Saturday, May 16, 2009

Action Rhymes for Rainy Days

This is for those of you with little ones, stuck inside while the rains drip down. Instead of parking them in front of the TV or DVD, have a little fun playing games like these. some will be familiar, some may be new to you.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground
Teddy bear, teddy bear, tie your shoes
Teddy bear, teddy bear, read the news
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say good night!

Alphabet Game
A my name is Annabelle
My best friend’s name is Albert
We like Artichokes
And live in Alabama

(Continue with each letter of the alphabet)

Sailor Went to Sea
A sailor went to sea sea sea (hand above eyes, looking out to sea)
To see what he could see see see
But all that he could see see see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea

A sailor went to chop chop chop (chop across elbow with hand)
To see what he could chop chop chop
But all that he could chop chop chop
Was the bottom of the deep blue chop chop chop

A sailor went to knee knee knee (slap knee)
To see what he could knee knee knee
But all that he could knee knee knee
Was the bottom of the deep blue knee knee knee

A sailor went to oo-wash-ee-wash (do the twist)
To see what he could oo-wash-ee-wash
But all that he could oo-wash-ee-wash
Was the bottom of the deep blue oo-wash-ee-wash
(repeat faster and faster)
Clap Your Hands
Hello everybody, glad to see you
Clap your hands to show you’re glad to see me too.
Clap your hands, everybody, clap your hands
Clap your hands and say you’re glad to see me too.
Stomp your feet, nod your head, blink your eyes, shake your hips, clap your hands

Counting Game
I eat my peas with honey
I’ve done it all my life
It makes the peas taste funny
But it keeps them on my knife
How many peas did I eat?
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,…..

In and Out
Room for rent
Apply within
When I move out
Let (name) move in!

Changing bedrooms #1
Changing bedrooms #2
Changing bedrooms #3
(assign each child a number; then enter the circle when their number is called)

Clap Your Hands
Hello everybody,
glad to see you
Clap your hands
to show you’re glad to see me too
Clap your hands,
everybody, clap your hands
Clap your hands
and say you’re glad to see me too
Stomp your feet,
nod your head,
blink your eyes,
shake your hips,
clap your hands

Joe
Hi, my name’s Joe
I work in the button factory
One day the boss
Came up to me and said Joe
Are you busy?
I said Not!
Turn the button with your left hand high (left hand turns button)

Repeat, changing to right hand, right foot, left foot, head. Last time the question is asked, Joe replies YES!

Never-Ending Song
I know a song that gets on everybody’s nerves,
everybody’s nerves, everybody’s nerves.
I know a song that gets on everybody’s nerves
and this is how it goes.

(repeat over and over and over until it even gets on your nerves!)

3 comments:

Laura said...

LOVE these! My daughter sang the one about Joe in the button factory in Kindergarten. Thanks for sharing, we'll be trying some out this week. Unfortunately, we aren't expecting rain.

DGranna said...

How about this old one:

"Father Abraham, had many sons,
Many sons had Father Abraham.
I am one of them, and so are you.
So let's just praise the Lord.
Right arm." [move right arm up and down while you chant/sing the next verse.]

"Father Abraham, etc. ....
Right arm, Left arm." [Continue to add Right foot, Left foot..stomping while you move arms up and down. Then add "Head up, Head down." Finally say "Turn around, Sit Down!"

Any movement activities that involve "flying motion" tilting with arms out, or spinning around, will reproduce the effect that running has on the brain. On rainy days I used to find ways for little grand kids to "fly" or spin, even while sitting.
[Kindermusik teacher here.]

Granny Sue said...

I hope you had fun with these, Laura. You can find tyhe music to some of them at kididdle.com, I think.

DGranna, a friend of mine used to do Father Abraham but I never had the words to it. Thank you for sharing!

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