Songs and Poems for Young Children

A Huge collection of Songs and Poems for Children. You will find many poems suitable for teaching young children. - I would love you to contribute more songs.

THE VULTURE

The vulture eats between his meals And that's the reason why He very, very rarely feels As well as you or I.
His eye is dull
His head is bald
His neck is growing thinner
Oh, what a lesson for us all
To only eat at dinner

HERE IS THE OSTRICH

Here is the ostrich straight and tall Nodding his head above us all Here is the long snake on the ground Wriggling over the stones he found Here are the birds that fly so high Spreading their wings across the sky Here is the hedgehog prickly and small Rolling himself into a ball Here is the spider scuttling around Treading so lightly on the ground Here are the children fast asleep And here at night the owls do peep

KANGAROO RHYME

Old jumpety-bumpety, hop and .... .... Lying asleep on his side in the sun This old kangaroo he was whisking the flies With his long glossy tail From his ears and his eyes Old jumpety-bumpety, hop and go one Was lying asleep on his side in the sun Jumpety, pumpety, hop
Incy-Wincy Spider

Incy-Wincy Spider, climbing up the spout Down came the rain and washed the spider out Out came the sun and dried up all the rain Incy-Wincy Spider climbing up again . GOT HIM!
ARABELLA MILLER

Little Arabella Miller Found a hairy caterpillar First it crawled upon her mother Then upon her baby brother All said: Arabella Miller Take away that caterpiller Trot, Trot, Trot
Trot, trot, trot
Go and never stop
When too smooth
And when too stoney
Trot along my little pony
Go and never stop
Trot, trot, trot, trot, trot!

BIRTHDAY SONGS

(Mary) is (five) years old today (She's) (five) years old this morning And so we light (five) candles bright For (Mary) is (five) today!
(Mary) has waited a whole long year
To light (her) (five) birthday candles
And so we sing and sit in a ring
For (Mary) is (five) today!

A SMILE

A smile is such a lovely thing It crinkles up your face And when it's gone it's hard to find It's secret hiding place But far more wonderful it is To know what smiles can do - I smile at you You smile at me And so one smile makes two!
HERE IS MY HEAD

Here is my head, and here is my nose Here are my knees, and here are my toes Here are my fingers, one, two, three - (Susan) come and shake hands with me
SHARING SECRETS

I have a secret That I will tell to you Do you have a secret? Please tell it to me, too
READY TO GO (HOLIDAYS)

We've one large trunk Two big cases Three small bags Four clean faces Five minutes more till we drive away Then six weeks fun on holiday
TOMMY'S FIVE SENSES

Tommy's ears help him to hear And keep his balance, too Tommy's eyes help him see If something's red or blue Tommy's hand help him touch And know just how things feel Tommy's tongue helps him taste A sour lemon peel Tommy's nose helps him smell The food he likes to chew Tommy's senses help him think Decide and learn to do Tommy has five senses as This picture of him shows - Tommy's helpers: ears and eyes And hands and tongue and nose
( L B Scott & J J Thompson - ‘Talking Time’, McGraw-Hill)

CLAPPING HANDS

Let's clap hands together My best friend and me First clap left hands Then clap right hands Now both hands together One, two, three
Let’s clap hands together
My best friend and me
Clap your own hands
Cross your own hands
Clap both hands together
One, two, three

GOOD MORNING MR SUN

Good morning Mr Sun Our day has just begun We love to see your shining face Good morning Mr Sun
NIDDLEDY, NODDLEDY

Niddledy, noddledy, to and fro Tired and sleepy to bed we must go Jump into bed, turn out the light Head on the pillow and shut your eyes tight Shut your eyes tight, shut your eyes tight Head on the pillow and shut your eyes tight
—oOo—

We thank the Lord for happy hearts
For rain and sunny weather
We thank the Lord for this our food
And that we are together

—oOo—

Before I eat my food today
I like to stop and say
Thank you God
Oh thank you God
For all my food today

—oOo—

Thank you for the world so sweet
Thank you for the food we eat
Thank you for the birds that sing
Thank you God for everything

—oOo—

Bread is a lovely thing to eat
God bless the bakery and the wheat
I love these things; to breathe this air
God bless the sunshine everywhere

—oOo—

Come, Lord Jesus
Be our guest
And let Thy gifts
To us be blest

—oOo—

Our hands we fold
Our heads we bow
For food and drink
We thank thee now

—oOo—

Thank you God
For milk and bread
And other things so good
Thank you God
For those who help
To grow and cook my food

PRAYERS:

Father, bless our school today Be in all we do or say Be in every song we sing Every prayer to thee we bring
—oOo—

Dear God, my heavenly Father
Bless me at school today
And help me learn my lessons
In Jesus name I pray

THE THANK YOU SONG

For soap and tissues And useful things For jungle gyms And slides and swings For music and stories And pictures gay We sing our thank you song today
For the blue of the sky
For the gold of the sun
For mothers and fathers
And friends and fun
For bulbs in the soil
And fishes that play
We sing our thank you song today

—oOo—

TEN FLUFFY CHICKENS

Five eggs and five eggs That makes ten Sitting on top is the mother hen Crackle, crackle, crackle What do I see Ten fluffy chickens As yellow as can be!
FIVE LITTLE DUCKS THAT I ONCE KNEW

Five little ducks that I once knew Fat ones, thin ones, there were two But the one little duck With the feather at the back He led the others with his quack, quack, quack Down to the water they would go Widdle, waddle, widdle, waddle All in a row But the one little duck With the feather at his back He led the others with his Quack, quack, quack!
FIVE LITTLE DUCKS WENT FOR A SWIM ONE DAY

Five little ducks went for a swim one day Over the pond and far, far away Mother duck said: Quack, quack, quack And only four little ducks Came swimming back
Repeat:
Four …… Three
Three ……. Two
Two …… One
One ……. No

Mother duck went for a swim one day
Over the pond and far, far away
Father duck said
Quack, quack, quack
And ALL the ducks came swimming back

CHICKENS, DUCKS, FISH

Have You Seen the Little Ducks
Have you seen the little ducks
Walking to the water
Father, mother, baby duck
Grandma and daughter

Chorus: Quack, quack, quack …

Drinking at the water?
Swimming on the water?

FISHES SWIM

Fishes swim through water clear Birds fly up into the air Little kittens softly creep Little children go to sleep
ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE

One, two, three, four, five I caught a fish alive Six, seven, eight, nine, ten I let him go again Why did you let him go? Because he bit my finger so! Which finger did he bite? The little finger on the right!
THE FISHES

Little silver fishes Darting to and fro I can see you shining As you come and go
In the bright cool water
Merrily you play
That is very pleasant
On a sunny day

But, when winter passes
Through this little glen
Little silver fishes
What do you do then?

I LOVE MOTHER

I stand way up on my tippy-toes While Mother leans over to hear And then I whisper so no-one else knows I love you so much, Mother dear!
I LOVE DADDY

When Daddy comes, I run to see Just what Daddy has brought for me I give him a kiss and hug him too I think Daddies are nice, don't you?
MY GRANDPA

When Grandpa reads a book to me I snuggle up on Grandpa's knee I sit and look and listen too And kiss my Grandpa when he is through!
I LOVE GRANDMA

Grandma's eyes are shining blue Through the glasses on her nose Grandma has the sweetest smile And the nicest smelling clothes When Grandma rests, I am still Until she wakes up, and then I run and hug my Grandma dear Then she hugs me back again!
BABY SISTER

My baby sister is quite small But we have fun, you see I tickle baby sister's chin And then she laughs at me!
GRANDMOTHER'S GLASSES

Here are Grandmother's glasses Here is Grandmother's cap This is the way she folds her hands And puts them in her lap
Here are Grandfather’s glasses
Here is Grandfather’s hat
This is the way he folds his arms
And sits like that.

COUSIN PETER (ACTION SONG)

Last evening Cousin Peter came (3) To say that he was here
He hung his hat upon the peg (3)
To show that he was here

He wiped his shoes upon the mat (3)
To show that he was here

He kicked his shoes off one by one (3)
To show that he was here

He danced about in stockinged feet
To show that he was here

He played he was a great big bear (3)
To show that he was here

He tossed us up into the air (3)
To show that he was here

He made a bow and said “good bye” (3)
To show that he would go!

Goodbye! Goodbye!

HERE IS A HOUSE

Here is a house with a chimney tall Here are the trees hanging over the wall Here are the windows open them wide Here is the family that lives inside Father, Mother, Sister, Brother, And tiny little Baby!
PRAYER

Dear God Thank you for little babies who Are so very new Help us to help them and love Them too Thank you for my Mummy and Daddy Who work hard to care for me Thank you for making them and Thank you for making me!
GETTING TO KNOW FINGERS

THIS IS THE FATHER

This is the Father who brings us our bread This is the Mother who puts us to bed This is the Brother who plays with his ball This is the sister who plays with her doll And this is the baby - the smallest of all
THIS LITTLE CLOWN

This Little Clown . is short and gay . works all day . is tall and strong . sings a happy song . is so small - but he can bring letters to us all
THIS LITTLE KITTEN SAID

This Kitten Said:
. I smell a mouse
. Let’s hunt through the house
. Let’s pretend we’re asleep
. Let’s go creepity creep
. Meouw, meouw - I saw him
run into his hole just now

OPEN THEM, SHUT THEM

Open them, shut them (2x) Lay them in your lap Shut them, open them (2x) Give a little clap Roll them, roll them (2x) Just like this Wave them, wave them (2x) Blow a little kiss
ROLY-POLY

Roly-poly, Roly-poly Push, push, push Roly-poly, Roly-poly Stretch, stretch, stretch Roly-poly, Roly-poly Pull, pull, pull Roly-poly, Roly-poly Clap ......
I STRETCH MY ARMS

I stretch my arms up over my head I clap my hands, one and two I turn myself round and I sit myself down And I say "All these I can do"
I look at the ceiling, I look at the floor
I touch my feet, one and two
I hop and I skip and I sit myself down
And I say “All these I can do”

HERE IS A BEE HIVE

Here is a bee hive But where are the bees? They are inside where nobody sees Now they come creeping out of the hive One, two, three, four, five

GETTING TO KNOW FINGERS

TOMMY THUMB

Tommy Thumb, Tommy Thumb Where are you? Here I am, here I am Well, how do you do!
Repeat for each finger:
Peter Pointer
Timmy Tail
Ruby Ring
Baby Small
Fingers all.

FINGER FAMILY

Here is the father so loving and dear Here is the mother so full of good cheer Here is the brother so straight and so tall Here is the sister who plays with her doll Here is the baby who rolls his big ball This is a family, God loves one and all!
WIGGLE YOUR FINGERS

Wiggle your fingers Waggle your fingers Shake your fingers so Stretch them out and touch a friend And he'll be glad I know.
WHERE IS THUMBKIN?

Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin? Here I am, here I am How are you today sir? Very well, I thank you Run away, run away.
Repeat for each finger:
Pointer
Longman
Ringman
Pinkie

DRAWING IN THE AIR

I can make a circle I can make a square I can "write" up and down Right in the air.
TWO FAT GENTLEMEN

Two fat gentlemen (thumbs) Met in the lane Bowed most politely And bowed once again How do you do! How do you do! And how do you do again!
Repeat for other fingers:
Two young schoolboys (pointers)
Two tall policeman (middle)
Two lovely ladies (ring)
Two tiny babies (little).

TEN LITTLE GENTLEMEN

Ten little gentlemen, all in a row Bow down gentlemen, bow down low Walk across the floor, little gentlemen Walk across the floor And please little gentlemen Don't forget to shut the door - BANG!
TEN LITTLE SQUIRRELS

Ten little squirrels sitting in a tree These two said: What can we see? (thumbs) These two said: A man with a gun! (pointers) These two said: Come on let's run, let's run (middle) These two said: Let's hide in the shade These two said: We're not afraid - When BANG went the gun And away they all run.
THIS LITTLE FINGER

This little finger is going to bed Down on his pillow he lays his head Wraps himself in his blankets tight This is the way he sleeps all night.
Morning comes, he opens his eyes
Back with a toss, the cover flies
Up he jumps, is dressed and away
Ready for work and play all day.

SETTLING CHILDREN

Songs and Poems about settling and calming children
GRANDMOTHER'S GLASSES

Here are grandmother's glasses Here is grandmother's cap This is the way she folds her hands And puts them in her lap.
Here are grandfather’s glasses
Here is grandfather’s hat
This is the way he folds his arms
And sits like that!

READY FOR OUR STORY

Let us place our feet in a nice straight row Let us fold our hands together, just so Let us sit up straight like ladies and men Now we are ready for our story to begin.
FINGERS, TELL ME

Fingers, fingers I ask you Can you tell me stories true? Can you tell me how it's done? How children play and have their fun? Can you tell me of squirrels and bees How flowers grow, how baby sleeps? "Yes, we can. We will tell - Watch us closely - listen well".
OUR BIBLE

Here is our Bible It's stories are true God gave us these stories For me and you.
Quiet, so quiet
We all now will be
Listen - a story -
And pictures to see!

I'LL TOUCH MY HEAD

I'll touch my head My hair, my hand I'll sit up straight And then I'll stand I'll touch my ears My nose, my chin Then quietly sit down again.
READY TO LISTEN

Let your hands go clap, clap, clap Let your fingers to snap, snap, snap Let your lips go up and down But do not make a sound Fold your hands and close each Take a breath and softly sigh - Ahhh!
TAP YOUR HEAD

Tap your head And touch your toes Curl yourself up Like a garden hose Stretch on the ground Like a wheelbarrow wide Stand up straight With your hands at your side.
WALK TO THE LEFT

Walk to the left and reach so high Walk to the right and give a big sigh Walk straight ahead and bend down low Walk backward then and step quietly so.
I WIGGLE MY FINGERS

I wiggle my fingers I wiggle my toes I wiggle my shoulders And I wiggle my nose Now I have no more wiggles .... me I'll put my hands down as quietly as can be.
CHILDREN, CHILDREN

Children, children, turn around Children, children, touch the ground Children, children, point your toes Children, children, up you go Children, children, legs stretched wide Children, children, hands at your sides.
UP WE GO

Up and up and up we go Sometimes fast and sometimes slow When we get right to the top Twist them round and make them ... Down and down and down we creep Fold them up and go to sleep.
POSTMAN, MILKMAN etc

WHAT IF?

What if the milkman forgot to stop Just pushed his cart right by? I would fill up my bowl with cornflakes And then have to eat them dry!
What if the dustman forgot to stop
Just passed our house right by?
Our bin would be full of orange peels and tins
In a pile right up to the sky!

What if the postman forgot to stop
Just walked with his bag far away?
I would have to write a long letter
For him to bring the next day!

What if no-one came to our house
To help us now and then?
We would have to go out to find them
And ask them please to come again!

THANKS FOR HELPERS

Thank you, God, for helpers Who help us every day! The Dustman with his lorry To cart our rubbish away The Postman with his heavy bag Who brings the post along The Milkman with his bottles Of milk to make me strong I'm sure that helping others Is part of Your great plan So I will be a helper too In any way I can.
THIS LITTLE POSTMAN

(Using fingers of one hand)
This little Postman:
. is short and gay (thumb)
. works all day (forefinger)
. is tall and strong (middle)
. sings a happy song (ring)
. is so small - but he can bring letters
to us all. (small finger)

THE POSTMAN

Each day I wait for the Postman To see what he will bring - A letter or a parcel That's just the very thing.
Lots of letters in his bag
One specially for me
The Postman is a helper
And that’s what I will be!

POSTMAN'S KNOCK

Rattat! Rattat! There's the postman at the door He always knocks like that No matter who it's for It might be a letter And it might be a box So I'm always very glad When the postman knocks.
Rattat! Rattat!
Shall I run along to see
If he is on the mat
With something meant for me?
It may be just a postcard
But it might be a box
So I always run to look
When the postman knocks.

PRAYER

Dear God As I lie in my cosy bed I think of all the people who are Working while I sleep The milkman, the baker, the train driver, The telephone man Please bless them, and all the others Who help me. Amen
EARLY IN THE MORNING

Early in the morning At eight o'clock I can hear the postman Knock, knock, knock Up jumps ....(any child's name) And goes to the door - One letter, two letters, three letters, four!
CHUG, CHUG, CHUG!

Chug, chug, chug! Whistle and blow - Pull out the lever and merrily go Down the valley and up the hill Speeding along with a bright goodwill.
Chug, chug, chug! Whistle and blow -
Pull out the lever and merrily go
Down the valley and up the hill
Chug, chug, chug! Home we go!

THE TRAIN

Tickerty-tack Over the track Far, far away Puffing all day
Tickerty-too
Hurry up do!
Trains cannot wait
Must not be late

Tickerty-tock
Nickerty-nock
Speeding along
Singing this song

Tickerty-tackerty
Nickerty-nackerty
Tickerty-tackerty
Tock!

DOWN AT THE STATION

Down at the station Early in the morning See the little engines All in a row - The man inside the engine Turns a little handle Poop-poop, choof-choof Off we go!
HERE IS THE TRAIN LINE

Here is the train line And here is the train Puff (4) up the line And puff (4) down again.
HEAR THE ENGINE

Hear the engine puff Hear if puff, hear it puff Hear the engine puff Choo-choo, choo-choo
Hear the big bell ring
Hear it ring, hear it ring
Hear the big bell ring
Ding-dong, ding-dong

Hear the whistle blow
Hear it blow, hear it blow
Hear the whistle blow
Toot-toot, toot-toot

Hear the engine man shout
Hear his shout, hear his shout
Hear the engine-man shout
All aboard! All aboard!

PUFF-A-TRAIN

Puff-a-train, puff-a-train Noisy little puff-a-train If you're going to the sea Puff-a-train, oh please take me Sh, sh, sh, sh . Noisy little puff-a-train!
AEROPLANES

Aeroplanes, aeroplanes, all in a row Aeroplanes, aeroplanes, ready to go Hark, they're beginning to buzz and to hum Bzzzzzzzzz! Engines all working so come along Now they are flying high up in the sky Higher and higher and ever so high!
AUTO AUTO

Auto, auto may I have a ride? Yes sir, yes sir, sit down inside Pour in the water, turn on the gasoline Peep-peep, peep-peep, peep-peep, peep-peep Into the country green. TOYS:
I'VE A DEAR LITTLE DOLLY

I've a dear little dolly She has eyes of bright blue She can open and shut them And she smiles at me too.
In the morning I dress her
And we go out to play
But I like best to rock her
At the close of each day.

JACK-IN-THE-BOX

The jack-in-the-box jumps up The jack-in-the-box goes flop The jack-in-the-box goes round and round And the lid goes down with a FLOP!
HERE'S A BALL FOR BABY

Here's a ball for baby Big and soft and round Here is baby's hammer Hear how he can pound Here is baby's trumpet, toot - Toot, toot, toot, toot, toot And this is the way that baby Plays at Peek-a-boo.
WE WILL BUILD A LITTLE HOUSE

We will build a little house With two chimneys tall A little sloping roof And a garden wall Two big gates that open wide And two tiny little windows We can peep inside.
We will build a little table
Big enough for two
Two cosy little chairs
One for me, one for you
Knock at the door
And walk right in
For our little house is shining
Like a bright new pin

SKIPPING

Over my head and under my toes Watch the way my skipping rope goes Over my head, ten toes off the ground See my rope swing round and round I can skip slowly, I can skip fast Watch my rope go whirling past Over my head and under my toes It's fun the way my skipping rope goes
H I Rostron

THE WOODEN HORSE

I had a little hammer And I had a little nail I had a little wooden horse Who had no wooden tail So I took my little hammer And I took my little nail And I gave my little wooden horse A little wooden tail
BOUNCING BALL

I'm like a great big bouncing ball Up in the air, then down I fall How I run around the room You can't catch me (Twisting and turning) One, two, three!
TWO LITTLE TEDDY BEARS

Two little teddy bears Big brown eyes Fluffy little Teddy Bears Making mud pies Muddy little paws, dirtly little feet Making mud pies is a very special treat Pop them in the oven Bake them in the oven Bake them till they're brown Our mud pies are the best in town Ask all the other Bears Won't you come to tea To eat the finest mud pies In the whole country? TEDDY
You never see a teddy with his slippers on
‘Cause he can’t do his buttons up
Nor put his hat on

He can never wash his face
Nor have chocolate bics for tea
But I love him just the same
And he loves me.

HELPING

Songs and Poems about Helping.
A HAPPY HELPER

In the morning when I awake Very quickly my bed I made Put on my clothes and shoes with care Hang up my pyjamas, and comb my hair!
I SHARE MY TOYS

My teddy bear has great big eyes And he can close them too I let my brother play with him I like to share, don't you?
PICK-UP TIME

Pick up the ball, pick up the bat Pick up the fuzzy kitty-cat Into the big toy box they go Then close the lid with care, just so All happy helpers do their share To make their rooms neat everywhere!
AT THE BARBERSHOP

See the barber cut my hair Snipping here and snipping there "Don't move" he says, "until I'm done" So I sit still. Obeying's fun!
MAKING COOKIES

Stir the dough and roll it flat Then cut cookies just like that Into the oven, watch them go They must bake a while, you know When they're brown and nicely done We'll have cookies for everyone!
I CAN HELP DO DISHES

Swishety-swish the dishes go In the water to and fro Mother washes while I try To get the dishes very dry!
GETTING UP

When I get up in the morning I'll tell you what I do I wash my hands and wash my face Splishety-splash, splishety-splash I clean my teeth till they're shining white Scrubbity-scrub, scrubbity-scrub Then I put on my clothes and brush my hair And runnity-run, I run downstairs.
IN THE MIRROR

In the mirror on the wall There's a face I always see Round and pink, and rather small Looking back again at me.
It is very rude too rude to stare
But she never thinks of that
For her eyes are always there
What can she be looking at?

MAKING COOKIES

I am making cookie dough Round and round the beaters go Add some flour from a cup Stir and stir the batter up Roll them, cut them nice and neat Put them on a cookie sheet Bake them, count them - one, two, three Serve them to my friends for tea.
FOUR LITTLE JAM TARTS

Four little jam tarts Mummy made for tea One for daddy One for mummy That leaves two for me! (paint 4 paper plates like jam tarts).
SING A SONG OF WASHING UP

Sing a song of washing up Water hot as hot Cups and saucers, plates and spoons Dishes - such a lot Work the dishcloth round and round Wash them clean as clean Polish with a dry white cloth How busy we have been!
ROAD SAFETY

Songs and Poems about Road Safety
TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Red light, red light, what do you say? I say stop, and stop right away Yellow light, yellow light, what do you mean? I mean wait till the lights turn green Green light, green light, what do you say? I say cross, but please look each way Thank-you, thank-you: red, yellow, green Now we know what the traffic lights mean.
STOP! SAYS THE RED LIGHT

Stop says the red light Go says the green Be careful says the yellow light Twinkling in between.
TRAFFIC SONG

Listen all you boys and girls This is my advice to you When you come to a corner Stop! And this is what you do - Stop! Look right, look left Before you cross the road Stop! Look right, look left and right again Stop! Look right, look left Before you cross the road Stop! Look right, look left and right again.
KERB DRILL

On your way to school If a road you've to cross With the traffic on its way Here's a rule to learn As you stand on the kerb It's an easy rhyme to say:
Refrain:

Eyes right! Eyes left!
Eyes right once again
Then, if the road is clear
Quick march! Don’t rush!
You may cross the road
For there’s nothing now to fear.

To the park you go
With your bat and your ball
On the pavement do not play
And remember, too
When you’re crossing the road
There’s a rhyme you have to say:

Refrain:

LOOK OUT

Motor cars, like horses Have great big shining eyes Great big shining eyes Great big shining eyes So have little children And they'll use them if they're wise They'll use them if they're wise They'll use them if they're wise.
THE LIGHTS

If the lights shines Red, don't move If the light shines Amber, don't move But when it's clearly seen to turn to Green Why, then you may safely move.
SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE

Sing a song of sixpence A song of happy days Crossing with the green light And looking both ways Watching the policeman And crossing when you're told That's the way to happiness And laughter when you're old. But if we take no notice Of lights that are our guide With lorries, cars or buses We're likely to collide So let us ride with caution And do as we are told And then we'll ride quite safely From now until we're old.
(2nd verse written by Mrs M Vice, Pinetown Gov. Infants School)

DANCES, GAMES ETC

Songs and Poems and Dances and Games
ONE FINGER, ONE THUMB

One finger, one thumb, keep moving (3x) We'll all be happy and bright
One finger, one thumb, one arm, keep moving
We’ll all be happy and bright

Continue - adding:
One leg
One nod of the head
Stand up, sit down.

AS JOHNNY WENT A-WALKING

As Johnny went a-walking, a-walking, a-walking As Johnny went-a-walking one fine day He met a little neighbour, a neighbour, a neighbour And they began to play.
First they played at horses, horses, horses
First they played at horses
Just this way!

They they played at aeroplanes, aeroplanes, aeroplanes (etc)

Then they played at bunnies, bunnies, bunnies (etc)

Then they played at engines, engines, engines (etc)

WE ARE THE MUSICIANS

We are the musicians Let us go to London town What can you play? The vio-vio-violin The vio-vio-violin The vio-vio-violin The v-i-o-lin.
Repeat for:

The pia-pia-piano

The tara-tar-tarara (drum)

(RUSSEL) HAMMERS WITH ONE HAMMER

(Russell) hammers with one hammer, one hammer, one hammer (Russell) hammers with one hammer all day long (Russell) hammers with one hammer, one hammer, one hammer (Russell) hammers with one hammer all day long
(Jane) hammers with two hammers, two hammers, two hammers
(Jane) hammers with two hammers all day long
(Jane) hammers with two hammers, two hammers, two hammers
(Jane) hammers with two hammers all day long

Continue to five hammers:
One hammer = one hand
Two hammers = two hands
Three hammers = two hands, one foot
Four hammers = two hands, two feet
Five hammers = two hands, two feet
And one head nodding

I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT

I'm a little teapot, short and stout Here is my handle , here is my spout When the water boils you hear me shout Tip me up and pour me out!
I'M A LITTLE MONKEY

I'm a little monkey How do you do today? See me take my hat off When I shout "Hooray" I can clap my hands And stamp upon the floor See if you can do the same And then we'll have some more
I’m a little monkey
Hip hip hip hooray
I can stick my hands out
Then tuck them away
See my head go nodding
Nodding all the day
I’m a little monkey
Hip hip hip hooray!

LITTLE SISTER DANCE WITH ME

Little sister dance with me Both my hands I give to thee Once to the left And once to the right Round and round We are so bright!
With our hands we clap, clap, clap
With our feet we tap, tap, tap
Once to the left
And once to the right
Round and round
We are so bright!

With our heads we knick, knick, knick
With our fingers click, click, click
Once to the left
And once to the right
Round and round
We are so bright!

JACK-IN-THE-BOX

Jack-in-the-box sits so still (Children crouched quietly) Will you come out? Yes, I will! (Children jump up high)
WE ALL CLAP HANDS

We all clap hands together (3x) As children like to do
We all stamp feet together (3x)
As children like to do

We all nod heads together (3x)
As children like to do

We all jump up together (3x)
As children like to do
We all sit down together (3x)
As children like to do

JACK-IN-THE-BOX

The jack-in-the-box jumps up The jack-in-the-box goes flop The jack-in-the-box goes round and round And the lid goes down with a PLOP!
THE HOLLY HOLLY HO

The big ship sails on the holly holly ho The holly, holly ho, the holly holly ho The big ship sails on the holly holly ho Hi ho, the holly holly ho
The small ship .

The captain says it will never, never do
Never, never do, never, never do
The captain says it will never, never do
On the 15th of December.

THE GRAND OLD DUKE OF YORK

Oh! The grand old Duke of York He had ten thousand men He marched them up to the top of the hill And he marched them down again And when they were up they were up And when they were down they were down And when they were only half way up They were neither up nor down
Oh! The grand old Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
They banged their drums as they went up the hill
And they banged them down again
And when they were up ……….

Oh! The grand old Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
They tootled their flutes as they marched up the hill
And they tootled them down again
And when they were up ……….

IN AND OUT THE WINDOWS

In and out the windows (3x) As you have done before
Stand and face your partner etc

Follow her to London etc

Dance around together etc

Shake hands before you leave her etc

FIREMEN : SOLDIERS : CARPENTER etc

Songs and Poems about Soldiers, Firemen, Carpenters
TEN LITTLE FIREMEN

Ten little firemen sleeping in a row Ding dong goes the bell And down the pole they go Off on the engine, oh, oh, oh Using the big hose, so, so, so When all the fire's out Home so-o slow - Back to bed all in a row
SOLDIERS

Five little soldiers standing in a row Three stood straight, and two stood so Along came the captain And what do you think They all stood straight as quick as a wink!
THE CARPENTER'S HAMMER

The carpenter's hammer goes rap, rap, rap And his saw goes see, saw, see He saws and measures and hammers and paints While he builds a house for me
I AM A TAILOR

I am a tailor making clothes Stitch, stitch, stitch my needle goes
I am a cobbler mending a shoe
Rap, tap, tap and it’s just like new

I’m a policeman. I stand just so
Telling cars to stop, telling cars to go

AT THE BARBERSHOP

See the barber cut my hair Snipping here and snipping there "Don't move" he says "unil I'm done" So I sit still. Obeying's fun!
CLOCKS : WINDMILLS

Songs and Poems about clocks, windmills etc.
THE FISHERMAN

The fisherman rows his boat along His arms are beautifully brown and strong He throws his net into the sea And pulls out a fish as big as me!
TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK

Tick tock, tick tock Says my Daddy's big clock (2x) But my Mummy's little clock Says tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock
THE DANDELION CLOCK

I picked a dandelion clock And I held it near my nose I blew the pretty fluff away And counted up my blows
“It’s one o’clock, it’s two o’clock
I gave a great big puff -
“It’s three o’clock, it’s four o’clock”
Away went all the fluff

My dandelion clock was right
For mother called to me
“Come in and wash your grubby hands
It’s nearly time for tea”

(Ivy Russell)

WINDMILLS

The wind blows high The wind blows low And round and round the windmills go Slowly, slowly, to and fro Then faster and faster Round they go
(Eunice Close)

CATS & MICE Songs and Poems etc

Songs and Poems about cats and mice
CAT

I have a pet, he's fluffy and white His eyes are green, they shine at night His fur is thick and warm, and deep His whiskers waggle when he's asleep
His tail is long with a kink at the end
But his claws are sharp and my skin can rend
He laps his milk with a tongue so rough
Then he sits and purrs as he cleans his fluff

(K Watts)

MRS PUSSY

Mrs Pussy sleek and fat And her kittens four Went to sleep upon the mat By the kitchen door Mrs Pussy heard a noise Up she jumped with glee Kittens maybe that's a mouse Let us go and see Creeping, creeping on and on Silently they stole - But the little mouse had gone Right back into his hole
MICE

I think mice Are rather nice Their tails are long Their faces small They haven't any Chins at all Their ears are pink Their teeth are white They run about The house at night They nibble things They shouldn't touch And no-one seems To like them much But I think mice Are nice!
(Rose Fyleman)

FIVE LITTLE MICE

Five little mice on the pantry floor Looking for breadcrumbs Or something more Five little mice on the shelf up high Eating so nicely on a pie But the big round eyes of the wise old cat See what the five little mice are at Quickly he jumps, but the mice run away And hide in their snug little hole all day
MOUSE IN THE HOLE

A little mouse hid in a hole Hid softly in a little hole When all was quiet - As quiet as could be OUT POPPED HE!
—oOo—

FUNNY LITTLE DOG

A funny little dog came in To see our school today He sniffed at all our desks and chairs And then he ran away
DORMOUSE
“Now winter is coming”
The dormouse said
“I must be thinking
Of going to bed”
So he curled himself up
As small as he could
And went fast asleep
As a Dormouse should

(Lillean McCrea)

A GREETING

I went to say good morning To a little furry bunny He sat beside his doorway For the day was bright and sunny But oh! I grieve to tell you He would not stay to play He turned his tail and bobbed it away
Songs about WEATHER : SEASONS : GROWING THINGS

RAIN

Two ducks went waddling down the lane Said one to the other, "What beautiful rain!" Two children came to the door with a frown Said they "What a pity, it's pouring down!" And old Mr Weather scratched his head "You can't please everyone!" he said
THIS IS THE TREE

This is the tree with its leaves so green Here are the apples that hang between When the wind blows the apples will fall Here is a basket to gather them all
(H Lee)

PUDDLES

When the rain is coming down In the puddles I splash around The water's wet, but I am dry I have my boots on, that is why!
PLAYING OUTDOORS

What lovely things outdoors I see! The sun, a bird, a great big tree! God put them there for you and me!
IT'S SPRING

In springtime when the rains come down I look for worms in the soft brown ground I watch for grass and buds on trees And pretty flowers and bumblebees! God gave to us the seasons four That we should love Him more and more
THANK YOU, GOD, FOR SUMMER

I like to look up in the sky And watch the lazy clouds go by I like to feel the bright sun's rays Shining warmly upon my face! I like to watch birds flap their wings "I thank You, God, for all these things!"

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