Activities & Dramatisation
Nursery Rhymes
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Games with Rhyme
1. Ask your child to pick the odd non-rhyming word from a list of rhyming words that you say
out loud. For example, cat, sat, mat, pot, rat, hat.

2. Play ‘I spy’ with rhyming words as clues. For example: “I spy with my little eye something
that rhymes with mat.” The child must guess that you are looking at the hat.

3. Say a nursery rhyme that your child knows, but leave out the rhyming word and ask him
to fill in the word you miss. For example: You say, “Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up
the The child must say “clock”.

4. Pick an object and see how many words you and your children can think of that rhyme
with the name of the object. For example: Box — fox, locks, socks, rocks

Rhythm Activities
Ask the children to tap the rhythm of a song, rhyme or poem. They can clap, tap with an
object like a spoon, play on a drum, and shake a shaker (or a bottle filled with rice). Help
them to identify the accented beats.

Preschool Fingerplays
Children love fingerplay verses and rhymes as they combine words with actions, expressed
by using their fingers and hands. These also provide the opportunity to increase the
manual dexterity and coordination of children whilst encouraging them to use their

This Little Pig (use fingers or toes)
This little pig went to market.
This little pig stayed at home.
This little pig had roast beef.
This little pig had none
And this little pig cried “Wee, wee,”
All the way home.

Five Little Mice (use fingers or toes)
This little mousie peeped within
This little mousie walked right in!
This little mousie came to play,
This little mousie ran away!
This little mousie cried, “Dear me!”
Dinner is done and it’s time for tea!”

1-2-3-4-5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive
1-2-3-4-5 Once I caught a fish alive
6-7-8-9-10 Then I let him go again.
Why did you let him go?
Because he bit my finger so.
Which finger did he bite?
This little finger on my right.

Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden
(circle your finger on the palm of child’s hand)
Goes the teddy bear
One step, two steps (walk your fingers up her arm)
Tickle him under there. (Tickle her armpit)

Here’s the Church
Here’s the church, and here’s the steeple
Open the door and see all the people.
Here’s the parson going upstairs,
And here he is saying his prayers.

Action Rhymes and Songs

I’m a Little Popcorn (tune of I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little popcorn in a pot (huddle in a ball)
Heat me up and watch me pop (Jump up)
When I am all white I am done
Popping corn is lots of fun (Jump around)

Fishing for Jesus
Fishing for Jesus,
(clasp hands together and do casting action from shoulder
Fishing for Jesus, (repeat above)
Fishing for Jesus everyday (repeat above)
With a Bible and a prayer
(open hands, like a book and then close as in prayer)
Nothing can compare
(with palms down swing hands across over each other x2)
Fishing for Jesus everyday
(clasp hands together and do casting action again)

Incy,Wincy Spider
Incy, wincy spider climbed the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain.
Incy, wincy spider climbed up the spout again.

Clap Handies
Clap handies, clap handies for Daddy to come
Daddy’s got sweeties and Mommy’s got none.

Rock-A-Bye Baby
Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
Down will come baby, cradle and all.

A pocket full of posies
A-tishoo, a-tishoo
We all fall down.

I’m a Little Teapot
I’m a little teapot
Short and stout
Here’s my handle
Here’s my spout
When I see the teacups
Hear me shout:
“Pick me up and pour me out!”

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
(we usually play this in the pool - the kids love it)
Teddy bear, teddy bear
Turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear
Touch the ground
Teddy bear, teddy bear
Climb the stairs
Teddy bear, teddy bear
Say your prayers
Teddy bear, teddy bear
Turn out the light
Teddy bear, teddy bear
Say good night

The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All over town.
The moms on the bus go natter, natter, natter ...etc
The kids on the bus go wriggle, wriggle, wriggle ...etc
The granny’s on the bus go knit, knit, knit etc

Row, Row, Row your Boat
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream
(Two children sit facing each other, with legs slightly bent in front of them and their feet
touching each other. Hold each other’s hands and rock forwards and back in a rowing
motion. )

Soldier, Soldier, Won’t You Marry Me?
Soldier, soldier, won’t you marry me
With your musket, fife and drum?
Oh no sweet maid I cannot marry you
For I have no hat to put on.
So off she went to her grandfather’s chest
And she brought him a hat of the very, very best,
And she brought him a hat of the very, very best,
And the soldier put it on!
Soldier, soldier, won’t you marry me
With your musket, fife and drum?
Oh no sweet maid I cannot marry you
For I have no coat to put on.
So off she went to her grandfather’s chest
And she brought him a coat of the very, very best,
And she brought him a coat of the very, very best,
And the soldier put it on!
Repeat for Boots
Final verse:
Oh no, sweet maid, I cannot marry you,
For I have a wife of my own!

This is the Way the Ladies Ride
This is the way the ladies ride,
Nimble, nimble, nimble.
This is the way the gentlemen ride,
A gallop, a trot, a gallop a trot.
This is the way the farmers ride,
Joggety-jog, joggety-jog.
And when they come to a hedge — they jump over!
And when they come to a slippery space —
They scramble, scramble, scramble,
Tumble-down Dick!

Girls and Boys, Come Out to Play
Girls and boys come out to play
The moon is shining bright as day.
Leave your supper and leave your sleep,
And come with your playfellows in the street.
Come with a whoop and come with a call,
Come with a good will, or come not at all.
Come let us dance on the open green,
And she who holds longest shall be our queen.

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush

On a cold and frosty morning.
This is the way we wash our clothes,
Wash our clothes, wash our clothes
This is the way we wash our clothes,
On a cold and frosty morning.

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
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only halfway up
They were neither up nor down.

Counting Rhymes

Tea-time Rhymes

I’m a Little Teapot — do the actions too
I’m a little teapot short and stout
Here’s my handle (place one hand on hip)
Here’s my spout (bend other arm at elbow and wrist to make a spout)
When I see the teacups
Here I shout:
“Pick me up and pour me out!” (bend over sideways towards the spout)

Polly Put the Kettle On
Polly put the kettle on
Polly put the kettle on
Polly put the kettle on
We’ll all have tea.
Sukie take it off again
Sukie take it off again
Sukie take it off again
We’re all gone away.

Wash the Dishes
Wash the dishes, wipe the dishes
Ring the bell for tea.
Three good wishes, three good kisses,
I will give to thee.
One, Two, Three
One, two, three
I love coffee,
And Billy loves tea.
How good you be,
One, two, three,
I love coffee,
And Billy loves tea.

Bedtime Rhymes and Songs

Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Baa, baa black sheep
Have you any wool
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full
One for the master and one for the dame
And one for the little boy,
Who lives down the lane.

Little Bo-Peep
Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn’t know where to find them.
Leave them alone and they’ll come home,
Bringing their tails behind them.

Little Boy Blue
Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn
The cow’s in the meadow, the sheep’s in the corn
Where is the little boy who looks after the sheep?
He’s under the haystack, fast asleep.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Pat it and prick it and mark it with B
And put it in the oven for Baby and me.

Cobbler, Cobbler
Cobbler cobbler, mend my shoe
Get it done by half past two
Do it neat and do it strong
And I will pay you when it’s done.

Doctor Foster Went to Gloucester
Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain.
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle
And ne’er went there again.

Goosey Goosey Gander
Goosey, goosey gander
Where shall I wander?
Upstairs and downstairs
And in my lady’s chamber.
There I met a man,
Who wouldn’t say his prayers.
I took him by the left leg,
And through him down the stairs.

Horsey, Horsey
Horsey, horsey don’t you stop
Just let your feet go clippetty clop
The tail goes swish and the wheels go round
Giddy up, were homeward bound.

My Grandfather’s Clock
My grandfather’s clock
Was too large for the shelf
So it stood ninety years on the floor.
It was taller by half
Than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a penny weight more.
It was bought on the morn
Of the day that he was born
And was always his treasure and pride
But it stopped short never to go again
When the old man died.
Ninety years without slumbering
Tick tock tick tock
Its life seconds numbering
Tick tock tick tock
It stopped short never to go again
When the old man died.
Little Hen (a term of endearment for a daughter)
I had a little hen, the prettiest ever seen,
She washed up the dishes and kept the house clean.
She went to the mill to fetch us some flour,
And always got home in less than an hour.
She baked me my bread, she brewed me my ale,
She sat by the fire and told a fine tale!

Hickety Pickety
Hickety Pickety my black hen
She lays eggs for gentlemen
Sometimes nine and sometimes ten
Hickety Pickety my black hen

Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

As I was Going to St. Ives
As I was going to St. Ives
I met a man with seven wives
Each wife had seven sacks
Each sack had seven cats
Each cat had seven kits
Kits, cats, sacks and wives
How many were going to St. Ives?
(Answer: only one - I)

I Hear Thunder
I hear thunder, I hear thunder
Hark don’t you? Hark don’t you?
Pitter patter raindrops
Pitter patter raindrops
I’m wet though, I’m wet through!

Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.

Little Jack Horner
Little Jack Horner sat in a corner
Eating his Christmas pie.
He stuck in his thumb
And pulled out a plum
And said: “What a good boy am I!”

Jack Sprat
Jack Sprat could eat no fat,
His wife could eat no lean,
And so between the two
They licked the platter clean.

Old King Cole
Old King Cole was a merry old soul
And a merry old soul was he.
He called for his pipe and his called for his bowl
And he called for his fiddlers three.

Leaves are Falling (to the tune of ‘7 hear thunder”)
Leaves are falling
Leaves are falling
To the ground
To the ground
Look at all the colours
Look at all the colours
Red, yellow, brown
Red, yellow, brown

London Bridge
London bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady
Build it up with sticks and stones
Stick and stones, sticks and stones
Build it up with sticks and stones
My fair lady.

Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary had a little lamb
Its fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day
Which was against the rule.
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

Mary Mary Quite Contrary
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
To get her poor dog a bone
But when she got there
The cupboard was bare
And so the poor dog had none.

Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey,
There came a big spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Nellie the Elephant
Nellie the Elephant
Packed her trunk
And trundled out of the jungle.
Off she went with a trumpety trump
Trump, trump, trump!

The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
She had so many children,
She didn’t know what to do
She gave them some broth without any bread
And spanked them all soundly and sent them to bed.
In The Christian Mother Goose this rhyme has been altered to say that the old woman did
give the children some bread and said “Thank you Lord Jesus” before sending her children
to bed.

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.

I Love Little Pussy
I love little Pussy, her coat is so warm
And if I don’t hurt her, she’ll do me no harm.
So I’ll not pull her tail, nor drive her away,
But Pussy and I very gently will play.

The Queen of Hearts
The queen of hearts made some tarts
All on a summer’s day.
The knave of hearts stole the tarts
And took them clean away.
The king of hearts called for the tarts
And beat the knave full sore.
The knave of hearts brought back the tarts
And vowed he’s steal no more.

Pussy Cat
Pussy cat, pussy cat
Where have you been?
I have been to London
To visit the queen.
Pussy cat, pussy cat
What did you there?
I frightened a little mouse under the chair.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row, your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.

Rain rain go away
Rain rain go away,
Come again another day.
Little Johnny wants to play;
Rain, rain, go to Spain,
Never show your face again!

Way Down South
Way down south, where bananas grow
A grasshopper stepped on an elephant’s toe
The elephant said, with tears in his eyes
“Pick on someone your own size.”
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