nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs Preschool Nursery Rhymes for
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Every day is an exciting learning day in the life of a preschool child.  Throughout this early childhood education rhyme theme collection there are fingerplays, songs and poems for special days, just take a look at all the rhyme themes to your left.  On this page there are rhymes that will help enhance preschool activities and lesson plans for seasonal holidays.

 

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valentine song My Valentine
Sing this song to the tune of "The Muffin Man

Oh, will you be my valentine?
My valentine?  My valentine?
Oh, will you be my valentine?
And love me every day?

Oh, yes, I'll be your valentine,
Your valentine, your valentine.
Oh, yes, I'll be your valentine,
And love you every day.

There's an entire Valentine Activity Theme in the Rainbow Resource Room.

A Birthday
An action rhyme
Today is (insert the name of the child)'s birthday,
Let's make her/him a cake.
Mix and stir
   action of stirring
Stir and mix,
Then into the oven to bake
  pretend to hold cake in two hands
Here's our cake so nice and round,
   make a circle with arms
We frost it pink and white
   action of spreading frosting
We put five (any number) candles on it,
To make a birthday light. 

Birthday Activities are in the Rainbow Resource Room.
 

Autumn
 Preschool children can act out the words to this seasonal rhyme.

In autumn when the trees are brown
The little leaves come tumbling down
They do not make the slightest sound
But lie so quietly on the ground
Until the wind comes puffing by
And blows them off towards the sky.
 
 
 

Jack-0-Lanterns
A preschool number rhyme


Five little jack-o-lanterns sitting on a gate.
The 1st one said, "It's getting late."
The 2nd one said, "I hear a noise."
The 3rd one said, "It's only some boys."
The 4th one said, "Let's run, let's run."
The 5th one said, "It's Halloween fun."
Then oooooooo went the wind, and out went the light.
And away ran the jack-o-lanterns on Halloween night. 

There is an entire Halloween Activity Theme in the Rainbow Resource Room.
 

Pumpkins

Little Jack Pumpkin Face lived on a vine
Little Jack Pumpkin Face thought it was fine
First he was small and green
Then he was big and yellow.
Little Jack Pumpkin Face is a fine fellow. 
 

Five Little Pumpkins
A preschool education counting rhyme. 
Point one by one to fingers on a hand.  On the last line, make a fist.

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said, "My, it's getting late.
The second one said, "There are witches in the air."
The third one said,  "I don't care."
The fourth one said,  "We'll have a lot of fun.
Let's run and run and run."
"Woo-oo-oo" went the wind.
And out (clap) went the light
And the five little pumpkins rolled right out of sight. 
 

Thanksgiving

Mr. Turkey went for a walk on a bright sunshiny day.
And on the way he met Mr. Duck
Gobble, Gobble.....Quack, Quack.
And they both went on their way. 

 

Five Turkeys
Early childhood education teachers can develop this rhyme into a  preschool theatrical presentation.

Five big turkeys sitting on the gate
The first one said,  "It's getting late."

Chorus:
Gobble, gobble, gobble
Fat turkeys, fat turkeys
Gobble, gobble, gobble
Fat turkeys are we.
The second one said,  "Who goes there?"
Chorus
The third one said,  "There are farmers everywhere."
Chorus
The fourth one said,  "Let's run, run, run."
Chorus
The fifth one said,  "It's just Thanksgiving fun."
Chorus
Five fat turkeys are we.
We slept all night in a tree.
When the cook came around,
We couldn't be found,
And that's why we're here, you see.

Thanksgiving Activities are in the Rainbow Resource Room.
 

Santa's  Reindeers
A preschool education fingerplay for Christmas

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 little reindeer
   hold fingers up one at a time
Stand beside the sleigh.
"Hurry, Santa," said the five
"So we will not be late!" 
   make a fist
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 little reindeer,
   pop fingers up one by one
Santa said,  "Please wait!
Wait for three more little reindeer,
And then that will make eight."
   hold up three more fingers.


Santa's Clhimney
A fingerplay

Here is the chimney
(make fist, enclosing thumb inside fist)
Here is the top.
(place palm of other hand on top of fist)
Open the lid,
(remove top hand quickly)
Out Santa will pop.
(pop up thumb).

The Christmas Activity Theme is in the Rainbow Resource Room.

Snowmen
A counting fingerplay for winter.
Five little snowmen standing round my door.
This one melted and then there were four.
Four little snowmen beneath a green pine tree.
This one melted and then there were three.
Three little snowmen with caps and mittens blue.
This one melted and then there were two.
Two little snowmen standing in the sun.
This one melted and then there was one.
One little snowman started to run.
But he melted away and then there was none.

Take a look at the Winter Theme for snowmen activities.
 

song The Three M and M's
Deloras J . wrote this little song to celebrate
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month.
To the tune of "The Farmer In the Dell"

The three M and M's
The three M and M's
Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and Marthin Luther King.
( repeat)

Take a look at the Black History Theme for activities.
 

Kites
Try these two preschool rhymes outside on a windy day.

Five little kites flying high in the sky
Said, "Hi" to the cloud as it passed by,
Said, "Hi" to the bird, said "Hi" to the sun,
Said, "Hi" to an airplane--oh what fun!
Then whish went the wind,
And they all took a dive:
One, two, three, four, five. 

Kites Go Up
Young preschoolers can act out the words of this simple rhyme.

The kites go up, the kites go down,
In and around, all over the town
The children run and jump and play,
Because they love a windy day.

Windy & Rainy Weather Activities are in the Rainbow Resource Room.

 

  Easter Eggs
A counting and color rhyme for Easter

Five little Easter eggs, lovely colors wore,
Mother ate the blue one, then there were four.

Four little Easter eggs, two and two you see,
Daddy ate the red one, then there were three.

Three little Easter eggs, before I knew,
Sister ate the yellow one, then there were two.

Two little Easter eggs, oh what fun,
Brother ate the purple one, then there was one.

One little Easter egg, see me run,
I ate the green one, then there were none.
 

A Rabbit
Preschool children act out this rhyme
Can you make a rabbit
With two ears, so very long
   hold up fingers
And let him hop, hop, hop about
    hop
On legs so small and strong?
He nibbles, nibbles carrots
   act out
For his dinner every day;
As soon as he has had enough
He scampers fast away!
   hop on all fours 
 

A Bunny
A traditional fingerplay
Once there was a bunny.
  Double left fist and extend two fingers for ears.
And a green, green cabbage head,
    Double fist on the right hand.
"I think I'll have some breakfast," the little bunny said.
     Move bunny toward cabbage head.
So he nibbled and he nibbled.
     Move fingers on the left hand.
Then he turned around to say,
"I think this is the time I should be hopping on my way!"
    Make hopping movements with the left hand.
 

Easter Rabbits
A counting fingerplay for Easter

Five little Easter rabbits
   Hold up five fingers
Sitting by the door,
One hopped away, and then there were four.
   Bend down one finger.

Refrain
Hop, hop, hop, hop,
   Clap on each hop.
See how they run!
Hop, hop, hop, hop,
   Clap on each hop
They think it is great fun!

Four little Easter rabbits
   Hold up four fingers
Under a tree,
One hopped away, and then there were three.
   Bend down one finger
Repeat refrain.

Three little Easter rabbits
   Hold up three fingers
Looking at you,
One hopped away, and then there were two.
   Bend down one finger
Repeat refrain.

Two little Easter rabbits
   Hold up two fingers.
Resting in the sun,
One hopped away, and there was one.
   Bend down one finger.
Repeat refrain.

One little Easter rabbit
Left all alone,
He hopped away, and there there were none.
   Hand behind back.

Hop, hop, hop, hop!
   Clap on each hop.
All gone away!
Hop, hop, hop, hop!
   Clap on each hop
They'll come back some day.

The Easter Activity Theme is in the Rainbow Resource Room.
 

There are LOTS MORE nursery rhymes, fingerplays and action songs  throughout the Rhyme Themes.

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