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Poems + action and other rhymes for children

“Little by little,” the acorn said

Little seeds we grow in Spring


Look at your hat!

Looking up through a tree

Lullabye, Lullabye


Minnie and Winnie

Moby Dick

Monday’s child

Mousie, mousie


My Lady Spring

Old John Muddlecombe

On the Ning Nang Nong

One day I saw a downy duck

One for sorrow, two for joy

One-eyed Jack the pirate chief

Only my opinion

Also see:

Stars of the summer night

Sweet and low

The night will never stay

The Starlighter


Have fun with this collection; it’s a great way to:

• increase verbal skills, expand vocabulary and horizons

• interact with a partner or larger groups and understand turn taking

• learn to follow or synchronize actions with each other

• learn to start and stop and discover the value of rules

• use children’s natural response to rhythm and rhyme

• sharpen listening skills

• improve memory

• continue the tradition of children’s verse from this and other countries

• be creative, there are many opportunities change words or actions, add verses, use different

voices or change roles

• above all to have lots of tremendous fun – even the most timid child will follow the rhyme

and with the group soon begin to join in.


The rhymes and poems below are part of ‘Away we go!’

compiled and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

Last updated: 12/13/2021 11:19 AM

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“Little by little,” an acorn said 🔊



A tiny acorn to a magnificent oak tree; like the little seed we too can improve every day.

The longer poem has more verses ending with:

“Little by little, I’ll learn to know

The treasured wisdom of long ago;

And one of these days, perhaps, we’ll see

That the world will be the better for me”;

And do you not think that this simple plan

Made him a wise and useful man?

Tune by Dany Rosevear.





































“Little by little,” an acorn said,

As it slowly sank in its mossy bed,

“I am improving every day,

Hidden deep in the earth away.”


Little by little, each day it grew;

Little by little, it sipped the dew;

Downward it sent out a thread-like root;

Up in the air sprung a tiny shoot.


Day after day, and year after year,

Little by little the leaves appear;

And the slender branches spread far and wide,

Till the mighty oak is the forest’s pride.




Little seeds we sow in Spring 🔊



A Spring poem by Else Holmelund Minarik.

Music by Dany Rosevear.



































Little seeds we sow in spring

growing while the robins sing,

give us carrots, peas and beans,

tomatoes, pumpkin, squash and greens.

And we pick them

one and all

through the summer,

through the fall.

Winter comes, then spring, and then

little seeds we sow again.







Hooray! Once again the trains are running through Exeter on their way to Looe and other parts of Cornwall after this year’s winter storms (2014) made the journey impossible. Once steam trains followed the same route and this poem by Roland Egan makes the excitement of the journey feel real.


Imitate the rhythm of the train when reciting this poem.

Make lines trains with hands on shoulders – move with a shuffle Don’t forget to wave and stoop down through the tunnel.



Bidderly-do, bidderly-do,

I'm on a train and I'm off to Looe.

Ra-ta-ta-tar, ra-ta-ta-tar,

I'm going to visit my Grandmamma.

Tickety-tack, tickety-tack,

Into a tunnel that's ever so black.

A-rumpety-tum, a-rumpety-tum,

I'm taking a present to Granny from Mum.

Tickety-boo, tickety-boo,

I always enjoy the journey to Looe.






Look at your hat! 🔊



This comic rhyme from Barabara Ireson comes from her collection written with Christopher Rose ‘Over and over again’.

You will need to be sensitive to the feelings of others when singing but children also enjoy laughing at themselves and expressing exasperation or bemusement.

It is also a song that lends itself to dramatisation.
























Look at your hat!

Just look at your hat!

It’s back to front

And squashed quite flat.

Look at your hat!


Look at your shirt!

Just look at your shirt!

It’s inside out

And black with dirt.

Look at your shirt!


Look at your dress!

Just look at your dress!

It’s rumpled and crumpled

And needs a press.

Look at your dress!


Look at your shoes!

Just look at your shoes!

They’re full of holes

Not fit to use.

Look at your shoes!


Look at your face!

Just look at your face!

It hasn’t been washed

What a disgrace!

Look at your face!






Looking up through a tree 🔊



‘Friends’ by Abbie Farwell Brown.

A poem for summer camping days and the joy of friends.

Music by Dany Rosevear.






























How good to lie a little while

And look up through the tree!

The Sky is like a kind, big smile

Bent sweetly over me.


The sunshine ickers through the lace

Of leaves above my head,

And kisses me upon the face

Like Mother before bed.


The Wind comes stealing o'er the grass

To whisper pretty things;

And though I cannot see it pass,

I feel its careful wings.


So many gentle Friends are near

Whom one can scarcely see,

A child should never feel a fear,

Wherever that may be.





Lullabye, Lullabye 🔊



A gentle poem by Phyllis L. Garlick.

Music by Dany Rosevear.
























Lullaby, Lullaby,

Shadows creep across the sky.

See, the sun has gone to rest,



Lullaby, Lullaby,

Little one to Dreamland fly,

Till the morning sun awakes,





Mice 🔊



In my opinion or not! One of my very favourite classic children’s poem by Rose Fyleman even though I am definitely not keen to have them in the house!

Music by Dany Rosevear.

Touch or make each part of mentioned body. Make fingers scamper.









































I think mice

Are rather nice.


Their tails are long,

Their faces small,

They haven't any

Chins at all.

Their ears are pink,

Their teeth are white,

They run about

The house at night.

They nibble things

They shouldn’t touch

And no one seems

To like them much.


But I think mice

Are Nice





Minnie and Winnie 🔊



A delightful poem and lullaby by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Music by Dany Rosevear; there are several lovely tunes set to this poem but none I found easy to sing.































































Minnie and Winnie

Slept in a shell.

Sleep, little ladies!

And they slept well.


Pink was the shell within,

Silver without;

Sounds of the great sea

Wander’d about.


Sleep, little ladies!

Wake not soon!

Echo on echo

Dies to the moon.


Two bright stars

Peep’d into the shell.

“What are you dreaming of?

Who can tell?”


Started a green linnet

Out of the croft;

Wake, little ladies,

The sun is aloft!





Moby Dick


A wonderful poem by R.C. Scriven.

Whales are the biggest mammals in the world which makes them a very attractive topic for young children; like many adults they can begin to understand the difficulties faced by whale populations in our world.


Moby Dick is the great white whale with a tiny little eye and a big black tail.

He snorts and wallows where the icebergs roll round and round the huge North Pole.

The ice at the Pole is ten feet thick.

What do I care?

What do I care? - asks Moby Dick.


I’m Moby Dick the great white whale with a tiny little eye and a big black tail

And I make my breakfast and my dinner and my tea

Of all the little fishes in the deep blue sea.



Monday’s child 🔊



How does this traditional rhyme accord with your own experience!

It is normally recited as a rhyme rather than sung as a song.

Arranged and set to music by Dany Rosevear.




































Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,

Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,

Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Monday's child is fair of face,

Tuesday's child is full of grace,

Wednesday's child is full of woe,

Thursday's child has far to go,

Friday's child is loving and giving,

Saturday's child works hard for a living,

And the child that is born on the Sabbath day

Is bonny, and blithe, and good, and gay.





Mousie, mousie


A poem by Rose Fyleman.

Rose Fyleman is a wonderful children’s poet and you will find many more delightful rhymes

for 4-8 year olds in any anthology that includes her work.

More favourites by this poet: ‘The goblin’, ‘I think mice are rather nice’, ‘Wanted’.


Mousie, mousie,

Where is your wee little housie?

Here is the door,

Under the floor,

Said mousie, mousie.


Mousie, mousie,

May I come into your housie?

You can’t get in,

You have to be thin,

Said mousie, mousie.


Mousie, mousie,

Won’t you come out of your housie?

I’m sorry to say,

I’m busy all day,

Said mousie, mousie.



Mud 🔊



This poem by Polly Chase Boyden was always a favourite in my classes; very few children dislike playing in mud but only a small number get to do so with bare feet.

Music by Dany Rosevear.


























Mud is very nice to feel

All squishy-squash between the toes!

I’d rather wade in wiggly mud

Than smell a yellow rose.


Nobody else but the rosebush knows

How nice mud feels

Between the toes.





My Lady Spring  🔊



A poem from ‘The book of 1,000 poems’. Music by Dany Rosevear.































My Lady Spring is dressed in green,

She wears a primrose crown,

And little baby buds and twigs

Come clinging to her gown;

The sun shines if she laughs at all,

But if she weeps the raindrops fall.

My Lady Spring. My Lady Spring!




Old John Muddlecombe O


Losing things is common problem for the elderly but the young also have their moments of forgetfulness; a song to be enjoyed by all.



































Old John Muddlecombe

Couldn’t find his hat.

He looked for it everywhere,

Poor old chap.

He went down the high street

And everybody said.

Silly Johnny Muddlecombe;

Your hat is on your head!




On the Ning Nang Nong O



A wonderful nonsense poem by Spike Milligan. Set to music for the Australian Play School.
























































On the Ning Nang Nong

Where the Cows go Bong!

And the Monkeys all say BOO!

There's a Nong Nang Ning

Where the trees go Ping!

And the tea pots Jibber Jabber Joo.

On the Nong Ning Nang

All the mice go Clang!

And you just can't catch 'em when they do!

So it's Ning Nang Nong!

The Cows go Bong!

Nong Nang Ning!

The trees go Ping!

Nong Ning Nang!

The mice go Clang!

What a noisy place to belong,

Is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!

The Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!!





One day I saw a downy duck 🔊



Or ‘Good Morning’ by Muriel Snipe. A greeting song.

This one is great for the use of adjectives and making up further verses.

Traditional music arranged by Dany Rosevear.
























One day I saw a downy duck

With feathers on its back;

I said, “Good morning, downy duck,”

And it said, “Quack, quack, quack!”


One day I saw a timid mouse

It was so shy and meek;

I said, “Good morning, timid mouse,”

And it said, “Squeak, squeak, squeak!”


One day I saw a curly dog

I met it with a bow;

I said, “Good morning, curly dog,”

And it said, “Bow-wow-wow!”


One day I heard a scarlet bird

It woke me from my sleep;

I said, “Good morning, scarlet bird,”

And it said, “Cheep, cheep, cheep!”


One day I saw a snowy owl,

Three little owlets too;

I said, “Good morning, snowy owls,”

They all said, “Whoo, whoo, whoo,

Whoo are you?!”






One for sorrow, two for joy O



A nursery rhyme to recite / or sing when one catches sight of one magpie or more. Traditionally the number of magpies determine one’s fortune. Many rhymes continue: Eight for a wish, Nine for a kiss, Ten for a bird, You must not miss. Find out more at:

The one below I remembered chanting with my siblings as a child. The melody and doleful last couplet was added by Dany Rosevear.



















One for sorrow,

Two for joy,

Three for a girl,

Four for a boy,

Five for silver,

Six for gold,

Seven for a secret,

Never to be told.

Magpie, magpie, why do you sigh?

I sit so alone as the world goes by.




One eyed Jack, the pirate chief 🔊



A pirate themed rhyme for pirate play set to music by Dany Rosevear.

Encourage fierce expressions in looks and voice as this song is sung.





























One eyed Jack, the pirate chief

Was a terrible, fearsome ocean thief.

He wore a peg upon one leg;

He wore a hook and a dirty look!

One eyed Jack, the pirate chief

Was a terrible, fearsome ocean thief.




Only my opinion 🔊



Short and sweet. This can be played by a child on their own hand or played on a toddler’s palm. By Monica Shannon (1890–1965) a Canadian-born American children's author and poet.

Set to music by Dany Rosevear.

Wiggle finger across palm. Tickle palm.




























Is a caterpillar ticklish?

Well, it's always my belief

That he giggles, as he wiggles

Across a hairy leaf.


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