Summer Reading Club

Finger and Counting Rhymes

Try these finger and counting action rhymes when playing with your baby or toddler. Attend a rhyme time or baby bounce session at your local public library to share the fun with others.

 

Rhymes for Babies
Finger Plays for Babies
Action Rhymes for Toddlers
Rhymes for Preschoolers
Finger Plays for Preschoolers


 

Rhymes for Babies

 

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 boy who lives down the lane.

 

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.

 

Hickory, Dickory, Dock

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

 

Rock-A-Bye-Baby

Rock-a-bye baby, (fold arms and rock) on the treetop.
When the wind blows the cradle will rock.
When the bough bends (bend forward)
The cradle will fall, (open arms)
And down will come baby, (drop arms to lap)
Cradle and all.
 


 

Finger Plays for Babies

 

Here We Go

Here we go up, up, up (raise hands high)
Here we go down, down, down (lower hands)
Here we go forward (take one step forward)
Here we go backward (take one step backward)
Here we go round, round, round (turn around once)

 

Where are Baby’s Fingers?

Where, oh where are baby’s fingers? (touch fingers)
Where, oh where are baby’s toes? (touch toes)
Where’s the baby’s belly button? (tap belly button)
‘Round and round it goes (make circle around belly)
Where, oh where are baby’s ears? (touch ears)
Where, oh where is baby’s nose? (touch nose)
Where’s the baby’s belly button? (tap belly button)
Round and round it goes. (make a circle around belly)

 

Five Fingers

Five fingers on this hand (hold up one hand)
Five fingers on that (hold up other hand)
A dear little nose (point to nose)
A mouth like a rose (point to mouth)
Two cheeks so tiny and fat (tap both cheeks)
Two eyes, two ears (point to each)
And ten little toes (point to toes)
That’s the way the baby grows.

 

Round and Round the Garden

Round and round the garden, like a teddy bear.
One step, two step tickle you under there.
(Walk you fingers around your child’s palm. Take steps with your fingers up their arm, and then tickle their armpit or chin. Also works with feet!)

 

The Train

Choo, choo, choo, (slide hands together)
The train runs down the track. (run fingers down arm)
Choo, choo, choo, (slide hands together)
And then it runs right back. (run fingers up arm)


 

Action Rhymes for Toddlers

 

This is the Way

(Show motions as you sing to the tune of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth
This is the way we brush our teeth on a warm and sunny morning.
This is the way we wash our face, wash our face, wash our face
This is the way we wash our face on a warm and sunny morning.
This is the way we comb our hair, comb our hair, comb our hair
This is the way we comb our hair on a warm and sunny morning.
This is the way we put on our clothes, put on our clothes, put on our clothes
This is the way we put on our clothes on a warm and sunny morning.

 

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

(Do actions as indicated)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, show your shoe
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear that will do!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go upstairs
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn out the lights
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say good-night!

 

I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot, (stand still) short and stout
Here is my handle, (Put hand on hip) here is my spout (extend other arm)
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout.
“Just tip me over and pour me out.” (bend to side of extended arm)

 

Two Little Feet Go Tap

Two little feet go tap, tap, tap, (tap feet)
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap. (clap hands)
A quick little leap up from my chair, (stand up quickly)
Two little arms reach high in the air. (stretch arms high)
Two little feet go jump, jump, jump, (jump)
Two little fists go thump, thump, thump. (pound fists)
One little body goes round and round, (twirl around)
And one little child sits quietly down. (sit down)
 


 

Fingerplays for Toddlers

 

Where is Thumbkin?

(tune of Frere Jacques)

Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am. (bring out one hand with your thumb up)
Here I am. (bring out the other hand with your thumb up)
How are you today, Sir? (wiggle one thumb)
Very well, I thank you. (wiggle the other thumb)
Run away, run away. (hide hands behind your back)

 

Two Little fishes

Two little fishes side by side. (hold up two index fingers, side by side)
Swim through the water. Swim through the tide. (swimming motion)
They don’t need a motor. And they don’t need a sail. (shake head twice)
They just wiggle their fins. (wiggle hands at side)
And wiggle their tails. (wiggle hands behind your back)

 

The Eensy, Weensy Spider

The eensy, weensy spider, climbed up the water spout.
(opposite thumbs and index fingers climb up)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
(flutter fingers downward)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
(arms form circle overhead)
And the eensy, weensy spider, climbed up the spout again.
(opposite thumbs and index fingers climb up

 

Open, Shut Them

(do actions as rhyme indicates)

Open, shut them, open, shut them, give a little clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them, lay them in your lap.
Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them, right up to your chin.
Open up your little mouth, but do not let them in.

 

Rhymes for Preschoolers

 

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

(Touch parts of body as indicated. Repeat and increase tempo with each verse)

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
And eyes, and ears, and mouth, and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

 

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.
Additional verses:
… stamp your feet
(stamp feet twice)
…Shake your head
(shake head vigorously)
… touch your nose
(touch your nose)
… Shout “hooray!”
(raise arms above head and shout)

 

If You’re a Monster and You Know It

(to the tune of If you’re happy and You know it)

If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms,
If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms,
If you’re a monster and you know it, then your arms will surely show it,
If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms!
Additional verses: show your claws; gnash your teeth; stomp your feet.

 

An Elephant Goes

An elephant goes like this and that (walk with arms in front like trunk)
He’s oh so big, (raise arms up)
And he’s oh so fat. (spread arms out to the sides)
He has no fingers, (wiggle fingers)
He has no toes, (shake freet)
BUT, goodness gracious, WHAT A NOSE! (exaggerate waving arms as trunk)

 

Dinosaur Song

(Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The tyrannosaurus rex had great big teeth, great big teeth, great big teeth,
The tyrannosaurus rex had great big teeth, when the dinosaurs roamed.
Additional verses:
The apatosaurus had a very long tail…
The triceratops had three big horns…
The stegosaurus had spikes on his tail…


 

Fingerplays for Preschoolers

 

Five Little Ducks

Five little ducks went out to play, over the hill and far away.
The mother duck said “Quack, Quack come back ”
Four little ducks came running back.
Four little ducks went out to play, over the hill and far away,
The mother duck said “Quack, Quack come back”
Three little ducks came running back.
Three little ducks went out to play, over the hill and far away,
The mother duck said “Quack, Quack come back”
Two little ducks came running back.
Two little ducks went out to play, over the hill and far away,
The mother duck said “Quack, Quack come back”
One little duck came running back.
One little duck went out to play, over the hill and far away,
The mother duck said “Quack, Quack come back”
No little ducks came running back.
Sad mother duck went out one day, over the hill and far away.
The daddy duck said “QUACK, QUACK, COME BACK!” (yell)
Five little ducks came running back. (sing quickly)

 

Five Little Cookies

Five little cookies with icing galore, mother ate one and then there were four.
Four little cookies, two and two you see, father ate one and then there were three.
Three little cookies, but before I knew, sister ate one and then there were two.
Two little cookies, yum, yum, yum, brother ate one and then there was one.
One little cookie, here I come, I ate it, now there are none.

 

Check out more Rhymes & Fingerplays at:

http://www.mdpls.org/readingReady/attach/WebNurseryRhymes.pdf

http://wiki.kcls.org/tellmeastory/index.php/Fingerplays,_Rhymes_and_Songs

 

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