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The Ants Go Marching

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one
The little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go marching down
     To the ground, to get out of the rain

The ants go marching two by two, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching two by two, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching two by two
The little one stops to tie his shoe
And they all go marching down
     To the ground, to get out of the rain

The ants go marching three by three, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching three by three, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching three by three
The little one stops to scratch his knee
And they all go marching down
     To the ground, to get out of the rain

The ants go marching four by four, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching four by four, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching four by four
The little one stops to shut the door
And they all go marching down
     To the ground, to get out of the rain

The ants go marching five by five, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching five by five, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching five by five
The little one stops to take a dive
And they all go marching down
     To the ground, to get out of the rain

The ants go marching six by six, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching six by six, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching six by six
The little one stops to pick up sticks
And they all go marching down
     To the ground, to get out of the rain

The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching seven by seven
The little one stops to pray to heaven
And they all go marching down
     To the ground, to get out of the rain

The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching eight by eight
The little one stops to shut the gate
And they all go marching down
     To the ground, to get out of the rain

The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching nine by nine
The little one stops to check the time
And they all go marching down
     To the ground, to get out of the rain

The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching ten by ten
The little one stops to say, “The end.”
And they all go marching down
     To the ground, to get out of the rain

May 8, 2008 at 1:40 pm 1 comment

Apples and Bananas

This great little song is not only fun, but a great way to help toddlers learn the sounds of the vowels.  After singing the first verse normally you sing it five more times, each time replacing the vowel sounds in the words “eat,” “apples” and “bananas” with the long vowel sounds of A, E, I, O and U.

I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas

I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays
I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays

I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and ba-nee-nees
I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and ba-nee-nees

I like to ite, ite, ite ie-ples and ba-nie-nies   [pronounced with long “i” sound]
I like to ite, ite, ite ie-ples and ba-nie-nies

I like to ote, ote, ote oa-ples and ba-no-nos
I like to ote, ote, ote oa-ples and ba-no-nos

I like to ute, ute, ute oo-ples and ba-nu-nus
I like to ute, ute, ute oo-ples and ba-nu-nus

 

April 7, 2008 at 12:04 pm 5 comments

This Old Man

A wonderful counting song:

This old man, he played one
He played nick-nack on my drum
With a nick-nack, paddy-whack, give the dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played two
He played nick-nack on my shoe
With a nick-nack, paddy-whack, give the dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played three
He played nick-nack on my tree
With a nick-nack, paddy-whack, give the dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played four
He played nick-nack on my door
With a nick-nack, paddy-whack, give the dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played five
He played nick-nack on my hive
With a nick-nack, paddy-whack, give the dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played six
He played nick-nack on my sticks
With a nick-nack, paddy-whack, give the dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played seven
He played nick-nack up in heaven
With a nick-nack, paddy-whack, give the dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played eight
He played nick-nack on my gate
With a nick-nack, paddy-whack, give the dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played nine
He played nick-nack on my line
With a nick-nack, paddy-whack, give the dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played ten
He played nick-nack on my hen
With a nick-nack, paddy-whack, give the dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

There are, of course, lots of different versions of the rhyming words in the verses.  Some other rhyming pairs I have heard include:

One … on my thumb

Three … on his knee

Seven … on my Devon

Nine … all the time

Ten … on my shin

Ten … once again

        

February 27, 2008 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

The Shape Song

This wonderful addition was sent by reader Jayne T.  (Thanks, Jayne!)

It is sung to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot, and is a wonderful introduction to geometric shapes.

I’m a little triangle, look at me
I have three sides, don’t you see?
Can you count them: 1, 2, 3
I’m a little triangle look at me

I’m a little circle, oh what fun
I look just like the sun
My one side goes round and round
Only one side can be found

I’m a little rectangle, won’t you sing my song
Two sides are short and two are long
I look just like the door
Count my sides: 1, 2, 3, 4

I’m a little square, let me make you smile
I look like a bathroom tile
Count my sides and say my name
My four sides are exactly the same

October 9, 2006 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

Uno, Dos, Tres Gatitos

Sung to the tune of “Ten Little Indians,” this is a great little song for learning to count (to ten) in Spanish.  (Note: gatitos is Spanish for “kittens,” perritos means “puppies.”)

Uno, dos, tres gatitos
Cuatro, cinco, seis gatitos
Siete, ocho, nueve gatitos
Diez gatitos son

Uno, dos, tres perritos
Cuatro, cinco, seis perritos
Siete, ocho, nueve perritos
Diez perritos son

August 17, 2006 at 7:34 am 2 comments

The Presidents

Sung to the tune of Ten Little Indians.

Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison
Monroe, Adams, Jackson, Van Buren
Harrison, Tyler, Polk, and Taylor
Filmore, Pierce, and Buchanan

Lincoln, Johnson, Grant, Hayes
Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, Harrison
Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, Taft
Wilson, Harding, and Coolidge

Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower
Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford
Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton
George Bush is our new President!

July 29, 2006 at 10:29 pm Leave a comment

Do You Know the Continents?

This great little learning song was taught to us by my three-year-old, who learned it at pre-school.  It is sung to the tune of Do You Know the Muffin Man?

Oh, do you know the continents?
The continents
The continents
Do you know the continents?
Name them if you can

[Chanted]

North America, South America
Europe, Asia, Africa
Don’t forget Australia
Don’t forget Antarctica

Oh, do you know the continents?
The continents
The continents
Do you know the continents?
Name them if you can

July 29, 2006 at 3:17 pm 6 comments

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