Born to Read baby storytime rhymes and games

Rhymes | Tickle Rhymes | Bouncing Rhymes

Rhymes   

Shoe the Old Horse

Shoe the old horse (tap one foot)
Shoe the old mare (tap the other foot)
But let the little pony
Run bare, bare, bare (tap feet together)

Diddle Diddle Dumpling

Diddle Diddle Dumpling (bicycle baby’s arms or legs)
My son John
Went to bed
With his stockings on
One shoe off (tap one foot)
And one shoe on (tap the other foot)
Diddle diddle dumpling (bicycle again)
My son John

Davy Davy Dumpling

Davy Davy Dumpling
Boil him in the pot (wiggle baby)
Sugar him (tickle gently)
And butter him (stroke gently)
And eat him while he’s hot! (nibble baby’s neck, ears, cheeks)

Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake

Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake (clap baby’s hands)
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it (roll baby’s arms)
Pat it  (pat baby’s hands together)
And mark it with a B  (trace a “B” on baby’s hand)
And put it in the oven for baby and me!  (clap baby’s hands)

The Grand Old Duke of York

The Grand Old Duke of York
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby up in the air)
And he marched them down again! (bring baby down to the floor)
And when they’re up, they’re up. (lift baby up in the air)
And when they’re down, they’re down. (bring baby down to the floor)
And when they’re only half-way up, (hold baby waist high)
They’re neither up nor down! (lift baby up in the air and bring baby down again)

Skinnamarink-a-dinky dink

Skinnamarink-a-dinky dink
Skinnamarink-a-doo
I love you  (give baby a hug)
Skinnamarink-a-dinky dink
Skinnamarink-a-doo
I love you  (give baby a hug)
I love you in the morning
And in the afternoon
I love you in the evening
Underneath the moon – oh
Skinnamarink-a-dinky dink
Skinnamarink-a-doo
I love you  (give baby a hug and a kiss)

These are Baby’s Fingers

These are baby’s fingers
These are baby’s toes
This is baby’s belly button
Round and round it goes!

Touch Game

Touch Your Nose, Touch Your Chin
That’s the way this game begins
Touch your eyes, touch your knees
Now pretend you feel a breeze
Touch your hair, touch one ear
Touch your two red lips right here
Touch your elbows where they bend
That’s the way this touch game ends

We’re Going to Kentucky

We’re going to Kentucky
We’re going to the fair
To see the senorita with flowers in her hair!
Oh, shake it, baby, shake it (gently jiggle baby)
Shake it if you can
Shake it like a milkshake
And pour it in a pan!  (gently tip baby to one side)
We rumble to the bottom  (bring baby to the floor)
We rumble to the top  (lift baby in the air)
And turn around, and turn around,
And turn around and STOP!

London Bridge is Falling Down

London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down
My sweet baby!

Come and take a walk around
Walk around, walk around.
Come and take a walk around
My sweet baby!

Baby Hands Up

Baby hands up (lift baby’s hands up)
Baby hands down (put baby’s hands down)
Baby hands dancing all around the town (dance baby’s hands around)
Dance them on your shoulders (tap baby’s shoulders)
Dance them on your head (tap baby’s head)
Dance them on your knees  (tap baby’s knees)
And tuck them into bed!  (give baby a hug)

Baby’s Game

Touch your ears
Pat your nose
Tickle little baby’s toes
Hide your eyes!  (cover baby’s eyes)
Where are you?
Baby’s playing peekaboo!

Pease Porridge Hot

Pease porridge hot (clap 3x)
Pease porridge cold (tap knees 3x)
Pease porridge in the pot (clap 3x)
Nine days old (tap knees 3x)

Some like it hot (clap 3x)
Some like it cold (tap knees 3x)
Some like it in the pot (clap 3x)
Nine days old (tap knees 3x)

Where Are Your Toes?

What a surprise, here are your eyes
And this I suppose is a nose
And right under here
I’ve discovered an ear
But where, oh where are your toes?

One Potato, Two Potato

One Potato (arms or legs together)
Two Potato (arms or legs apart)
Three Potato (arms or legs together)
Boo! (play peekaboo)
Four Potato (arms or legs together)
Five Potato (arms or legs apart)
I Love You! (give hug)

Two Little Eyes

Two little eyes to look around
Two little ears to hear each sound
One little nose to smell what’s sweet
And one little mouth that likes to eat

I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock

I’m a little cuckoo clock (rock baby back and forth)
Tick tock, tick tock
Now I’m striking one o’clock
Cuckoo!   Cuckoo!  (lift baby in the air one time)

I’m a little cuckoo clock  (rock baby back and forth)
Tick tock, tick tock
Now I’m striking two o’clock
Cuckoo!   Cuckoo!  (lift baby in the air two times)

Tickle Rhymes   

Round and Round the Garden

Round and round the garden (trace a circle on baby’s tummy)
Like a teddy bear
One step, two steps,  (walk fingers up baby’s chest)
Tickle you under there!  (tickle baby)

Criss Cross Applesauce

Criss Cross Applesauce  (trace an “X” on baby’s back)
Fingers crawling up your back  (walk fingers up baby’s back)
Cool breeze  (blow gently on baby’s neck)
Tight squeeze  (give baby a hug)
Now you’ve got the shivers!  (tickle baby)

Round and Round the Butter Dish

Round and round the butter dish (trace a circle on baby’s tummy)
One, two, three!  (walk fingers up baby’s chest)
A little here, a little there,  (touch one cheek and then the other)
As tasty as can be!  (tickle baby)

Pizza , Pickle,  Pumpernickel

Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel,  (trace a circle on baby’s tummy)
My little honey’s going to get a tickle!  (tickle baby)
One for your elbow,
One for your toes,
And one for your belly
Where the hot dog goes!

Little Mousie

See the little mousie  (trace a circle on baby’s tummy)
Creeping up the stairs  (walk finger’s up baby’s arm)
Looking for a warm nest
Right under there! (tickle baby under arm)

Bouncing Rhymes   

Andy Spandy

Andy Spandy, Sugardy Candy  (slowly)
French Almond Rock
Bread and butter  (faster)
For your supper’s
All your mother’s got!

Trot Trot to London

Trot trot to London
Trot trot to Dover
Look out, honey
You might fall OVER!  (tip baby to one side)

Trot trot to Boston
Trot trot to Lynn
Look out, honey
You might fall IN!  (let baby fall between legs)

Gregory Griggs

Gregory Griggs, Gregory Griggs
Had 27 different wigs
He wore them up  (lift baby up)
He wore them down  (bring baby back down)
To please the people of the town.
He wore them east  (tip baby to one side)
He wore them west   (tip baby to the other side)
But which one did he love the best?

Father and Mother and Uncle John

Father and Mother and Uncle John
Rode to town one by one.
Father fell off – whoooo!  (tip baby to one side)
Mother fell off – whoooo!  (tip baby to the other side)
But Uncle John rode on and on and on!

I Have A Little Pony

I have a little pony (slowly)
His name is Macaroni
He trots and trots and then he STOPS! (pause)
My silly little pony Macaroni!  (faster)

To Market, To Market

To market, to market
To buy a fat pig.
Home again, home again , jiggety-jig

To market, to market
To buy a fat hog.
Home again, home again , jiggety-jog

To market, to market
To but a plum bun.
Home again, home again, market is done!

Bumping Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon

Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Won’t you be my darling?

Front wheel’s off and the axle’s broken  (tip baby to one side)
Front wheel’s off and the axle’s broken
Front wheel’s off and the axle’s broken
Won’t you be my darling?

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker

Icky bicky soda cracker
Icky bicky boo
Icky bicky soda cracker
Up goes you!  (lift baby up)

Icky bicky soda cracker
Icky bicky boo
Icky bicky soda cracker
I love you! (give baby a hug)

Horsey Horsey

Horsey horsey come ride with me
Across the land, across the sea
Horsey horsey come ride with me
But do not let me fall!  (tip baby gently)

Rocking Horse

Rocking horse, rocking horse
Riding we’ll go
Rocking horse, rocking horse
Giddy-up! Whoa!  (pull baby back in your arms)