Baby Rhymes!

These are some of the new (to me) rhymes that I will be using during this spring’s baby storytimes. I adapted most of these from  Baby Goose by Kate McMullan, adding the actions in parentheses.

Dance to your daddy
(have baby dance)
Dance to your daddy, my little baby;
Dance to your daddy, my little lamb;
You shall have a fishy in a little dishy
You shall have a fishy when the boat comes in.
(repeat using “mommy.”)

Oh, Baby Went a Walking
Oh, baby went a walking and walked into a store (move baby’s legs)
He bought a pound of sausages and laid them on the floor
Baby started singing la la la! a lively tune
And all the little sausages danced around the room. (swing baby gently to dance)

Hark, Hark the Dogs do Bark
Hark, hark, the dogs do bark (bounce baby in time to the rhyme)
The babies are coming to town
Some with flags and some with bags
And one in a velvet gown.

Cock a doodle doo!
Cock a doodle doo!
Baby’s lost his shoe! (tap baby’s feet)
Baby has looked everywhere
And knows not what to do!
Cock a doodle doo! Baby’s found his shoe! (tap baby’s feet)
Baby’s put it on again
Sing doodle doodle do! 

Donkey donkey soft and gray
Donkey donkey soft and gray
open your mouth and gently bray (tap baby’s mouth)
lift your ears (tap baby’s ears) and blow your horn (tap baby’s nose)
to wake (lift baby up) the babies this sleepy morn

Big Mama Stood
Big Mama Stood
At the tub, tub, tub (bounce)
Three dirty babies
She did scrub, scrub, scrub (tickle baby)
But when they were clean (tap cheeks)
and fit to be seen (tap near eyes)
They all dressed up
and danced on the green. (lift baby)

Dickery, dickery dare
Dickery, dickery dare (bounce baby)
the pig flew up in the air (lift baby)
Run, baby brown!
Quick—bring him down! (lower baby)
Dickery, dickery dare! (bounce baby) 

The Elephant
The elephant goes like this and that (swing baby back and forth)
He’s terribly big and he’s terribly fat. (hug baby)
He has no fingers, he has no toes, (touch baby’s fingers and toes)
but goodness gracious, what a nose! (tap baby’s nose)

2 responses to “Baby Rhymes!”

  1. So many kids these days don’t seem to be taught the traditional rhymes, which is such a shame.


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