Songs & Rhymes

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An Apple a Day

An apple a day
Sends the doctor away

Apple in the morning
Doctor's warning

Roast apple at night
Starves the doctor outright

Eat an apple going to bed
Knock the doctor on the head

Three each day, seven days a week
Ruddy apple, ruddy cheek.


Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick, Chicken

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken,
Lay a little egg for me.
Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken,
I want one for my tea.
I haven't had an egg since Easter,
And now it's half past three.
So, chick, chick, chick, chicken,
Lay a little egg for me.


Fire Fly

Fire-fly, fire-fly,
Come from the hill,
Your father and mother
Are waiting here still.
They've brought you some sugar,
Some candy, and meat,
For baby to eat.

Traditional Chinese nursery rhyme


Five Crispy Pancakes

Five crispy pancakes in a frying pan,
Flip them and toss them and catch them if you can.
Along came (choose a child),
For a pancake one day
Sprinkled it with sugar and took it away.

Four crispy pancakes in a frying pan...


Five Currant Buns

Five currant buns in a bakers shop,
Round and fat with a cherry on the top.
Along came (choose a child),
With a penny one day.
Bought a currant bun and took it away.

Four currant buns in a bakers shop...?


Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns,
Hot cross buns.
One a penny, Two a penny.
Hot cross buns.

If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons.
One a penny, Two a penny.
Hot cross buns.

Hot cross buns are a traditional Easter celebration food.


Ice Cream, a Penny a Lump

Ice cream, a penny a lump!
The more you eat, the more you jump.
Eeper, Weeper, Chimney sweeper,
Married a wife and could not keep her.
Married another,
Did not love her,
Up the chimney he did shove her!


Jelly On The Plate

Jelly on the plate,
Jelly on the plate.
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble,
Jelly on the plate.


King Boggen

King Boggen, he built a fine new hall;
Pastry and piecrust, that was the wall;
The windows were made of black pudding and white,
Roofed with pancakes - you never saw the like.


Oats and Beans and Barley Grow

Oats and beans and barley grow,
Oats and beans and barley grow.
Do you or I or anyone know
How oats and beans and barley grow?

First the farmer sows his seed,
Then he stands and takes his ease,
Stamps his feet and claps his hands
And turns around to view the lands.

Oats and beans and barley grow,
Oats and beans and barley grow.
Do you or I or anyone know
How oats and beans and barley grow?


On Top of Spaghetti

On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table
And onto the floor,
And then my poor meatball
Rolled right out the door!

It rolled in a garden
And under a bush
Now my poor meatball
Was nothing but mush

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be
Early next summer
It grew into a tree
The tree was all covered
With beautiful moss

It grew lovely meatballs
In a tomato sauce
So if you like spaghetti
All covered with cheese
Hold on to your meatballs
And DON'T EVER SNEEZE!
A-A-A-CHOO !!

A variation of, and sung to the tune of, "On Top of Old Smokey"


One Potato, Two Potato

One potato, two potato,
Three potato, four.
Five potato, six potato,
Seven potato more.

One potato, two potato,
Three potato, four.
I liked mashed potato,
Can I have some more?
Pleeeease!

Add in other types of potato that the children like, jacket, roast, chipped, new, sweet etc:


Pancake Song

Mix a pancake,
Beat a pancake,
Put it in a pan.
Cook a pancake,
Toss a pancake,
Catch it if you can.


Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Bakers Man

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, bakers man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Pat it and prick it,
And mark it with B.
Put it in the oven,
For baby and me.


Pea Soup

One little pea,
Jumped into the pot,
And waited for the soup to get hot.
(Tuck thumb into fist)

Two little peas jumped into the pot,
And waited for the soup to get hot.
(Tuck pointer finger into fist)

Three little peas jumped into the pot,
And waited for the soup to get hot.
(Tuck middle finger into fist)

Four little peas jumped into the pot,
And waited for the soup to get hot.
(Tuck little finger into fist)

Finally the soup got so very hot,
All the little peas jumped out of the pot!
(Open hand and wiggle all your fingers)


Pease Porridge Hot

Pease porridge hot,
Pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot,
Nine days old.

Some like it hot,
Some like it cold.
Some like it in the pot,
Nine days old.


Pease Pudding Hot

Pease pudding hot,
Peas pudding cold
Peas pudding in the pot
Nine days old.

Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot
Nine days old!


Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday,
Poor Jack went to plough.
His mother made pancakes,
But she didn't know how.
She tossed them, she turned them,
She made them all black.
She put so much pepper,
She poisoned poor Jack.

With thanks to Michael Taylor for sending us this rhyme, which was told to him by his Mum around 1929.


Ten Fat Sausages

Ten fat sausages, sizzling in the pan,
Ten fat sausages, sizzling in the pan,
And if one went POP!
and the other went Bang!
There'll be eight fat sausages,
sizzling in the pan,
Eight fat sausages, sizzling in the pan.

And if one went POP!
and the other went BANG!

Continue counting down until all the sausages have gone.
Sung to the tune of Ten Green bottles


The Queen of Hearts

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


This Little Cow

This little cow eats grass,
This little cow eats hay.
This little cow drinks water,
This little cow runs away,
This little cow does nothing,
But just lies down all day,
We'll whip her, let's whip her, let's whip her.

Traditional Chinese nursery rhyme