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KOOKABURRA

KOOKABURRA
Written By: Marion Sinclair
This is a favorite with the scouting crowd. It can be sung in a round by dividing the group into 2 or 3 groups and having each group begin with the first verse after the group before them finishes the first chorus. Expect plenty of laughing!

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Gay your life must be

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gum drops he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
Leave some there for me

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
That's not a monkey that's me.

   

THE ANTS GO MARCHING

THE ANTS GO MARCHING

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 stops to suck his thumb
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching two by two,
The little one stops to tie his shoe
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching three by three,
The little one stops to climb a tree
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching four by four,
The little one stops to shut the door
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching five by five,
The little one stops to take a dive
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching six by six, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching six by six, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching six by six,
The little one stops to pick up sticks
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching seven by seven,
The little one stops to pray to heaven
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching eight by eight,
The little one stops to shut the gate
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching nine by nine,
The little one stops to check the time
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching ten by ten,
The little one stops to say "THE END"
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

   
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THERE WAS AN OLD LADY

THERE WAS AN OLD LADY
Artist unknown

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady that swallowed a spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
But I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird.
SWALLOWED A BIRD, HOW ABSURD!!
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
But I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat.
Imagine that, she swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
But I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a dog.
What a hog, she swallowed a dog!
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
But I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady that swallowed a goat,
She opened her throat and down went the goat!
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog,
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
But I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady that swallowed a cow.
I don't know how she swallowed a cow.
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat,
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog,
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
But I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she'll die.

I know an old lady, who swallowed a horse,
SWALLOWED A HORSE!
SHE'S DEAD OF COURSE!

   

OH MY DARLING, CLEMENTINE

OH MY DARLING, CLEMENTINE
Written By: Unknown

In a cavern, in a canyon
Excavating for a mine
Lived a miner forty-niner
And his daughter, Clementine

REPEAT CHORUS
Oh, my darling, oh, my darling
Oh, my darling Clementine
You are lost and gone forever
Dreadful sorry, Clementine

Light she was and like a fairy
And her shoes were number nine
Herring boxes without topses
Sandals were for Clementine

REPEAT CHORUS

Drove her ducklings to the water
Every morning just at nine
Hit her foot against a splinter
Fell into the foaming brine

REPEAT CHORUS

Ruby lips above the water
Blowing bubbles soft and fine
But alas, I was no swimmer
So I lost my Clementine

REPEAT CHORUS

Then the miner, forty-niner
Soon began to peak and pine
Thought he oughta join his daughter
Now he's with his Clementine

REPEAT CHORUS

There's a churchyard on the hillside
Where the flowers grow and twine
There grow roses, 'mongst the posies
Fertilized by Clementine

REPEAT CHORUS

In my dreams she still doth haunt me
Robed in garlands soaked in brine
Though in life I used to hug her
Now she's dead, I draw the line

REPEAT CHORUS

Now you scouts may learn the moral
Of this little tale of mine
Artificial respiration
Would have saved my Clementine

REPEAT CHORUS

How I missed her, how I missed her
How I missed my Clementine
Till I kissed her little sister
And forgot my Clementine

REPEAT CHORUS

   
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YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE

By unknown artist

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy, when skies are gray.
You'll never know dear, how much I love you,
So please, don't take my sunshine away.

The other night dear, while I was sleeping.
I dreamt I held you in my arms.
When I awoke dear, I was mistaken,
So I held my head and cried.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy, when skies are gray.
You'll never know dear, how much I love you,
So please, don't take my sunshine away.

   
HAVE YOU SEEN THE MUFFIN MAN

HAVE YOU SEEN THE MUFFIN MAN

HAVE YOU SEEN THE MUFFIN MAN?
unknown author

Oh have you seen the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man?
Oh have you seen the muffin man,
That lives on Derry lane?
Oh yes I've seen the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man!
Oh yes I've seen the muffin man,
That lives on Derry lane!

   

THE CAT CAME BACK

THE CAT CAME BACK

Well, just like everybody you have troubles of your own
But let me tell you mister of the sorrow I have known!
I had an old gray cat, that I couldn't bear to keep
He spent the nights a-howling and he wouldn't let me sleep.

So I put him in a box and I tied it up quite well.
I had some fellows help me and I paid them not to tell.
We put it in a boxcar, the west-bound 7:10
The train pulled away and was never seen again.

CHORUS
But the Cat came back, the very next day
Yes the Cat came back and he wouldn't stay away!
Meow, kitty! Meow, so pretty!
Meow, such a pity, but the Cat came back!

So I took him to the harbor and I put in on a ship.
I bid him bon voyage! for that oceanic trip!
The captain was obliging and glad to help us out
We tied him to the anchor so that there could be no doubt!

Well, we heard that sad report of that might storm at sea
And though it may sound heartless, I was happy as could be!
The paper said the ship went down beneath a heavy gale
And not a single soul was left to tell the awful tale!

REPEAT CHORUS

So I gave him to a scientist, destined for the moon.
The Cat was used for ballast in an outer space balloon!
I guess you know what happened, that balloon's up there still,
And early that next morning, guess what came across the hill??

(Meow! That's right.)

Now, everyone in town was sworn to shoot that Cat on sight.
With that crazy cat around you couldn't sleep at night!
We even formed a posse just to hunt that critter down!
You could hear the guns a-blazin' as they ran him out of town!

REPEAT CHORUS

   

I HAD A LITTLE TURTLE

I HAD A LITTLE TURTLE

I had a little turtle
His name was Tiny Tim
I put him in the bath tub
To see if he could swim
He drank up all the water
He ate up all the soap
And he woke up in the morning
With a bubble in his throat

I had to call the Doctor
I had to call the Nurse
I had to call the Lady
With the Alligator Purse

Mumps said the Doctor
Measles said the Nurse
Nothing said the Lady
With the Alligator Purse

I had to punch the Doctor
And kick out the Nurse
Then I paid the Lady
With the Alligator Purse.

   
Miss Mary Mack

MISS MARY MACK

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack
All dressed in black, black, black
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons
All down her back, back, back
She asked her mother, mother, mother
For fifty cents, cents, cents
To see the elephant, elephant, elephant
Jump the fence, fence fence
They jumped so high, high, high
They touched the sky, sky, sky
And didn't come back, back, back
Till the fourth of July, July, July
He jumped so high, high, high
He touched the sky, sky, sky
And he never came back, back, back
Till the fourth of July, July, July!

   
RHYMES

I WAS SNAPPING MY FINGERS

This poem is played as a game. Each child chooses a character or animal and some sound or phrase. You keep adding and repeating until everyone has a turn.
I was snapping my fingers,
Walking down the street.
When a noise from the bushes,
Made my heart skip a beat.

I froze in fear,
Like I was stuck in glue.
When a purple dragon stepped
Out in my view.
The purple dragon said:
"hey do you mind if I follow you?"

Other suggested animals we use are:
Hungry crocodile
Happy hippopotamus
Laughing lion
Pretty parakeet
Big brave bear

   
ABC´S

S is for SUNSHINE

S is for SUNSHINE to brighten the spring,
Warming the water, the earth, everything!
P is for POSIES with colors so bright-
Reds, yellows, purples, Oh! what a sight!
R is for RAINDROPS that splash all about,
Wetting the earth so that new life can sprout.
I is for INSECTS that flit throught the air,
And the grasshoppers, beetles, and ants everywhere.
N is for NOISES I hear when I wake,
The chirping of birds and the laughs children make.
G is for GROWTH that I see around me.
The plants and the animals- SPRING is lovely!
Author Unknown

   
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ALLIGATOR PIE

ALLIGATOR PIE
By Dennis Lee

Alligator pie, alligator pie,
If I don't get some, I think I'm going to die.
Give away the green grass give away the sky.
But don't give away my alligator pie.

Alligator stew, alligator stew,
If I don't get some, I think I'm going to die.
Give away my hockey stick give away my shoe.
But don't give away my alligator stew!

   

I'M A LITTLE INDIAN - SONG

I'M A LITTLE INDIAN - SONG
sung to "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a little Indian on the go,
Here is my arrow, here is my bow,
When I go a hunting, hear me shout
Bears and Buffalo better watch out!

   
HUSH LITTLE BABY

HUSH LITTLE BABY - song

Traditional - origin unknown.
Hush little baby don't say a word, Mama's gonna buy you a mocking bird.
If that mocking bird won't sing, Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring.
If that diamond ring turns brass, Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass.
If that looking glass gets broke, Mama's gonna buy you a Billy goat.
If that Billy goat gets bony, Mama's gonna buy you a Shetland pony.
If that pony runs away, Mama's going to buy you another some day.

   
Five little ducks

FIVE LITTLE DUCKS SONG

Author Unknown

Five little ducks, went out to play (hold up five fingers)
over the hills, and far away, (hold hand to eyebrows)
When the mother duck went "Quack Quack Quack" (motion "quack" with your hand)
Four little Ducks came waddling back. (make wings with arms and move elbows up and down)

Continue to count down until there are no little ducks then sing:

No little ducks went out to play,
Over the hills and far away,
When the mother duck went "QUACK, QUACK, QUACK",
Five little ducks came waddling back.

   
ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE HORSES

ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE HORSES

ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE HORSES

Hush-a-bye, don't you cry.
Go to sleepy little baby.
Blacks and bays, dapples and grays,
Coach and six-a-little horses.
Hush-a-bye, don't you cry.
Go to sleep little baby.

   
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NOBODY LOVES ME

NOBODY LOVES ME
Artist unknown

Nobody loves me everybody hates me,
I think I'll go eat worms!
Big fat juicy ones, teeny weenie tiny ones,
Golly how they wiggle and squirm.
I'll chop off their heads and squeeze out the juice
And throw their tails away.
Nobody knows how I survive on worms,
Three times every day! YUM!

   
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JOHN JACOB JINGLEHEIMER SCHMIDT

JOHN JACOB JINGLEHEIMER SCHMIDT
Artist unknown
This song is sung several times softer and softer each time, until you're singing in a whisper, yet always singing "Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la" out loud.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, his name is my name too,
Whenever we go out the people always shout,
"There goes John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt!"
Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!

   
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TONY KNOWS

TONY KNOWS
Author unknown
The actions are clear, simply point to the appropriate body part and sing 2 or 3 times speeding up every time! (for a hint see the bottom of the song).

Tony Chestnut knows I love you,
Tony knows, Tony knows.
Tony Chestnut knows I love you,
Tony knows, Tony knows.
Tony Chestnut knows I love you,
That's what Tony knows!

HINT:
Toe- knee - chest (nut) - nose - eye - love (cross your arms over your chest to cross your heart) - you (point to child)

   

DID YOU EVER SEE A BUNNY?

DID YOU EVER SEE A BUNNY?
Sung to: "Did you ever see a lassie?"

Did you ever see a bunny, bunny, a bunny,
Did you ever see a bunny that hops -- so slow?
He hops, and hops, and hops, and hops,
Did you ever see a bunny, that hops so slow?

Addition Verses:
That hops -- So Fast?,
That hops -- Backwards?,
That hops on one foot?

Be sure to hop while singing this song!

   

BABY BUMBLEBEE

BABY BUMBLEBEE
Written By: Unknown

I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee, (Cup hands together as if holding bee)
Won't my mommy be so proud of me,

I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee, (Shake hands as if just stung)
Ouch! It stung me!

I'm squishing up the baby bumblebee, ('Squish' bee between palms of hands)
Won't my mommy be so proud of me,

I'm squishing up a baby bumblebee, (Open up hands to look at 'mess')
Ooh! It's yucky!

I'm wiping off the baby bumblebee, (Wipe hands off on shirt)
Won't my mommy be so proud of me,

I'm wiping off the baby bumblebee, (Hold hands up to show they are clean)
Now my mommy won't be mad at me!

   

PLANTING TIME SONG

Sung to: "Row, row, row Your Boat"

Dig, dig, dig the earth (Make a digging motion)

Then you plant your seeds, (pretend to drop seeds)

A gentle rain (Flutter fingers down)

And bright sunshine (Circle arms above head)

Will help your flowers grow. (Hold one arm parallel to ground and move other arm up behind it with fingers extended like a flower growing)

   
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THE CROCODILE SONG

THE CROCODILE SONG
Unknown
She sailed away on a bright and sunny day,
On the back of a crocodile.
"You see," said she, "he's as tame as he could be,
I'll sail him down the Nile".
But …. The croc winked his eye,
As she waved them all goodbye,
Wearing a great big smile.
At the end of the ride, the lady was inside,
And the smile was on the crocodile!

   

WEATHER FASHIONS SONG

Weather Fashions Song
(sung to the tune of Mary Had A Little Lamb)
Scarves and mittens keep us warm, keep us warm, keep us warm.
Scarves and mittens keep use warm; we wear them when it snows.
Boots and slickers keep us dry, keep us dry, keep us dry
Boots and slickers keep us dry; we wear them when it rains.
Shorts and sandals keep us cool, keep us cool, keep us cool.
Shorts and sandals keep us cool; we wear them when it's hot.

   
Go tell Aunt Rhody

GO TELL AUNT RHODY

GO TELL AUNT RHODY

Go tell Aunt Rhody,
Go tell Aunt Rhody,
Go tell Aunt Rhody
The old gray goose is dead.

The one she's been saving,
The one she's been saving,
The one she's been saving
To make a feather bed.

The goslings are mourning,
The goslings are mourning,
The goslings are mourning,
Because their mother's dead.

The old gander's weeping,
The old gander's weeping,
The old gander's weeping,
Because his wife is dead.

She died in the mill pond,
She died in the mill pond,
She died in the mill pond
From standing on her head.

Go tell Aunt Rhody,
Go tell Aunt Rhody,
Go tell Aunt Rhody
The old gray goose is dead.

   

TWINKLE, TWINKLE TRAFFIC LIGHT SAFETY SONG

TWINKLE, TWINKLE TRAFFIC LIGHT (Sung to the tune of twinkle, twinkle little star.)
Twinkle, twinkle traffic light
Shining on the corner bright
Red means stop, green means go!
Yellow means wait even if you're late.
Twinkle, twinkle traffic light shining on the corner bright.
After we sing this song we make traffic light out of construction paper.
The children then become aware of the rules of the road, while traveling with grown-ups.

   

MY HAT, IT HAS THREE CORNERS

MY HAT, IT HAS THREE CORNERS
author unknown

My hat, it has three corners,
Three corners has my hat
And had it not three corners,
It would not be my hat.

(Point to self) (Point to head)hat, it has three corners,
Three corners has (Point to self) hat
And had it not three corners,
It would not be (Point to self) hat.

(Point to self) (Point to head)it has three corners,
Three corners has (Hold up three fingers) (Bend your arm and point to elbow)
And had it not three corners,
It would not be (Point to self) (Point to head)

(Point to self) (Point to head)it has (Hold up three fingers)corners,
(Hold up three fingers) corners has (Hold up three fingers) (Bend your arm and point to elbow)
And had it not (Hold up three fingers)corners,
It would not be (Point to self) (Point to head)

(Point to self) (Point to head),it has (Hold up three fingers) (Bend your arm and point to elbow),
(Hold up three fingers) (Bend your arm and point to elbow) has (Point to self) (Point to head)
And had it not (Hold up three fingers) (Bend your arm and point to elbow),
It would not be (Point to self) (Point to head)

   

DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW?

DO YOUR EARS HANG LOW?
Traditional
Written By: Unknown

Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them o'er your shoulder
Like a Continental Soldier?
Do your ears hang low?

Do your ears hang high?
Do they reach up to the sky?
Do they wrinkle when they're wet?
Do they straighten when they're dry?
Can you wave them at your neighbor
With an element of flavor?
Do your ears hang high?

Do your ears hang wide?
Do they flap from side to side?
Do they wave in the breeze
From the slightest little sneeze?
Can you soar above the nation
With a feeling of elevation?
Do your ears hang wide?

Do your ears fall off
When you give a great big cough?
Do they lie there on the ground
Or bounce up at every sound?
Can you stick them in your pocket
Just like Davy Crocket?
Do your ears fall off?

Does your tongue hang down?
Does it flop all around?
Can you tie it in a knot?
Can you tie it in a bow?
Can you throw it o'er your shoulder
Like a Continental Soldier?
Does your tongue hang down?

Does your nose hang low?
Does it wiggle to and fro?
Can you tie it in a knot?
Can you tie it in a bow?
Can you throw it o'er your shoulder
Like a Continental Soldier?
Does your nose hang low?

Do your eyes pop out?
Do they bounce all about?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them o'er your shoulder
Like a Continental Soldier?
Do your eyes pop out?

   

OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM

Old Macdonald had a farm eieio
And on this farm he had a (animal) eieio
With a (noise noise) here and a (noise noise), there
Here a (noise), there a (noise), Everywhere a (noise noise),
Old Macdonald had a farm eieio
Dog woof, cat meow, sheep baa, cow moo
horse, neigh duck quack, donkey hee haw
kangaroo boing boing, lion roar

   

DOWN BY THE BAY

DOWN BY THE BAY

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
"Did you ever see a bear
Combing his hair
Down by the bay?"

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
"Did you ever see a bee
With a sunburned knee
Down by the bay?"

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
"Did you ever see a moose
Kissing a goose
Down by the bay?"

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
"Did you ever see a whale
With a polka dot tail
Down by the bay?"

   

FOUND A PEANUT

FOUND A PEANUT
Sung to the tune of: Clementine

Found a peanut, found a peanut,
Found a peanut just now,
Just now I found a peanut,
Found a peanut just now.

Cracked it open, cracked it open,
Cracked it open just now,
Just now I cracked it open,
Cracked it open just now.

It was rotten, it was rotten,
It was rotten just now,
Just now it was rotten,
It was rotten just now.

Ate it anyway, ate it anyway,
Ate it anyway just now,
Just now I ate it anyway,
Ate it anyway just now.

Got a stomach ache, got a stomach ache,
Got a stomach ache just now,
Just now I got a stomach ache,
Got a stomach ache just now.

Called the doctor, called the doctor,
Called the doctor just now,
Just now I called the doctor,
Called the doctor just now.

Penicillin, Penicillin,
Penicillin just now,
Just now I took Penicillin,
Penicillin just now.

Operation, operation,
Operation just now,
Just now an operation,
An operation just now.

Died anyway, died anyway,
Died anyway just now,
Just now I died anyway,
Died anyway just now.

Went to heaven, went to heaven,
Went to heaven just now,
Just now I went to heaven,
Went to heaven just now.

Wouldn't take me, wouldn't take me,
Wouldn't take me just now,
Just now Heaven wouldn't take me,
Wouldn't take me just now.

Went the other way, went the other way,
Went the other way just now,
Just now I went the other way,
Went the other way just now.

Didn't want me, didn't want me,
Didn't want me just now,
Just now they didn't want me,
Didn't want me just now.

Was a dream, was a dream,
Was a dream just now,
Just now it was a dream,
Was a dream, just now.

Then I woke up, then I woke up,
Then I woke up just now,
Just now I woke up,
I woke up just now.

Found a peanut, found a peanut,
Found a peanut just now,
Just now I found a peanut,
Found a peanut just now.

   

PINATA CHANT

PINATA CHANT
My goodness! My goodness!
A big paper jar! (make large circle with hands)
A big paper jar that is shaped like a star (draw star shape in the air)
And filled full of walnuts and
filled full of sweets, (clap hands)
Of toys and of oranges and wonderful treats.
Let's hit it and hit it and hit it until (pretend to hit piñata)
The piñata breaks and
makes everything spill (clap)
OLE!

   
pop goes the weasel

POP GOES THE WEASEL

Author Unknown

Round and 'round the cobbler's bench,
The monkey chased the the weasel.
The monkey thought 'twas all in fun,
Pop! Goes the weasel.
A penny for a spool of thread
A penny for a needle,
That's the way the money goes,
Pop! Goes the weasel.
A half a pound of tupenny rice,
A half a pound of treacle.
Mix it up and make it nice,
Pop! Goes the weasel.

   

THE SCARECROW SONG

THE SCARECROW SONG

The scarecrow stands in the field all day (Stand with your arms extended)
Scaring the big black crows away. (Wave your arms)
'Caw, caw, caw." (Everyone caw together)
He doesn't scare me, for all the while (Point to yourself)
He wears a great big painted smile. (Draw a big smile in the air)
"Haw, haw, haw!" (Everyone together)

By Margaret Hillert

   

GEE, MA, I WANNA GO HOME

GEE, MA, I WANNA GO HOME

They say that in the army
The coffee's mighty fine
Well, it's good for cuts and bruises,
But it tastes like turpentine!
Oh, I don't want no more of army life
Gee, Ma, I wanna go home!

The chicken in the army,
They say is mighty fine,
A drum rolled off the table
And squished a pal of mine!
Oh, I don't want no more of army life!
Gee, Ma, I wanna go home!

The clothing that they give us
They say is mighty fine
Well, me and half my regiment
Can all fit into mine
Oh, I don't want no more of army life
Gee, Ma, I wanna go home!

The salary that they pay us,
They say is mighty fine
They give you thirty dollars
And take back forty-nine
Oh, I don't want no more of army life
Gee, Ma, I wanna go,
Hey, Ma I gotta go,
Gee, Ma, I wanna go home!

   

DANCE LIKE SNOWFLAKES

DANCE LIKE SNOWFLAKES
(sung to the tune of "Frere Jacques")

Dance like snowflakes,
Dance like snowflakes,
In the air.
In the air.
Whirling, twirling, snowflakes,
Whirling, twirling, snowflakes,
Here and there.
Here and there.

   

BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP

BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP
Traditional England

Baa Baa Black sheep have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full:
One for my master, and one for my dame,
And one for the little boy (insert your child's name) who lives down the lane.

This song is a good one to sing in a round.

   

THIS OLD MAN

THIS OLD MAN
Another good song for singing in a round.

This old man, he played one
He played knick-knack on my thumb
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone
This old man came rolling home
Two…shoe
Three…knee
Four…door
Five…hive
Six…sticks
Seven…up to heaven
Eight…gate
Nine…spine
Ten…once again

   

I'M A NUT

I'M A NUT

I'm an acorn, small and round
Lying on the cold, cold ground
Everyone walks on me
That is why I'm a little cracked you see

I'm a nut! (Clap your hands)
I'm a nut! (Clap your hands)
I'm a nut! (Clap your hands)

Called myself up on the telephone
Just to hear my golden tone
Asked me out for a little date
Picked me up 'bout half past eight

I'm a nut! (Clap your hands)
I'm a nut! (Clap your hands)
I'm a nut! (Clap your hands)

Took myself to the movie show
Stayed too late and said "Let's go"
Took my hand and led me out
Drove me home and gave a shout!

I'm a nut! (Clap your hands)
I'm a nut! (Clap your hands)
I'm a nut! (Clap your hands)

   

A HUNTING WE WILL GO

A HUNTING WE WILL GO
author unknown

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
High ho, the dairy-o, a hunting we will go
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
We'll catch a fox and put him in a box
And then we'll let him go.

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
High ho, the dairy-o, a hunting we will go
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
We'll catch a fish and put him on a dish
And then we'll let him go.

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
High ho, the dairy-o, a hunting we will go
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
We'll catch a bear and cut his hair
And then we'll let him go.

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
High ho, the dairy-o, a hunting we will go
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
We'll catch a pig and dance a little jig
And then we'll let him go.

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
High ho, the dairy-o, a hunting we will go
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go
We'll catch a giraffe and make him laugh
And then we'll let him go.

   
six little ducks

SIX LITTLE DUCKS

Author Unknown
Six little ducks That I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones, Fair ones, too
But the one little duck With the feather 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 feather 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

Back from the river They would come
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, Ho, hum, hum
But the one little duck With the feather 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
Back from the river They would come
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, Ho, hum, hum
But the one little duck With the feather on his back
He led the others With a quack, quack, quack

   

LEARNING NUMBERS

LEARNING NUMBERS
These are good "mini-rhymes" to use when your child is learning how to print their numbers.
1-A straight line, one is fun.
2-Around and back on the railroad track-two,two,two.
3-Around the tree and around the tree, that's the way we make a three.
4-Down and over, down some more. That's the way we make a four.
5-Fat old five goes down and around. Put a flag on top and see what you've
found.
6-Down to a loop, six rolls a hoop.
7-Across the sky and down from heaven, that's the way we make a seven.
8-Make an "s" but do not wait -- go right back up to make an eight.
9-A loop and a line--that's a nine.
10-A one first, a zero then, that's the way we make a ten!

   
songs

SOMETHING IN MY POCKET

SOMETHING IN MY POCKET
Author unknown
great sung as a round...

I have something in my pocket, it belongs upon my face.
I always keep it close to me, in a most convenient place!
I bet you'll never guess it if you guess a long, long while,
So I'll take it out and put it on it's a great big, beautiful smile!

   

I'M A LITTLE SNOW PERSON

I'M A LITTLE SNOW PERSON
author unknown

(sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")

I'm a little snow person (stand with arms in a circle above your stomach)
Short and fat.
Here are my buttons, (point to buttons)
Here is may hat, (pat top of head)
When the sun come out, (make circle with hands above head)
I cannot play (shake head no)
Slowly I just (bend slowly down to the floor)
Melt away (puddle yourself on floor)

   

GINGERBREAD MAN -song

GINGERBREAD MAN
Stir a bowl of gingerbread (stir as in a bowl)
Smooth and spicy brown.
Roll it with a rolling pin, (roll dough with pin) up and up and down.
With a cookie cutter. (cut cookies with a cutter)
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven (put pan in oven)
Until half past ten.

   

MICHAEL FINNEGAN

MICHAEL FINNEGAN

There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He had whiskers on his chin again
They fell out and then grew in again
Poor old Michael Finnegan . . . Begin again.

There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He went fishing with a pin again
Caught a fish and dropped it in again
Poor old Michael Finnegan . . . Begin again.

There was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He grew fat and then grew thin again
Then he died and had to begin again
Poor old Michael Finnegan . . . Begin again.

   

THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN

THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN

Tune: For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
Written By: Unknown
Copyright Unknown

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To see what he could see

To see what he could see,
To see what he could see

The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
Was all that he could see

Was all that he could see,
Was all that he could see,
The other side of the mountain,
Was all that he could see!

   

SHOO FLY

SHOO FLY

CHORUS
Shoo fly, don't bother me,
Shoo fly, don't bother me,
Shoo fly, don't bother me,
For I belong to somebody

I feel, I feel , I feel
I feel like a shooting star,
I feel, I feel , I feel
I feel like a shooting star.

   

MANNERS SONG

Sung to "Hickory, Dickory, Dock"

Cover your mouth when you cough.
Cover your mouth when you sneeze.
If you cough or if you sneeze,
Cover your mouth, if you please!

**Ruth Miller**

   

LITTLE BUNNY FOO-FOO -SONG

Author Unknown
Little Bunny Foo-Foo, (hold up two fingers)
Hopping through the forest (bounce you hand up and down)
Picking up the field mice, (make a grabbing motion)
And bopping them on the head, (hold your fist, and hit your fist with your palm)
[spoken] Down came the fairy godmother, (symbol rain coming down)
[spoken] And SHE SAID:
Little Bunny Foo-Foo, (hold up one finger "no-no" motion)
I don't want to see you, (hold up one finger "no-no" motion)
Picking up the field mice, (make a grabbing motion)
And bopping them on the head, (hold your fist, and hit your fist with your palm)
[spoken]I'll give you three more chances, and then I will turn you into a goon!!!
(sing again last line 2 more chances, then 1 more chance, then sing the following:)
Little Bunny Foo-Foo, (hold up two fingers)
Hopping through the forest, (bounce you hand up and down)
Picking up the field mice, (make a grabbing motion)
And bopping them on the head, (hold your fist, and hit your fist with your palm)
[spoken]Down came the fairy godmother, (symbol rain coming down)
[spoken]And SHE SAID:
Little Bunny Foo-Foo, (hold up one finger "no-no" motion)
I didn't want to see you, (same as above)
Picking up the field mice, (make a grabbing motion)
And bopping them on the head, (hold your fist, and hit your fist with your palm)
[spoken] I gave you three chances, now I will turn you into a goon!!!
[spoken] And poof, she turned him into a goon.

   

I LIKE CLIMBING SONG

I Like Climbing - Sung to "Oh, My Darling Clementine"

I like climbing, I like climbing, (March in place)
On a mountain, oh so high. (Raise Arms above head to make mountain)
I look down and see a valley, (Shade eyes with hand and look down)
I look up and see the sky. (Shade eyes with hand and look up)

I climb higher, I climb higher, (March in place)
I climb right up to the top (Point finger and arm up high)
I like climbing, I like climbing, (March in place)
I don't ever want to stop. (Fold arms across chest)

Now it's time to hike back down now, (March in place very slowly and carefully)
Climbing carefully, you will see
We are back at where we started,
Yes, we made it, you and me! (Raise arms and cheer)

   

DEM BONES

DEM BONES

The foot bone's connected to the leg bone,
The leg bone's connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone's connected to the chest bone
The chest bone's connected to the arm bone,
The arm bone's connected to the neck bone
The neck bone's connected to the head bone
Oh I'm not afraid of dem bones
Dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk around
Dem bones dem bones, gonna walk around,
Dem bones dem bones, gonna walk around
Oh I am not afraid.

   

WYNKEN, BLYNKEN AND NOD

Wynken, Blynken and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew
"'Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three,
"We have come to fish for the herring fish
That lives in this beautiful sea:
Nets of silver and gold have we!"
Said Wynken, Blynken and Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As thy rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew;
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea.
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish
Never afraid are we";
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
Wynken Blynken and Nod

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam;
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home.
'Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three;
Wynken Blynken and Nod

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head;
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three;
Wynken, Blynken and Nod
Eugene Field, USA 1892

   

KUMBAYA

KUMBAYA

Kumbaya, my friend, kumbaya,
Kumbaya, my friend, kumbaya.
Kumbaya, my friend, kumbaya.
Oh friend, kumbaya.

Someone's singing, my friend, kumbaya.
Someone's singing, my friend, kumbaya.
Someone's singing, my friend, kumbaya.
Oh friend, kumbaya.

Someone's laughing, my friend, kumbaya.
Someone's laughing, my friend, kumbaya.
Someone's laughing, my friend, kumbaya.
Oh friend, kumbaya.

Someone's sleeping, my frind, kumbaya.
Someone's sleeping, my frind, kumbaya.
Someone's sleeping, my frind, kumbaya.
Oh friend, kumbaya.

   

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Jane Taylor England 1806

   

FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS

FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

One little monkey jumping on the bed
He fell off and bumped his head
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

No little monkeys jumping on the bed
None fell off and bumped his head
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said
Put those monkeys back in bed!

   

MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION-song

MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION
(tune: Mary had a little lamb)

March comes in like a lion, Like a lion, like a lion March comes in like a lion And goes out like a lamb.
March comes in with a great big wind, Great big wind, great big wind.
March comes in with a great big wind, And goes out with a breeze.

   

RABBIT DOESN'T HAVE A TAIL AT ALL

Sung to: "London Bridge"

Rabbit doesn't have a tail at all,
Tail at all, tail at all.
Rabbit doesn't have a tail at all,
Just a power puff.
His ears are longer than his tail,
Than his tail, than his tail.
His ears are longer than his tail,
It's a powder puff.

   

LITTLE RED WAGON

LITTLE RED WAGON
When singing this song with your toddler, set them on your knees and bounce them.

Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Having so much fun

Here come my friends in their little red wagons
Here come my friends in their little red wagons
Here come my friends in their little red wagons
Having so much fun

Pull me around in my little red wagon
Pull me around in my little red wagon
Pull me around in my little red wagon
Having so much fun

Turn the corner in my little red wagon
Turn the corner in my little red wagon
Turn the corner in my little red wagon
Having so much fun

Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Having so much fun
We're having so much fun!

   

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE SONG

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE SONG
Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "3 blind mice"

Love, Love, Love
Love, Love, Love
See how it grows,
See how it grows.
I love my friends and they love me,
We love others and then, you see,
There's more than enough for a big family
Love, love, love, Love, love, love

   

A HUG FROM YOU SONG

A HUG FROM YOU SONG
Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "Mary had a little lamb"

It's nice to get to a hug from you,
A Hug from you, A Hug from you.
It's nice to get a hug from you,
So, let's give one right now.

(Hug a friend)

   
spring

SPRING BABIES

Babies are born in the spring. Tiny Robins are learning to sing.
Tadpoles and polliwogs wriggle. Spotted hyena pups giggle.
Tiger cubs show off their stripes. Puppies try out their first "yipes".
The lambs and the foals test their legs. Yellow chicks peck out of their eggs.
Kittens meow for warm milk. The calves' baby hair feels like silk.
The young hippopotamus yawns. The does lick their newborn fawns.
The ducklings are learning to quack and little snake eggs start to crack.

   

HERE'S A LITTLE CANDLE - song

HERE'S A LITTLE CANDLE
(sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")

Here's a little candle dressed in white,
Wearing a hat of yellow light.
When the night is dark, then you will see
Just how bright this light can be.
Here's a little candle straight and tall,
Shining it's light upon us all.
When the night is dark, then you will see
Just how bright this light can be.
Here's a little candle burning bright.
Keeping us safe all through the night.
When the night is dark, then you will see
Just how bright this light can be!

   

LET'S ALL DO A LITTLE CLAPPING

LET'S ALL DO A LITTLE CLAPPING
author unknown

(sung to "We Wish You A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!")

Let's all do a little clapping,
Let's all do a little clapping,
Let's all do a little clapping,
And spread Christmas cheer.
You can change the clapping to other activities.
2.Jumping
3.Twirling
4.Stretching
5.Bending

   
songs

GREAT GREEN GOBS

GREAT GREEN GOBS
By unknown artist

Great, green, gobs of greasy, grimy, gopher guts,
Mutilated monkey meat, dirty little birdies' feet.
Great, green, gobs of greasy, grimy, gopher guts,
And I forgot my spoon! YUCK!

   

IF YOU'RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT

IF YOU'RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT
unknown author

If you're happy and you know it,
Clap your hands (Clap your hands once)
If you're happy and you know it,
Clap your hands (Clap your hands once)
If you're happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
If you're happy and you know it,
Clap your hands. (Clap your hands once)

If you're happy and you know it,
Stomp your feet (Stomp your feet )
If you're happy and you know it,
Stomp your feet (Stomp your feet )
If you're happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
If you're happy and you know it,
Stomp your feet. (Stomp your feet )

If you're happy and you know it,
Shout "Hurray!" (Shout "Hurray!")
If you're happy and you know it,
Shout "Hurray!" (Shout "Hurray!")
If you're happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
If you're happy and you know it,
Shout "Hurray!" (Shout "Hurray!")

If you're happy and you know it,
Do all three (clap your hands then stomp your feet then shout "Hurray!")
If you're happy and you know it,
Do all three (clap your hands then stomp your feet then shout "Hurray!")
If you're happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
If you're happy and you know it,
Do all three. (clap your hands then stomp your feet then shout "Hurray!")

   

JOHN JACOB JINGLEHEIMER SCHMIDT

JOHN JACOB JINGLEHEIMER SCHMIDT

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
His name is my name, too!
Whenever we go out,
The people always shout
There goes John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt!
DA da da da da da da

Repeat verse again and again each time quieter than the last)
but shout loudly on the last line
"There goes John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt! "

   

LITTLE GIRL WITH A CURL

LITTLE GIRL WITH A CURL

There was a little girl, who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead,
And when she was good she was very, very good
But when she was bad she was horrid.

She stood on her head, ion her little truckle bed
With nobody by for to hinder
She screamed and she squalled, she yelled and she wailed,
And drummed her little heals against the winder.

Her mother heard the noise, and thought it was the boys
Playing in the empty attic
She rushed upstairs and caught her unawares
And spanked her, most empathetic
H W longfellow usa

   

TOOTHBURSH SONG

TOOTHBURSH SONG
I jiggle the toothbrush again and again
I scrub all my teeth for awhile.
I swozzle the water to rinse them, and then
I look at myself and I smile!

   
songs

I'M BRINGING HOME A BABY BUMBLEBEE

I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee.
Won't my daddy be so proud of me.
I'm opening up the window carefully, so my bee can fly away free
Bzzz bzzz bzzz..
Bye bye baby bumblebee!

   

STARS POEM

At night I see the twinkling stars,
And a great big smiling moon
My mommy tucks me into bed
and sings a good night tune.

   

HEAD SHOULDERS KNEES AND TOES

HEAD SHOULDERS KNEES AND TOES
Head shoulders, knees and toes knees and toes knees and toes
Head shoulders knees and toes knees and toes knees and toes
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose, head shoulders knees and toes knees and toes

Have the children go through the motions and touch each part of their body as they sing.
Sing faster and faster the verse over and over.

   

BOOM, BOOM, AIN'T IT GREAT TO BE CRAZY?

BOOM, BOOM, AIN'T IT GREAT TO BE CRAZY?

A horse and a flea and three blind mice
Sat on a curbstone shooting dice
The horse he slipped and fell on the flea
"Whoops," said the flea, "There's a horse on me!"

CHORUS
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?
Giddy and foolish the whole day through
Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Way down South where bananas grow
A flea stepped on an elephant's toe
The elephant cried, with tears in his eyes
"Why don't you pick on someone your own size?"

REPEAT CHORUS

Way up North where there's ice and snow
There lived a penguin and his name was Joe
He got so tired of black and white
He wore pink slacks to the dance last night!

REPEAT CHORUS

Eli, Eli had some socks
A dollar a pair and a nickel a box
The more you wear 'em the better they get
And you put 'em in the water and they don't get wet!

REPEAT CHORUS

Called myself on the telephone
Just to hear that golden tone
Asked myself out for a date
Said be ready 'bout half-past eight!

REPEAT CHORUS

Took myself to the picture show
Sat myself on the very last row
Wrapped my arms around my waist
Got so fresh I slapped my face!

REPEAT CHORUS

   

I SAID MY PAJAMAS

I SAID MY PAJAMAS

I said my pajamas,
I slipped on my prayers.
I went up my slippers,
I took off my stairs.
I turned off the bed,
I jumped in the light.
The reason for this is
You gave me a fright!

   

FIVE LITTLE SNOWMEN:

FIVE LITTLE SNOWMEN:
Kids love little finger games. You can make little snowmen out of paper and tape them to your fingers for this little poem.

5 little snowmen standing in a row.
Each had a hat and a big red bow.
Out came the sun and shone all day.
1 little snowman melted away.

(Continue until you have no snowmen left.)

   

PHYLLIS THE FOREST RANGER

PHYLLIS THE FOREST RANGER
Author unknown

(Sung to the tune of Clementine)

Phyllis is a forest ranger,
And she takes care of the trees.
She's a friend to every creature,
From big bears to little bees.

When I go to see the forest,
Phyllis takes me on a walk.
I learn all about the wildlife,
When I listen to her talk.

   
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