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The Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the water spout. 
Down came the rain, and washed poor Incy out. 
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain 
And then Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the spout again. 

Alternative Lyrics:

The Itsy Bitsy Spider crawled up the water spout. 
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out. 
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain, 
And the Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the spout again. 

Hints and Tips:

  • This Nursery Rhyme is known in many different names such as: Incy Wincy Spider, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Inky Binky Spider, Inky Dinky Spider, etc...
  • Use this as an action song by following the directions of each line
  • Poster of this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes 
Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes 
and eyes and ears and mouth and nose, 
Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes! 

Alternative Lyrics: 

Heads and shoulders knees and toes 
Knees and toes
Heads and shoulders knees and toes 
Knees and toes
And eyes and ears And mouth and nose
Heads and shoulders knees and toes 
Knees and toes

Feet and tummies arms and chins
Arms and chins
Feet and tummies arms and chins
Arms and chins

And eyes and ears
And mouth and shins
Feet and tummies arms and chins
Arms and chins

Hands and fingers legs and lips
Legs and lips
Hands and fingers legs and lips
Legs and lips

And eyes and ears
And mouth and hips
Hands and fingers legs and lips
Legs and lips

(Repeat the first verse)

Hints and Tips:

  • An action song - touch head, shoulders, knees and toes etc. in sequence while singing each word.
  • Poster of this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

 

Baa Baa PINK (any colour) sheep 
Have You any SPOTS? 

Yes Sir Yes Sir (or child's name) 
LOTS & LOTS. 

One on my knee 
And one on my Tummy, 

One on my Nose 
And that's not funny 
(but is really is!!)

Alternative Lyrics:

Baa Baa Pink Sheep,
Have you any spots?

Yes sir, yes sir
Lots and lots!

Some on my fingers,
and some on my toes!
Some on the end of my little pink nose!

Hints and Tips:

  • Instead of spots use a different pattern (stripes, wavy)
  • Use colour flashcards to help child identify colour of the sheep

 

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Five little speckled frogs

Sat on a speckled log

Eating the most delicious grubs

One jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool

Then there were four green speckled frogs.

(The verse is then repeated, but with one fewer frog each time.)

Alternative Lyrics:

Five dumb speckled frogs

Sitting on a speckled log

Eating some some scum (Yum, yum!)

One little speckled frog

Fell off the speckled log

Now there's only four dumb speckled frogs (Glub, glub!)

Hints and Tips:

  • There are actions that allow children to participate during the song.

Line #1: By show of fingers hold up the number of frogs sitting on the log.
Line #2: Draw in your hands close to your chest and curl your fingers downward, facing the floor as though you are a frog perched atop a log.
Line #3: Mimic eating while you sing 'Eating some scum', then rub your belly delightfully while singing 'yum, yum!'.
Line #4: Hold one finger up to represent the frog who fell off the log.
Line #5: Pretend to fall over.
Line #6: By a show of fingers, hold up the number of frogs still remaining on the log while singing "Now there's only four speckled frogs". Upon singing "(glub, glub)", repeat the same movement as in the second line except look upward as though you were a frog underneath water.

  • Poster of this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

Bee Bee Bumble Bee

Can you sing your name for me?

My Name is____________________

(Repeat)

Alternate Lyrics:

Bee Bee Bumble Bee

Can you sing your name for me?

I wonder what your name is,

Your name is __________

Hints and Tips:

  • After Second Line, Educator points to a child who then sings the last line adding in their name. Just repeat till all children & Educators done. I just flat sing eg: "da da dada da".
  • This song can be used at mat/circle time to introduce new children.
  • Helps them/you get to know & remember names...
  • Also to move children slowly for hand washing before eating etc.

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

The wipers on the bus go "Swish, swish, swish, (Put arms together in front of you and'swish' like wind shield wipers)
Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish" 
The wipers on the bus go "Swish, swish, swish" 
All through the town. 

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

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

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

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

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

The people on the bus say, "Shh, shh, shh, (Put pointer finger to mouth to 'shhh')
Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh"
The people on the bus say, "Shh, shh, shh"
All through the town.

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

Alternative Lyrics:

The Driver on the bus says "Move on back,
move on back, move on back;"
The Driver on the bus says "Move on back",
All through the town.

OR

The mommy on the bus says "Shush, shush, shush;
Shush, shush, shush; Shush, shush, shush."
"The mommy on the bus says "Shush, shush, shush"
All through the town.

OR

The bell on the bus goes ding-ding-ding.
The lady on the bus says, "Get off my feet"...
The people on the bus say, "We had a nice ride"...
"Your name" on the bus says Let Me Off!

Hints and Tips:

  • Poster for this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

Alice The Camel

Category Rhymes and Songs

Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.

So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has four humps.
Alice the camel has four humps.
Alice the camel has four humps.

So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has three humps.
Alice the camel has three humps.
Alice the camel has three humps.

So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has two humps.
Alice the camel has two humps.
Alice the camel has two humps.

So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has one hump.
Alice the camel has one hump.
Alice the camel has one hump.

So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.

Now Alice is a horse.

Alternative Lyrics:

  • Instead of So go Alice go change to So Ride Alice Ride
  • At the end of each verse sing Boom Boom Boom
  • Substitute Alice for Sally

Hints and Tips:

  • This classic children's song works well to reinforce counting.
  • Actions -  When in a group, everyone should get in as close to a circle as possible and put their arms over the shoulders of the people next to them. While the saying of each number of humps everyone bends at the knees. During the lines "Boom, Boom, Boom," everyone bangs hips against each other. Or to do individually, show five fingers when you sing "5 humps," then four, three, etc. Sway your hips from side to side on the "boom, boom, boom."

Open Shut Them

Category Rhymes and Songs

Open, shut them, 
Open, shut them 
Give a little clap  

Open shut them, 
Open shut them 
Lay them in your lap 

Creep them, creep them 
Creep them, creep them 
Right up to your chin 

Open wide your little mouth 
But do not let them in!

Shake them, shake them
Shake them, shake them
Shake them just like this

Roll them, roll them
Roll them, roll them,
Blow a little kiss!

Alternative Lyrics:

Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap, clap, clap.

Open, shut them
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.

Wave them, wave them,
Wave them, wave them,
High up in the sky, sky, sky.

Wave to me, I'll wave to you,
Let's all say "Bye, bye."

Alternative Lyrics:

Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap, clap, clap.

Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Fold them in your lap, lap, lap.

Criss and cross them, (Students criss-cross legs.)
Criss and cross them,
Fold them on the floor floor floor.

Creep them creep them,
Creep them creep them,
No noises any more more more. (Students creep fingers up their arms and put them over their lips)

Hints and Tips:

  • Actions -Open and close your hands when you sing "Open, shut them" and then follow the words to the song with the corresponding hand movements while you sing. On "do not let them in" hide your hands behind your back.

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O,And on that farm he had a (animal name), E-I-E-I-O, 
And on that farm he had a (animal name), E-I-E-I-O, 
With a (animal noise twice) here and a (animal noise twice) there 
Here a (animal noise), there a (animal noise), everywhere a (animal noise twice) 
Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O. 

Example Lyrics:

Old MacDonald had a farm
ee-i ee-i oh

And on that farm he had a cow
ee-i ee-i oh

With a moo-moo here|
And a moo-moo there
Here a moo, there a moo
Everywhere a moo-moo

Old MacDonald had a farm
ee-i ee-i oh

And on that farm he had a sheep
ee-i ee-i oh

With a baa-baa here
And a baa-baa there
Here a baa, there a baa
Everywhere a baa-baa

Old MacDonald had a farm
ee-i ee-i oh

Hints and Tips:

  • Use animal flashcards for children to see which animal sound to make during the song
  • Poster of this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters
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