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Tippy tippy tiptoes

Today is Monday

Tohora nui

Tom saw a sailor

Tommy was a baker

Tony Chestnut

Touch your nose, touch your chin / The touch game

Touch your shoulders

Two hoots

Two little boats are on the sea

Two little hands

Two, two, what are two?

Last updated: 2/28/2022 12:23 PM

The songs below are part ofAway we go’ Round and about

compiled, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

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Tippy tippy tiptoe 🔊

 

 


Children love an excuse to tiptoe, find a dramatic theme like Hallowe’en or grandma sleeping as an excuse to move in a quiet manner. The words are anonymous and music is by Milton Kaye from ‘Music for living: music through the day’.

 

Move around the room weaving in and out of each other or with a partner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tippy, tippy, tiptoe, here we go,

Tippy, tippy, tiptoe, to and fro.

Tippy, tippy, tiptoe, through the house,

Tippy, tippy, tiptoe like a mouse.

 

Tippy, tippy, tiptoe, here we go,

Tippy, tippy, tiptoe, to and fro.

Tippy, tippy, tiptoe, time to hop,

Tippy, tippy, tiptoe, time to stop.


 

 

 

Today is Monday 🔊

 

 


Sequence the days of the week. A traditional cumulative rhyme that has been charmingly updated by the wonderful Eric Carle; you can find it in his beautifully illustrated picture book of the same name.

The foods can be changed to reflect your children’s favourites, one of my grandchildren loves pizza!

 

String beans – wave hands back and forth. Spaghetti – roll hands round each other. Zoooop – spoon towards mouth. Pizza – slice. Fresh fish – palms of hands together and swim. Chicken – flap elbows. Icecream – lick.  Hungry children – rub tummy. Pretend to eat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Today is Monday, today is Monday, Monday, string beans,

All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

 

Today is Tuesday, today is Tuesday, Tuesday, spaghetti,

Monday, string beans,

All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

 

Today is Wednesday, today is Wednesday, Wednesday, zoooop,

Tuesday, spaghetti,

Monday, string beans,

All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

 

Today is Thursday, today is Thursday, Thursday, pizza,

Wednesday, zoooop,

Tuesday, spaghetti,

Monday, string beans,

All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

 

Today is Friday, today is Friday, Friday, fresh fish,

Thursday, pizza,

Wednesday, zoooop,

Tuesday, spaghetti,

Monday, string beans,

All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

 

Today is Saturday, today is Saturday, Saturday, chicken,

Friday, fresh fish,

Thursday, pizza,

Wednesday, zoooop,

Tuesday, spaghetti,

Monday, string beans,

All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

 

Today is Sunday, today is Sunday, Sunday, ice-cream,

Saturday, chicken,

Friday, fresh fish,

Thursday, pizza,

Wednesday, zoooop,

Tuesday, spaghetti,

Monday, string beans,

All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

 


 

 

 

Tohora nui / The big whale 🔊

 

 


A singing game from New Zealand in the Maori language.

English translation / interpretation and written music by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Stretch arms out to the side. 2. Stretch arms up. 3. Arms make big circle in front. 4. Put wrists together with hands out above head. 5. Hands beind back and shooting out. 6. Hands, in front and side by side, move up and down away from body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tohorā nui,

Tohorā roa,

Tohorā tino mōmona,

Tohorā whiuwhiua,

Tohorā piupiua e,

Tohorā kau kau ana I te moana e!

 

A whale is big,

A whale is long,

A whale is so, so, so gigantic,

Flap and swish your tail, whale,

Spout your blowhole high,

Swim around whale, swim across the oceans so wide!

 


 

 

 

Tom saw a sailor 🔊

 

 


I came across this song  in ‘Merrily, merrily’ published 1979 by the Nursing Mother’s Associaton of Australia where it was credited to anonymous. However an internet seach suggests it comes from ‘Dickory's horse, and five other songs for singing and acting’ written by Anne Harding Thompson in 1933. As this publication is not available I have added an activity to play.

 

Divide children into two groups: sailors holding a bundle over the shoulder and children with hands on hips. Line 1. Walk around the room in and out of each other looking for a partner. 2. Stop in front of a partner and stamp three times. 3. and 4. Children sing question, sailors answer and give their child a bun to eat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tom saw a sailor walking down the street,

He had a spotted handkerchief and bare brown feet.

“What’s in your bundle sailor, ahoy?”

A pipe for the bosun and a bun for the boy!”

 


 

 

Tommy was a baker O

 

A great song for dramatisation.

This song is also known as ‘Johnny was a soldier’ or ‘Tommy was a soldier’.

 

One child chooses and mimes an occupation. The others try to guess what it is. Once they have guessed they sing the child’s name and job as that child continues to mime. They then all copy the movements or make up ones of their own to show what else people in that job can do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tommy was a baker,

Tommy was a baker,

Tommy was a baker,

I know, I know, I know.

All do as I do,

All do as I do,

All do as I do,

I-oh, I-oh, I-oh!

 

Zara was a doctor...

Ethan was a driver...

Nancy was a gardener...

Edward was a pilot...

Bobby was a builder...

 


 

 

Tony Chestnut O

 

 


Rather like ‘Head, shoulders knees and toes’ this song can be sung with words omitted in sequence with actions replacing them. Alternatively for a vigorous work out it can be sung faster each time.

 

Point to the toe, knee, chest, and head (nut) in turn as each word is mentioned.

Follow this by the nose and eyes, then place crossed hands over the chest (love) and point to a friend (you).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tony Chestnut knows I love you,

Tony knows, Tony knows,

Tony Chestnut knows I love you.

That’s what Tony knows!

 


 

 

Touch your nose, touch your chin /

The touch game  🔊

 

 

 


Identify parts of the body and make funny noises.

Music added by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Touch nose then chin 2. Touch eyes then knees. Pretend to sneeze and say ‘Achoo!’ sneeze on arm. 3. Touch hair then ears. Touch lips and blow raspberry. 4. Touch elbows. Place hands on hips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Touch your nose, touch your chin,

That’s the way this game begins.

Touch your eyes, touch your knees,

Now pretend you have to sneeze. ATCHOO!

 

Touch your hair, touch your ears,

Touch your two red lips right here. Blow raspberry Touch your elbows just where they bend,

That’s the way the touch game ends.

 


 

 

Touch your shoulders  🔊

 

 


A classic rhyme with a challenging ending. Identify parts of the body and finish settled for the next activity.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Move as the words suggest making a big stretch when reaching up. Finish sitting quietly on the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Touch your shoulders, touch your knees.

Raise your arms then drop them, please.

Pull your ears, and tap your nose.

Touch your ankles, tickle your toes.

Hands on hips and bend your knees.

Slowly, quietly, sit down please.

 


 

 

Two hoots 🔊

 

 


An action rhyme and celebration of oneself and others.

Everyone needs to take a pride in who they are and equally important recognise that others have strengths and qualities that can be recognised and admired.

Recognizing and celebrating diversity in a group relies on individuals having a confident positive self-identity. We all have a unique set of attributes and need to be comfortable and take pride in our differences. At the same time we need to recognize that we also have much in common that allows us to live together in harmony. Take time to help children recognise their own markers and why they makes them feel good. Watch out for that owl, mouse!

Words and music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Chorus: Shake finger, stamp or clap twice. Repeat three times. Point to self.

Verse 1. Make beak with forefingers, shake elbow wings. Hand to ears. ‘Too-whit’ flapping wings. Point to self proudly. 2. Wave arm trunk. Flap hand ears, make fists stomp. Hand to ears. ‘Trumpet’ waving arm trunk. Point to self proudly. 3. Forefingers make twitchy nose. Scamper and scrabble with finger toes. Hand to ears. Make ‘eek’ noise twitching nose as before. Point to self proudly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I don’t give two hoots,

I don’t give two hoots,

I don’t give two hoots,

I’m just glad to be me.

 

Old barn owl has a sharp, pointy beak,

Feathers all a-flutter, so soft and sleek.

Listen to it hoot, listen to it screech,

“Too-whit, too-whoooo!

I’m just glad to be me.

I’m just glad to be me.”

Chorus

 

Elephant’s trunk is useful and strong,

Its ears wiggle waggle, it stomps along,

Listen to that trump! Such a playful song!

“Trumpetty trump!

I’m just glad to be me.

I’m just glad to be me.”

Chorus

 

Little mouse has a pink, twitchy nose,

It scampers and scrabbles on its tiny toes,

Listen to it squeak where ever it goes,

“Eek! Eek! Eek! Eek!

I’m just glad to be me.

I’m just glad to be me.”

Chorus

 


 

 

 

Two little boats are on the sea O

 

 


Learn about controlled slow then fast and back to slow movements.

This song can be played as a pair game, see below, or a knee bouncing activity: sway baby gently from side to side, bounce faster, then sway gently once again.

 

Children in pairs sit facing each other holding hands and rock back and forth gently at first then faster. Make appropriate sounds at the end of each line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Two little boats are on the sea, Mmm mmm!

All is calm as calm as can be. Mmm mmm!

Gently the wind begins to blow, Ooooh Ooooh!

Two little boats rock to and fro. Ooooh Ooooh!

Loudly the wind begins to shout, Whoo Whoo!

Two little boats are tossed about. Whoo Whoo!

Gone is the wind, the storm, the rain, Mmm mmm!

Two little boats sail on again. Mmm mmm!


 

 

Two little hands 🔊

 

 


Words by Lucille F. Wood from ‘Singing fun’ published 1962; this book contains so many familiar children’s nursey classics in such a small volume.

Move as the words suggest or find rhythm instruments that make the same sound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Two little hands go clap, clap, clap.

Two little feet go tap, tap, tap.

Two little fists go thump, thump, thump. Two little legs go jump, jump, jump.

One little body turns around,

And everyone sits quietly down.

 

 


 

 

Two, two, what are two? 🔊

 

 


This sweet little number rhyme, possibly of Japanese origin, ends with a big hug.

A very kind viewer suggested this might be a translation of the poem "Futa-tu" by Michio Mado: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVtzyL3Ap3c Wish I'd listened to it before making up a tune!

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Put up one finger on each hand Point to each eye then each ear. 2. As before, then clap hands and stamp feet twice. 3. As before. Point to child and give a big hug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Two, two ,what are two?

Eyes are two, one, two,

Ears are two, one, two,

Two, two, what are two?

Hands are two, one, two,

Feet are two, one, two,

Two, two, what are two?

You know you know,

My arms are two!

 


 

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