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for parents and their young children

Music Songs and Fingerplays

Hush Little Baby


Hush little baby, don't say a word,
Papa's gonna buy you a mocking bird.

If that mockingbird don't sing,
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring turns to brass,
Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke,
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat.

If that billy goat don't pull,
Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull.

If that cart and bull turn over,
Papa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

If that dog named Rover don't bark,
Papa's gonna buy you a horse and cart.

If that horse and cart fall down,
You'll still be the sweetest little boy (girl) in town.

(Traditional, United States)

baby stopping crying

Row, Row, Row Your Boat


Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

(Traditional, Great Britain, North America)

boat

Singing Band


(Tune: Skip To My Lou)

Shakers are playing; rattle, rattle, rattle.
Shakers are playing; rattle, rattle, rattle.
Shakers are playing; rattle, rattle, rattle.
Listen to their music.
Cymbals are playing; clang, clang, clang.
Cymbals are playing; clang, clang, clang.
Cymbals are playing; clang, clang, clang.
Listen to their music.
Drums are playing; boom, boom, boom.
Drums are playing; boom, boom, boom.
Drums are playing; boom, boom, boom.
Listen to their music.
Sticks are playing; click, click, click.
Sticks are playing; click, click, click.
Sticks are playing; click, click, click.
Listen to their music.
A jar full of beans becomes a shaker; a mixing bowl becomes a drum; two pan lids become cymbals; and two wooden spoons become the sticks.

(Traditional, England, adapted)

dog playing xylophone

Are You Sleeping?


Are you sleeping, are you sleeping,
Brother John, Brother John?

Morning bells are ringing,
Morning bells are ringing,

Ding, ding, dong.
Ding, ding, dong.

(Traditional, England)

moon

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star


Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.

Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky,

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.

(Jane Taylor, England 1806)

star

Throw it Out the Window


(Tune: Polly Wolly Doodle)

  1. Mary had a little lamb, it's fleece was white as snow; and every where that Mary went, she threw it out the window, the window, the second story window. With a heave and a ho and a mighty throw, she threw it out the window.

  2. Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone. But when she got there, the cupboard was bare so, she threw it out the window, the window, the second story window, With a heave and a ho and a mighty throw, she threw it out the window.

  3. Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water, Jack fell down and broke his crown, so he threw it out the window, the window, the second story window, With a heave and a ho and a mighty throw, he threw it out the window.

  4. Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the King's horses and all the King's men, threw him out the window, the window, the second story window, With a heave and a how and a mighty throw, they threw him out the window.

  5. Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey. Along came a spider who sat down beside her, so she threw it out the window, the window, the second story window, With a heave and a how and a mighty throw, she threw it out the window.

(Traditional, United States)

sheep