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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

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

 

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.

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

 

 

 

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.
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