Nursery number favourites to 10 T-Z

Ten fat sausages

Ten fat turkeys

Ten fluffy chickens

Ten galloping horses

Ten in the bed

Ten little bubbles

Ten little fairies

Ten little goblins

Ten little pumpkins

Ten little tadpoles

Ten yellow chicks

The ants go marching

These two rabbits

Two little chickens

Under a web

Uno, dos, tres

Who gives a hoot?

Last updated: 9/19/2022 3:01 PM

The songs below are compiled, illustrated and sometimes adapted

by Dany Rosevear

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Ten fat turkeys 🔊

 

 


A hand play for Thanksgiving.

Learn about to differentiate ‘left’ and ‘right’.

 

1. Hold up ten fingers. 2. Spread fingers . 3. Move fingers to the left and right . 4. Open and close beak. 5. Form sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ten fat turkeys standing in a row,

They spread their feathers and tails like so.

They strut to the left,

They strut to the right.

They say “Gobble, gobble, gobble!”

In the bright sunlight.


 

 

 

Ten fat sausages O

 

Can you count in twos to ten? This song helps you subtract two each time and understand the concept of two less.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ten fat sausages sizzling in the pan,

Ten fat sausages sizzling in the pan,

One went ‘POP!’

And the other one went ‘BANG!’

So there were eight fat sausages sizzling

in the pan.

 

Eight  fat sausages sizzling in the pan,

Eight fat sausages sizzling in the pan,

One went ‘POP!’

And the other one went ‘BANG!’

So there were six fat sausages sizzling

in the pan.

 

Six fat sausages sizzling in the pan,

Six fat sausages sizzling in the pan,

One went ‘POP!’

And the other one went ‘BANG!’

So there were four fat sausages sizzling

in the pan.

 

Four fat sausages sizzling in the pan,

Four fat sausages sizzling in the pan,

One went ‘POP!’

And the other one went ‘BANG!’

So there were two fat sausages sizzling in the pan.

 

Two fat sausages sizzling in the pan,

Two fat sausages sizzling in the pan,

One went ‘POP!’

And the other one went ‘BANG!’

So there were no fat sausages sizzling in the pan.


 

 

Ten fluffy chickens O

 

 


A number song for Easter. Tune by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five eggs and five eggs,

Hold up both hands

That makes ten.

Sitting on top is the Mother Hen.

Close one hand; fold other hand over it

Crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle,

Wiggle fingers

What do I see?

Put hands to eyes

Ten fluffy chickens

Put up fingers

As yellow as can be!

Throw out hands

 


 

 

 

Ten galloping horses O

 

Learn how ten is made of two fives in this lap bouncing baby song. Bounce baby in the direction indicated by the words of the song. The game below is for older toddlers.

 

1. Make a galloping motion with hands on the knees 2. With fingers still indicate one hand then the other. 3. Move one hand up and the other down. 4. Make hands gallop to the left and then the right and then behind your back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ten galloping horses galloped through town,

Five were white and five were brown.

Five galloped up and five galloped down.

And then they galloped away from the town.

Galloped away, galloped away, galloped away, galloped... away!

 


 

 

Ten in the bed O

 

Learn to count back from ten in this bedtime song

This is another great favourite for coach journeys when there is plenty of time to sing.

 

Put one finger down in sequence for each number.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There were ten in the bed, and the little one said:

“Roll over, roll over!”

So they all rolled over and one fell out,

He gave a little scream and he gave a little shout!

So there were…

 

Nine in the bed and the little one said…

Eight in the bed and the little one said... etc.

Keep it going until you reach ‘One in the bed’.

 

So there was one in the bed and the little one said:

“Hooray! I've got the whole mattress to myself,

Goodnight!”

 


 

 

Ten little bubbles 🔊

 

 


A number song for Spring cleaning or outdoor play.

 

Put a finger up for each number, clap for each ‘pop!’ Catch bubbles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One little, two little, three little bubbles,

Four little, five little, six little bubbles,

Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,

Ten little bubbles go pop, pop, pop!

 

Pop, pop, pop! Can you catch those bubbles?

Pop, pop, pop! Can you catch those bubbles?

Pop, pop, pop! Can you catch those bubbles?

Ten little bubbles go pop, pop, pop!


 

Ten little fairies 🔊

 


 

 

A whimsical number rhyme and hand play set to music by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ten little fairies stand up straight,

Ten little fairies make a gate,

Ten little fairies bow to the King,

Ten little fairies make a ring,

Ten little fairies dance and play,and

Ten little fairies fly away,

Ten little fairies hide away.

 


 

 

Ten little goblins 🔊

 


 

 

A number rhyme, subtraction song and hand play set to music by Dany Rosevear. Choose a different number out of 10 to be touched each time.

 

1. Raise ten fingers, make them dance. 2. Look scary, shake finger. 3. Wave wand. 4. Touch number of fingers. 5. As before. 6. Show how many are left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ten little goblins dancing in the glen,

Frightening the fairies - naughty little men.

Here comes the Fairy Queen, a magic wand has she,

Ev'ry one she touches will turn into a tree.

Ten little goblins dancing in the glen,

But two are turned to oak trees leaving eight little men.

 


 

 

Ten little pumpkins O

 

Learn to count to ten and back again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One little, two little, three little pumpkins,

Four little, five little, six little pumpkins,

Seven little, eight little, nine little pumpkins,

Ten little pumpkins on a Halloween night.

 

Ten little, nine little, eight little pumpkins,

Seven little, six little, five little pumpkins.

Four little, three little, two little pumpkins,

One little pumpkin on a Halloween night.

 

One little, two little, three little witches,

Four little, five little, six little witches,

Seven little, eight little, nine little witches,

Ten little witches on their broomsticks ride.

 

One little, two little, three little skeletons…

Ten little skeletons rattle their bones.

 

One little, two little, three little ghosties…

Ten little ghosties go BOO!

 


 

 

Ten little tadpoles O

 

Be careful who you go off with however enticing it might be!

A poem by Rose Fyleman set to music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ten little tadpoles playing in a pool,

"Come," said the water-rat, "Come along to school.

Come and say your tables, sitting in a row,"

And all the little tadpoles said, “No, no, no!”

 

Ten little tadpoles swimming in and out,

Racing and diving and turning round about,

"Come," said their mother: “Dinner time I guess”

And all the little tadpoles cried “Yes, yes, yes!”

 


 

 

Ten yellow chicks 🔊

 


 

 

Easter finger play number for the very young, How many eggs, how many chicks? Addition and doubling of numbers and conservation of number.

From ‘Singing fun’ published in 1962. Written by Lucille F. Wood and Louise B. Scott.

Before finding the original version I wrote a new tune some time ago for the words and recorded it, (see above): Ten fluffy chickens - a number song for Easter - YouTube

It is always important to recognise the original authors.

 

1. Show five fingers on one hand then five on the other. 2. Place fist on cupped hand. 3. Clap hands for each crackle. 4. Ring eyes with thumbs and foref ingers. Hold up ten fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five eggs and five eggs, that makes ten.

Sitting on top is a mother hen.

Crackle, crackle, crackle,

What do I see?

Ten yellow chickens, as fluffy as can be!

 


 

 

 

The ants go marching O

 

A traditional number song to the tune of ‘When Johnny comes marching home’.

 

Children can march together in lines of the number mentioned in each verse. Organising selves into these groups will take some thought even with help and become increasingly difficult as the numbers increase!

 

 

The ants go marching one by one.

Hurrah! Hurrah!

The ants go marching one by one.

Hurrah! Hurrah!

The ants go marching one by one;

The little one stopped to suck his thumb,

And they all went marching down in the ground,

For to get out of the rain.

Boom, boom, boom!

 

The ants go marching two by two.

The little one stopped to tie his shoe...

 

The ants go marching three by three.

The little one stopped to climb a tree...

 

The ants go marching four by four.

The little one stopped to shut the door...

 

The ants go marching five by five.

The little one stopped to take a dive...

 

The ants go marching six by six.

The little one stopped to pick up sticks...

 

The ants go marching seven by seven.

The little one stopped as the clock struck eleven...

 

The ants go marching eight by eight.

The little one stopped to roller skate...

 

The ants go marching nine by nine.

The little one stopped to check the time...

 

The ants go marching ten by ten.

The little one stopped to shout "THE END!”


 

 

These two rabbits 🔊

 


 

 

How many rabbits? Count in twos.

Set to music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Raise thumbs, forefingers to little fingers each time.

1. Hold up forefinger and second finger on each hand to make rabbit head, thumb and other fingers make face. 2. Circle eyes with thumbs and forefingers. 3. Brush cheeks with back of hands. 4. Wriggle nose and point. 5. Curl fingers on hands up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two rabbits

Have ears so tall;

These two rabbits

Have eyes so small;

These two rabbits

Have whiskers that wiggle;

These two rabbits

Have noses that that wriggle

These two rabbits are the smallest of all

They curl up tightly in a round furry ball.

 


 

 

 

Two little chickens O

 

 


Count in twos to ten.

I found this song in a pre-school playgroup pamphlet from the 1970s.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Two little chickens looking for some more,

Along came another two and they make four.

Run to the haystack,

Run to the pen,

Run little chickens,

Back to Mother Hen.

 

Four little chickens getting in a fix,

Along came another two and they make six…

 

Six little chickens perching on a gate,

Along came another two and they make eight…

 

Eight little chickens run to Mother Hen,

Along came another two and they make ten…

 

 

Under a web O

 

 


A traditional rhyme with music by Hugo Shortcombe.

Sort pictures of creatures (Venn or other diagrams) or toys animals (sand or water play) according to their number of legs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Under a web beside our gate

A spider hangs his legs are eight.

Above him flies the busy bee,

Six black and furry legs has she.

A tabby cat goes leaping past,

Her four legs carry her so fast.

I’ve only two, that isn’t many,

But Mr. Worm, he hasn’t any.

 


 

 

Uno, dos, tres 🔊

 


 

 

Another Spanish counting rhyme and action game.

A bilingual counting song in both Spanish and English.

 

I. Raise a finger each time a number is sung, clap three times. 2. Count as before, touch toes. 3. Count as before, stay very still. 4. Raise finger for ten, jump up and down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Uno, dos, tres, aplaudamos a la vez.

Cuatro, cinco, seis, toquemos nuestros pies.

Siete, ocho, nueve, nadie se mueve.

Y diez, saltemos todos a la vez.

 

One, two, three, Can you clap along with me?

Four, five, six, Let’s touch our feet like this.

Seven, eight and nine, Don’t move ‘til it’s time,

Then next comes ten, Jump up then jump again.


 

 

 

Who gives a hoot?

 

 


A number number hand play. Count up, count down.

A number rhyme by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Put up one finger at a time. 2. Place thumb and forefinger round eyes, use forefingers to make beak. 3. As before. 4. Throw out hands, cross hands at wrists and flap. 5. Starting with eight fingers up fold one finger down at a time. 6. Flap hands, fingers run. 7. As before. 8. Shake head and form sun with hands. 9. Put hand to mouth, make fingers scoot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One hoot, two hoots three hoots, four,

Round eyes, sharp beak and mice grabbing claws.

Five hoots, six hoots, seven hoots, eight,

Who gives a hoot? It’s owl out late.

Too-whit too-whoo!

 

Eight hoots, seven hoots, six hoots, five,

Owl’s out hunting, run for your lives!

Four hoots, three hoots, two hoots, one,

We don’t give a hoot for day has come!

Too-whit too-whoo!

Oh dear!! RUN!


 

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