Storytime Rhymes
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Five little fingers on this hand (hold up one hand with fingers extended)
Five little fingers on that hand (hold up other hand)
A dear little nose (point to nose)
A mouth like a rose (pucker lips and point to mouth)
Two cheeks so tiny (pretend to pinch cheeks)
Two eyes, two ears (point to each)
And ten little toes (wiggle toes with toddler and point to them)
That’s the way the baby grows (stretch arms up over head)
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Five little peas in a pea pod pressed
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.
They grew and they grew
And they grew and never stopped
They grew so big that the pea pod POPPED!

On the first line, hold up a fist with fingers hidden. During the second line, slowly extend your fingers out. As the peas keep growing, move your hands further and further apart until arms are extended. End with a large clap on “POPPED!”
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3
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 were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only halfway up
They were neither up nor down!

Stand up or lift baby (or just baby’s arms) up and down according to the rhyme
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4
This little piggy went to the market,
This little piggy went to the fair.
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy went “wee wee wee” all the way home!

With baby’s thumb representing the first little piggy, lightly wiggle each finger in turn.
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5
Two little eyes that open and close (point to eyes and open and close them)
Two little ears and one little nose (point to each)
Two little cheeks and one little chin (point to each)
And one little mouth that makes a big grin. (Give a big smile)
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6
Way up high in the apple tree, (both arms in the air)
Two red apples did I see. (both hands in fists in air)
I shook that tree as hard as I could, (shake all over)
And down came the apples – (fists fall down to floor)
Mmm, they were good! (rub stomach – yummy motion)
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7
A little frog in a pond am I
Hippity hippity hop
And I can bounce in the air so high
Hippity hippity hop

Bounce baby in rhythm to the rhyme, lifting him or her up on “air so high”
bounce
8
All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought ‘twas all in good 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
bounce
9
Father and Mother and Uncle John
Went to market, one by one.
Father fell off, and Mother fell off,
But Uncle John went on and on and on.

Gently bounce baby for the first two lines. Tilt baby from one side to the other for the third line, bounce baby up and down for the fourth line.
bounce
10
Giddy-up, horsie, to the fair
What’ll we buy when we get there?
A penny apple and a penny pear.
Giddy-up, horsie, to the fair.

Bounce baby in rhythm to the rhyme
bounce
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Higglety, pigglety pop!
The dog has eaten the mop;
The pig's in a hurry,
The cat's in a flurry,
Higglety, pigglety POP!

Bounce in rhythm to the rhyme and end with a loud clap!
bounce
12
Horsey horsey don't you stop
Just let your feet go clippetty clop
The tail goes swish and the wheels go round
Giddy up, we're homeward bound.
bounce
13
Ride a cock-horse to Barnbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a white horse.
Rings on fingers, bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes.

Bounce baby in rhythm with the rhyme. Tickle or kiss baby’s fingers and toes when mentioned.
bounce
14
Riding in a train I go,
Rocking, rocking to and fro,
Side to side and to and fro,
Riding in a train I go.

In an airplane I will fly,
Up, up, up into the sky,
Up, up, up so very high,
In an airplane I will fly.

Bounce baby in rhythm and move baby to the words of the rhyme.
bounce
15
This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!
bounce
16
To market, to market
To buy a fat pig
Home again, home again
Jiggety-jig-jig

To market, to market
To buy a fat hog
Home again, home again
Jiggety-jog-jog

To market, to market
To buy a plum bun
Home again, home again
Marketing’s done!

Bounce the baby on your knee in rhythm!
bounce
17
Trot Trot to Boston
To buy a loaf of bread
Trot Trot home again—
The old trot’s dead!

Bounce in rhythm to the rhyme and collapse on the word “dead”
bounce
18
Bow wow wow
Whose dog art thou?
Little Tom Tinker’s dog!
Bow wow wow
clap
19
Clap hands, clap hands
Dishes in a battle
Pots and pans all crash about
Bang! Rattle! Rattle!
clap
20
Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand or tummy when marking the cake and mime throwing it in the oven at the end.
clap
21
Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old
clap
22
Goodbye Baby, Goodbye Baby
See you soon, see you soon!
I hope you have a good day, I hope you have a good day
Yes I do! Yes I do!

Substitute the child’s name for “Baby”
closing
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1-2 buckle my shoe
3-4 knock on the door
5-6 pick up sticks
7-8 lay them straight
9-10 A BIG FAT HEN
mother goose
24
Blow, wind, blow! And go, mill, go!
That the miller may grind his corn;
That the baker may take it,
And into rolls make it,
And send us some hot in the morn.
mother goose
25
Bye, baby bunting,
Father's gone a-hunting,
Mother's gone a-milking,
Sister's gone a-silking,
Brother's gone to buy a skin
To wrap the baby bunting in.
mother goose
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Cock-a-doodle doo!
Baby’s lost his shoe!
Baby has looked everywhere
And knows not what to do!

Cock-a-doodle doo!
Baby’s found his shoe!
Baby’s put it on again,
Sing doodle-doodle-doo!
mother goose
27
Come, butter, come,
Come, butter, come!
Peter stands at the gate,
Waiting for a buttered cake;
Come, butter, come.
mother goose
28
Cushy cow bonny, let down thy milk,
And I will give thee a gown of silk;
A gown of silk and a silver tee,
If thou wilt let down thy milk to me.
mother goose
29
Diddle Diddle Dumpling, my son John
Went to bed with his britches on
One shoe off and one shoe on
Diddle Diddle Dumpling, my son John
mother goose
30
Doctor Foster
Went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain.
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle
And never went there again!
mother goose
31
Five little snowmen round and fat.
Each one wearing a funny hat.
In the morning, out came the sun.
It looked down and melted one.
Repeat with 4,3,2,1 snowmen
mother goose
32
Goosey, goosey, gander
Whither shall I wander?
Upstairs and downstairs,
And in my lady’s chamber.

There I met an old man
That wouldn’t say his prayers;
I took him by the left leg,
And threw him down the stairs.
mother goose
33
Hey diddle diddle!
The cat played the fiddle
And the cow jumped over the moon!
The little dog laughed to see such a sight
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
mother goose
34
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
mother goose
35
Higgledy, piggledy, my black hen,
She lays eggs for gentlemen;
Sometimes nine, sometimes ten;
Higgledy, piggledy, my black hen.
mother goose
36
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!
mother goose
37
I had a sausage, a bonny bonny sausage,
I put it in the oven for my tea.
I went down to the cellar, to get the salt and pepper,
And the sausage ran after me!
mother goose
38
Jack and Jill went up a hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after
mother goose
39
Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over
The candlestick.
mother goose
40
Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep,
And can’t tell where to find them;
Leave them alone, and they’ll come home
Wagging their tails behind them.
mother goose
41
Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn,
The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn.
Where is the boy who looks after the sheep?
He’s under a haystack, fast asleep.
Will you wake him?
No, not I,
For if I do,
He is sure to cry.
mother goose
42
Little Jack Horner sat in a corner,
Eating his Christmas pie
He stick in his thumb and pulled a plum
And said, “What I good boy am I!”
mother goose
43
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey,
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away
mother goose
44
Little Robin Redbreast
Sat upon a rail;
Niddle, naddle, went his head,
Wiggle, waggle, went his tail.
mother goose
45
Mary Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.
mother goose
46
Oh, Baby went a-walking and walked into a store;
He bought a pound of sausages and laid them on the floor.
Baby started singing LA LA LA! Such a lively tune,
And all the little sausages danced around the room!
mother goose
47
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe,
And he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.

Every fiddler, he had a fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he;
Oh, there’s none so rare
As can compare
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.
mother goose
48
Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well
mother goose
49
Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, where have you been?
"I've been to London to look at the queen."
Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, what did you there?
"I frightened a little mouse under the chair."
mother goose
50
Rub a dub dub,
Three men in a tub,
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker, the candle-stick maker;
Turn ‘em out knaves all three!
mother goose
51
See, saw sacradown,
Which is the way to Boston town?
One foot up and one foot down,
That is the way to Boston town.

See, saw sacradown,
Which is the way to London town?
One foot up and one foot down,
That is the way to London town.

See, saw Jack in the hedge,
Which is the way to London Bridge?
One foot on the floor, one foot on the ledge,
That is the way to London Bridge.
mother goose
52
Shoe the little horse.
Shoe the little mare.
But let the little colt run bare, bare, bare!

Pat baby’s feet in rhythm.
mother goose
53
Simple Simon met a pieman going to the fair;
Said Simple Simon to the pieman "Let me taste your ware"
Said the pieman to Simple Simon "Show me first your penny"
Said Simple Simon to the pieman "Sir, I have not any!"
mother goose
54
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;
Was not 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 along came blackbird
And pecked off her nose.
mother goose
55
There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.
mother goose
56
Three blind mice, three blind mice,
See how they run, see how they run,
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a thing in your life,
As three blind mice?
mother goose
57
Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown,
Tapping at the window and crying through the lock,
Are all the children in their beds, it's past eight o'clock?
mother goose
58
Where is baby? Where is baby?
There (s)he is! There (s)he is!
I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!

Substitute the child’s name for “baby”!
opening
59
A sailor went to sea, sea, sea
To see what he could see, see, see
And all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea
song
60
Are you sleeping, are you sleeping
Brother John Brother John
Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing
Ding dang dong, Ding dang dong
song
61
Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
One for the master, one for the dame, one for the little boy who lives down the lane
Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
song
62
Dance to your daddy, my little lassie
Dance to your daddy, my little lamb.
You shall have a fishy on a little dishy,
You shall have a fishy, when the boat comes in.
song
63
Dance, little baby, dance up high!
Never mind baby, mother is by.
Crow and caper, caper and crow,
There, little baby, there you go!
Up to the ceiling, down to the ground,
Backwards and forwards, round and round;
Dance little baby and mother will sing,
With the merry coral, ding, ding, ding!

You can stand and dance with the baby, following the actions of the rhymes, or sit and use baby’s arms to reach to the ceiling and down to the ground as the rhyme calls for. Ending with a tickle on the “ding, ding, ding” is sure to get a smile!
song
64
Down by the station, early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies all a row
See the station master pull the little handle
Puff! Puff! Toot! Toot! Off they go!
song
65
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
And mouth and ears and eyes and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

If baby is old enough, have him or her point to each body part. If baby is still to young, touch each body part while singing.
song
66
It’s raining it’s pouring,
The old man is snoring.
He bumped his head and he went to bed
And he couldn’t get up in the morning.
song
67
London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady.

Build it up with iron bars, iron bars, iron bars
Build it up with iron bars, my fair lady.

Build it up with silver and gold, silver and gold, silver and gold
Build it up with silver and gold, my fair lady.

Take the key and lock her up, lock her up, lock her up
Take the key and lock her up, my fair lady.
song
68
Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb its fleece as white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went
And everywhere that Mary went that lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day, school one day, school one day
It followed her to school one day which was against the rule.
It made the children laugh and play, laugh and play, laugh and play
It made the children laugh and play to see a lamb at school.
Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb its fleece as white as snow
song
69
Rain rain go away,
Come again another day
Little baby wants to play
Rain Rain go away

Substitute baby’s name for “baby”.
song
70
Ring around the Rosy
A pocket full of posy
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down
song
71
The bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain
The bear went over the mountain to see what he could see.
But all that he could see, but all that he could see
Was the other side of the mountain, the other side of the mountain
The other side of the mountain was all that he could see.
song
72
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider walked up the spout again
song
73
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
Tony knows, Tony knows
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
That’s what Tony knows

Point to the mentioned body parts—Toes and knees for Tony, Chest and Head for Chestnut and nose and eyes for Knows I.
song
74
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
song
75
Way up in the sky, the little birds fly,
While down in the nest, the little birds rest.
With a wing to the left, and a wing to the right,
The little birds sleep all through the night.
Shhhhh! They’re sleeping!
The bright sun comes up, the dew falls away,
"Good Morning, Good Morning!" the little birds say.
song
76
A good child, a good child,
As I suppose you be,
You’ll neither laugh nor smile
At the tickling of… your KNEE!

Follow the instructions of the rhyme and feel free to substitute different body parts
tickle
77
Round about, round about,
Runs the little hare.
First it runs that way,
Then it runs up THERE!

Circle your fingers on baby’s palm or tummy, when “it runs up THERE!” tickle him or her under the arms.
tickle
78
The little bee went flying,
To see what he could see.
And all that he could see
Was a little TUMMY!

Move your hands about baby’s head as if it were a little insect. When you get to “TUMMY!” tickle baby.
tickle
79
The little mice go creeping, creeping, creeping
The little mice go creeping all through the house

The big black cat goes stalking, stalking, stalking
The big black cat goes stalking all through the house

The little mice go scampering, scampering, scampering
The little mice go scampering all through the house

When the mice go creeping, have your fingers walk slowly on the baby, when the cat goes stalking, slide your hands up and down the baby’s body, when the mice go scampering, have your fingers run quickly all over the baby.
tickle
80
These are baby’s fingers
These are baby’s toes
This is baby’s belly button
Round and round it goes!

Lightly touch each body part as it is mentioned. Make a circle or tickle baby on the last line.
tickle
81
This little cow eats grass,
This little cow eats hay.
This little cow drinks water,
This little cow runs away!
And this little cow does nothing, but just lies down all day.
We’ll chase her, we’ll chase her, we’ll chase her away!

With baby’s thumb representing the first little cow, lightly wiggle each finger in turn. When you get to the last cow (and pinkie finger), tickle it and run your fingers up to the top of baby’s shoulder—also fun to do with toes!
tickle
82
This little train went up the track
Choo Choo and then it came back
The other train went up the track
Choo Choo and then it came back

Run your fingers up baby’s arm, tickling the armpit on “choo choo” and then running back down the arm. Repeat with the other arm.
tickle
83
I wiggle my fingers
I wiggles my toes
I wiggle my shoulders
I wiggle my nose

Now no more wiggles
Are left in me
So I will sit still
As still can be
action
84
(to the tune of “you are my sunshine)

You have two arms, they are for waving
You have two feet to go stump stump
You have to eyes, they are for blinking
And a bottom to sit with a bump
song
85
(to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
song
86
Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Now it’s striking one o’clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Cuckoo!

Rock baby back and forth and then lift baby in the air on “cuckoo”. Repeat for two and three o’clock.
bounce
87
(Sit on floor with legs straight out and child on lap.)
(Rock child side to side…)
We’re going down a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road.
We’re going down a smooth road, a smooth road now.
(Bounce child up and down gently…)
We’re going down a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road.
We’re going down a bumpy road, a bumpy road now.
(Bounce child up and down a bit rougher…)
We’re going down a rough road, a rough road, a rough road.
We’re going down a rough road, UH OH! POTHOLE!
(On “pothole” gently drop child down between legs onto floor.)
bounce
88
Tick tock, tick tock I’m a little cuckoo clock (rock child from side to side)
Tick tock, tick tock, STOP! (hold child still)
What time is it? It’s one o’clock (Hold up one finger)
CUCKOO! (bounce child into air)

Repeat for 2 and 3 o’clock
bounce
89
Jack in the box
(Curl fingers around thumb)
Sits so still.
Won't you come out and play?
Yes, I will
(Pop up thumb.)
action
90
Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the Garden(trace circle on baby’s palm)
Little bunny goes
Hippity hop, hippity hop(hop up baby’s arm with two fingers)
He’s gonna get your nose!(grab baby’s nose)
tickle
91
Ride A Pony(bounce baby on knees)
Ride a pony, ride a pony
Into town, Into down
When you get there, When you get there
Don’t fall down! Don't fall down!(drop baby gently down)
bounce
92
Cluck old hen, cluck and squall
you ain't laid an egg since way last fall
Cluck old hen, cluck and sing
you ain't laid an egg since way last spring
My old hen, she's a good old hen
she lays eggs for the railroad men
sometimes eight and sometimes ten
that's enough for the railroad men
rhyme
93
Tune: “If You’re Happy And You Know It.”

There are bubbles in the air, in the air.
There are bubbles in my hair, in my hair.
There are bubbles in the air,
There are bubbles in my hair.
There are bubbles everywhere, everywhere!
Jean Warren

song
94
Bounce in time to song
Poor little bug on the wall
No one to love you at all
No one to wash your clothes (Mime washing clothes)
No one to tickle your toes (tickle toes)
Poor little bug on the wall
bounce
95
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
(rub hands together, back and forth while pointing them up in the air)
We're going to the moon.
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
We're going to the moon.
(pat legs)
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship.
(rub hands together, back and forth while pointing them up in the air)
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
We're going to the moon.
(hold 5 fingers up and count down)
5, 4, 3, 2, 1,
Blast off!
(toss child up gently in the air)
action
96
Round and round the garden Circle your finger on your child's palm, back or belly
Like a Teddy Bear;
One step, two step, Let your fingers walk up your child's arm
Tickle you under there! Tickle under arm or chin
tickle
97
Tommy Thumb
Suit actions to words.
Tommy Thumb is up and
Tommy Thumb is down
Tommy Thumb is dancing
All around the town.
Dance him on your shoulders,
Dance him on your head,
Dance him on your knees,
Then tuck him into bed.
action
98
Suit actions to words. Sing to the tune of “Row,
Row, Row your boat”.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As slowly as can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As fast, as fast can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Clap, clap, clap your hands…
Shake, shake, shake your hands…
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…
action
99
Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo,
Acka backa soda cracker, I love you!
(kiss baby's head)
Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo,
Acka backa soda cracker, up goes you!
(lift baby up)
bounce
100
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop up! (stretch tall)
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop down! (crouch down)
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop in! (hug yourself)
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop out! (jump up with arms outstretched)


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