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  • A Dillar A Dollar

A dillar, a dollar,
A ten-o’clock scholar,
What makes you come so soon?
You used to come at ten-o’clock,
And now you come at noon.

I’m a little kitty,
I love to tippy toe
Won’t you do it with me?
Ready now, let’s go.

I’m a little rabbit
I love to hop hop hop
Come on and do it with me
It’s fun, we’ll never stop.

I’m a great big elephant
I take big steps so slow
I’d love to have you join me,
Ready now, Let’s go.

I’m a little dog
Who loves to run and run
If you would do it with me
We could have such fun!

  • As I Was Walking

As I was walking through the city
Half past nine o’clock at night
There I met a Spanish lady
Washing her clothes just right.

First she rubbed them.
Then she scrubbed them.
Then she hung them up so high.
Then she laid her hands upon them,
Said: “I wish my clothes were dry.”

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Betty Botter
 bought some butter.
“But,” she said, 
”the butter’s bitter.
If I put it
 in my batter,
it will make 
my batter bitter.
But a bit 
of better butter–
that would make 
my batter better.”

So she bought 
a bit of butter,
better than 
her bitter butter.
And she put it 
in her batter,
and the batter 
was not bitter.
So ’twas better
 Betty Botter
bought a bit
 of better butter!

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  • Cat’s Got the Measles

The cat’s got the measles, the measles, the measles,
The cat’s got the measles, whatever shall we do?

We’ll send for the doctor, the doctor, the doctor,
We’ll send for the doctor, and he’ll know what to do!

  • Caterpillar (traditional)

A caterpillar crawled (Crawl right index finger up the left arm like a caterpillar.)
To the top of a tree.
“I think I’ll take a nap,” said he. (Wiggle right index finger.)
So under the leaf he began to creep. (Move under left hand.)
He spun a cocoon and he fell asleep. (Make fist around index finger.)
For two long weeks he slept in that cocoon bed,
Till spring came along and said,
“Wake up! Wake up! You sleepy head.” (Shake arms.)
Out of the leaf he did cry.
“Look, I am a butterfly.” (Hook thumbs and spread fingers to make a butterfly.)

  • Clock

There’s a neat little clock,
In the schoolroom it stands.
And it points to the time
With its two little hands.
And may we, like the clock,
Keep a face clean and bright,
With hands ever ready
To do what is right.

  • Cocks Crow in the Morn

Cocks crow in the morn
To tell us to rise,
And he who lies late
Will never be wise;

For early to bed
And early to rise,
Is the way to be healthy
And wealthy and wise.

  • Cross Patch

Cross Patch, draw the latch,
Sit by the fire and spin;
Take a cup, and drink it up,
Then call your neighbors in.

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Donkey, Donkey,
Old and Grey,
Open your mouth
And gently bray;

Lift your ears
And blow your horn
To wake up the world
This sleepy morn.

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  • Early in the Morning

Early in the morning
At eight o’clock
I can hear the postman
Knock, knock, knock
Up jumps (child’s name)
And goes to the door –
One letter, two letters, three letters, four!

  • Elephant

The elephant walks this way and that,
He’s terribly big and terribly fat.
He has no fingers,
He has no toes,
But goodness gracious,
What a nose!

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Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear,
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?

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  • Grandma’s Glasses

Here are Grandma’s glasses (fingers around eyes)
Here is Grandma’s hat (hands on head)
This is the way she folds her hands (fold hands)
And lays them in her lap (folded hands in lap)
Here are Grandpa’s glasses (larger glasses)
Here is Grandpa’s hat (larger hat)
This is the way he folds his arms (across chest)
Just like that (with emphasis)

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  • Hector Protector

Hector Protector was dressed all in green;
Hector Protector was sent to the Queen.
The Queen did not like him,
Nor more did the King;
So Hector Protector was sent back again.

  • Here is the Beehive

Here is the beehive, where are the bees? (fist with thumb enclosed)
Hidden away where nobody sees (place other hand over the hive)
Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive, (close watch hive)
One, two, three, four, five (beginning with thumb, fingers come out of hive one by one)
Bzzzzzzz. (all fly away)

  • Here is the Church

Here is the church (fold hands, fingers inside)
And here is the steeple (index fingers up)
Open the doors (thumbs apart)
And see all the people (wiggle inside fingers)
Close the doors (thumbs together)
And hear them prayer (hands to ear)
Open the doors (thumbs apart)
And they all walk away (fingers walk away)

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  • I am a Girl Guide

I am a Girl Guide dressed in blue,
These are the actions I must do,
Salute to the Captain,
Bow to the Queen,
And turn my back
To the washing machine

  • I Had a Little Dolly

I had a little dolly dressed in green.
I didn’t like the color so I sent it to the Queen.
The Queen didn’t like it so she sent it to the King,
The King said, “Close your eyes and count sixteen.”

  • I Had a Little Hen

I had a little hen, the prettiest ever seen,
She washed me the dishes and kept the house clean;
She went to the mill to fetch me some flour,
She brought it home in less than an hour;
She baked me my bread, she brewed me my ale,
She sat by the fire and told many a fine tale.

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  • Knock Knock

Knock knock (knock on child’s forehead)
Peek in (open eye wider)
Open the latch (push up tip of nose)
And walk right in (walk fingers into mouth)
How do you do Mr. Chin Chin Chin? (wiggle chin)

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  • Little Bird

Once I saw a little bird go hop, hop, hop
So I cried, “Little bird, will you stop, stop, stop!”
I was going to the window to say, “How do you do?”
But he shook his little tail and away he flew.

  • Loose Tooth Chant

I have a loose tooth,
A wiggely, jiggely loose tooth.
I have a loose tooth,
A-hanging by a thread.

So I pulled my loose tooth,
A wiggely, jiggely loose tooth.
Put it ‘neath my pillow,
And then I went to bed.

Someone stole my loose tooth!
My wiggely, jiggely loose tooth.
Now I have a nickel
And a hole in my head!

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  • Mademoiselle

Went down to the well,
Combed her hair,
And brushed it well,
Then picked up her basket and

  • Mother’s Knives and Forks

These are Mother’s knives and forks (fingers interlaced, tips up)
This is Mother’s table (flatten hands and arms)
This is Mother’s looking glass (palms toward face)
And this is baby’s cradle (palms up, rock arms)

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  • 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!

  • One Two Three, Johnny Caught a Flea

One two three,
Johnny caught a flea.
Flea died, Johnny cried.
Tee hee hee!

  • One Two Three Four

One two three four,
Mary’s at the cottage door.
Five six seven eight,
Eating cherries off her plate.

  • Ostrich

Here is the ostrich straight and tall.
Nodding his head above us all.
Here is the hedgehog prickly and small,
Rolling himself into a ball.

Here is the spider scuttling around
Treading so lightly on the ground.
Here are the birds that fly so high.
Spreading their wings across the sky.

Here are the children fast asleep.
And in the night the owls do peep,
“Tuit tuwhoo, tuit tuwhoo!”

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Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked?

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  • Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts
She made some tarts,
All on a summer’s day;
The Knave of Hearts
He stole those tarts,
And took them clean away.

The King of Hearts
Called for the tarts,
And beat the knave full sore;
The Knave of Hearts
Brought back the tarts,
And vowed he’d steal no more.


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  • Rain on the Green Grass

Rain on the green grass,
Rain on the tree,
Rain on the housetop,
But not on me!

  • Right Hand, Left Hand

This is my right hand, I’ll raise it up high (right hand over head)
This is my left hand, I’ll touch the sky (left hand up)
Right hand (show right palm)
Left hand (show left palm)
Roll them around (roll hands over and over)
Left hand (show palm)
Right hand (show palm)
Pound pound pound (pound fists together)

  • Rooms for Rent

Rooms for rent, inquire within.
When I move out, let (child’s name) in!

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Solomon Grundy,
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday.
This is the tale
Of Solomon Grundy.

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  • Tall Tale
  • There Once Were Two Cats of Kilkenny

There once were two cats of Kilkenny,
Each thought there was one cat too many,
So they fought and they fit,
And they scratched and they bit,
Till, excepting their nails
And the tips of their tails,
Instead of two cats, there weren’t any.

  • There Was a Little Turtle

There was a little turtle,
He lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle,
He climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at a mosquito,
He snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow,
He snapped at me.

He caught the mosquito,
He caught the flea.
He caught the minnow,
But he didn’t catch me!

  • This is the Way the Ladies Ride

[This can be done with a baby bouncing on the adult’s knees. Each verse has more vigorous bouncing.]

This is the way the ladies ride:
Tri, tre, tre, tree, Tri, tre, tre, tree!
This is the way the ladies ride:
Tri, tre, tre, tree, Tri, tre, tre, tree!

This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Gallop-a-trot, Gallop-a-trot!
This is the way the gentlemen ride:

This is the way the farmers ride:
Hobbledy-hoy, Hobbledy-hoy!
This is the way the farmers ride:
Hobbledy hobbledy-hoy!
And down into a ditch!

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