Toddler Folk

 
 
 

Action Songs

 
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When playing this game with very young children, sit on the floor or sideways on a couch with knees bent & lifted so baby is able to lean against your knees.;“row” by moving the child forward from waist and then back up against your knees.

Open Shut Them


Open shut them, open shut the

(close hands to make fist, palms out, open & shut in time with the words)

Give a little clap (clap)

Open shut them, open shut them (open & shut in time with the words)

Put them in your lap. (fold hands & place in lap)


Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them,                                         

Right up to your chin;     (fingers crawl up arm to chin)

Open up your little mouth, (open mouth)

But do not let them in. (pretend to put fingers in mouth, shut mouth right before fingers enter, pulling fingers back so they don’t get bit!)


Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them,

Right up to you nose   (fingers crawl up arm to nose)

Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them,

Right down to your toes! (fingers crawl down body to toes)


Variation: instead of “clap”  & “lap” it is “clap,clap,clap” and 

         “lap,lap,lap”

Note: Only the first verse is traditionally sung with toddlers &

          preschoolers, the 2nd & 3rd verses are more often with

          5 & 6 yr. olds.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker’s man

            (clap baby’s hands together)
Bake me a cake  as fast as you can

    (roll palms together as if rolling a ball of dough)
Prick it and pat it and mark it with a B

        (“poke” the palm of one hand with the

        gathered finger tips of the other hand)
And put it in the oven for Baby and me

    (palms up, moving forward as if putting in oven)

The songs

These songs include actions/mime of the words. They could be considered “finger plays” set to music.. Some of these songs have more than one melody, which is one of the beauties of folk music!

Hold toddler on your knees, facing you holding both hands, “row” back and forth in time to the song. If singing with a baby, sit on floor with your knees up & child on lap. Hold torso firmly and row back and forth, resting baby up against your knees and pulling forward.

Hold toddler on your knees, facing you holding both hands, “row” back and forth in time to the song. If singing with a baby, sit on floor with your knees up & child on lap. Hold torso firmly and row back and forth, resting baby up against your knees and pulling forward.

This is the most fun while carrying your toddler up on your shoulders and galloping around.


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What’ll I do with the baby-o?


Chorus

What’ll I do with the baby-o
What’ll I do with the baby-o
What’ll I do with the baby-o
If she won’t go to sleepy-o?

Verse 1

Wrap her up in calico
Wrap her up in calico
Wrap her up in calico
And send her to her mommy-o.


Chorus


Verse 2

Rock her cradle to and fro
Rock her cradle to and fro
Rock her cradle to and fro
Cozy by the fire’s glow.


Chorus


Verse 3

Bounce him on your lappy-o
Bounce him on your lappy-o
Bounce him on your lappy-o
Bounce him till he’s happy-o.


Chorus

Verse 4

Toss him here, toss him there
Toss him ten feet in the air
Do a dance, sing a song
Keep it up the whole night long.


Final Chorus

What’ll I do with the baby-o
What’ll I do with the baby-o
What’ll I do with the baby-o
You tell me, ‘cause I don’t know!

Another Set of Lyrics for this folk song!

UP MY LITTLE BABY  (this is spoken in rhythm as a chant)
Up my little baby comes (lift baby up)
Down my little baby goes (lay baby back down)
Peek around, have you found (turn baby side to side)
Baby's wiggly toes? (tickle toes) 

Variation: substitute your baby’s name for “baby”

This is like baby sit-ups. Be sure your hands are grasped firmly around baby’s chest and back to provide strong torso support..

clap babies hands or feet together, matching the actions you’re singing

We Are Building Day by Day  (from Claude & Carol Chan)


We are building day by day

    (build with fists one atop the other alternating with each beat)

in our work and in our play

    (continue to “build”)

Not with hammer blow by blow

    (pretend to pound with a hammer), one fist into other palm)

not with timber sawing so

    (pretend to use a hand saw)

building a house

    (hold hands together to make shape of roof)

not made with hands

    (hold forth open hands)

following Jesus perfect plans

    (march in place)

we are building day by day   

     (build with fists one atop the other alternating with each beat)

building for eternity

     (point to heaven,  making ascending spiral)

Adaptation for toddlers:

        Stand, hold baby under arms, lift baby up & down on    

        each phrase. Spin round and round with the sling.

        Fall down when the giant comes tumbling down.

on the “rappy-tap-tap,”make a hammer with your fist and “pound” in baby’s palm; can also have baby make the hammer and pound in your palm.

Sunshine Mountain  (from Karen Zerlaut)


Climb, climb up sunshine mountain,   (pretend to climb)

Heavenly breezes blow.   (arms gently blow in the breeze)

climb, climb up sunshine mountain   (pretend to climb)

faces all aglow   (frame face between hands, smile)

turn, turn from sin and sadness   (turn around***)

look to God on High   (look up to heaven)

climb climb up sunshine mountain  (pretend to climb)

you and I.   (point to baby and then self)

***Toddler Adaptation:

    If baby is seated on you lap, then  turn  your hands round

    and round like making a “tornado” with your hands.

Dance, Little Baby


Dance , little baby, dance up high;

Never mind, baby, mother is by;

Crow and caper, caper and crow,

There, little baby, there you go!


Up to the ceiling, down to the ground,

Backwards and forwards, round and round;

Dance, little baby, and mother shall sings,

With the merry gay coral, ding,ding-a-ding, ding.

This is a rhythmic chant. While standing and holding baby, move the baby to the words, dancing up and down, skipping back and forth and spinning round and round.

Hold hands and walk around in a circle. Fall down on final phrase.

Toddler adaptation: Stand up, holding baby, turn round and round and round, then fall down at end.

Wide, Wide As The Ocean  (from Claude & Carol Chan)


Wide, wide as the ocean,  (take baby by hands and spread wide)

High as the Heaven above; (point to heaven)
Deep, deep as the deepest sea  (point down)

is my Savior’s love.  (hold hands over heart)
I, though so unworthy, (point to self)

Still am a child of His care; (reach hands to heaven)

For His Word teaches me (hold hands like a book)

That His love reaches me (hands over heart)

Everywhere. (hands sweep out wide)


“Movement is the door to learning”

---Paul E. Dennison, Ph. D.

   Developer of Educational

Kinesiology & Brain Gym


Two little eyes to look to God   (from Claude & Carol Chan)

Author: C.C. Kerr


Two little eyes to look to God,  (touch baby’s eyes)

Two little ears to hear His Word, (touch baby’s ears)

Two little feet to walk in His ways, (walk baby’s feet)

Two little lips to sing His praise,  (touch baby’s lips)

Two little hands to do His will, (hold up baby’s hands)

And one little heart to love Him still.  (place hands over baby’s heart)