, din, don!
Din, din, don!

 

English Version:
Are you sleeping,
Are you sleeping?
Brother John?
Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing;
Morning bells are ringing,
Ding ding dong,
Ding ding dong.

Go to Bed Early

Go to bed early — wake up with joy;
Go to bed late — cross girl or boy.
Go to bed early — ready for play;
Go to bed late — moping all day.
Go to bed early — no pains or ills;
Go to bed late — doctors and pills.
Go to bed early — grow very tall.
Go to bed late — stay very small.

Goldilocks and the Three bears

When Goldilocks crept through the house of the bears,
Oh, what did her blue eyes see?
A bowl that was big,
A bowl that was small,
A bowl that was teeny, and that was all,
She counted them: one, two, three.

 

When Goldilocks crept through the house of the bears,
Oh, what did her blue eyes see?
A chair that was big,
A chair that was small,
A chair that was teeny, and that was all,
She counted them: one, two, three.

 

When Goldilocks crept through the house of the bears,
Oh, what did her blue eyes see?
A bed that was big,
A bed that was small,
A bed that was teeny, and that was all,
She counted them: one, two, three.

 

When Goldilocks crept through the house of the bears,
Oh, what did her blue eyes see?
A bear that was big,
A bear that was small,
A bear that was teeny, and that was all,
Who snarled at her, one, two, three!

 

Good Morning/Bonjour

When we wake up we say “Good morning,
Good morning, good morning.”
When we wake up we say “Good morning”
To all the friends we meet.
But if we lived across the sea,
In La Belle France, you’d say to me
“Bonjour, mon cher ami, bonjour!
Bonjour, mon cher ami, bonjour.”

 

When we wake up we say “Good morning,
Good morning, good morning.”
When we wake up we say “Good morning”
To all the friends we meet.
And if we went to Germany next day,
Then “Guten morgen” is what to say,
‘Cause “Guten morgen” is how you should greet
Your German friends on the street

Goosey, Goosey, Gander

Goosey, goosey, gander
Whither shall I wander,
Upstairs or downstairs
Or in the ladies chamber?

There I met an old man
Who wouldn’t say his prayers;
I took him by the left leg,
And threw him down the stairs

Halloween! Halloween!

Halloween! Halloween!
Oh, what funny things are seen!
Witches’ hats, coal black cats,
Broomstick riders, bats and rats!

 

Halloween! Halloween!
Jack-o-Lanterns light the scene.
Costumes queer, shrieks of fear,
Strangest night in all the year!

Halloween funny faces

Faces, faces, funny faces
You make such a funny sight!
Pumpkins glowing in the night
Witches running, all in fright
Ghosts flickering in the sky
Goblins making a pumpkin pie!
Owls hooting, what a scare!
Whoooo …., whoo-oo-oo.

 

Coyotes howling, tigers growling
Cats a-prancing, Devils dancing,
Never can you tell what’s behind those faces,
On Halloween Night?

Have you Heard the Wind?

Have you heard the wind go “Ooo-oo?”
Knocking on the windows, “Ooo-oo?”
Rapping, “Ooo-oo”
Tapping, “Ooo-oo.”
Have you heard the wind go “Ooo-oo-oo?”

 

Have you heard the wind go “Ooo-oo?”
Rustling in the trees, “Ooo-oo?”
Whistling, “Ooo-oo,”
Whispering, “Ooo-oo.”
Have you heard the wind go “Ooo-oo-oo?”

 

Have you heard the wind go “Ooo-oo?”
Blowing down the chimney “Ooo-oo?”
Sighing, “Ooo-oo”
Crying, “Ooo-oo.”
Have you heard the wind go “Ooo-oo-oo?”

Head and Shoulders

Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

 

Ankles, elbows, feet and seat, feet and seat,
Ankles, elbows, feet and seat, feet and seat,
And hair and hips and chin and cheeks,
Ankles, elbows, feet and seat, feet and seat.

Hello Chant

Hello, Hello
How are you today?
Hello, Hello
Won’t you come and play.

For an international flavour, you can also chant this in other languages
Maybe chant a new one each week. Substitute the words for “hello” in the chant.
Such as:

 

French – Bon jour, Bon jour (bon – jhur)
Spanish – Hola, Hola (oh-la)
German – Guten tag, Guten tag (goo-ten-tag)
Italian – Ciao, Ciao (chee -ow)
Chinese – Nihao, Nihao (nee-how)
Japanese – Konnichiwa, Konnichiwa (koh-nee-chee-wah)
Vietnamese – Chao, Chao (chow)
Hebrew – Shalom, Shalom (sha-lome)
Arabic – Marhba, Marhba (hah-bah)
Korean – Annung, Annung (ahn noyong)

Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down,
Hickory Dickory dock.

 

Hickory Dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck two
And down he flew,
Hickory Dickory dock.

 

Hickory Dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck three
And he did flee,
Hickory Dickory dock.

 

Hickory Dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck four,
He hit the floor,
Hickory Dickory dock.

 

Hickory Dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck five,
The mouse took a dive,
Hickory Dickory dock.

 

Hickory Dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck six,
That mouse, he split,
Hickory Dickory dock.

 

Hickory Dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck seven,
8, 9, 10, 11,
Hickory Dickory dock.

 

Hickory Dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
As twelve bells rang,
The mousie sprang,
Hickory Dickory dock.

 

Hickory Dickory dock,
“Why scamper?” asked the clock,
“You scare me so
I have to go!
Hickory Dickory dock.

Hide and Seek

Child sings:
Mommy dear, Mommy dear,
Can’t find me!

 

Parent sings:
Little boy (girl), little boy (girl)
Where is he (she)?

 

Child sings:
Maybe here, maybe there,
Look and see!

 

Parent sings:
I can’t find him (her) anywhere,
Where could he (she) be?

Hokey Pokey

You put your right foot in,
You put your right foot out,
You put your right foot in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

 

You put your left foot in,
You put your left foot out,
You put your left foot in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

 

You put your right hand in,
You put your right hand out,
You put your right hand in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

 

You put your left hand in,
You put your left hand out,
You put your left hand in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

 

You put your right shoulder in,
You put your right shoulder out,
You put your right shoulder in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.
You put your left shoulder in,
You put your left shoulder out,
You put your left shoulder in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

 

You put your right hip in,
You put your right hip out,
You put your right hip in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

 

You put your left hip in,
You put your left hip out,
You put your left hip in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

 

You put your whole self in,
You put your whole self out,
You put your whole self in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

Hot and Cold

We sing of the polar bear,
Ferocious and bold,
He never gets hot
And he never gets cold,
Because where he lives
Summer never occurs,
And the rest of the year
He wears plenty of furs.
Tooralee, Tooralay,
And the rest of the year
He wears plenty of furs.

 

The crocodile lives
In a tropical place,
And neither the cold
Nor the heat does he face,
Because in the winter
His summers begin,
And the rest of the year
He wears crocodile skin.
Tooralee, Tooralay,
And the rest of the year
He wears crocodile skin.

 

And then there’s us humans
Who live in a clime
That calls for at least
Three full suits at a time;
A thick one and thin one
For cold days and hot,
And a medium-weight one
For days that are not.
Tooralee, Tooralay,
And a medium-weight one
For days that are not.
We sing of the polar bear,
Ferocious and bold,
He never gets hot
And he never gets cold,
Because where he lives
Summer never occurs,
And the rest of the year
He wears plenty of furs.
Tooralee, Tooralay,
And the rest of the year
He wears plenty of furs.

 

The crocodile lives
In a tropical place,
And neither the cold
Nor the heat does he face,
Because in the winter
His summers begin,
And the rest of the year
He wears crocodile skin.
Tooralee, Tooralay,
And the rest of the year
He wears crocodile skin.

 

And then there’s us humans
Who live in a clime
That calls for at least
Three full suits at a time;
A thick one and thin one
For cold days and hot,
And a medium-weight one
For days that are not.
Tooralee, Tooralay,
And a medium-weight one
For days that are not.

How Much is That Doggie in the Window?

How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie’s for sale

 

I must take a trip to California
And leave my poor sweetheart alone
If he has a dog, he won’t be lonesome
And the doggie will have a good home

 

How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie’s for sale

 

I read in the paper there are robbers
With flashlights that shine in the dark
My love needs a doggie to protect him
And scare them away with one bark

 

I don’t want a kitty or a bunny
I don’t want a parrot that talks
I don’t want a bowl of little fishies
He can’t take a goldfish for a walk

 

How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie’s for sale
I do hope that doggie’s for sale

How we Love to See a Rainbow

How we love to see a rainbow
Telling us the storm is through;
Made when sunlight shines on raindrops:
Here’s a rainbow just for you!

 

Red — the top, the highest color;
Orange — we’ll find it just below;
Yellow follows, bright and sunny;
Green — the middle one, we know.

 

Blue comes next, like sky in summer;
Indigo is purple-blue;
Violet, the bottom color:
There’s a rainbow just for you

 

 

©2003 by Suzy Gazlay. Used by permission.

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall;
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses
And all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty
Together again

Hush, Little Baby

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word;
Mama’s going to buy you a mockingbird.

 

If that mockingbird won’t sing,
Mama’s going to buy you a diamond ring.

 

If that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama’s going to buy you a looking glass.

 

If that looking glass gets broke,
Mama’s going to buy you a billy goat.

 

If that billy goat won’t pull,
Mama’s going to buy you a cart and bull.

 

If that cart and bull turn over,
Mama’s going to buy you a dog named Rover.

 

If that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Mama’s going to buy you a horse and cart.

 

If that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little boy in town.

 

So hush little baby, don’t you cry,
Daddy loves you and so do I

I Had a Little Nut Tree

I had a little nut tree,
Nothing would it bear
But a silver nutmeg,
And a golden pear;
The King of Spain’s daughter
Came to visit me,
And all for the sake
Of my little nut tree.

 

Her dress was made of crimson,
Jet black was her hair,
She asked me for my nut tree
And my golden pear.
I said, “So fair a princess
Never did I see,
I’ll give you all the fruit
From my little nut tree.”

I’m a little teapot

I’m a little teapot
Short and stout
Here is my handle
(one hand on hip)
Here is my spout
(other arm out straight)

 

When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout
“Tip me over
and pour me out!”
(lean over toward spout)

 

I’m a clever teapot,
Yes it’s true
Here let me show you
What I can do
I can change my handle
And my spout
(switch arm positions)
Just tip me over and pour me out!
(lean over toward spout)

If a frog jumps in your boat

Tune:  “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
If a frog jumps in your boat,
Don’t forget to scream!  (Scream)
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
If an alligator jumps in your boat,
Don’t forget to scream! (Scream)

 

Author Unknown

 

Let your children help you make up other verses to this song

If all the Raindrops

If all the raindrops
Were lemondrops and gumdrops
Oh, what a rain that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
If all the raindrops
Were lemondrops and gumdrops
Oh, what a rain that would be!

 

If all the snowflakes
Were candy bars and milkshakes
Oh, what a snow that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
If all the snowflakes
Were candy bars and milkshakes
Oh, what a snow that would be!

 

If all the sunbeams
Were bubblegum and ice cream
Oh, what a sun that would be!
Standing outside, with my mouth open wide
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
If all the sunbeams
Were bubblegum and ice cream
Oh, what a sun that would be

If you’re happy and you know it

If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands
(Clap hands twice)

 

If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands
(Clap hands twice)

 

If you’re happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
(Clap hands twice)

 

If you’re happy and you know it,
Tap your toe
(Tap toes twice)

 

If you’re happy and you know it,
Tap your toe
(Tap toes twice)

 

If you’re happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it,
Tap your toe.
(Tap toes twice)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Nod your head
(Nod head)

 

If you’re happy and you know it,
Nod your head
(Nod head)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it,
Nod your head.
(Nod head)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands
(Clap hands twice)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands
(Clap hands twice)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
(Clap hands twice)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
(Clap hands twice)

 

I look in the mirror

I look in the mirror and what do I see?
I see a happy face smiling at me.
I look in the mirror and what do I see?
I see a surprised face looking at me.
Adapted Traditional

 

(Use this song while you and your child are looking in the mirror.  Make up other verses as you make additional “feelings” faces.)

In and out the dusty bluebells

In and out the dusty bluebells
In and out the dusty bluebells
In and out the dusty bluebells
I shall be your master
Tippety, tappety, on your shoulder
Tippety, tappety, on your shoulder
Tippety, tappety, on your shoulder
I shall be your master

 

(Children make a ring , one child skips in and out of the ring during first verse.  For the second verse he taps the child nearest to him until verse stops, then that child follows him through the circle and repeat with another child again and again)

Irish Lullaby

Over in Killarney,
Many years ago,
Me mother sang a song to me
In tones so sweet and low.

 

Just a simple little ditty,
In her good old Irish way,
And I’d give the world if she could sing
That song to me this day.

 

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
Hush, now don’t you cry!

 

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
Too-ra-loo-ra-li,
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral,
That’s an Irish lullaby

It’s raining, it’s pouring

It’s raining, it’s pouring;
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and he
Bumped his head
And he couldn’t get up in the morning.

I wiggle my fingers

I wiggle my fingers.
I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my hands.
I wiggle my nose.
Now the wiggles are out of me.
And I’m as still as I can be!

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
(Hold thumbs straight up,
alternating them upward)

 

Jack fell down and broke his crown,
(Wiggle one thumb and wrist downward)

 

And Jill came tumbling after.
(Wiggle other thumb and wrist downward)

 

Then up got Jack and said to Jill,
(Bring one thumb up, then the other)

 

As in his arms he took her,
(Cross thumbs)

 

“Brush off that dirt for you’re not hurt,
(Brush one thumb with the other)

 

Let’s fetch that pail of water.”
(Continue brushing)

 

So Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch the pail of water,
(Thumbs straight up, alternating upward)

 

And took it home to Mother dear,
(Bring thumbs slowly together)

 

Who thanked her son and daughter.
(Thumbs meet)

Jack, be nimble

Jack, be nimble,
Jack, be quick,
Jack, jump over the candlestick.
Jack, be nimble,
Jack, be quick,
Jack, jump over the candlestick!

July the fourth

From the dawn of day to the set of sun,
July the fourth is so much fun!
O happy summer holiday,
When banners wave and children play!
The birthday of our dear old land,
Beneath whose starry flag we stand.

 

With a birthday party every year,
We celebrate our country dear,
We ought to give the U.S.A.,
A birthday present every day,
So now, dear land, I give to you,
My heart’s love, ever warm and true

Jump! Jump!

Jump! Jump!
Kangaroo Joe!
Jump! Jump!
Come on, let’s go!

 

Jump! Jump!
Up hill and down!
Jump! Jump!
Right into town

Jump in the rocket

Jump in the rocket
We blast off soon.
We’re taking a trip
Up to the moon.
Up, up we climb,
Up towards the stars.
Some day we might
Even land on mars.

Kate is Here today

Tune: “The Farmer In The Dell”

 

Kate is here today, Kate is here today.
Let’s all clap our hands and say.
Hip, hip hurray!

 

Continue singing about other children as they join the group.

Laughing Policeman

I know a fat old policeman
He’s always on our street
A fat and jolly red-faced man
He really is a treat

 

He’s too kind for a policeman
He’s never known to frown
And everybody says
He is the happiest man in town!

 

He laughs upon point duty
He laughs upon his beat
He laughs at everybody
When he’s walking in the street

 

He never can stop laughing
He says he’s never tried
But once he did arrest a man
And laughed until he cried!

 

His jolly face is wrinkled
And then he shut his eyes
He opened his great big mouth
It was a wonderous size!

 

He said: “I must arrest you!”
He didn’t know what for
And then he started laughing
Until he cracked his jaw!

 

So if you chance to meet him
While walking ’round the town
Shake him by his fat old’ hand
And give him half a crown

 

His eyes will beam and sparkle
He’ll gurgle with delight
And then you’ll start him laughing
With all his blessed might!

Lavender’s blue

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender’s green
When you are King, dilly dilly,
I shall be Queen

 

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so.

 

Call up your friends, dilly, dilly
Set them to work
Some to the plough, dilly dilly,
Some to the fork

 

Some to the hay, dilly dilly,
Some to thresh corn
Whilst you and I, dilly dilly,
Keep ourselves warm.

 

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender’s green
When you are King, dilly dilly,
I shall be Queen

 

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so

Listen to the rain

When the April showers gather,
Underneath the starry skies,
And the clouds, they start to rumble
As the tears pour from their eyes,
It’s a joy to hug my pillow
While I’m snuggled up in bed,
And to listen to the patter,
Of the raindrops overhead,
And to listen to the patter,
Of the raindrops overhead

Little boy blue

Little boy blue,
Come blow your horn!
The sheep’s in the meadow;
The cow’s in the corn
Where is the boy
Who looks after the sheep?
He’s under the haystack,
Fast asleep.
Will you wake him?
No, not I,
For if I do,
He’s sure to cry.

Little broken truck

Poor little broken truck (beep beep beep)
ran all out of gas (and got stuck)

 

Used to haul rubber ducks,
yellow, orange and blue and pink.
Used to haul sippy cups,
so you don’t drip and spill your drink.
Used to haul teddy bears,
so cute you could hear them roar,
but not no more,
no, not no more.

 

Poor little broken truck (beep beep beep)
ran all out of gas (and got stuck)

 

Used to drive over hills,
up and down and through the day.
Down the road past the mills
like a ribbon winds away.
Used to ride on smiling tires,
one and two and three and four,
but not no more,
no, not no more.

 

Poor little broken truck (beep beep beep)
ran all out of gas (and got stuck)

 

Used to haul fireflies,
so baby always had a light.
Used to haul story books,
fairy tales and lullabies.
Used to haul good night hugs,
don’t you cry and don’t feel poor,
no not no more (no no)
don’t you feel poor.

 

poor little broken truck (beep beep beep)
ran all out of gas (and got stuck)

Little Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner
Sat in a corner
Eating his Christmas pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum
And said, “What a good boy am I.”

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Little Robin Redbreast

Little Robin Redbreast
Sat up in a tree,
Up climbed sneaky Kitty Cat,
“It’s lunchtime!” thought he.
Robin Redbreast saw him come,
And quickly flew away,
Said Little Robin Redbreast,
“You won’t eat me today!”

 

Little Robin Redbreast
Flew up to a wall,
Kitty tried to follow
But the wall was too tall!
Little Robin laughed and chirped,
And what did Kitty say?
“Meow, meow, I guess there won’t be
Any lunch for me today!”

Little Sir Echo

Little Sir Echo, how do you do?
Hello!
(Hello!)
Hello!
(Hello!)
Little Sir Echo will answer you,
Hello!
(Hello!)
Hello!
(Hello!)
Oh, won’t you come over and play?
(and play?)
You’re a dear little fellow,
I know by your voice,
But you’re always so far away
(away)

London Bridge is falling down

London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady!

 

Build it up with iron bars,
Iron bars, iron bars.
Build it up with iron bars,
My fair lady!

 

Iron bars will bend and break,
Bend and break, bend and break.
Iron bars will bend and break,
My fair lady!

 

Build it up with needles and pins,
Needles and pins, needles and pins.
Build it up with needles and pins,
My fair lady!

 

Pins and needles rust and bend,
Rust and bend, rust and bend.
Pins and needles rust and bend,
My fair lady!

 

Build it up with penny loaves,
Penny loaves, penny loaves.
Build it up with penny loaves,
My fair lady!

 

Penny loaves will tumble down,
Tumble down, tumble down.
Penny loaves will tumble down,
My fair lady!

 

Build it up with silver and gold,
Silver and gold, silver and gold.
Build it up with silver and gold,
My fair lady!

 

Gold and silver I’ve not got,
I’ve not got, I’ve not got.
Gold and silver I’ve not got,
My fair lady!

 

Here’s a prisoner I have got,
I have got, I have got.
Here’s a prisoner I have got,
My fair lady!

 

What’s the prisoner done to you,
Done to you, done to you?
What’s the prisoner done to you,
My fair lady!

 

Stole my watch and broke my chain,
Broke my chain, broke my chain.
Stole my watch and broke my chain,
My fair lady!

 

What’ll you take to set him free,
Set him free, set him free?
What’ll you take to set him free,
My fair lady!

 

One hundred pounds will set him free,
Set him free, set him free.
One hundred pounds will set him free,
My fair lady!

 

One hundred pounds we have not got,
Have not got, have not got.
One hundred pounds we have not got,
My fair lady!

 

Then off to prison he must go,
He must go, he must go.
Then off to prison he must go,
My fair lady!

Looby loo

Here we go looby loo
Here we go looby light
Here we go looby loo
All on a Saturday night
You put your right hand in
You take your right hand out
You give your hand a shake, shake, shake
And turn yourself about

 

Here we go looby loo
Here we go looby light
Here we go looby loo
All on a Saturday night
You put your left hand in
You take your left hand out
You give your left hand a shake, shake, shake
And turn yourself about

 

Here we go looby loo
Here we go looby light
Here we go looby loo
All on a Saturday night
You put your right foot in
You take your right foot out
You give your right foot a shake, shake, shake
And turn yourself about

 

Here we go looby loo
Here we go looby light
Here we go looby loo
All on a Saturday night
You put your left foot in
You take your left foot out
You give your left foot a shake, shake, shake
And turn yourself about

 

Here we go looby loo
Here we go looby light
Here we go looby loo
All on a Saturday night
You put your whole self in
You take your whole self out
You give your whole self a shake, shake, shake
And turn yourself about

Love is what you feel

Love is what you feel
When you want to hug somebody
Because they make you feel good
When you fall down and somebody helps you up
And makes you feel good
When you really mean I’m sorry
If you hurt somebody’s feelings.
Then you know that love’s a feeling
That’s a really good feeling to have

 

Love is what you feel
When you feel you want to sing
Love is what you feel
About your most favorite things
Love is a feeling
Everybody likes to feel
Yes, love is
A really good feeling to have.

 

When you want to touch somebody
Because they make you feel good
When you feel bad and somebody cheers you up
And makes you feel good
When people make you happy.
When you want to share the feeling
Then you know that love’s a feeling
That’s a really good feeling to have.

 

Love is what you feel
When you feel you want to sing
Love is what you feel
About your most favorite things
Love is a feeling
Everybody likes to feel
Yes, love is
A really good feeling to have.
Yes, love is
A really good feeling to have.
A really good feeling
A really good feeling to have

Lucy Locket

Lucy Locket lost her pocket,
Kitty Fisher found it;
But ne’er a penny was there init
Except the binding round it.

Making a Birthday Cake

Today is ______’s birthday,
Let’s make (him/her) a cake.
Mix and stir, stir and mix,
Then into the oven to bake.
Here’s our cake so nice and round,
We spread with frosting white.
We put  _____ candles on it
To make (his/her) birthday bright!

 

Adapted Traditional

 

(Fill the blanks with the birthday child’s name and age)

Mary had a little lamb

Mary had a little lamb,
Little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow

 

Everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
Everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go

 

It followed her to school one day
School one day, school one day
It followed her to school one day
Which was against the rules.

 

It made the children laugh and play,
Laugh and play, laugh and play,
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school

 

And so the teacher turned it out,
Turned it out, turned it out,
And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near

 

And waited patiently about,
Patiently about, patiently about,
And waited patiently about
Till Mary did appear

 

“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”
Love Mary so? Love Mary so?
“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”
The eager children cry

 

“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.”
Loves the lamb, you know, loves the lamb, you know
“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.”
The teacher did reply

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row

Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars

Tune:  “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again”

 

The planets revolve around the sun, Hooray! Hooray!
The planets revolve around the sun, Hooray! Hooray!
The planets revolve around the sun, and spin on their axis, everyone.
And they all go spinning, around and around, they go!

 

Hooray! Hooray!
Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, Hooray! Hooray!
Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, are whirling and twirling around the sun.
And they all go spinning, around and around, they go!
Juniper, Saturn are next in line, Hooray! Hooray!
Juniper, Saturn are next in line, Hooray! Hooray!
Juniper, Saturn are next in line, Uranus, Neptune, & Pluto make nine.
And they all go spinning, around and around, they go!

Miss Polly

Miss Polly had a dolly
Who was sick, sick, sick,
So she called for the doctor
To be quick, quick, quick;
The doctor came
With his bag and his hat,
And he knocked at the door
With a rat-a-tat-tat.

 

He looked at the dolly
And he shook his head,
And he said “Miss Polly,
Put her straight to bed.”
He wrote out a paper
For a pill, pill, pill,
“That’ll make her better,
Yes it will, will, will!”

Miss Rainy Day

Miss Rainy Day
Has come again,
A-tap, tap, tapping
On the windowpane.
Come, Mister Sun,
With greeting gay,
And help us chase
Miss Rainy Day away,
Chase her away

Mister Duck went To visit

Mister Duck went
To visit Mister Turkey,
And he walked with a
Wobble, wobble, wobble;
And he said, “Howdy-Doo,”
To Mister Turkey,
Mister Turkey said,
“Gobble, gobble, gobble”;
Mister Duck then answered,
“Quack, quack, quack,”
And headed off
To find a snack;
Mister Turkey said,
“I’ll go with you,”
And they looked
So very odd, those two;
Mister Duck was walking
Wobble, wobble, wobble;
Mister Turkey talking,
“Gobble, gobble, gobble.”

Mommy’s kisses

A kiss when I wake in the morning,
A kiss when I go to bed,
A kiss when I cut my finger,
A kiss when I bump my head.
A kiss when my bath is over,
A kiss before I jump in,
Oh, my Mommy is full of kisses,
That start when the day begins!

 

A kiss when I play with my rattle,
A kiss when I pull her hair,
She covered me over with kisses
The day I fell down the stairs.
A kiss when I give her trouble,
A kiss when I’m at my best,
Oh, there’s nothing like my Mommy’s kisses
Before I lay down to rest!

Monday’s child

Monday’s child is fair of face;
Tuesday’s child is full of grace;
Wednesday’s child is full of woe;
Thursday’s child has far to go;
Friday’s child is loving and giving;
Saturday’s child works hard for a living;
The child that is born on the Sabbath day,
Is bonny, and blithe, and good, and gay

Months

January nips the fingers,
February’s ice and snow;
March wind whistles down the chimney,
April showers make things grow;
May brings tiny buds and blossoms,
June pretty flowers everywhere,
Warm July our nation’s birthday,
August ripens peach and pear.
School begins in warm September,
In October leaves all fall,
Turkeys come in bleak November;
Then comes Christmas, best of all

Mother’s Day

Let’s go out and pick some flowers
And make a big bouquet;
We must bring a special gift
To Mom on Mother’s Day!

 

Here’s a rose, and there’s a daisy
For our Mom’s bouquet,
Pretty flowers to show we love her
More and more each day!

Muffin Man

Oh, do you know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Oh, do you know the muffin man,
Who lives in Drury Lane?
Second Verse:

 

Oh, yes, I know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Oh, yes, I know the muffin man,
Who lives in Drury Lane.
More Second Verse Responses:

 

Oh, two of us know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Oh, two of us know the muffin man,
Who lives in Drury Lane.

 

A few of us know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
A few of us know the muffin man,
Who lives in Drury Lane.

 

Now we all know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Now we all know the muffin man,
Who lives in Drury Lane

Music Box

It’s the music box
It’s the music box
What shall we play today?
We will play the (drums) (3 beats on the drum)
We will play the drums (3 beats on drum)
That’s what we’ll play today

 

(Variation; How shall we play today etc. to introduce loudly, quietly, fast, slowly, etc.)

My Bonnie lies over the ocean

My Bonnie lies over the ocean
My Bonnie lies over the sea
My Bonnie lies over the ocean
Oh bring back my Bonnie to me

 

Bring back, bring back
Bring back my Bonnie to me, to me
Bring back, bring back
Bring back my Bonnie to me

 

The winds will blow over the ocean
The winds will blow over the sea
The winds will blow over the ocean
To bring back my Bonnie to me

 

Bring back, bring back
Bring back my Bonnie to me, to me
Bring back, bring back
Bring back my Bonnie to me

 

Bring back, bring back
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me

My Dog

I have a dog who barks all day,
and all he ever has to say
is “Woof! Woof! Woof!” and “Bow-Wow-Wow!”
I wish my dog could talk somehow!

 

If he could talk, I’m sure he’d say,
“Woof, Woof! Have fun at school today!
I’ll wait right here ’til you come home.
Bow-Wow! Then I won’t be alone.”

My Little Sister

I have a baby sister,
a darling tiny mite,
and when I smile, she smiles right back
and holds my finger tight.

She’s telling me she loves me,
in that cute baby way,
and saying that it won’t be long,
‘Til we can play all day.

I love my baby sister,
my soon-to-be playmate,
and what I really want to know
Is how long must I wait?

Now the day is over

Now the day is over
Night is drawing nigh
Shadows of the evening
Steal across the sky

 

Now the darkness gathers
Stars begin to peep
Birds and beasts and flowers
Soon will be asleep

 

Now the day is over
The sun has said goodnight
The crescent moon has risen
To share its gentle light

 

Now the wind is whispering
In stillness soft and sweet
All of nature’s creatures
Now are sound asleep

 

The birds and beasts and flowers
All have gone to sleep

O, Susanna

O, Susanna,
I came from Alabama
With my banjo on my knee,
I’m going’ to Louisiana
My true love for to see;
It rained all night the day I left,
The weather it was dry;
The sun so hot I froze to death;
Susanna, don’t you cry.

 

O, Susanna,
O, don’t you cry for me,
I’ve come from Alabama
with my banjo on my knee.
O, Susanna,
O, don’t you cry for me,
‘Cause I’m going’ to Louisiana,
My true love for to see.

 

I had a dream the other night
When everything was still;
I thought I saw Susanna
A-comin’ down the hill;
The buckwheat cake was in her mouth,
The tear was in her eye;
Says I, I’m comin’ from the south,
Susanna, don’t you cry.

 

O, Susanna,
O, don’t you cry for me,
I’ve come from Alabama
with my banjo on my knee.
O, Susanna,
O, don’t you cry for me,
‘Cause I’m going’ to Louisiana,
My true love for to see.

 

I soon will be in New Orleans,
And then I’ll look around,
And when I find Susanna
I’ll fall upon the ground.
And if I do not find her,
Then I will surely die,
And when I’m dead and buried,
Susanna, don’t you cry.

 

O, Susanna,
O, don’t you cry for me,
I’ve come from Alabama
with my banjo on my knee.
O, Susanna,
O, don’t you cry for me,
‘Cause I’m going’ to Louisiana,
My true love for to see

October

October’s trees are bare and brown,
October’s leaves are tumbling down,
See chestnuts scattered on the ground,
while little squirrels all scamper ’round.

 

They’re gathering their winter’s store,
for when the wild winds rave and roar,
the cold will chill them to the core,
they’ll be too cold to gather more.

 

So let’s go to the woods today,
and watch the squirrels at work and play,
But quiet we must be all day,
or all the squirrels will run away!

Old King Cole

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
and a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe,
and he called for his bowl,
and he called for his fiddlers three.
Every fiddler had a fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he.
Tweedle dee, tweedle dee,
Tweedle dee, tweedle dee,
Tweedle dee, tweedle dee,
went the fiddlers three,
Oh there’s none so rare
as can compare,
With King Cole and his fiddlers three

Oh, dear! What can the matter be?

Oh, dear! What can the matter be?
Dear, dear! What can the matter be?
Oh, dear! What can the matter be?
Johnny’s so long at the fair.
He promised to buy me a trinket to please me
and then for a smile, oh, he vowed he would tease me
He promised to buy me a bunch of blue ribbons
to tie up my bonnie brown hair.

 

Oh, dear! What can the matter be?
Dear, dear! What can the matter be?
Oh, dear! What can the matter be?
Johnny’s so long at the fair.
He promised to bring me a basket of posies
a garland of lilies, a gift of red roses
A little straw hat to set off the blue ribbons
that tie up my bonnie brown hair.

 

Oh, dear! What can the matter be?
Oh, dear! What can the matter be?
Oh, dear! What can the matter be?
Johnny’s so long at the fair

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside
I do like to be beside the sea!
I do like to stroll upon the Prom, Prom, and Prom!
Where the brass bands play: “Tiddely-om-pom-pom!”

 

So just let me be beside the seaside
I’ll be beside myself with glee
For there’s lots of girls besides,
I should like to be beside
Beside the seaside! Beside the sea!

Old MacDonald had a farm

Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on that farm he had some chickens,
Ee i ee i oh!
With a cluck-cluck here,
And a cluck-cluck there

 

Here a cluck, there a cluck,
Everywhere a cluck-cluck
Old MacDonald had a farm
Ee i ee i oh!

 

Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on that farm he had some dogs,
Ee i ee i oh!
With a woof-woof here,

 

And a woof-woof-woof there
Here a woof, there a woof,
Everywhere a woof-woof
Old MacDonald had a farm
Ee i ee i oh!

 

Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on that farm he had some turkeys,
Ee i ee i oh!

 

With a gobble-gobble gobble-gobble here,
And a gobble-gobble gobble-gobble there
Here a gobble-gobble, there a gobble-gobble,
Everywhere a gobble-gobble-gobble
Old MacDonald had a farm
Ee i ee i oh!

 

Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on that farm he had some cows,
Ee i ee i oh!
With a moo-moo here,
and a moo-moo there
Here a moo, there a moo,
Everywhere a moo-ooo
Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!

On top of spaghetti

On top of spaghetti all covered with cheese.
I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed.

 

It rolled off the table, it rolled on the floor,
and then my poor meatball rolled out of the door.

 

It rolled in the garden and under a bush,
and then my poor meatball was nothing but mush.

 

The mush was as tasty as tasty could be,
and early next summer it grew to a tree.

 

The tree was all covered with beautiful moss.
It grew great big meatballs and tomato sauce.

 

So if you eat spaghetti all covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball and don’t ever sneeze.

One finger, one thumb

One finger, one thumb, keep moving
One finger, one thumb, keep moving
One finger, one thumb, keep moving
We’ll all be merry and bright

 

One finger, one thumb, one arm, keep moving
One finger, one thumb, one arm, keep moving
One finger, one thumb, one arm, keep moving
We’ll all be merry and bright

 

One finger, one thumb, one arm, one leg, keep moving
One finger, one thumb, one arm, one leg, keep moving
One finger, one thumb, one arm, one leg, keep moving
We’ll all be merry and bright

 

One finger, one thumb, one arm, one leg, one nod of the head, keep moving
One finger, one thumb, one arm, one leg, one nod of the head, keep moving
One finger, one thumb, one arm, one leg, one nod of the head, keep moving
We’ll all be merry and bright

 

One finger, one thumb, one arm, one leg, one nod of the head, sit down, stand up, keep moving
One finger, one thumb, one arm, one leg, one nod of the head, sit down, stand up, keep moving
One finger, one thumb, one arm, one leg, one nod of the head, sit down, stand up, keep moving
We’ll all be merry and bright

One man went to mow

One man went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow,
One man and his dog,
Went to mow a meadow

 

Two men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow,
Two men, one man and his dog,
Went to mow a meadow

 

Three men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow,
Three men, two men, one man and his dog,
Went to mow a meadow

 

Four men went to mow,
Went to mow a meadow,
Four men, three men, two men, one man and his dog,
Went to mow a meadow
Went to mow a meadow

One, one, the zoo is lots of fun

One, one,
The zoo is lots of fun

 

Two, two,
See a kangaroo

 

Three, three,
See a chimpanzee

 

Four, four,
Hear the lions roar

 

Five, five,
Watch the seals dive

 

Six, six,
There’s a monkey doing tricks

 

Seven, seven,
Elephants eleven

 

Eight, eight,
A tiger and his mate

 

Nine, nine,
Penguins in a line

 

Ten, ten,
I want to come again!

One, two, Buckle my shoe

One, two,
Buckle my shoe

 

Three, four,
Shut the door

 

Five, six,
Pickup sticks

 

Seven eight,
Lay them straight

 

Nine, ten,
Do it again!

Pancakes

Mixing’ pancakes,
Stirring’ pancakes,
Pop them in the pan;
Frying’ pancakes,
Flipping’ pancakes,
Catch them if you can!

Pass the ball

Little ball, roll along
Slowly on your way,
Pass it while we sing this song,
And this game we play;
When at last our song is done,
We will look to see
Which one of us has the ball,
Oh, who will it be?

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,
Baker’s man!
Bake us a cake
As fast as you can,
(Alternate clapping baby’s hands and yours)

 

Mix it and prick it
(Pretend to stir bowl, then prick cake)

 

And mark it with B,
(Make a ‘B’ in the air)

 

And there will be plenty
For baby and me.
(Alternate clapping baby’s hands and yours)

Peek-a-boo!

Baby’s gone,
Where is she?
(Cover your eyes with hands.)

 

Peek-a-boo!
Now I see.
(Take hands away and ‘find’ baby.)

 

Gone again,
Where’d she go?
(Cover your eyes with hands.)

 

Peek-a-boo!
I found her toe!
(Tickle baby’s toes.)

Polly, put the kettle on

Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
Polly, put the kettle on,
We’ll all have tea.

 

Sukey, take it off again,
Sukey, take it off again,
Sukey, take it off again,
They’ve all gone away.

 

Blow the fire and make the toast,
Put the muffins on to roast,
Blow the fire and make the toast,
We’ll all have tea.

Pop! Goes the weasel

‘Round and ’round the cobbler’s bench
The monkey chased the weasel,
The monkey thought ’twas all in fun
Pop! Goes the weasel.

 

A penny for a spool of thread
A penny for a needle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! Goes the weasel.

 

A half a pound of tupenny rice,
A half a pound of treacle.
Mix it up and make it nice,
Pop! Goes the weasel.

 

Up and down the London road,
In and out of the Eagle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! Goes the weasel.

 

I’ve no time to plead and pine,
I’ve no time to wheedle,
Kiss me quick and then I’m gone
Pop! Goes the weasel.

Popcorn

Happy little kernels of corn are we,
Wrapped up in our jackets of white;
We hop and we pop,
We’re so full of glee,
Hopping ’til we pop just right!
Hopping, popping,
Hop, hop, and hop!
Hopping, popping,
Pop, pop, pop!
Hopping, popping,
Hop, hop, and hop!
Hopping, popping,
Pop, pop, pop!

 

Busy little kernels of corn are we,
Stuck inside our corn popper tight,
We laugh and we dance,
We just can’t keep still;
Hopping ’til we pop just right!
Hopping, popping,
Hop, hop, and hop!
Hopping, popping,
Pop, pop, pop!
Hopping, popping,
Hop, hop, and hop!
Hopping, popping,
Pop, pop, pop!

Pussycat, pussycat

Pussycat, pussycat,
Where have you been?
I’ve been to London
To visit the Queen.
Pussycat, pussycat,
What did you there?
I frightened a little mouse
Under her chair.

Pretty Shells

Tune: “Jingle Bells”

 

Pretty shells, pretty shells
lying all around.
What a lovely sight to see
Shells upon the ground.
Pick one up, its good luck!
Listen to the roar
of the never ending waves
that beat upon the shore.

 

Jean Warren

Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts she made some tarts all on a summer’s day;
The Knave of Hearts he stole the tarts and took them clean away.
The King of Hearts called for the tarts and beat the Knave full sore
The Knave of Hearts brought back the tarts and
vowed he’d steal no more

Rain, rain, go away

Rain, rain, go away
Come again some other day
we want to go outside and play
Come again some other day

 

Optional lyrics:

 

Change third line to say:
[child’s name] and [child’s friend’s name] want to play

Rainbow

Rainbow purple
Rainbow blue
Rainbow green
And yellow too
Rainbow orange
Rainbow red
Rainbow shining over head.

 

Come and count
the colors with me
how many colors
Can you see?
1-2-3 on down to green
4-5-6 colors can be seen

 

Rainbow purple
Rainbow blue
Rainbow green
And yellow too
Rainbow orange
Rainbow red
Rainbow shining over head

Ride a Cock-horse

Ride a Cock-horse
To Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady
Upon a white horse,
Rings on her fingers,
And bells on her toes,
She shall have music
Wherever she goes.
A ring, a ring o’ roses,
A ring, a ring o’ roses,
A pocket full of posies;
(Children hold hands and dance around in a circle)

 

Tishoo, tishoo,
All stand still.
(Children hold still)

 

The King has sent his daughter,
to fetch a pail of water;
(Children hold hands and dance around in a circle)

 

Tishoo, tishoo,
All fall down.
(Children fall to the floor)

 

The bird upon the steeple,
Sits high above the people;
(Children hold hands and dance around in a circle)

 

Tishoo, tishoo,
All kneel down.
(Children kneel)

 

The wedding bells are ringing,
the boys and girls are singing;
(Children hold hands and dance around in a circle)

 

Tishoo, tishoo,
All fall down.
(Children fall to the floor)

Rock-a-bye, baby

Rock-a-bye, baby, in the tree top
when the wind blows the cradle will rock
when the bough breaks the cradle will fall
down will come baby, cradle and all

Round and round the garden

Round and round the garden,
Like a teddy bear.
One step, two steps,
Tickle you under there!

Row, row, row your boat,

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

Sandcastle

Tune: “The Hokey Pokey”

 

You put some sand in.
You take some sand out.
You put some sand in
And you shape it all about.
You make a sand castle
With towers all around.
That’s what it’s all about!
You put some shells in
You take some shells out.
You put some shells in
And you place them all about.
You make a sand castle
With shells all around.
That’s what it’s all about!

 

Jean Warren

S-M-I-L-E

It isn’t any trouble
Just to S-M-I-L-E
It isn’t any trouble
Just to S-M-I-L-E
So smile when you’re in trouble,
It will vanish like a bubble
If you’ll only take the trouble
Just to S-M-I-L-E

 

It isn’t any trouble
Just to L-A-U-G-H
(or ha-ha-ha-ha laugh)
It isn’t any trouble
Just to L-A-U-G-H
(or ha-ha-ha-ha laugh)
So laugh when you’re in trouble,
It will vanish like a bubble
If you’ll only take the trouble
Just to L-A-U-G-H
(or ha-ha-ha-ha laugh)

 

It isn’t any trouble
Just to G-R-I-N, grin
It isn’t any trouble
Just to G-R-I-N, grin
So grin when you’re in trouble
It will vanish like a bubble
If you’ll only take the trouble
Just to G-R-I-N, grin!

 

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

See-saw, Margery Daw

See-saw, Margery Daw,
Jack shall have a new master,
He shall have but a penny a day,
Because he won’t work any faster.

A sailor went to sea sea sea

A sailor went to sea sea sea
To see what he could see see see
But all that he could see see see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea

Seasons

Winter:
Slowly the snow comes floating down,
Over the rooftops in the town,
Softly it falls without a sound,
Turning and whirling to the ground.

 

Spring:
Gently the rain begins to fall,
Wee baby birds, their Mamas call,
Leaves on the trees and flowers, too,
Peek out to say ‘hello’ to you.

 

Summer:
Old Mister Sun is out today,
Warming the children as they play,
Trees share their bounty, oh so sweet,
Good food for boys and girls to eat.

 

Fall:
Fluttering leaves come tumbling down,
Grasses once green now turn to brown,
Soon the North Wind will start to blow,
Won’t be long now ’til we have snow

She’ll be coming round the mountain

She’ll be coming round the mountain
When she comes

 

She’ll be coming round the mountain
When she comes

 

She’ll be coming round the mountain,
She’ll be coming round the mountain,
She’ll be coming round the mountain
When she comes

 

She’ll be driving six white horses
When she comes
She’ll be driving six white horses
When she comes

 

She’ll be driving six white horses,
She’ll be driving six white horses,
She’ll be driving six white horses
When she comes

 

Oh, we’ll all go out to meet her
When she comes

 

Oh, we’ll all go out to meet her
When she comes

 

Oh, we’ll all go out to meet her,
We’ll all go out to meet her,
We’ll all go out to meet her
When she comes

 

She’ll be wearing red pajamas
When she comes

 

She’ll be wearing red pajamas
When she comes
She’ll be wearing red pajamas,
She’ll be wearing red pajamas,
She’ll be wearing red pajamas
When she comes

 

She will have to sleep with Grandma
When she comes

 

She will have to sleep with Grandma
When she comes

 

She will have to sleep with Grandma,
She’ll have to sleep with Grandma,
She will have to sleep with Grandma
When she comes

Sleep, sleep

Sleep, sleep,
Don’t peep,
Night is coming soon;
Mama tucks her sleepyheads,
Snugly in their cozy beds;
Sleep, sleep,
Don’t peep,
Night is coming soon.
Soon…

 

Good night,
Sleep tight,
May your dreams be sweet;
Twinkling stars, their watch will keep,
While the angels guard your sleep,
Good night,
Sleep tight,
May your dreams be sweet.
Sweet…

Soldier, soldier, will you marry me

Soldier, soldier, will you marry me,
With your knapsack, fife and drum?
“Oh, how can I marry
Such a pretty girl as you,
When I’ve got no coat to put on?”
So she ran away
To the village tailor’s shop,
As fast as she could run,
And she bought him a coat,
Oh, the best that she could buy,
And the soldier put it on.

 

Soldier, soldier, will you marry me,
With your knapsack, fife and drum?
“Oh, how can I marry
Such a pretty girl as you,
When I’ve got no shoes to put on?”
So she ran away
To the shoemaker’s shop,
As fast as she could run,
And she bought him some shoes,
Oh, the best that she could buy,
And the soldier put them on.

 

Soldier, soldier, will you marry me,
With your knapsack, fife and drum?
“Oh, how can I marry
Such a pretty girl as you,
When I’ve got no hat to put on?”
So she ran away
To the village hatter’s shop,
As fast as she could run,
And she bought him a hat,
Oh, the best that she could buy,
And the soldier put it on.

 

Soldier, soldier, will you marry me,
With your knapsack, fife and drum?
“Oh, how can I marry
Such a pretty girl as you,
When I’ve got no gloves to put on?”
So she ran away
To the glovemaker’s shop,
As fast as she could run,
And she bought him some gloves,
Oh, the best that she could buy,
And the soldier put them on.

 

Soldier, soldier, will you marry me,
With your knapsack, fife and drum?
“Oh, how can I marry
Such a pretty girl as you,
When I’ve got a good wife at home?”
So she ran away
Just as fast as she could run,
To tell her Mom and Dad,
And they gave her a hug,
As they told their pretty girl,
That she had just been had

Tailor, tailor

Tailor, tailor, cut my coat;
Snip, snap, snip, snap, shears!
Cut it from our billygoat;
Snip, snap, snip, snap, shears!
One furry collar for it;
How many dollars for it?
Snip, snap, snip, snap, shears!

Ten green bottles

Ten green bottles
Hanging on the wall
Ten green bottles
Hanging on the wall
And if one green bottle
Should accidentally fall
There’ll be nine green bottles
Hanging on the wall

 

Nine green bottles
Hanging on the wall
Nine green bottles
Hanging on the wall
And if one green bottle
Should accidentally fall
There’ll be eight green bottles
Hanging on the wall

 

Eight green bottles
Hanging on the wall
Eight green bottles
Hanging on the wall
And if one green bottle
Should accidentally fall
There’ll be seven green bottles
Hanging on the wall

 

Continue with 7,6,5,4,3,2,1

The Animals Went in Two by Two

The animals went in two by two
The animals went in two by two, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in two by two, hurrah, hurrah.
The animals went in two by two,
The elephant and the kangaroo
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

 

The animals went in three by three, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in three by three, hurrah, hurrah.
The animals went in three by three,
The wasp, the ant and the bumble bee,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

 

The animals went in four by four, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in four by four, hurrah, hurrah.
The animals went in four by four,
The big hippopotamus stuck in the door,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

 

The animals went in five by five, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in five by five, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in five by five,
By hugging each other they kept alive,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

 

The animals went in six by six, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in six by six, hurrah, hurrah.
The animals went in six by six,
They turned out the monkey because of his tricks,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

 

The animals went in seven by seven, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in seven by seven, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in seven by seven,
The little pig thought it was going to heaven,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

 

The animals went in eight by eight, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in eight by eight, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in eight by eight,
The turtle thought he was coming late,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

 

The animals went in nine by nine, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in nine by nine, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in nine by nine,
Marching up in a long straight line,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

 

The animals went in ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah,
The animals went in ten by ten,
The last one in was the little red hen,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

The Earthworm

The Earthworm lives inside the ground
He never brings his friends around
He travels miles from to and fro
But where is he going?
Why, he don’t know

 

He’s got no face that I can see
He’s got no personality
He’s got no eyes and no relief
He don’t get tired so he can’t sleep

 

Hello Earthworm in the ground
I heard you were lonely so I come around
So when I go fishing in the deep blue sea
You can come along and go fishing with me!

 

The Earthworm, is a friend to fish
They call him close to where they wish
And when he’s close enough to catch
Our friend becomes a fine gourmet dish
The Earthworm is a friend to Man
They like to keep him in an old tin can
Put him on a hook to catch some trout
He’s got so many friends
They might wipe him out!

 

Hello Earthworm in the ground
I heard you were lonely so I come around
So when I go fishing in the deep blue sea
You can come along and go fishing with me!

 

The Earthworm he likes to be alone
He’s not too smart and he got no bones
And how he’s lived as long as he does
Why, don’t ask me! ‘Cause I’ve never been one
But if someday I am a worm
And in the ground by chance I squirm
I’d rather be alone and free
If you come around
Don’t make friends With ME!!!

 

Hello Earthworm in the ground
I heard you were lonely so I come around
So when I go fishing in the deep blue sea
You can come along and go fishing with me!

 

You can come along and go fishing with me!

 

You can come along and go fishing with me!

The Elephant

The elephant goes
Like this, like that
(On all fours, moving around
slowly, like an elephant)

 

He’s terribly big,
(Standing up, reach arms high)

 

And he’s terribly fat.
(Stretch arms out to the sides,
to show how fat elephant is)

 

He has no fingers,
(Fisted hands, hiding fingers)

 

He has no toes,
(Wiggle toes)

 

But goodness gracious,
What a nose!
(Thumb to nose and wiggle fingers,
as if extending trunk)

The owl and the pussycat went to sea

The owl and the pussycat went to sea
in a beautiful pea green boat
they took some honey and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

 

The owl looked up to the stars above
and sang to a small guitar,
“O, lovely pussy, o pussy my love,
what a beautiful pussy you are, you are
what a beautiful pussy you are!”

 

Pussy said to the owl, “You elegant fowl,
how charmingly sweet you sing.
O, let us be married, too long we have tarried,
But what shall we do for a ring?”

 

They sailed away for a year and a day
to the land where the Bongtree grows.
And there in a wood a Piggywig stood
with a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose, his nose,
with a ring at the end of his nose.

 

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away and were married next day
By the turkey who lives on the hill.

 

They dined on mince and slices of quince
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand on the edge of the sand
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon

The more we get together

Oh, the more we get together,
Together, together,
Oh, the more we get together,
The happier we’ll be.

 

For your friends are my friends,
And my friends are your friends.
Oh, the more we get together,
The happier we’ll be!

There were ten in a bed

There were ten in a bed
And the little one said
“Roll over, roll over”
So they all rolled over
And one fell out

 

There were nine in a bed
And the little one said
“Roll over, roll over”
So they all rolled over
And one fell out

 

(Continue with 8,7,6,5,4,3,2)

 

There was one in a bed
And the little one said
“Good night!”

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don’t know why she swallowed the fly,
Perhaps she’ll die.

 

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don’t know why she swallowed the fly.
Perhaps she’ll die.

 

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird.
How absurd to swallow a bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don’t know why she swallowed the fly.
Perhaps she’ll die.

 

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat.
Imagine that, she swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don’t know why she swallowed the fly.
Perhaps she’ll die.

 

There was an old lady who swallowed a dog.
My what a hog, to swallow a dog.
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat, to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don’t know why she swallowed the fly.
Perhaps she’ll die.

 

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
I don’t know how she swallowed a cow.
She swallowed the cow to catch the dog.
She swallowed the dog, to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don’t know why she swallowed the fly
Perhaps she’ll die.

 

I know an old lady who swallowed a horse…

 

She’s dead of course!

Three blind mice

Three blind mice,
Three blind mice
See how they run,
See how they run!

 

They all ran after
The farmer’s wife
She cut off their tails
With a carving knife
Did you ever see
Such a sight in your life
As three blind mice?

Train is a-coming

Train is a-coming’, oh, yes
Train is a-coming’, oh, yes
Train is a-coming’,
Train is a-coming’
Train is a-coming’, oh, yes

 

Better get your ticket, oh, yes
Better get your ticket, oh, yes
Better get your ticket,
Better get your ticket,
Better get your ticket, oh, yes

 

Room for many more, oh, yes
Room for many more, oh, yes
Room for many more,
Room for many more
Room for many more, oh, yes

 

Train is a-leaving’, oh, yes
Train is a-leaving’, oh, yes
Train is a-leaving’,
Train is a-leaving’
Train is a-leaving’, oh, yes

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the second day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the third day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the fourth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the fifth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the sixth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the seventh day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the eighth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the ninth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the tenth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

The Wheels on the bus go round and round

The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town.
(Roll hands over each other)

 

The wipers on the bus go “Swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish”
The wipers on the bus go “Swish, swish, swish”
All through the town.
(Put arms together in front of you and’swish’ like windshield wipers)

 

The door on the bus goes open and shut
Open and shut, open and shut
The door on the bus goes open and shut
All through the town.
(Cover eyes with hands on ‘shut’ and uncover them on ‘open’)

 

The horn on the bus goes “Beep, beep, beep
Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep”
The horn on the bus goes “Beep, beep, beep”
All through the town.
(Pretend to honk horn)

 

The gas on the bus goes “Glug, glug, glug
Glug, glug, glug, glug, glug, glug”
The gas on the bus goes “Glug, glug, glug”
All through the town.
(Pretend to fill tank using pointer finger as gas nozzle)

 

The money on the bus goes “Clink, clink, clink,
Clink, clink, clink, clink, clink, clink”
The money on the bus goes “Clink, clink, clink”
All through the town.
(Pretend to put money in cash box on bus)

 

The baby on the bus says, “Wah, wah, wah!
Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah!”
The baby on the bus says, “Wah, wah, wah!”
All through the town.
(Fisted hands in front of eyes and rub them like baby crying)

 

The people on the bus say, “Shh, shh, shh,
Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh”
The people on the bus say, “Shh, shh, shh”
All through the town.
(Put pointer finger to mouth to ‘shhh’)

 

The mommy on the bus says, “I love you,
I love you, I love you”
The daddy on the bus says, “I love you, too”
All through the town.
(Point to self on ‘I’, right hand over heart on ‘love’, and point to other on ‘you’)

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

 

When the blazing sun is gone,
When there’s nothing he shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, through the night.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

 

In the dark blue sky so deep
Through my curtains often peep
For you never close your eyes
Til the morning sun does rise
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

 

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

Twinkling stars

At night I see the twinkling stars
And a great big smiling moon.
My mother tucks me into bed
And sings a good-night tune.

The Twins

In form and feature, face and limb,
I grew so like my brother,
That folks got taking me for him,
And each for one another.
It puzzled all our kith and kin,
It reached an awful pitch;
For one of us was born a twin,
Yet not a soul knew which.

 

One day (to make the matter worse),
Before our names were fixed,
As we were being washed by nurse
We got completely mixed;
And thus, you see, by Fate’s decree,
(Or rather nurse’s whim),
My brother John got christened me,
And I got christened him.

 

This fatal likeness even dogged
My footsteps when at school,
And I was always getting flogged,
For John turned out a fool.
I put this question hopelessly
To everyone I knew –
What would you do, if you were me,
To prove that you were you?

 

Our close resemblance turned the tide
Of my domestic life;
For somehow my intended bride
Became my brother’s wife.
In short, year after year the same
Absurd mistakes went on;
And when I died — the neighbors came
And buried brother John!

Two little blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sat on a hill,
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away, Jack; fly away, Jill,
Come back, Jack; come back, Jill.
Two little blackbirds sat on a hill,
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Two little Dicky Birds
Two little Dicky birds
Sitting on a wall
One named Peter,
One named paul
Fly away peter
Fly away Paul
Come back Peter
Come back Paul

Under a stone where the earth was firm

Under a stone where the earth was firm
I found a wiggly, wriggly worm (use forefinger for worm and cover with other hand)
‘Good morning’, I said.
‘How are you today?’ (Uncover the forefinger)
But the wiggly worm just wriggled away! (wriggle your forefinger up the other arm)

Valentine

Five little valentines, I bought at the store.
gave one to Mother, now I have _____.
Four little valentines, pretty as can be.
I gave one to Daddy, now I have _____.
Three little valentines, red, white and blue.
I gave one to brother, now I have _____.
Two little valentines, enough for everyone.
I gave one to sister, now I have ______.
One little valentine, what should I do?
I know what, I’ll give this one to you!

 

Jean Warren

 

(Give your child 5 paper valentines and have her pretend to give them away as you recite this number rhyme. Also, have him/her try to finish the last word of each stanza.)

Vegetable Rainbow

There are many coloured vegetables,
They are good for you.
Carrots are orange, let’s eat a few.
Beans are green, let’s try them, too.
Corn is yellow, tomatoes are red.
When you eat a rainbow,
You know you’re well fed!

 

Gayle Bittinger

Waltzing Matilda

Once a jolly swagman
Camped by a billabong,
Under the shade
Of a coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched
And waited ’til his billy boiled
“You’ll come a-waltzing,
Matilda, with me”

 

Waltzing Matilda,
Waltzing Matilda
You’ll come a-waltzing,
Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched
And waited ’til his billy boiled,
“You’ll come a-waltzing,
Matilda, with me”

 

Down came a jumbuck
To drink at the billabong,
Up jumped the swagman
And grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he stowed
That jumbuck in his tucker bag,
“You’ll come a-waltzing,
Matilda, with me”

 

Waltzing Matilda,
Waltzing Matilda
You’ll come a-waltzing,
Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched
And waited ’til his billy boiled,
“You’ll come a-waltzing,
Matilda, with me.”

 

Down rode the squatter,
Mounted on his thoroughbred,
Up came the troopers,
One, two, three,
“Where’s that jolly jumbuck
You’ve got in your tucker bag?
You’ll come a-waltzing,
Matilda, with me”

 

Waltzing Matilda,
Waltzing Matilda
You’ll come a-waltzing,
Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched
And waited ’til his billy boiled,
“You’ll come a-waltzing,
Matilda, with me.”

 

Up jumped the swagman,
Sprang into the billabong,
“You’ll never catch me
Alive,” said he,
And his ghost may be heard
As you pass by the billabong,
You’ll come a-waltzing,
Matilda, with me.

 

Waltzing Matilda,
Waltzing Matilda
You’ll come a-waltzing,
Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched
And waited ’til his billy boiled,
“You’ll come a-waltzing,
Matilda, with me.”

Welcome Everyone

Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

 

Welcome, welcome, everyone.
It is time to have some fun.
First we’ll put our coats away
Then we’ll start our busy day.

 

Welcome, welcome, everyone.
I’m so glad that you have come!

When Irish eyes are smiling

There’s a tear in your eye
And I’m wondering why
For it never should be there at all

 

With such power in your smile
Sure a stone you’d beguile
So there’s never a teardrop should fall

 

When your sweet lilting laughter’s
Like some fairy song
And your eyes twinkle
Bright as can be
You should laugh all the while
And all other times smile
And now smile a smile for me

 

When Irish eyes are smiling
Sure it’s like a morn in spring
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing

 

When Irish hearts are happy
All the world seems bright and gay
And when Irish eyes are smiling
Sure they steal your heart away
when the saints go marching in
We are traveling in the footsteps
Of those who’ve gone before,
And we’ll all be reunited,
On a new and sunlit shore.

Oh, when the saints go marching in

Oh, when the saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Lord how I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in

And when the sun begins to shine
And when the sun begins to shine
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the sun begins to shine

Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the trumpet sounds its call

Some say this world of trouble,
Is the only one we need,
But I’m waiting for that morning,
When the new world is revealed

Willoughby wallaby woo

Willoughby wallaby woo,
An elephant sat on you!

 

Willoughby wallaby wee,
An elephant sat on me!

 

Willoughby wallaby Wacob,
An elephant sat on Jacob!
Change the names to include all the children singing

 

Willoughby wallaby Wadison,
An elephant sat on Madison.

 

Willoughby wallaby woo,
An elephant sat on you!

 

Willoughby wallaby wee,
An elephant sat on me!

Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle came to town
Riding on a pony
He stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni.

You are my sunshine

The other night, dear
As I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms.
When I awoke, dear
I was mistaken
And I hung my head and cried.

 

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You’ll never know dear
How much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away.

 

I’ll always love you
And make you happy
If you will only say the same
But if you leave me
To love another
You’ll regret it all some day.

 

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You’ll never know dear
How much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away.

 

You told me once, dear
You really loved me
And no one else could come between
But now you’ve left me
And love another
You have shattered all my dreams;

 

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You’ll never know dear
How much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away.

 

Louisiana my Louisiana
the place where I was borne.
White fields of cotton
– green fields clover,
the best fishing
and long tall corn;

 

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You’ll never know dear
How much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away.

 

Crawfish gumbo and jambalaya
the biggest shrimp and sugar cane,
the finest oysters
and sweet strawberries
from Toledo Bend to New Orleans.

 

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You’ll never know dear
How much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away.

Young King Cole

Young King Cole
Was a merry young soul,
And a merry young soul was he;
Oh, he lived in a den,
With three more merry men,
And he laughed ’til he could not see.
He laughed: Ha! Ha!
He laughed: Ho! Ho!
He laughed: Ho! Ho! Hee! Hee!
He laughed ’til he cried,
He almost split a side,
He laughed so hard, you see.

 

Young King Cole
Was a very wise soul,
And a very wise soul was he;
You could tell by his eyes,
He was merry and wise,
Oh, so merry and wise was he.
He laughed: Ha! Ha!
He laughed: Ho! Ho!
He laughed: Ho! Ho! Hee! Hee!
He laughed quite a bit,
But his side never split,
He stopped in time, you see

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