Classic Rhymes for Preschoolers

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One of the Summer Reading Bingo activities for preschoolers is to do a classic or nursery rhyme together. Do your own or any of the ones here. You can also download them all as a pdfHave fun!

Ring Around the Rosy

See the actions and listen to the tune here: http://bit.ly/2EUk4Rl

Ring around the rosy
Pocketful of posy
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down
The cow is in the meadow
Eating buttercups
Thunder, lightning
We all jump up

Hush Little Baby

Parents and caregivers can sway or rock back and forth with the child as they sing the song. Listen to the song at http://bit.ly/2FowzVo

Hush little baby, don’t say a word
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird
And if that mockingbird won’t sing
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring
And if that diamond ring is brass
Mama’s gonna buy you a looking glass
And if that looking glass should crack
Mama’s gonna buy you a jumping jack
And if that jumping jack won’t hop
Mama’s gonna buy you a lollipop
When that lollipop is done
Mama’s gonna buy you another one
When that lollipop is all eaten up
Mama’s gonna buy you a real live pup
And if that real live pup won’t bark
Mama’s gonna buy you a horse and cart
If that horse and cart fall down
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town

Bingo

This is a great song for working with letters and rhythm. Listen to the song at http://bit.ly/2ALvkf5

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o!

There was a farmer had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
[clap]-I-N-G-O! [clap]-I-N-G-O! [clap]-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o!

Keep removing one letter at a time each verse until B-I-N-G-O is replaced with five claps.

Itsy Bitsy Spider

To listen to and see the actions of the rhyme, visit http://bit.ly/2AI8sgB

The Itsy Bitsy spider 
(walk fingers back and forth)
Climbed up the water spout. 
(move walking fingers upward)
Down came the rain 
(move fingers back and forth, like rain)
And washed the spider out. 
(swipe hands out and to the side)
Out came the sun 
(raise hands above head, like sun)
And dried up all the rain,
And the Itsy Bitsy Spider 
(walk fingers back and forth)
Climbed up the spout again. 
(move walking fingers upward)

Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony
Stuck a feather in his hat
And called it macaroni.
Yankee Doodle, keep it up
Yankee Doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

Old McDonald Had a Farm

Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on that farm she 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 McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.

Additional Verses:
Pig. . . oink, oink
Cat. . . meow, meow
Dog. . . bow-wow
Horse. . . neigh, neigh

London Bridge

See the actions and listen to the song at http://bit.ly/2FrIKQu

London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady

Build it up with sticks and stones
Sticks and stones,
Build it up with sticks and stones, my fair lady

The Wheels on the Bus

Listen to this classic song at http://bit.ly/2sp1HM6

The wheels on the bus go round and round, 
Round and round, round and round (move hands in circular motion)
The wheels on the bus go round and round, 
All around the town.

Additional verses:
The wipers on the bus go swish. . . (move arms back and forth)
The doors on the bus go open and shut . . . (open and shut hands)
The horn on the bus goes beep. . . (push hand as if pushing on the horn)
The driver on the bus says move on back . . . (wave forward then backward)
The people on the bus go up and down . . . (lift shoulders up and down)
The babies on the bus go wah . . . (rub eyes)
The mommies on the bus go shhhh. . . (place finger to lips)

This Old Man

Have children use rhythm instruments. If not available, clap or march around the room. Listen to the song and see hand actions here: http://bit.ly/2FnFvue

This old man, he played one,
He played nick-nack on my drum.
With a nick-nack paddywhack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played two,
He played nick-nack on my shoe.
With a nick-nack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

Additional Verses:
Played three, on my knee.
Played four, on the door.
Played five, on the hive.

Where is Thumbkin?

Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin? 
(hands in fists in front of you)
Here I am. Here I am. 
(bring out one thumb and then the other)
How are you today, sir? 
(make one thumb bow)
Very well, I thank you. 
(make the other thumb bow)
Run away. Run away. 
(put one hand, then the other behind back)

Where is Pointer? Where is Pointer? (index fingers)
Here I am. Here I am. 
How are you today, sir? 
Very well, I thank you. 
Run away. Run away. 

Where is Tallman? Where is Tallman? (middle fingers)
Here I am. Here I am. 
How are you today, sir? 
Very well, I thank you. 
Run away. Run away. 

Where is Ringman? Where is Ringman? (ring fingers)
Here I am. Here I am. 
How are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you. 
Run away. Run away. 

Where is Pinkie? Where is Pinkie? (pinkie finger)
Here I am. Here I am. 
How are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you. 
Run away. Run away. 

Where is the family? Where is the family? (both hands)
Here we are. Here we are. 
How are you today, sirs? 
Very well, I thank you. 
Here to stay. Here to stay. 

I’m a Little Teapot

Listen to the song and see the actions at http://bit.ly/2FncrD5

I’m a little teapot, short and stout 
(bend knees and bounce)
Here is my handle 
(place one hand on hip)
And here is my spout 
(place other hand high in air, facing away from you)
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout 
(bend knees and bounce)
Tip me over and pour me out 
(bend over to the side of the spout)

If You’re Happy and You Know It

There are many versions of this song. Listen to the classic version here: http://bit.ly/2QGTXyT

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, then your face will show it.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. 

Additional Verses:
. . . stomp your feet.
. . . shout “Hooray”.
. . . do all three.