and rhymes come to life during circle and large group times as preschool
children show word meaning through simple actions and finger movements.
Preschoolers develop memory and recall skills as they sing and recite the
songs and poems in this curriculum resource collection.
Finger plays, action poems, nursery rhymes,
and songs are grouped according to early childhood education themes.
I have collected the rhymes, fingerplays and songs in this collection during the past 30 years and either don't know or have forgotten many author's names.
|Insect and Bug Rhymes|
The words suggest the hand, body and finger movements
of books about counting are listed in Preschool
Books Listed by Themes
For activities go to the Counting and Number Theme and there is also a
Number Activity Theme in the Rainbow Resource Room!
Five Fat Peas
Five fat peas in a pea pod
An activity for this counting
rhyme is in the Counting and Number Theme
One potato, two potato,
Two, Tie My Shoe
1,2 Tie my shoe
on the bed
One fell off and bumped
Mama called the doctor and
the doctor Said,
" No more monkeys
jumping on the bed!"
Four little monkeys jumping
One Little Bee
One little blue bird, high in the tree.
One little brown bear smiling at me.
One is the number I like,
Shinning bright with the sugar on top.
Along comes (child's name) with a nickel to pay.
He/she buys a cookie and takes it away.
(continue with four, three, two and one).
I have ten fingers hold
up both hands, fingers spread
I can shut them up tight make
I can make them jump high hands
A bilingual counting song in Spanish and English
Uno, dos, y tres,For an entire Spanish Rhyme Theme go to the Resource Room
Here's a ball make
ball with thumb and index finger
over headShall we count them?
Are you ready?
One, Two, Three make all three balls in succession
Three little nickels in a pocketbook new,
Finds a friend, and then there are two.
Two baby turtles crawl down to the sea.
They find another, and then there are three.
Three baby turtles crawl along the shore.
They find another, and then there are four.
Four baby turtles go for a dive.
Up swims another, and then there are five.
He was all alone, and he didn't want to be.
So he flew far away, over the sea,
And brought back a friend to live in the tree.
Substitute two, three, etc. for one as you finish the verse.
The Bird Activity
Theme is in the
Here is the beehive, where are the bees?
He met a friend, and that made two.
Two little bees, busy as could be--
Three little bees, wanted one more,
Four little bees, going to the hive.
Five little bees working every hour--
Five little birdies, flying around our door,
Four little birdies sitting in a tree,
The little birdies didn't know what to do,
Two little birdies sitting in the sun,
The little green birdie felt so all alone,
The Bird Activity Theme is in the Rainbow Resource Room.
There were ten in a bed and the little one
This is repeated until you get to the number one. Each time "roll over" is said, rolling motion is dramatized.There was one in the bed and the little one said,
Five red apples
In A Tree
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile--
"You can't catch me."
"You can't catch me."
Along comes Mr. Crocodile
As quiet as can be--
Continue until all monkeys
Away swims Mr. Crocodile
The first one said, "What do I see?"
The second one said, "Some nuts on the ground."
The third one said, "Those nuts I found."
The fourth one said, "I'll race you there."
The Fifth one said, "All right, that's fair."
So they shook their tails and ran with glee.
To the nuts that lay at the foot of the tree.
Letting out a roar--
One went away, and
Then there were four.
Four enormous dinosaurs
Three enormous dinosaurs
Two enormous dinosaurs
One enormous dinosaur,
Take a look at the Dinosaur
I'm the shoe brush
I'm the dustpan
I'm the candle
I'm the letter
For activities go to the Counting and Number Theme.
There is also a Number Activity Theme in the Rainbow Resource Room!
For more curriculum ideas and preschool activities go to
Search the Preschool Rainbow
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early childhood education