Nursery number favourites to 10

A happy green crocodile

A mosquito one

Bees come buzzing from the hive

Blackfriars

Counting song

Farmer Brown had ten green apples

Gath’ring the eggs

Good morning Mrs. Hen

Here comes the bus

Hickety picket

I have five fingers on each hand

I went up the apple tree

I’m going to build a chimney pot

I've got sixpence

I’ve got ten little fingers

Jack Jintle

Nine little planets

Old Davy Jones

Once I caught a fish alive!

One little brown bird

One man went to mow

One, two, kittens that mew

Over in the meadow

Seven little pigs went to market

Six ghosts lurking

Six little acorns

Six little ducks

Six little pigs

Ten fat sausages

Ten fluffy chickens

Ten galloping horses

Ten in the bed

Ten little bubbles

Ten little pumpkins

Ten little tadpoles

The ants go marching

Two little chickens

Under a web

Last updated: 9/18/2018 4:30 PM

The songs below are compiled, illustrated and sometimes adapted

by Dany Rosevear

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A happy green crocodile O

 

 


Learn number bonds to ten.

Younger children can do the same with numbers to five.

 

One hand snaps at a number fingers on the other hand; these fingers are folded down and the others counted. Re-iterate e.g. three plus seven makes ten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A happy green crocodile

Eats three men.

Then he has the others - how many?

1, 2, 3…

To make up to ten.


 

 

A mosquito one

 

 


Words with rhythm; learn to move to the beat. This counting game comes from Guyana in the West Indies and was collected and adapted by Doris Harper-Wills.

 

Clap hands on the first syllable of every “mosquito” and on the word “old”. Hold up fingers to correspond with the number called. On each second line make up simple actions to go with the words in the rhyme. Encourage children to come up with their own ideas.

 

A mosquito one, a mosquito two,

A mosquito jump in the old man shoe.

A mosquito three, a mosquito four,

A mosquito open the old man door.

A mosquito five, a mosquito six,

A mosquito pick up the old man sticks.

A mosquito seven, a mosquito eight,

A mosquito open the old man gate.

A mosquito nine, a mosquito ten,

A mosquito biting the old man again.

 


 

 

Bees come buzzing from the hive 🔊

 

 


A minibeast finger play.

Adapted by Dany Rosevear.

 

Verse 1: Put up a finger for each number. Make hive with curved hand on top of crossed forefingers, the bee, move out of the hive and wiggle to make it fly to outstretched hand, the flower. Point to wrist. Verse 2: As before. Put thumb and forefinger round eye then rub tummy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One, two, three, four, five,

Bees come buzzing from the hive,

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,

Watch them buzzing round again.

Why so busy little bee?

Because there's so much work you see;

Collecting nectar from the flowers,

Takes us hours and hours and hours.

 

One, two, three, four, five,

Bees come buzzing from the hive,

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,

Buzz around and back again.

Please tell me busy bee,

Why do you buzz so happily;

Peep inside our hive and see,

We're making honey for your tea.


 

 

 

Blackfriars O

 

 


A poem by Eleanor Farjeon for ‘Nursery rhymes of London town’: Each poem has a link with an area of London. Music by Len Rosselson from ‘Count me in’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Seven Black Friars, sitting back to back,

Fished from the bridge for a pike or a jack.

The first caught a tiddler, the second caught a crab,

The third caught a winkle, the fourth caught a dab;

The fifth caught a tadpole, the sixth caught an eel,

And the seventh one caught an old cart-wheel!


 

 

Counting song 🔊

 

 


Learn to count to ten with this Mexican folk song. Sing it steadily. Here it is played as a hand play. To find the Mexican version and a lively circle game visit: http://www.singinggamesforchildren.com/A%20Cluster%202.5%20Spanish/1-9%20spanish%20songs%20w.htm

 

Raise fingers one at a time then clap or make other movements to the rhythm of the chorus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One and two and three,

Four and five and six,

Seven, eight and nine,

Yes, I can count to ten.

 

La la la la la, La la la la la, La la la la la. x2


 

 

Farmer Brown had ten green apples O

 

Who gets the last apple! Learn to subtract from ten with this apple themed song.

To make this easier you can start from five. Change the colour to red if you prefer.

 

Put up the appropriate number of fingers each time and mime eating the apple with enthusiasm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Farmer Brown had ten green apples, hanging on a tree,

Farmer Brown had ten green apples, hanging on a tree.

He plucked one apple and ate it greedily – YUM, YUM, YUM!

Leaving nine green apples, a-hanging on a tree.

 

Farmer Brown had nine green apples, hanging on a tree,

Farmer Brown had nine green apples, hanging on a tree.

He plucked one apple and ate it greedily – YUM, YUM, YUM!

Leaving eight green apples, a-hanging on a tree.

 

Continue until there is one apple left:

...He plucked that apple and gave that one to me – MMMM!

Leaving no green apples, a-hanging on a tree.

 

 


 

 

Gath’ring the eggs O

 

 


Learn to count in twos.

Another song from ‘Singing fun’ pub1962.Words and music by Lucille F. Wood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Down on the farm, gath’ring the eggs,

Chasing away the old red hen,

How many eggs can you find?

Two, four, six, eight, ten.


 

 

Good morning Mrs Hen O

 

How many ways can you make ten? This song will help you especially if you have sets of ten chicks to colour.

Record other ways to make ten perhaps with plasticene chicks, an abacus or by drawing pictures and using numbers to record the outcome.

Put up fingers to show numbers of chicks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


‘Chook, chook, chook, chook, chook,

‘Good morning Mrs. Hen,

How many chickens have you got?’

‘Madam I've got ten;

One of them is yellow,

One of them is brown,

Eight of them are speckled red,

The finest chicks in town!’

 

Chook, chook, chook, chook, chook,

‘Good morning Mrs. Hen,

How many chickens have you got?’

‘Madam I've got ten;

Two of them are yellow,

Two of them are brown,

Six of them are speckled red,

The finest chicks in town!’

 

Chook, chook, chook, chook, chook,

‘Good morning Mrs. Hen,

How many chickens have you got?’

‘Madam I've got ten;

Three of them are yellow,

Three of them are brown,,

Four of them are speckled red,

The finest chicks in town!’

 

Chook, chook, chook, chook, chook,

‘Good morning Mrs. Hen,

How many chickens have you got?’

‘Madam I've got ten;

Four of them are yellow,

Four of them are brown,

Two of them are speckled red,

The finest chicks in town!’

 

Chook, chook, chook, chook, chook,

‘Good morning Mrs. Hen,

How many chickens have you got?’

‘Madam I've got ten;

Five of them are yellow,

Five of them are brown,

None of them are speckled red,

The finest chicks in town!’

 


 

 

Here comes the bus 🔊

 

 


Music by Dany Rosevear.

A good way to understand counting, counting on or number bonds to five or ten Provide a laminated bus and encourage children to draw pictures of themselves to attach and then record with number sentences. Other ideas include rolling two dice and counting on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here comes the bus,

It's going to stop!

Hurry up children,

And in you hop.

Four inside

And six on top.

How many children have you got?


 

 

 

Hickety Pickety O

 

A nursery favourite that encourages counting to ten and will help to distinguish left from right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hickety Pickety my black hen,

She lays eggs for gentlemen.

Gentlemen come every day,

To see what my black hen will lay.

 

Hickety Pickety my black hen,

She lays eggs for gentlemen.

Sometimes nine and sometimes ten,

Hickety Pickety my black hen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Put one finger up in sequence for each number. Put one down each time when counting backwards.

 

SPOKEN:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!

Well done little black hen!

Can you count back again?!

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1


 

 

I have five fingers on each hand 🔊

 

 


Identify parts of the face and body and what they can do. Enjoy the specialness of ‘me’.

You will need to be sensitive to children in the class who might not have the full complement.

 

Hold up both hands and wiggle fingers. Show ten fingers the point to toes, ears, eyes, nose and mouth.

Clap hands, tap, feet, cup hands behind ears, wiggle nose and point to mouth then self.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I have five fingers on each hand,

Ten toes on my two feet.

Two ears, two eyes,

One nose, one mouth,

With which to sweetly speak.

 

My hands can clap, my feet can tap,

My eyes can clearly see.

My ears can hear,

My nose can sniff,

My mouth can say, “I’m me!”


 

 

I went up the apple tree 🔊

 

 


Based on a traditional Irish counting out rhyme.

Move a ball to a steady beat and count and catch up to ten. If the class is large divide into two or three circles

 

Sit in a circle. One child has an ‘apple’ - a ball or a beanbag and this is passed round the circle in time with the beat. On the word ‘buy’ the child holding the ‘apple’ moves into the centre and bounces the ball or throws and catches the beanbag until it drops or ten is reached. Those in the circle count along with the one in the middle. This child then sits outside the circle and the game begins again until everyone has thrown or bounced the ball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I went up the apple tree,

All the apples fell on me.

Apple pudding, apple pie,

How many apples should I buy?


 

 

 

I’m going to build a chimney pot O

 

 


A traditional rhyme with music by Harriet Powell, adapted by Dany Rosevear.

 

Have wooden bricks ready for building. Children take turns to decide how many bricks tall the chimney will be. 1. Put one fist on top of the other climbing upwards. 2. Build bricks up to ten. 3. Hands show movement of the wind and rain. 4. Child who built chimney gets to knock it down!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I’m going to build a chimney pot

Very, very high.

I’ll build it with my bricks,

And I’ll make it touch the sky – 1, 2, 3….

Here’s the wind and here’s the rain

To knock my chimney down again.

 


 

 

I've got sixpence O

 

 


There are many variations on this song that started as the nursery rhyme ‘I love sixpence’ The one below is familiar in the scouting movement and was popular with all the forces in England, the U.S.A. and Australia..We sang something similar to the one below on the way to school in an army truck in Malaya in the 1950s.

Find out more at: http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=92279.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I've got sixpence; jolly, jolly sixpence,

I've got sixpence to last me all my life!

I've a penny to spend, and a penny to lend,

And fourpence to take home to my wife.

CHORUS

No cares have I to worry me,

No clock upon the wall to hurry me.

I'm as happy as a lark, believe me,

As I go rolling home.

Rolling home, rolling home,

As I go rolling home.

I'm as happy as a lark, believe me,

As I go rolling home.

 

I've got fourpence; jolly, jolly fourpence,

I've got fourpence to last me all my life!

I've a penny to spend, and a penny to lend,

And tuppence to take home to my wife. CHORUS

 

I've got tuppence; jolly, jolly tuppence,

I've got tuppence to last me all my life!

I've a penny to spend, and a penny to lend,

And nothing to take home to my wife. CHORUS

 

I've got nothing, jolly, jolly nothing,

I've got nothing to last me all my life!

I've got nothing to spend, and nothing to lend,

And nothing to take home to my wife. Poor wife!

 


 

 

I’ve got ten little fingers O

 

Learn number correspondence with this song and to distinguish between left and right.

The first verse is traditional the second two are composed by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I’ve got ten little fingers

And ten little toes,

Two little eyes

And one little nose!

 

My left hand has five fingers,

And there’s five on my right.

My nose has two nostrils

And my smile is very bright!

 

I’ve got ten nails on my fingers

And ten nails on my toes,

Two blinking eyelids

And a sneeze inside my nose!

ATCHOO!

 


 

 

Jack Jintle O

 

This song was probably the precursor of the much more familiar ‘Nick nack paddy wack’. It is from Manchester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My name is Jack Jintle, the eldest but one,

And I can play nick-nack upon my own thumb,

With a nick-nack and padlock and sing a fine song,

And all you fine ladies come dancing along.

 

My name is Jack Jintle, the eldest but two,

And I can play nick-nack upon my own shoe…

 

My name is Jack Jintle, the eldest but three,

And I can play nick-nack upon my own knee…

 

My name is Jack Jintle, the eldest but four,

And I can play nick-nack upon my own door…

 

Five… hive…

 

Six… sticks…

 

Seven… right up there in heaven…

 

Eight… gate….

 

Nine… line…

 

Ten… hen…

 

 


 

Nine little planets O

 

 


Learn the number, names and order of the planets in our solar system. Since the 1930s when Pluto was discovered children learnt there were nine planets; in 2006, however, Pluto was reassigned as a dwarf planet so there are now only eight ‘proper’ ones.

Update: Astronomers are now surmising there is indeed a ninth planet, ‘Planet Nine’, in the outer reaches of our solar system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One little, two little, three little planets,

Four little, five little, six little planets,

Seven little, eight little, nine little planets

Orbiting round the sun.

 

Mercury is nearest and then comes Venus,

Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus,

Neptune’s next, little Pluto’s the furthest,

Orbiting round the sun.

 

Go outside and look at the night sky,

See each planet shining brightly,

Big ones, small ones, spinning and twinkling,

Orbiting round the sun.

 


 

 

Old Davy Jones O

 

 


Learn to count to ten and back again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Old Davy Jones had one little sailor,

Old Davy Jones had one little sailor,

Old Davy Jones had one little sailor,

One little sailor boy.

He had one, he had two, he had three little sailors,

Four little, five little, six little sailors,

Seven little, eight little, nine little sailors,

Ten little sailor boys.

 

Old Davy Jones had ten little sailors,

Old Davy Jones had ten little sailors,

Old Davy Jones had ten little sailors,

Ten little sailor boys.

He had ten, he had nine, he had eight little sailors,

Seven little, six little, five little sailors,

Four little, three little, two little sailors,

One little sailor boy.

 


 

 

Once I caught a fish alive!O

 

 


A nursery favourite that encourages counting to ten and will help to distinguish left from right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 ir go?

Because he bit my finger so.

Which finger did he bite?

This little finger on the right.

 

Put one finger up in sequence for each number.

 

Throw fish away.

 

Throw out hands.

Shake finger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

One little brown bird O

 

Become familiar with the concept of ‘one more’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One little brown bird, up and up he flew,

Along came another one and that made two.

 

Two little brown birds sitting on a tree,

Along came another one and that made three.

 

Three little brown birds hopping on the floor,

Along came another one and that made four.

 

Four little brown birds flying round a hive,

Along came another one and that made five.

 

Five little brown birds pecking at some sticks,

Along came another one and that made six.

 

Six little brown birds flying up to heaven,

Along came another one and that made seven.

 

Seven little brown birds sitting on a gate,

Along came another one and that made eight.

 

Eight little brown birds perched upon a line,

Along came another one and that made nine.

 

Nine little brown birds saw old mother hen,

Home they flew together and that made ten.

 


 

 

One man went to mow O

 

Learn to count back from ten.

This song is great fun to sing especially on coach journeys when you have plenty of time.

 

It can be made simpler for young children by just having the word ‘Woof!’ after ‘dog’ or add more words to get everyone in a tizz such as.an old tin can, a frying pan’

There are plenty of more ideas at the Mudcat website.

 

Put one finger up in sequence for each number.

Count back from the number beginning each subsequent verse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One man went to mow,

Went to mow a meadow.

One man and his dog, Spot,

a bottle of pop,

a sausage roll,

Old Mother Riley and her cow,

Went to mow a meadow.

 

Two men went to mow,

Went to mow a meadow.

Two men, one man and his dog, Spot,

a bottle of pop,

a sausage roll,

Old Mother Riley and her cow,

Went to mow a meadow.

 

Continue up to ten.

 

 


 

 

One, two, kittens that mew

 

 


A traditional counting rhyme to ten.

From the Ladybird book of ‘Number rhymes’ 1976.

 

Raise corresponding finger for each number and make appropriate noises!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One, two, kittens that mew,

Two, three, birds on a tree,

Three, four, shells on the shore,

Four, five, bees from the hive,

Five, six, the cow that licks,

Six, seven, rooks in the heaven,

Seven, eight, sheep at the gate,

Eight, nine, clothes on a line,

Nine, ten, little black hen.

 


 

 

 

Over in the meadow O

 

Learn to count to ten or to count back from ten by singing the same song in reverse order.

 

There are many different versions of this great traditional song; most of the verses here I remember singing to young children in the 1970s.

Children can use fingers to count and mime the actions. Encourage children to make up their own rhymes with versions that correspond with the topic of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Over in the meadow in the sand in the sun,

Lived an old mother turtle and her little turtle one.

“Dig” said the mother,

“I dig” said the one.

So he dug all day long in the sand in the sun.

 

Over in the meadow where the stream runs blue,

Lived an old mother fishy and her little fish two.

“Swim” said the mother,

“We swim” said the two.

So they swam all day long where the stream runs blue.

 

Over in the meadow in a hole in a tree,

Lived an old mother owl and her little owls three.

“Wink” said the mother,

“We wink” said the three.

So they winked all day long in the hole in the tree.

 

Over in the meadow by the old barn door,

Lived an old mother rat and her little ratties four.

"Gnaw," said the mother,

"We gnaw," said the four,

So they gnawed all day long by the old barn door.

 

Over in the meadow in a snug beehive,

Lived an old mother bee and her little bees five.

“Buzz” said the mother,

“We buzz” said the five.

So they buzzed all day long in the snug beehive.

 

Over in the meadow in a nest built of sticks,

Lived a black mother crow and her little crows six.

"Caw!" said the mother;

"We caw!" said the six

So they cawed all day long in their nest built of sticks.

 

Over in the meadow where the grass grows even,

Lived an old mother frog and her little frogs seven.

"Jump," said the mother,

"We jump," said the seven,

So they jumped all day long where the grass grows even.

 

Over in the meadow by an old mossy gate,

Lived an old mother lizard and her little lizards eight.

"Bask," said the mother,

"We bask," said the eight,

So they basked all day long by the old mossy gate.

 

Over in the meadow by an old scotch pine,

Lived an old mother duck and her little ducklings nine.

"Quack," said the mother,

"We quack," said the nine,

So they quacked all day long by the old scotch pine.

 

Over in the meadow in a warm cosy den,

Lived an old mother fox and her little foxes ten.

“Sleep” said the mother,

“We sleep” said the ten.

So they slept all day long in their warm cosy den.

 


 

 

Seven little pigs 🔊

 

 


A subtraction song. You can also change the number of pigs and how many fall down / run away each time and sing ‘So how many went to town.

 

Use fingers to represent each pig. Fold fingers down and make runaway pig wiggle away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Seven little pigs went to market,

One of them fell down,

One of them, he ran away,

And five pigs got to town.

 

Five little pigs went to market,

One of them fell down,

One of them, he ran away,

And three pigs got to town.

 

Three little pigs went to market,

One of them fell down,

One of them, he ran away,

And one pig got to town.


 

 

Six little acorns O

 

A song for autumn. Learn to subtract from six.

 

1.     Hold up fingers to show the number of acorns. Make hands move like the wind.

2.     As above

3.     Show empty hands. Wiggle finger upwards and point to self.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Six little acorns in an old oak tree,

The autumn winds began to blow and down came three.

 

Three little acorns in an old oak tree,

The autumn winds began to blow and down came three.

 

No little acorns in an old oak tree,

But underneath I saw one sprout, just for me!

 


 

 

Six little ducksO

 

Where are they going?

Start with a count to six using fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Six little ducks that I once knew,

Fat ones, skinny ones they were too,

But the one little duck with the feathers on his back,

He led the others with a “Quack, quack, quack!”

“Quack, quack, quack! Quack, quack, quack!”

He led the others with a “Quack, quack, quack!”

 

Down to the river they would go,

Wibble wobble, wibble, wobble to and fro,

But the one little duck with the feathers on his back,

He led the others with a “Quack, quack, quack!”

“Quack, quack, quack! Quack, quack, quack!”

He led the others with a “Quack, quack, quack!”

 

Home from the river they would come,

Wibble wobble, wibble wobble, ho hum hum,

But the one little duck with the feathers on his back,

He led the others with a “Quack, quack, quack!”

“Quack, quack, quack! Quack, quack, quack!”

He led the others with a “Quack, quack, quack!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Put up six fingers.

Indicate fat and thin.

Put out one finger. Show feathers behind.

Bend elbows to flap wings.

Repeat for each “Quack, quack, quack!”

 

With arms stretched down side and feet at ten to two, move with a waddle from side to side.

Move arms as before.

 

 

 

 

Move as before in the opposite direction.

 


 

 

Six little pigs 🔊

 

 


A hand play. Learn about the importance of saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.

Written by Helen Call and published around 1923 in Songs of Childhood. Tune and adapted wordsby Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Hold up six fingers. 2. Put hand to eyes, wiggle little finger. 3. Roll fists round each other. 4. Make arm and hand into a tree. 5. Put hand to ear. 6. Put hand to mouth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Six little pigs in the straw with their mother

Bright eyes, curly tails, tumbling on each other.

Bring them apples from the orchard trees,

And hear those piggies say, "Please! Please!  Please! "

But instead of “Thank you!” they’ll go, "Wee! Wee! Wee!"


 

 

 

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 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!”

 


 

 

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!”


 

 

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.

 

 

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