Resources for Teachers

SONGS AND FINGERPLAYS

Active Classroom Activities


HOT DOGS
Five little hot dogs frying in the pan.
The grease got hot and one went BAM!

Four little hot dogs…..etc.

No little hot dogs frying in the pan.
The pan got hot and it went BAM!

FIVE LITTLE DOUGHNUTS
[Tune: Five Little Ducks That I Once Knew]
Five little doughnuts in a bakery shop.
Round and fat with sugar on top.
Along came (child’s name) with a penny one day.
He bought a doughnut and he took it away.

Four little doughnuts, etc.
(until they are all gone).

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:
“That’s what you get for jumping on the bed!”

Repeat 4, 3 & 2

“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

SNAP, SNAP
[Snap fingers to the beat]
If you want to hear a story,
This is what you do.
You’ve got to sit on the rug
Like the soldiers do.
You’ve got to listen to your teacher,
Raise your hand.
You’ve got to let her know
That you understand.
That’s right! That’s right!
That’s right! That’s right!

HAPPY DAY
[Tune: She’ll Be Coming “Round the Mountain]
If you’re glad it’s Monday, clap your hands. (clap, clap)
If you’re glad it’s Monday, clap your hands. (clap, clap)
If you’re glad it’s Monday, if you’re glad it’s Monday.
If you’re glad it’s Monday, clap your hands. (clap, clap)

ALICE THE CAMEL
Alice the Camel had five humps
Alice the Camel has five humps
Alice the Camel has five humps
So go, Alice, go
Boom boom boom (bump hips).

Alice the Camel has four, etc.

Alice the Camel has no humps
Alice the Camel has no humps
Alice the Camel has no humps
Because Alice is a Horse!

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.

Baby dinosaur—Won’t my mommy hide behind the door?
Clomp, clomp, clomp, clomp, clomp.

Baby crocodile—Won’t my mommy wear a great big smile?
Chomp, chomp, chomp, chomp, chomp.

Baby grizzly bear—Won’t my mommy pull out all her hair?
Growl, growl, growl, growl, growl.

BOOM CHICKA BOOM
[beat a steady beat]
I say a boom chicka boom
(children repeat)
I say a boom chicka boom
(children repeat)
I say a boom chicka rocka chicka rocka chicka boom.

Repeat using different tones of voice. End with whisper.

BUBBLE GUM
[Tune: A Rum Sum Sum]
Bubble gum, bubble gum,
Gooey, Gooey, Gooey, Gooey, Gooey,
Bubble gum.

Bubble gum, bubble gum,
Gooey, Gooey, Gooey, Gooey, Gooey,
Bubble gum.

I love it! I love it!
Gooey, Gooey, Gooey, Gooey, Gooey,
Bubble gum.

I love it! I love it!
Gooey, Gooey, Gooey, Gooey, Gooey,
Bubble gum.

WHO STOLE THE COOKIE?
Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?
(Child’s name) stole the cookie from the cookie jar.
Who me?
Yes, you.
Couldn’t be!
Then who?’
(Name another child.)

SCHOOL SPIRIT SONG
[Tune: Father Abraham]
At (name of school) there are many friends.
There are many friends at (name of school).
I am one of them
And so are you,
So let’s all give a cheer.
Right hand.
(Add left hand, right foot, and left foot. End with “Turn around and sit down.”)

DOWN ON GRANDPA’S FARM
We’re on our way, we’re on our way,
On our way to Grandpa’s farm.
We’re on our way, we’re on our way,
On our way to Grandpa’s farm.
Down on Grandpa’s farm,
There is a black and white cow.
Down on Grandpa’s farm,
There is a black and white cow.
The cow, he makes a noise like this – MOO, MOO
The cow, he makes a noise like this – MOO, MOO

Down on Grandpa’s farm there is a big white horse.
Down on Grandpa’s farm there is a black wooly sheep.

HERE WE GO ZU DE O
Here we go Zu De O! Zu De O! Zu De O!
Here we go Zu De O
All day long.
Jump back Sally
Make a little alley
Jump back Sally
All day long.
I looked down the alley and what did I see?
A Big fat man from Tennessee.
I bet you five dollars that you can do this,
To the front
To the back
To the side, side, side.

I KNOW AN OLD LADY
I know an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly!
I guess she’ll die!

I know an old lady who swallowed a spider
That wriggled and wriggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I don’t know why she swallowed the fly.
I guess she’ll die.

Bird: Now how absurd to swallow a bird! She swallowed a bird to catch the spider that…
Cat: Now fancy that to swallow a cat! She swallowed the cat to catch the bird. She…
Dog: My what a hog to swallow a dog! She swallowed the dog to catch the cat. She…
Goat: Just opened her throat and in walked the goat! She swallowed the goat to catch the dog. She…
Cow: I don’t know how she swallowed a cow! She swallowed the cow to catch the goat. She…

COLOR SONG
[Tune:  Muffin Man]
Oh, do you see the color red?
The color red? The color red?
Oh, do you see the color red
Somewhere in the room?

(Choose a child to point to the color red and reply)

Oh, yes I see the color red,
The color red, the color red.
Oh, yes I see the color red
Somewhere in the room.

FIVE GREEN SPECKLED FROGS
Five green-speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bug. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool.
Then there were four green-speckled frogs.
Glob! Glob!

Four…..

PIZZA HUT
Pizza Hut, Pizza Hut,
Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut.
Pizza Hut, Pizza Hut,
Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut.
McDonald’s, McDonald’s,
Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut.
McDonald’s, McDonald’s,
Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut.

Other verses:
Burger King and Taco Bell

Red Lobster and Dairy Queen

Arby’s and Long John Silver

LITTLE TURTLE
There was a little turtle, [Upper right index finger]
He lived in a box. [Place in a cupped hand]
He swam in a puddle, [Move finger in a circle]
He climbed on the rocks. [Move up on left fingers]

He snapped at a mosquito, [Snap right hand in air]
He snapped at a flea,
He snapped at a minnow,
He snapped at me. [Snap hand toward self]
He caught the mosquito. [Close right fist in air]
He caught the flea.
He caught the minnow.
But he didn’t catch me. [Point toward self, shake head]

MISS MARY MACK
Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack
All dress in black, black, black
With sliver buttons, buttons, buttons
All down her back, back, back.
She asked her mother, mother, mother
For fifty cents, cents, cents
To see the elephant, elephant, elephant
Jump over the fence, fence, fence.

He jumped so high, high, high
He touched the sky, sky, sky
And he didn’t come down, down, down
‘Til the fourth of July, ly, ly.

PUT YOUR FINGER IN THE AIR
Put your finger in the air, in the air;
Put your finger in the air, in the air;
Put your finger in the air, in the air
And leave it about a year;
Put your finger in the air, in the air.

Put your finger on your head, on your head;
Put your finger on your head, on your head;
Put your finger on your head, on your head;
Tell me is it green or red;
Put your finger on your head, on your head;

Put your finger on your nose, on your nose;
Put your finger on your nose, on your nose;
Put your finger on your nose, on your nose;
And feel the cold wind blow;
Put your finger on your nose, on your nose.

SIX LITTLE DUCKS
Six little ducks that I once knew,
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too.
But the one little duck with the feather on his back,
He ruled the others with a quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack. Quack, quack, quack.
He let the others with his quack, quack, quack.

Down to the river they would go,
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble to and fro.

Home from the river they would come.
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble right back hom.

THIS AWAY, THAT AWAY
This away, that away
This away, that away
This away, that away
All day long.

Strut Miss Suzy, strut Miss Suzy
Strut Miss Suzy, all day long.

Here comes another one,
Just like the other one,
Here comes another one
All day long.

Strut Mr. Leroy, strut Mr. Leroy
Strut Mr. Leroy. All day long.
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