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1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Friends
4 Little, 5 Little, 6 Little Friends
7 Little, 8 Little, 9 Little Friends
10 Little Friends to play with me

10 Little, 9 Little, 8 Little Friends
7 Little, 6 Little, 5 Little Friends
4 Little, 3 Little 2 Little Friends
1 Little Friend to play with me

Hints and Tips:

  • Go faster each time you finish the verse.
  • Have children stand up as you count.

Reference: 
10 Little Friends, Mr Mike TV, 27 Novemeber 2012

Five little snowmen standing in a row. 
Each had a hat and a big red bow. 
Out came the sun and it shone all day. 
One little snowman melted away.

Four little snowmen standing in a row. 
Each had a hat and a big red bow. 
Out came the sun and it shone all day. 
One little snowman melted away.

Three little snowmen standing in a row. 
Each had a hat and a big red bow. 
Out came the sun and it shone all day. 
One little snowman melted away.

Two little snowmen standing in a row. 
Each had a hat and a big red bow. 
Out came the sun and it shone all day. 
One little snowman melted away.

One little snowmen standing all alone. 
He had a hat and a big red bow. 
Out came the sun and it shone all day. 
And the one little snowman melted away.
Now all the little snowmen melted away!

Hints and Tips

  • Also can be done with 10 Little Snowmen
  • Use visuals such as felts, or pictures etc. 
  • Use during transitions and have 5 children take turns at being snowman before washing hannds, going outside etc. 

This Old Man

Category Rhymes and Songs

This old man, he played one, 
He played knick-knack on my thumb; 
With a knick-knack paddywhack, 
Give the dog a bone, 
This old man came rolling home. 

This old man, he played two, 
He played knick-knack on my shoe; 
With a knick-knack paddywhack, 
Give the dog a bone, 
This old man came rolling home. 

This old man, he played three, 
He played knick-knack on my knee; 
With a knick-knack paddywhack, 
Give the dog a bone, 
This old man came rolling home. 

This old man, he played four,
He played knick-knack on my door;
With a knick-knack paddywhack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played five,
He played knick-knack on my hive;
With a knick-knack paddywhack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played six,
He played knick-knack on my sticks;
With a knick-knack paddywhack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played seven,
He played knick-knack up in heaven;
With a knick-knack paddywhack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played eight,
He played knick-knack on my gate;
With a knick-knack paddywhack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played nine,
He played knick-knack on my spine;
With a knick-knack paddywhack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played ten,
He played knick-knack once again;
With a knick-knack paddywhack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

Hints and Tips:

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

 

Ten In A Bed

Category Rhymes and Songs

There were ten in the bed (Hold up 10 fingers.) 
and the little one said, (Hold your hands close together, indicating 'small.') 
"Roll over, roll over" (Roll hands around each other, or each student turns to the right and says, "Roll over! Roll over!") 
So they all rolled over and one fell out. (Everyone rolls to the right and the student in the first chair 'falls out' of the bed.) 

Nine! (Hold up 10 fingers and then take one away, leaving 9.) 

There were nine in the bed (Hold up 9 fingers.) 
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over" 
So they all rolled over and one fell out. 

Eight! (Hold up 9 fingers and then take one away, leaving 8.) 

There were eight in the bed (Hold up 8 fingers.) 
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over" 
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Seven! (Hold up 8 fingers and then take one away, leaving 7.)

There were seven in the bed (Hold up 7 fingers.)
and the little one said, "Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Six! (Hold up 7 fingers and then take one away, leaving 6.)

There were six in the bed (Hold up 6 fingers.)
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Five! (Hold up 6 fingers and then take one away, leaving 5.)

There were five in the bed (Hold up 5 fingers.)
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Four! (Hold up 5 fingers and then take one away, leaving 4.)
There were four in the bed (Hold up 4 fingers.)
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Three! (Hold up 4 fingers and then take one away, leaving 3.)

There were three in the bed (Hold up 3 fingers.)
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Two! (Hold up 3 fingers and then take one away, leaving 2.)

There were two in the bed (Hold up 2 fingers.)
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over"
So they both rolled over and one fell out.

One! (Hold up 2 fingers and then take one away, leaving 1.)

There was one in the bed (Hold up 1 finger.)
and the little one said, "I'm lonely...(sigh)" 
(The one remaining student lays down on the chair, then everyone shouts "WAKE UP!" and the student falls out of bed.)

Alternative:

  • For last line, you can replace "I'm lonely...(sigh)" to "Good Night!".

Hints and Tips:

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

One, two, 
Buckle my shoe; 

Three, four, 
Open the door; 

Five, six, 
Pick up sticks; 

Seven, eight, 
Lay them straight: 

Nine, ten, 
A big, fat hen; 

Eleven, twelve, 
Dig and delve; 

Thirteen, fourteen, 
Maids a-courting; 

Fifteen, sixteen, 
Maids in the kitchen; 

Seventeen, eighteen, 
Maids a-waiting 

Nineteen, twenty, 
My plate's empty 

Alternative Lyrics:

Thirteen, fourteen,
draw the curtain,

Fifteen sixteen,
the maid's in the kitchen,

Seventeen, eighteen,
she's in waiting,

Nineteen, twenty,
my stomach's empty

Alternative Lyrics:

Three, four,
Lay down lower

Eleven twelve,
Who will delve

Fifteen, sixteen,
Maidsa-kissing...

Nineteen, twenty,
My Belly's empty

Hints and Tips:

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

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

Hints and Tips:

  • Use this for teaching children the time.
  • Using a pretend clock or a real one, move the long hand onto different times. When the child sings “the clock struck....”, looks at the clock to verify the time.
  • Poster of this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

Baa, baa, black sheep, 
Have you any wool? 

Yes, sir, yes, sir, 
Three bags full; 

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

Alternative Lyrics:

Bah, Bah a black Sheep, 
Have you any Wool? 

Yes merry have I, 
Three Bags full, 

One for my master,
One for my Dame,
One for the little Boy
That lives down the lane

Alternative Lyrics:

Bah, Bah a black Sheep,
Have you any Wool?

Yes merry have I,
Three Bags full,

One for my master,
One for my Dame,
But none for the little boy who cries in the lane

Alternative Lyrics:

Moo Moo Jersey Cow
Have you any milk?

Yes sir, yes sir, three buckets full.
One for the master and one for the cat.
And one for the little boy who wants to get fat.

Hints and Tips:

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

 

 

 

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

One, two, three, four, five, 

Once I caught a fish alive. 

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten 

Then I let it go again. 

Why did you let it go? 

Because it bit my finger so. 

Which finger did it bite? 

This little finger on the right. 

Hints and Tips:

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

Line #1: Count with your fingers
Line #2: Place palms together to make a swimming fish
Line #3: Count with your fingers
Line #4: Throw hands in the air
Line #5: Shrug shoulders
Line #6: One hand bite pinkie finger on right hand
Line #7: Shrug shoulders
Line #8: Wiggle pinkie finger on right hand

  • Poster of 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."
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