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Rhymes

 

Introduction
The Children’s Librarians of the Northport-East Northport Public Library have compiled this booklet of traditional and contemporary rhymes, fingerplays, and songs for you to share with your child.  The verses selected are a sampling of those used in our Road to Reading programs at the Library.
The wonderful rhythm and wordplay provided will help familiarize your child with the wide variety of sounds in spoken language.  He or she, in turn, will be developing phonemic awareness – the ability to segment and manipulate the sounds, and a key component of reading readiness. We invite you to use this booklet to read, sing, and rhyme with your child.  Have fun and enjoy some special time together!

 

Acka Backa
Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
Up goes you!

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
I love you!

 

Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Baa, baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
One for my master,
One for my dame,
And one for the little girl who lives
Down the lane.
Baa, baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

 

Bright Sun
(sung to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
Bright sun shining down,
Shining on the ground.
What a lovely face you have,
Yellow, big and round.

 

Car Song
(sung to “The Farmer in the Dell”)
We’re riding in the car,
We’re riding in the car,
Hi-ho, away we go,
We’re riding in the car.

We’re riding, oh, so far,
We’re riding, oh, so far,
Hi-ho, away we go,
We’re riding, oh, so far.

 

Choo-Choo Train
Here is the choo-choo train
Puffing down the track.
Now it’s going forward,
Now it’s going back.
Now the bell is ringing,
Now the whistle blows.
What a lot of noise it makes
Everywhere it goes.

 

Clap, Tap, Bend
I take my little hands and go
Clap, clap, clap.
I take my little hands and go
Clap, clap, clap.
I take my little hands and go
Clap, clap, clap.
Clap, clap all day long.

I take my little feet and go tap, tap, tap…
I take my little knees and go bend, bend, bend…

 

Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands,
As s-l-o-w-l-y as you can.
Clap, clap, clap your hands,
As quickly as you can.
.....shake…
.....roll…
.....rub…

 

Closing Song
The more we get together,
Together, together,
The more we get together,
The happier we’ll be.
’Cause your friends are my friends,
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together,
The happier we’ll be.
…..read together…
…..sing together…

 

Cows in the Barn
(sung to “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The cows in the barn go moo, moo, moo,
Moo, moo, moo,
Moo, moo, moo.
The cows in the barn go moo, moo, moo,
Moo, moo all day long.
…..ducks in the pond go
quack, quack, quack…
…..sheep in the field go
baa, baa, baa…
…..piggies in their pens go
oink, oink, oink…

 

Criss Cross Applesauce
Criss cross
Applesauce.
Spiders crawling up your back.
Cool breeze,
Tight squeeze.
Now you’ve got the shivers!

 

Down By the Station
Down by the station
Early in the morning.
See the little puffer-bellies
All in a row.
See the station master
Pull a little handle.
Puff, puff, toot, toot,
Off we go!

 

Five Little Ducks
Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack,
Quack, quack!”
But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks…
Three little ducks…
Two little ducks…

One little duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack,
Quack, quack!”
But none of the five little ducks came back.

Sad Mother Duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack,
Quack, quack!”
And all of the five little ducks
Came back.

 

Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys
Jumping on the bed.
One fell off
And bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor
And the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

Four little monkeys…
Three little monkeys…
Two little monkeys…
One little monkey…

 

Good Morning Toes
Good morning toes,
Good morning toes,
And how are you today?
I trust you had a good night’s sleep,
And now you’re ready to play.

…..knees...
…..tummy...
…..hands...
…..cheeks...

 

The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they’re up, they’re up.
And when they’re down, they’re down.
And when they’re only halfway up,
They’re neither up nor down.

 

Hands on Hips
Hands on hips,
Hands on knees,
Put them behind you,
If you please.

Touch your shoulders,
Touch your nose,
Touch your ears,
And touch your toes.

 

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

 

Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

 

Hickory, Dickory, Dock
Hickory, Dickory, Dock.
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory, Dickory, Dock.

 

Hokey Pokey
You put your right hand in,
You take your right hand out,
You put your right hand in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the hokey pokey,
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!

…..left hand...
…..right foot...
…..left foot...
…..whole self...

 

Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

 

If You Are Wearing…
(sung to “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you are wearing red, shake your head.
If you are wearing red, shake your head.
If you are wearing red,
Then please shake your head.
If you are wearing red, shake your head.

…..blue, touch your shoe...
…..black, pat your back...
…..brown, turn around...

 

If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it,
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.

.....pat your head...
.....tickle your chin...
.....stamp your feet...
.....shout hooray..!

 

I’m a Little Teapot
I’m a little teapot,
Short and stout.
Here is my handle,
Here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout.
Just tip me over and pour me out!

 

I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee,
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me!
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee.
Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz!

 

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
It’s raining, it’s pouring,
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed
And bumped his head,
And couldn’t get up in the morning.

 

Itsy, Bitsy Spider
The itsy, bitsy spider
Went up the water spout.
Down came the rain,
And washed the spider out.

Out came the sun,
And dried up all the rain.
And the itsy, bitsy spider
Went up the spout again.

 

Let’s Go Driving
(sung to “Frère Jacques”)
Let’s go driving,
Let’s go driving,
Around the block,
Around the block.
We will keep on driving,
We will keep on driving,
Then we’ll stop!
Then we’ll stop!

 

Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider
That sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

 

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockleshells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

 

Muffin Man
Do you know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man?
Do you know the muffin man,
Who lives on Drury Lane?

Yes, I know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man.
Yes, I know the muffin man,
Who lives on Drury Lane.

 

Old MacDonald’s Farm
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.
And on his farm he had a cow,
E-I-E-I-O.
With a moo-moo here
And a moo-moo there.
Here a moo, there a moo,
Everywhere a moo-moo.
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.

.....pig...oink-oink...
.....duck...quack-quack...
.....sheep...baa-baa...

 

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe.
Three, four, shut the door.
Five, six, pick up sticks.
Seven, eight, lay them straight.
Nine, ten, a big fat hen.

 

Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, creep them,
Slowly creep them,
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open wide your little mouth,
But do not let them in!

 

Pat-a-Cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,
Baker’s man.
Bake me a cake
As fast as you can.
Roll it, and pat it,
And mark it with a “B.”
Put it in the oven
For baby and me.

 

Put Your Finger On Your Nose
Put your finger on your nose,
On your nose.
Put your finger on your nose,
On your nose.
Put your finger on your nose.
Put your finger on your nose.
Put your finger on your nose,
On your nose!

.....on your belly...
.....on your head...
.....on your toes...

 

Rain
Rain is falling down,
Splash!
Rain is falling down,
Splash!
Pitter patter
Pitter patter
Rain is falling down,
Splash!

 

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

 

Shake My Sillies Out
Gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake, my sillies out.
Shake, shake, shake, my sillies out,
And wiggle my waggles away.

.....clap, clap, clap my crazies out...
.....jump, jump, jump my jiggles out...
.....yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out...

 

Shapes
(sung to “Do You Know the Muffin Man?”)
Do you know what shape this is,
What shape this is,
What shape this is?
Do you know what shape this is,
I’m holding in my hand?

 

Sing a Song of Sixpence
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing.
Wasn’t that a dainty dish
To set before the king.

The king was in his counting house,
Counting out his money.
The queen was in the parlor,
Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose!

 

Slowly, Slowly
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
Creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
Up the wooden rail.

Quickly, quickly, very quickly
Runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
’Round about the house.

 

Swing Your Arms
Swing, swing, swing your arms.
Swing them just like this.
Swing, swing, swing your arms.
Swing them both and stop.

March, march, march your feet.
March them just like this.
March, march, march your feet.
March them now and stop.

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your fingers.
Wiggle them just like this.
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your fingers.
Wiggle then make them stop.

 

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
(sung to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)
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,
Touch your shoe.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
I love you!


Ten Little Fingers
I have ten little fingers,
And they all belong to me.
I can make them do things,
Would you like to see?
I can shut them up tight,
Or open them wide.
I can put them together,
Or make them all hide.
I can make them jump high.
I can make them go low.
I can fold them up quietly,
And hold them just so.

 

This Is the Way
(sung to “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we clap our hands,
Clap our hands, clap our hands.
This is the way we clap our hands,
So early in the morning.

.....tap our toes…
.....touch our nose…
.....stomp our feet…

 

This Little Piggy Went to Market
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy cried,
Wee, wee, wee, wee, wee
All the way home.

 

Three Little Monkeys
Three little monkeys
Swinging in a tree.
Teasing Mr. Alligator, “Can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Alligator
Quiet as can be,
And snaps that monkey right
Out of that tree!

Two little monkeys...
One little monkey…

 

Tommy Thumbs
Tommy thumbs are up,
Tommy thumbs are down.
Tommy thumbs are dancing,
All around the town.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head,
Dance them on your knees,
And tuck them into bed.

Put your two arms up,
And put your two arms down.
Make your two arms do
A dance around the town.
Straighten them in front,
And straighten them in back,
Bend them to the sides,
And now you lay them flat.

 

Tony Chestnut
Tony Chestnut knows I love you,
Tony knows,
Tony knows.
Tony Chestnut knows I love you,
That’s what Tony knows.

 

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.


Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds
Sitting on a hill.
One named Jack,
One named Jill.
Fly away Jack,
Fly away Jill.
Come back Jack,
Come back Jill.

 

Washing
We’re gonna wash that dirt right
Off of our hands,
We’re gonna wash that dirt right
Off of our hands,
We’re gonna wash that dirt right
Off of our hands,
And send it on its way.

.....off of our face...
.....out of our hair...

 

Wheels On the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town.

The wipers...swish, swish, swish...
The horn...beep, beep, beep...
The lights...blink, blink, blink....
The doors...open and shut...

 

Wiggle Fingers
Wiggle fingers,
Wiggle so,
Wiggle high,
Wiggle low.
Wiggle left,
Wiggle right.
Wiggle fingers out of sight!

 

 

 

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