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MOVEMENT SONGS & RHYMES


STACK THE BLOCKS
Stack the blocks, up, up high,
See them reach up to the sky.
Then, the blocks come falling down,
See them land back on the ground.
                                                Jean Warren
(Recite poem as children stack blocks and then push them over.)
 

OPEN, SHUT THEM
Open, shut them; open, shut them,
Give your hands a clap.
Open, shut them; open, shut them,
Lay them in your lap.

Creep them, creep them; crawl them, crawl them,
Right up to your chin.
Open up your little mouth,
But do not let them in.
                                                Traditional
[ Show your toddlers how to act out the rhyme]

 
JACK BE NIMBLE

Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jumped over the candlestick.
Traditional
[Have your children pretend to jump over a candlestick.]
 
EENSY, WEENSY SPIDER
Tune: “Eensy, Weensy Spider”

Eensy, Weensy Spider
Went up the water spout. (Child uses one hand to climb up opposite arm.)
Down came the rain (Child raises both arms overhead and wiggles fingers down)
And washed the spider out. (Move spider hand back and forth)

Out came the sun (Child uses two arms to create a circle overhead.)
And dried up all the rain. (Make rain motions again.)
And the Eensy, Weensy Spider
Went up the spout, again! (Spider hand crawls up other arm again.)
Traditional

I’M A LITTLE TEAPOT

I’m a little teapot.
Short and stout.
Here is my handle (Child stands with one hand on hip.)
Here is my spout. (Child bends elbow up and tips hand out.)
When I get all steamed up,
Here me shout!
“Tip me over and pour me out!” (Child bends at waist and pretends to pour out tea.)
 
JACK-IN-THE-BOX
Jack-in-the-box
You sit so still. (Close hand with thumb inside.)
Won’t you come out?
Yes, I will! (Pop out thumb)
Traditional
 
TALL AS A TREE

Tall as a tree. (Raise arms high over head.)
High as a house. (Stretch arms out wide.)
Thin as a pin. (Hold arms next to body.)
Small as a mouse. (Huddle down in squatting postion.)
Traditional

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Reach up high,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Touch the sky.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
Bend down low,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Touch your toe.
Traditional
 
WHAT DOES THE CAT SAY?

What does the cat say? Meow, meow, meow.
What does the dog say? Bow-wow, bow-wow.
What does the donkey say? Hee-haw, hee-haw.
What does the birdie say? Caw, caw, caw.
What does the cow say? Moo, moo, moo.
What does the rooster say? Cock-a-doodle-do!
Adapted Traditional

LAUGH A LITTLE
Laugh a little, laugh a little, ha, ha, ha.
Sing a little, sing a little, la, la, la.
Clap a little, clap a little, clap, clap, clap.
Dance a little, dance a little, tap, tap, tap.
Spin a little, spin a little, round and round.
Rest a little, rest a little, all fall down!
Author unknown
 
HAPPY LITTLE PUPPET

Happy little puppet,
Dancing 'round the town.
Strings make his arms
Go up and down.

Happy little puppet
Dancing 'round the town.
Strings make his legs
Go up and down.

Happy little puppet
Dancing 'round the town.
Spin, spin, spin.
Oops! Fall down!
Jean Warren