More action songs A-C

A-dancing we will go

A jump, a jump, a jump

A little bird sat on a tree

A ram sam sam

All the little ducks turn upside down

Baby ducks

Birthday months

Bow to your partner

Build it up

Can you walk on two legs?

Chee chee chaw / Singin’ in the rain

Can you wiggle like a worm

Caterpillar crawling round

Clap, clap, clap your hands

Clap your hands and wiggle your fingers

Clap your hands with me

Climb, climb up Sunshine Mountain

Cuddly koalas

Last updated: 3/5/2019 3:13 PM

The songs below are part ofAway we go’ Round and about

compiled, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

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A-dancing we will go /

Hi ho the derry oh 🔊

 

 


Learn to move in different ways around each other without touching.

Make up your own movements

 

Move around the room individually or in short lines weaving in and out of each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A-dancing we will go,

A-dancing we will go,

Hi ho the derry oh,

A-dancing we will go.

 

A-hopping we will go...

A-skipping we will go...

A-waving we will go...

A-stamping we will go...

A-marching we will go...

A-tip-toeing we will go...

 

 


 

 

 

A jump, a jump, a jump 🔊

 

 


Adapted by Dany Rosevear. A different take on the bean game and a good warm up activity.

Also try with BROAD BEANS! BAKED BEANS!

 

Wait for instructions (jumping beans) then jump vigorously, turn round and repeat.

Do the same with other movements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


JUMPING BEANS!

A jump, a jump, a jump,

A-turning around and then,

A-jump, a jump, a jump,

And turning around again!

 

KIDNEY BEANS!

A hop, a hop, a hop,

A turning around and then,

A hop, a hop, a hop,

And turning around again!

 

JELLY BEANS!

A shake, a shake, a shake,

A turning around and then,

A shake, a shake, a shake,

And turning around again!

 

FROZEN BEANS!

Stand still, stand still, stand still,

Don’t turn around but then,

Stand still, stand still, stand still,

Ready to move again!

RUNNER BEANS!

 


 

 

A little bird sat on a tree O

 

A German song translated into English by Mabel F. Wilson from ‘Music time’ a infant teacher’s classic music book in the 1960s.

1, Open and close thumb and forefinger.

2. Move fore finger like a worm. Make hands fly.

3. Brush cheeks for cat’s whiskers.

4. Hold up hands in crouching position. Count with fingers to three.

5. Clap hands.

6. Make hands fly, hold hands to chest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A little bird sat on a tree, on a tree, on a tree,

A little bird sat on a tree:

Still was he.

 

He saw his breakfast on the grass, on the grass, on the grass

He saw his breakfast on the grass:

Down flew he!

 

A pussy cat was hiding there, hiding there, hiding there,

A pussy cat was hiding there

Near the tree.

 

He set himself to make a spring, make a spring, make a spring,

He set himself to make a spring:

One! Two! Three!

 

But we began to clap our hands, clap our hands, clap our hands,

But we began to clap our hands

Noisily!

 

So then our little bird flew off, bird flew off, bird flew off,

So then our little bird flew off:

Glad were we.


 

A ram sam sam O

 

This song comes from Morocco but the words are nonsense ones as in ‘Hey diddle diddle’.

It is now popular as a two or four part round and as an action rhyme both in the Scouting movement and with more simple movements for young children.

 

First time sing at normal voice. Second and third time sing faster.

Actions:

A ram sam sam: clap or beat fists together

Guli guli...: roll arms round the other

A rafi: shoot hands up high and wiggle fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam,

Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam.

A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam,

Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam.

A rafi, a rafi,

Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam.

A rafi, a rafi,

Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam.


 

 

All the little ducks turn upside down O

 

A good movement song with a lovely quiet ending.

 

1. Hold palms out and turn them over. 2. Put palms together and wiggle from side to side. 3. Flap elbows up and down. 4. Flap hands up and down. 5. Hands open and close like beaks. 6. Suat down with hands to the cheek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


All the little ducks turn upside down,

Upside down, upside down,

All the little ducks turn upside down,

When they dabble at the bottom of the pond.

 

All their little tails go wiggle, waggle, wiggle...

 

All their little wings go flap, flap, flap...

When they’ve dabbled at the bottom of the pond.

 

All their little feet go paddle, paddle, paddle...

 

All their little beaks go quack, quack, quack...

 

All the little ducks fall fast asleep,

Fast asleep, fast asleep,

All the little ducks fall fast asleep,

When they snuggle up to mother in the pond.


 

 


 

 

 

Baby ducks 🔊

 

 


A popular song in scouting and also as an action song for pre-schoolers. Play as below or just the first verse a little bit faster each time it is sung. It is also a great song for making up your own rhyming verses – I made up the third one.

 

Mime moving like each creature, travelling around the room while giving each other plenty of space but also showing others how well you are doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ohhhh! Isn't it a bit of luck

That I was born a baby duck?!

With yellow socks and yellow shoes;

So I may go whereever I choose!

Quack, quack, quack, quack,

Quack quack, quack! GOOOOD ducks!!!

 

Ohhhh! I don’t think it’s very funny

That I was born a baby bunny!

With floppy ears and twitchy nose

I bounce around upon my toes.

Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce,

Bounce, bounce, bounce, GOOOOD bunnies!!!

 

Now I am happy, you can see,

For I was born a busy bee.

I fly around when days are sunny,

Visit flowers and make good honey.

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! GOOOOD bees!!!

 

I’m a little smelly skunk,

Hiding under someone’s bunk.

No-one wants to play with me,

‘Cause I’m as smelly as can be.

I’m a skunk, I’m a skunk,

I’m a skunk, skunk, skunk, skunk, skunk.

BAAAAD skunks!!!

 


 

 

Birthday months 🔊

 

 


Chant the months of the year to ensure familiarity and help each child to identify the month they were born.

 

Stand in a circle and each child moves as directed when their birthday month is sung.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If your birthday is in January, turn around.

If your birthday is in February, touch the ground.

If your birthday is in March, march along.

If your birthday is in April, sing a song.

If your birthday is in May, wiggle your nose.

If your birthday is in June, shake your toes.

If your birthday is in July, jump up high.

If your birthday is in August, reach the sky.

If your birthday is in September, tap your shoe.

If your birthday is in October, call out “Boo!”

If your birthday is in November, tickle your ears.

If your birthday is in December, give three cheers!

 


 

 

Bow to your partner 🔊

 

 


A simple partner game from Deanna Hoermann’s wonderful ‘Catch a song’.

The children could play this in a double circle moving on each time to a new partner.

Once children can play the game with the first verse eaily introduce different actions; children can suggest other movements to make.

 

Children stand opposite a partner in a space. Make the actions suggested by the words as they sing. On the last line wave and turn to find new partner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bow to your partner!

Bow to your partner!

Stamp! Stamp!

Turn yourself around!

 

Clap with your partner!

Clap with your partner!

Jump! Jump!

Turn yourself around!

 

Shake hands with your partner!

Shake hands with your partner!

Hop! Hop!

Turn yourself around!


 

 

 

Build it up 🔊

 

 


A song from the BBC TV Series ‘Bang on a drum’ songs from Play School and Play Away published 1973. Words and music by Peter Charlton. Build towers from building bricks as you sising, cardboard boxes, egg cartons – anything or the actions below.

1. Put one fist on top of the other in time to the musi getting higher each time. 2 Repeat with a big stretch. 3. Hold up fingers one at a time then make a wobbley jelly with hands. 4. repeat first verse and actions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Build it up, build it up, build it high,

Build it up, up, up into the sky.

Build it up, build it up, build it higher,

Build it up, up, up, up, up into the sky.

 

Now if you get that construction feeling,

You can build a tower right up to the ceiling.

And if you think that building is fun,

You can try to build a tower to the sun.

 

Build up one, build up two, three and four,

Are you sure you can balance on some more.

Build up five, build up six, seven and eight,

Watch it wobble like a jelly on a plate.

 


 

 

Can you walk on two legs? O

 

A lively game using the whole room as a space or the outside if possible.

The words tell you what to do,; children might like to suggest other actions.

Written by Lindford Holgate in ‘Playsongs from the Nursery School’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Can you walk on two legs, two legs, two legs?

Can you walk on two legs,

Round and round and round?

I can walk on two legs, two legs, two legs,

I can walk on two legs,

Round and round and round.

 

Can you hop on one leg, one leg, one leg?

Can you hop on one leg,

Round and round and round?

I can hop on one leg, one leg, one leg,

I can hop on one leg,

Round and round and round.

 

Can you wave with one hand, one hand, one hand?

Can you wave with one hand,

Round and round and round?

I can wave with one hand, one hand, one hand,

I can wave with one hand,

Round and round and round.

 

Can you wave with two hands, two hands, two hands?

Can you wave with two hands,

Round and round and round?

I can wave with two hands, two hands, two hands,

I can wave with two hands,

Round and round and round.


 

 

Can you wiggle like a worm? 🔊

 

 


This is one depending on the age of your pupils that you can speed up each time it is sung; great fun for community occasions.

 

1. Wiggle body. 2. Wiggle left then right arm. 3. Flap crossed hands like wings. 4. Crawl low.

5. Finger and thumbs make make a circle. 6. Stretch arms above head. 7. Clap to left, right then point to self.

1. Flop body to left then right. 2. Hop on the spot. 3. Wiggle arms in front like a snake. 4. Shake body. 5. Flutter hands. 6. Spin round still flapping. 7. Clap to left, right then point to self.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Can you wiggle like a worm?

Can you squiggle? Can you squirm?

Can you flutter? Can you fly like a gentle butterfly?

Can you crawl upon the ground

Like a beetle that is round?

Can you move with me?

 

Can you flip? Can you flop?

Can you give a little hop?

Can you slither like a snake?

Can you give a little shake?

Can you dance like bee

Who is buzzing round a tree?

Can you move with me?


 

 

 

Caterpillar ‘bye-‘bye O

 

 


Originally written by Deanna Hoermann to a simple Hungarian tune, particularly suitable for young children, in sol-fa: so.so mi.mi/so.so mi/ x3 so.fa me.re do do. She also suggested playing a game where caterpillars crawl on the floor and on the last line the magpie swoops down and catches a child who becomes the next magpie.

The tune below and last three verses were written by Dany Rosevear.

 

Verse 1: Wiggle forefinger, put finger to lips, cross hands to make wings and flap, wiggle finger, wave hand.

Verse 2: Make fingers scuttle for beetle and hands jump for frog

Verse 3 as verse 1:

Verse 4: Make hand into fist with first two fingers out for snail then interlace fingers to make hedgehog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Caterpillar crawling round,

Trying not to make a sound.

Comes a magpie from the sky;

Caterpillar ‘bye-‘bye!

 

Bright blue beetle scuttling round,

Trying not to make a sound.

Comes a froggie hopping by;

Bright blue beetle ‘bye-‘bye!

 

Little pink worm wriggling round,

Trying not to make a sound.

Comes a blackbird from the sky,

Little pink worm ‘bye-‘bye!

 

Stripy brown snail gliding round,

Trying not to make a sound.

Comes a hedgehog snuffling by,

Stripy brown snail ‘bye-‘bye!

 

Grasshopper is jumping round,

Trying not to make a sound.

Comes a lizard walking by,

Grasshopper ‘bye-‘bye!

 


 

 

Chee chee chaw / Singin’ in the rain 🔊

 

 


A happy, happy song from the past with community fun thrown in.

You will need to play this unaccompanied with young children.

 

1. Fingers make raindrop, clap twice, repeat. 2. Throw out hands and place on chest. 3. Clap hands x3. 4. Put up relevant part of body and move or wiggle it to the rest of the verse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I'm singing in the rain,

Just singing in the rain,

What a glorious feeling,

I'm hap-hap-happy again!

Thumbs up! Thumbs up!

A-chee-chee-chaw!

A-chee-chee-chaw!

A-chee-chee-chaw-chaw! X2

 

I'm singing in the rain…

Thumbs up! Thumbs up!

Elbows back! Elbows back!

Feet together! Feet together!

Bum out! Bum out!

Head up! Head up!

Tongue out! Tongue out!

 

Last time:

I'm singing in the rain,

Just singing in the rain,

What a glorious feeling,

I'm hap-hap-happy again!

A-chee-chee-chaw!

A-chee-chee-chaw!

A-chee-chee-chaw-chaw! X2

 


 

 

Clap, clap, clap your hands O

 

 


The lively tune of Old Joe Clarke is a great accompaniment for energetic movement. Encourage children to suggest their own actions.

 

The actions speak for themselves, continue the movements through the La las! Alternatively skip round in a circle for the verses make the appropriate movement for the chorus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Clap, clap, clap your hands,

Clap your hands together,

Clap, clap, clap your hands,

Clap your hands together.

La la la la la la la, La la la la la la,

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

Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…

Shake, shake, shake your hands…

Stretch, stretch, stretch up high…

Wheels, wheels, wheels go round…

Dig, dig, dig the ground…

Sing sing sing a song…

 

 


 

 

Clap your hands and wiggle your fingers O

 

 


Learn the names of different parts of your body and to differentiate between noisy and quiet movements.

 

The actions speak for themselves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clap your hands and wiggle your fingers,

Clap your hands and wiggle your fingers,

Clap your hands and wiggle your fingers,

We have made a pattern.

 

Tap your knees and rub you tummy,

Tap your knees and rub you tummy,

Tap your knees and rub you tummy,

We have made a pattern.

 

Stamp your feet and nod your head,

Stamp your feet and nod your head,

Stamp your feet and nod your head,

We have made a pattern.

 

Slap your thighs and shake your shoulders,

Slap your thighs and shake your shoulders,

Slap your thighs and shake your shoulders,

We have made a pattern.

 

Thump your fists and wave goodbye now,

Thump your fists and wave goodbye now,

Thump your fists and wave goodbye now,

We have made a pattern.

 


 

 

Clap your hands with me 🔊

 

 


You will need to play this unaccompanied with young children

 

Clap, slap etc. with the words in time to the music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Clap your hands (clap, clap, clap, clap)

Clap your hands (clap, clap, clap, clap)

Clap your hands (clap, clap, clap, clap)

Clap your hands with me. (clap, clap)

 

Slap your knees…

Click your fingers…

Tap your toes…

Stamp your feet…

 


 

 

Climb, climb up sunshine mountain 🔊

 

 


Work together and think positive - a community song which also works well as an action song for pre-schoolers.

 

1. Climbing actions, draw sun and make a mountain with hands. 2. Hands make breeze movements. 3. As before. 4. Put hands to face.

5. Turn around, fist under chin. 5. Stretch arms above head. 6. As before. 7. Point to another child and then self.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Climb, climb up Sunshine Mountain

Where little breezes blow,

Climb, climb up Sunshine Mountain,

Faces all a glow.

Turn, turn your back on troubles,

Reach up to the skies.

Climb, climb up Sunshine Mountain,

You and I, you and I.


 

 

 

Cuddly koalas 🔊

 

 


An Antipodean action song popular in scouting and also with pre-schoolers.

 

Koalas squat and hug selves. Possums make rings round eyes with hands. Wallabies and wombats swat alternate paws. Kangaroos jump up and down with paws in front.

Lions and tigers make hands prowl. Make long neck with arm for giraffe. Swing an elephant trunk with arm. Make snapping crocodile jaws with both arms. Scratch under left then right armpit like a monkey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cuddly koalas, cuddly koalas,

Possums too, possums too,

Wallabies and wombats, wallabies and wombats,

Kangaroos, kangaroos.

 

Lions and tigers, lions and tigers,

Giraffes too, giraffes too,

Elephants and crocodiles, elephants and crocodiles

Monkeys too, monkeys too.


 

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