For the very young I-P

I can run as fast as you

I have two eyes to see with

I know a hairy bear

I met a little tidy mouse

I’m a tall, tall tree

Ipsy dipsy doo dum

It’s time for us to go

It’s time to put our coats on

Little butterfly in the kitchen

Little friend, let’s merry be

Little horses, little horses

Little snail / Lilla snigel

Little spider

Mary come a-runnin’

Mother, may I go out to swim?

Morning wishes

Mud pies

My wonderful bundle of fun

Niddledy noddledy

On my face I have a nose

One little bumble bee

Owl in the tree says, “Whoo, whoo, whoo!”

Pickles in the pickle pot

Pray open my umbrella

Puppy’s little paddy paws

Last updated: 5/24/2021 11:58 AM

These songs are nursery rhymes and other traditional songs compiled, illustrated and music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

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I can run as fast as you 🔊

 

 


Children love a challenge, even when it means being quiet!

 

Move as the words suggest, finish sitting very still with arms crossed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I can run as fast as you.

I can run as fast as you.

I can run as fast as you.

Running on the spot.

 

I can jump as high as you…

 

I can march as fast as you…

 

I can stamp as hard as you…

 

I can tiptoe as quiet as you…

 

I can sit as still as you….


 

 

I have two eyes to see with O

 

Many parts of our body come in twos but there is only one nose.

 

Point to eyes, run up and down on feet, wave hands and point to nose, ears, tongue and cheeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I have two eyes to see with,

I have two feet to run,

I have two hands to wave with,

And nose I have but one.

I have two ears to hear with,

And a tongue to say "Good day".

And two red cheeks for you to kiss...

But now I’ll run away!

 


 

 

I know a hairy bear 🔊

 

 


There’s nothing like the excuse to make growly noises!

Composed by Val Dolon.

 

Point to self, wiggle fingers next to head, Curl fingers up near mouth  and l finish with a nice loud growl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I know a hairy bear,

A very hairy bear,

A very hairy scary bear,

I know a hairy bear,

And it can growl like this! Grrrrr!


 

 

 

I met a little tidy mouse 🔊

 

 


It’s time to put toys and activities back in the right place; the ‘tidy mouse’ song will help children to respond to this task calmly and with a sense of purpose.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I met a little tidy mouse,

He said “Let's tidy up this house,

Tidy, tidy here and there,

Tidy, tidy everywhere!

Tidy, tidy everywhere!”


 

 

 

I'm a tall, tall tree 🔊

 

 


A beautiful action song for all seasons by Lorraine Lee Hammond 1979, Snowy Egret Music. Make movements slowly and with a sense of wonder.

 

For each verse start at the feet and run hands up the body and into the air to make branches. Then open hands for blossom, bend slowly in the wind, drop apples gently and fingers move down wards like snowflakes and then shiver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This is my trunk; I'm a tall, tall tree,

In the springtime the blossoms grow on me.

They open, they open.

 

This is my trunk; I'm a tall, tall tree,

In the summer the breezes blow through me.

I bend, I bend.

 

This is my trunk; I'm a tall, tall tree,

In the autumn the apples grow on me.

They drop, they drop.

 

This is my trunk; I'm a tall, tall tree.

In the winter the snowflakes fall on me.

Brrr, Brrr.

 


 

 

Ipsy dipsy doo dum 🔊

 

 


Keep healthy and happy by moving to this simple singing game.

Words and set to music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Skip round the room either individually or with a partner. Each time the ‘Ipsy dipsy’ refrain is sung stop, clap hands, slap knees, touch the floor and clap hands again. Alternatively clap and slap hands with a partner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wash your hands and clean your teeth,

When you need to do them,

That’s the way we’ll all keep well,

Ipsy, dipsy doo dum.

No more achey teeth for me.

No more nasty flu germs,

Sing this little song once more,

Ipsy, dipsy doo dum.

 

Wash your hands and clean your teeth,

When you need to do them,

That’s the way we’ll all keep well,

Ipsy, dipsy doo dum.

No more achey teeth for me.

No more nasty flu germs,

Now you know just what to do,

Ipsy, dipsy doo dum.


 

 

 

It’s time for us to go 🔊

 

 


An end of school day transition song, (three little songs in one); come together, reflect and say goodbye.

Each preschool is different so feel free to adapt this to your own circumstances; you can use these three songs as one or individually depending on the age of your children.

 

1. Coming together in a circle clap hands. 2. Sit or stand and sway gently fro side to side. Children indicate weather with a hand sign and call out: Sunny! Windy! Rain! Snowy! etc.. Insert days particular activities to make the song more personal. 3. Wave and shake hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



It’s time for us to go, (CLAP! CLAP!)

It’s time for us to go, (CLAP! CLAP!)

Ee-ie the ad-di-o,

It’s time for us to go. (CLAP! CLAP!)

(or STAMP! STAMP! or both!)

 

We’ve sung our songs, had storytime,

We’ve been outside come rain or shine, (SUNNY! RAINY! etc.)

We’ve played together, had lots of fun,

It’s time to go, for school is done.

 

Goodbye, everyone, goodbye,

Goodbye, everyone, goodbye,

We’ll see you again, tomorrow (next week / whenever / on Monday etc..) my friends,

We’ll see you then, goodbye.


 

 

It’s time to put our coats on 🔊

 

 


A song for a chilly day. Get outside in every weather but make sure clothing is fit for the conditions.

This song can be used for any sort of weather; encourage children to make suitable choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It's time to put our coats on,

Our coats on, our coats on,

It's time to put our coats on,

It's so cold outside!

With winter winds blowing,

And rosy cheeks glowing,

It's time to put our coats on,

It's so cold outside!


 

 

Little butterfly in the kitchen 🔊

 

 


A delightfully funny action song from Brazil for the very young with a distinctive rhythm. It can be dramatized as below or older children may like to play this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYIF-dKD8is

It sounds much more impressive in its original language!!

 

1. Flap arms like a butterfly. 2. Imitate mixing with one hand while holding a bowl with the other. 3. Wiggle down on the beat and point to leg. 4. Point to eye, place thumb on the nose and the other thumb touches the pinky of the other hand while tapping the fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little butterfly

Is in the kitchen,

To make some chocolata

For her grandmama.

 

In goes some prawns,

A wooden leg,

One shiny glass eye,

And a woodpecker’s beak, beak, beak.

 

Borboletinha

Tá na cozinha

Fazendo chocolate

Para a madrinha.

 

Poti, poti

Perna de pau

Olho de vidro

E nariz de

Pica-pau pau pau.

 


 

 

 

Little friend, let’s merry be 🔊

 

 


This is a simple partner game from Germany which was translated by Mabel F. Wilson in 1961 for OUP’s ‘Music Time’.

 

Line 1. Each child faces a partner. 2. They join hands. 3. They take two sliding steps to the left and then to the right. 4. Swing round together on the spot.

Verses 2 and 3: Repeat the dance keeping hands joined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little friend, let's merry be,

Stretch out both you hands to me;

Tripping here and tripping there,

Then turn round as light as air.

 

You love dancing I can tell,

And you’ve learned this lesson well.

Tripping here and tripping there,

Then turn round as light as air.

 

Once more let us play this game,

It is fun to do the same.

Tripping here and tripping there,

Then turn round as light as air.

 


 

 

 

Little horses, little horses  🔊

 

 


Can also be sung as a lullaby.

Stay still and then gallop or trot through open spaces and then come together and settle calmly.

Encourage children to be aware of others moving and give each other plenty ofspace.

This is a version of ‘My horses ain’t hungry’ for the very young as suggested by Ruth Crawford Seeger in her wonderful ‘American folk songs for children’. I have adapted the verses to provide a sequence.

 

1. ‘Horse’ wake up stretching and eat hay, look around and begin to gallop. 2. Move faster, music is played to extend galloping play 3. Move back to the barn. 4. Settle down and ‘sleep’ with hands to cheek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little horses, little horses,

Come out of your barn,

The door is wide open,

The sunshine is warm.

 

Faster:

Little horses, little horses,

Come gallop away,

The prairie’s wide open,

It’s time for your play.

 

La, lala, la, lala … Music plays

 

Little horses, little horses,

Come back to your barn.

The door is wide open,

Your blankets are warm.

 

Little horses, little horses,

Everything is all right;

Curl up on your blankets

And sleep through the night.


 

 

Little snail /  Lilla snigel O

 

 


A nursey rhyme from Sweden.

Hear it sung in Swedish at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSfUc47P8iY

 

With fist closed and two fingers out and move hand up arm. Wag finger. Repeat then cuddle snail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little snail take care, take care,

Here and there, everywhere.

Little snail take care, take care,

Or I'll pick you up!

Lilla snigel, akta dej,

akta dej, akta dej,

Lilla snigel, akta dej,

Annars tar jag dej.

 

Little snail, please come to me,

Come to me, come to me!

Little Snail, please come to me,

I’ll give you a hug!

Lilla snigel kom till mig,

Kom till mig, kom till mig!

Lilla snigel kom till mig,

Jag vill krama dig!


 

 

Little spider  🔊

 

 


Play or jump to the beat.

A song from Hungary translated by Jean Sinor.

Subsequent verses by Dany Rosevear.

Make spider jump on your hand in time to the beat and then on different parts of the body. Or: 1. Tumble one forearm round the other one way then the other. Twinkle fingers and form a round sun. 2. Spider hand jumps on different parts of the body.

Alternatively: Act out making web then jump in time to the music touching different parts of the body. Finish by sitting down with spider hands resting on tummy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little Spider spins all day,

Spins while all the others play.

Then the web is fin’lly done,

Shining in the morning sun.

 

Watch it jump upon my knee,

Jumping, jumping, merrily;

On my neck, then on my nose,

Now it’s jumping on my toes.

WHEEE!!

 

Watch it jump upon my head,

On my shoulders, on my legs,

On my back then on my tum;

Slowly: It’s sleepy now for day is done.


 

 

 

Mary come a-runnin’ 🔊

 

 


Become familiar with the days of the week and identify which day it is before singing this song. Ask individual children to choose a movement for the others to perform.

Learn to move without touching others and in and out of spaces.

This song has its roots in the spiritual ‘Sister Mary come a-runnin’’ and the Easter story.

 

Move freely in and out of each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mary come a-runnin’ on Monday morning,

Monday morning, Monday morning,

Mary come a-runnin’ on Monday morning,

Monday morning, soon!

 

Isaac come a-runnin’ on Tuesday morning,

Tuesday morning, Tuesday morning,

Isaac come a-runnin’ on Tuesday morning,

Tuesday morning, soon!

 

Martha come a-runnin’ on Wednesday morning,

Wednesday morning, Wednesday morning,

Martha come a-runnin’ on Wednesday morning,

Wednesday morning, soon!

 


 

 

Morning wishes 🔊

 

 


A cheerful start to the day song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We come from many places,

With happy smiling faces,

Our sunny voices bringing,

To start the day with singing,

Good morning! Good morning!

Good morning to you!


 

 

 

Mother, may I go out to swim? O

 

Another way to learn your alphabet.

 

This song has its origins in a much older song bought over to the Americas by Europeans; this children’s version has been sung for well over a hundred years as a way of passing on learning of the alphabet down to new generations.

For more information see: http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=30547

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mother, may I go out to swim?”

“Yes, my darling daughter.

Hang your clothes on a hick’ry limb,

But don’t go near the water!”

 

A B C D E F G,

H I J K L M,

N O P Q R S T,

And that’s the way to spell’em.

U V double U X Y Z,

Let the chorus ring’em,

Come and learn your ABC’s,

For that’s the way to sing’em!


 

 

 


 

 

Mud pies 🔊

 

 


Written by Margaret E. Sangster, music by Marshall Bartholomew and arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

Add a spoon of sugar, wiggle fingers, place palms together and turn over, rub tummy. Shake finger, roll palms together, shape sun and wiggle fingers upwards, raise thumb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sweetened with sugar

And sprinkled with spice,

Apple turnovers

Really are nice;

But make-believe mud pies

Are a great deal more fun,

When little cooks bake them

Out here in the sun..


 

 

My wonderful bundle of fun /

Pie in the sky 🔊

 

 


A waltz tune for those moments of happiness you feel like dancing with baby!

Words and music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Dance with baby, then raise them up high and drop down low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My wonderful bundle, my bundle of fun,

My wonderful bundle of fun,

My pie in the sky

Flies up, up so high,

Up and over the moon,

Then down, down, down too soon!


 

 

Niddledy noddledy 🔊

 

 


A bedtime song from Linda Chesterman’s ‘Music for the nursery school’ published in 1935. Source of words are unknown. Sing ‘Turn off the light!’ if you rather sing the non-traditional version. Second verse adapted by Dany Rosevear.

 

Children can mimic the going to bed routine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Niddledy, noddledy, to and fro,

Tired and sleepy, to rest we go.

Jump into bed!

Blow out the light!

Head on the pillow...

Shut your eyes tight!

 

Shut your eyes tight!

Shut your eyes tight!

Head on the pillow...

Goodnight, goodnight!


 

 

 

On my face I have a nose 🔊

 

 


Learn to recognise and name each part of the body.

Music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

Point to each part of the body as it is mentioned. Run on the spot, raise arms and wave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


On my face I have a nose,

Way down here I have ten toes,

I have two eyes that I can blink,

I have a head to help me think,

I have a chin and very near,

I have two ears to help me hear,

I have a mouth from which to speak,

And when I run I use my feet.

Here are my arms to hold up high…

And here’s a hand to wave good-bye!

 


 

 

 

One little bumble bee O

 

 


A baby play song from Finland.

I would love to hear it sung in Finnish! If you have come across the words do let me know at: singingchildren@aol.com

Encourage older children to identify / choose where the bee might land next.

 

With thumb and finger together lightly tap part of the body mentioned.

Buzz as it flies off to another part and ask, ‘Where is it going next?’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One little bumble bee,

One little bumble bee,

One little bumble bee,

Bouncing on your head.

Bzzzzzzz!

...bouncing on your chin, arm, knee, tummy or any other part of the body.

 


 

 

Owl in the tree says, “Whoo, whoo, whoo!”🔊

 

 


Give children the confidence to introduce themselves to others in a comfortable setting.

 

Pass a toy owl round the circle, when the song stops the child holding the owl tells the others his or her name. Make sure everyone gets a turn. Older children can more add information ‘My name is… and I like to….’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Owl in the tree says, “Whoo, whoo, whoo!”

Owl in the tree says, “Whoo, whoo, whoo!”

Owl in the tree says, “Whoo, whoo, whoo,

Whoo, whoo are you?”

 


 

 

Pickles in the pickle pot 🔊

 

 


This simple rhyme has lovely speech sounds that the toddler with listen to with concentration. It can be used to distract a child while nappy changing.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Squeeze each cheek gently. Tickle tummy and then under the chin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pickles in the pickle pot,

Cookies in the tin,

Tickles on the tummy,

And underneath the chin.


 

 

Pray open your umbrella 🔊

 

 


A classic from ‘This little puffin’ published 1969.

 

1. Mime opening umbrella, put hands and arms over the head. 2. Wiggle fingers downwards, close umbrella.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pray open your umbrella,

Pray open your umbrella,

Pray open your umbrella,

To shield me from the rain.

 

The shower is nearly over,

The shower is nearly over,

The shower is nearly over,

So shut it up again.


 

 

Puppy’s little paddy paws 🔊

 

 


A baby tickle rhyme.

Words and music by Dany Rosevear.

 

1st verse 1. Make a running movement on palm of hand. 2. Stroke cheek, tickle toes. 3. Waggle ‘tail’ forefinger. 4. Wiggle baby’s nose.

2nd verse 1.&2. As before. 3. Run finger round palm. 4. As before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Puppy’s little paddy paws, scamper to and fro,

Kittens little whiskers tickle tickle toes,

Here comes little lambkin, dressed in bells and bows,

Mummy’s pickle sneezes, “Atchoo!” with her teeny tiny nose.

 

Puppy’s little paddy paws, scamper to and fro,

Kittens little whiskers tickle tickle toes,

Round about the garden where the fragrant roses grow,

Mummy’s pickle sneezes, “Atchoo!” with her teeny tiny nose.


 

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