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Songs, Rhymes, Lullabies & Music

Words of the Songs

To listen to the recordings, click on the Title of the  songs.

Playsongs for Trotting and Dancing

To Market to Market

To market to market

To buy a big pig

Home a-gain home a-gain

Jiggerty jig

To market to market

To buy a big hog

Home a-gain home a-gain

Jiggerty jog

This song is just right for a 'trot to market' (around the room). Adding to the fun as you 'go to' market in one direction and change direction for 'coming home' from market. OR during the early weeks, gently tap Baby's feet and hands together to the distinct beat as you sing with him in you lap (or during floor playtime or nappy change).

 

For something different in the rhythm and for extra fun ... why not hip hop to market

We're off to the Country

We're off to the country for a ride on our pony

Jig Jog Jig Jog Jig-a-jog gee

It's not too bumpy and it's not too stony

Jig Jog Jig Jog Jig-a-jog gee

Off we go as we wave good-bye

Far out in the countryside ...

With ... a ... Jig Jog Jig Jog Jig Jog Jig Jog

Jig Jog Jig Jog Jig-a-jog gee!

Not only is this song for dancing, it could also be used for giving Baby a knee jog depending on Baby's development. Make sure you pause on the words, as heard in the recording ... this builds on Baby's sense of anticipation and fun.

 

The Baby Bop

We'll do the Baby Bop

We'll do the Baby Bop

Dance around as though we'll never stop

The Baby Bop, the Baby Bop

Dance, dance, dance and now we'll stop!

We'll do the Baby Bop

We'll do the Baby Bop

Wriggle and jiggle as though we'll never stop

The Baby Bop, the Baby Bop

Wriggle and jiggle and now we'll stop!

With Baby in your arms, off you go and do the Baby Bop ... dance around and wriggle and jiggle!

 

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall … bomp

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall

He began to wobble and had a great fall … bomp

Along came his friends who counted to ten

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Then glued Humpty together again

Hooray for Humpty and his friends.

As well as having some singing fun to Humpty Dumpty, this version can be used as a knee jogging song. With Baby on your knee, jog along … then when Humpty has a great fall, bring your leg down to the floor with a ‘bomp’.

 

Cheeky Cheeky Baby

Cheeky cheeky Baby oh

Let's dance on our little toes ...

Up up up we go

As we dance on our little toes

Then around, around and around we go

Cheeky cheeky Baby oh

Cheeky cheeky Baby oh

Let's dance on our little toes ...

Down down to touch the ground

Cheeky cheeky Baby oh

Then around, around and around we go

Cheeky cheeky Baby oh

(Repeat) ...

Cheeky cheeky Baby oh

If you introduce this song to Baby in the early weeks during nappy change or floor play, your actions will be simple. As a suggestion you could bring Baby's toes up to your nose and tap them for 'dancing on the toes'. Then, gently raising Baby's little legs or arms up, up, up and bringing them down, down, down and making circular motions for around and around. As Baby develops and is self-supporting, your dance actions may become more vigorous e.g. lifting Baby up and bringing her down and then dancing around together.

 

Hokey Cokey Dance

We'll put our left foot in

We'll put our left foot out

We'll put our left foot in

And we'll kick it all about

We'll do the Hokey Cokey and we'll turn around

That what its all about

(Chorus) Oh Hokey Hokey Cokey

Oh Hokey Hokey Cokey

Oh Hokey Hokey Cokey

That's what its all about

(2nd verse) We'll put our right foot in ...

(3rd verse) We'll put our both feet in and dance about ...

You could introduce this song during floor play or nappy change by using simple actions with Baby's little feet (or hands) e.g. by bringing both little feet up together and then using the left and right for gentle actions. On the words 'turn around' you could make circling motions with Baby's legs. As Baby develops you will dance about with him on your hip ...

 

Playsongs for Clapping and Tapping

Wriggle your Fingers, Wriggle your Toes

Wriggle your fingers, Wriggle your toes

Clap your hands as we say 'hello'

Oh what fun we will have today

As we song along the way

(Now let's find the nose)

Wriggle your fingers, now touch your nose

Clap your hands as we say 'hello'

Oh what fun we will have today

As we sing along the way

(Now let's find the ears)

Wriggle your fingers, and touch your ears

Clap your hands as we give a cheer

Oh what fun we will have today

As we sing along the way

Hip-Hip-Hooray!

This is great little song as a playtime starter. Just follow the words for the actions. As Baby develops, so too will his physical coordination to perform his own actions to this song.

 

My Baby Oh

You are my Baby

My Baby Oh

Let's clap those hands as we go go go

Today is the day for having some fun

So here comes a tickle on your tummy tum tum

Oh Yeah!

(Repeat) ...

So here comes a tickle on your tummy tum tum

Oh Yeah!

 

Tickle Tickle on the Tummy Oh

Let's have a tickle now ...

So tickle tickle on your tummy oh

Around and around these fingers go

Tickle tickle on your tummy oh

And this is where the yummy food goes

Now tickle tickle on your little nose oh

Around and around these fingers go

Tickle tickle on this little nose oh

As this is where my kisses go

(Repeat)

 

These are Clever Tapping Feet

These are clever tapping feet

Tapping tapping tap

Watch them as they go up high ...

Pointing to the sky

Now bring them down to touch the ground

Clever little tapping feet!

These are clever clapping hands

Clapping clapping clap

Watch them as they wave around

Making circles up and down

Clever little clapping hands

The words give you the cue for the actions ... it can be introduced during the nappy change routine or when Baby is ready for floor play.

 

For something different in the rhythm and tempo ... and for extra fun

Tap and Clap Jive (recorded to the music Gelato)

These are clever tapping feet

Tap tap tapping tap

Watch them as they go up high pointing to the sky

Now bring them down to touch the ground

Down down down down down

Tapping tapping little feet

And a bop bop bop bop bop

These are clever clapping hands

Clap clap clapping clap

Watch them as they wave around

A round a round a round a round a round

Round and round with circles up and down

Clever little clapping hands

Clap, clap clap, clapping hands

Clever little clapping hands

Clever little clapping hands, Clever little clapping hands!

 

Playsongs about animals

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Old MacDonald had a Farm

E-I-E-I-O

And on that 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

(2nd verse - he had a horse)

(3rd verse - he had a dog)

(4th verse - he had so many other animals he lost count!)

This traditional playsong is about having fun with the repetition of words and sounds and is an 'all time favourite' with children into the early childhood years. It is also a fun way for Baby to begin identifying animals and imitating their sounds/noises as part of speech development.

 

Goldie the Happy Puppy

Goldie is our Happy PuppyGoldie

She is white and fluffy

Her tail is long and wags away

As she loves to play all day

She can roly-poly on her back

With her four paws swaying this way and that

But when she barks with a Woof Woof Woof

We know it's time for her dinner

At the end of the day Goldie's tired from play

She goes to bed to rest her head

All ready for more tomorrow

Loved pets are equally part of families. This song was written about our beautiful golden retriever and tells only part of her 'story'. You may enjoy making up a song about your pet/s. Sadly, our loved girl died not long after this song was recorded. She lived her life cycle, thirteen and a half years and brought us intense joy every day. On a funny note, I sang to her throughout the day!

 

Two Little Fish

Two little fish in a fishy pond

Swim with the tails swishing on and on

'Whoops' said a little fish

My day is done

Now were left with one

Ho Hum ... now there's one

One little fish in a fishy pond

Swims with his/its tail swishing on and on

'Whoops' said the little fish

My day is done

Now were left with none

Ho Hum ... now there's none

This song lends itself to either a playsong or a bath-time song using toy fish. And, why not add to the song using ducks ... 2 little ducks in a ducky pond ... or any other pond animal. Also, as Baby is developing the concept of Object Permanence (as discussed in Development and Learning → Cognitive Development) the song can be a fun way of playing hide-and-seek with toys. Glump Glump can be used in a similar way.

 

Glump-a-da-Glump

Glump-a-da-glump-a

Sing 2 green frogs,

In the sun sitting on the log

Glump-a-da-glump-a

Up one jumps

With a hip, hop, plop

And a ... glump, glump

Glump-a-da-glump-a

Sings 1 green frog,

In the sun sitting on the log

Glump-a-da-glump-a

Up it jumps

With a hip, hop, plop

And a ... glump, glump

 

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Spider

Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up the waterspout

Down came the rain and washed poor Itsy out

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain

So …. (pause)

Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up the spout again …

Teeny Weeny Spider climbed up the waterspout

Down came the rain and washed poor Teeny out

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain

So … (pause)

Teeny Weeny Spider climbed up the spout again

Depending on your country of origin there are differing versions of the words to this traditional nursery rhyme/playsong. It can be used in varying ways. For example, as a tickly type song … by creeping your fingers slowly ‘up the waterspout’ on Baby’s tummy/legs and then back down quickly as the rain comes down. You could then put your hands over your eyes and open them with a surprise (as in peek-a-boo) for ‘out came the sunshine’. Then repeat the creeping of your fingers. There is also the action of placing your thumb and index finger together as you ‘climb’ the waterspout. With your guidance, as Baby develops into the toddler stage he will have fun making his own actions to the song.

 

Playsong for Bath-time

Splasherty Splash

Oh I am having a bath with a splasherty splash

Watch the water as I kick about

Splasherty splash, splasherty splash

Until it's time for me to get out

Now there are bubbles in the water, bubbles in my hair

Some on my tummy, Oh they're everywhere

Splasherty splash, splasherty splash

Until it's time for me to get out