5 action nursery rhymes to sing with your baby

You don’t get a name like The Rhyming Mum without having sung a lot of nursery rhymes along the way. So, as part of the #ABC123challenge I’ll be posting 5 nursery rhymes a week each relating to a different letter of the alphabet.

This week is A. And A is for actions.

We started doing action nursery rhymes with Roo when she was still tiny. We had joined quite a few baby groups where this was encouraged. Back then I thought it was nonsense. How could my tiny baby have any idea what was going on?

But, fast forward a few months and she visibly recognised some of her favourite songs. Then fast forward a few months more and she could do some of the actions by herself.

Now at just 14 months old she has a whole host of nursery rhymes that she can dance to and I’m pretty sure she’s already trying to sing them too.

There are so many to choose from but here are 5 of our favourite action nursery rhymes that you can sing with your baby (even if you don’t think they’re interested right now – trust me they are).

Wind the bobbin up

Wind the bobbin up,
Wind the bobbin up,
Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap.
Wind it back again,
Wind it back again,
Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap,
Point to the ceiling,
Point to the floor,
Point to the window,
Point to the door,
Clap your hands together, 1, 2, 3,
Put your hands upon your knee.

With your baby sat on you lap hold her hands and make a rolling motion. Then pull them apart, clap and point along at the right moments too. When she’s a bit bigger she’ll be able to clap and point along by herself.

Horsey Horsey

Horsey horsey don’t you stop,
Just let your feet go clippety-clop,
Your tail goes swish and the wheels go round,
Giddy up, we’re homeward bound.

Sit your baby on your lap and gently move your legs to mimic riding a horse. This was Roo’s favourite and the first one she actively recognised. Now if we sing this to her she makes the motion by herself.

I’m a little tea pot

I’m a little teapot, short and stout.
Here’s my handle, here’s my spout.
When the water’s boiling hear me shout,
Tip me up and pour me out.

Lay your baby on something comfy. Position her hands for the handle and spout. Then gently roll her over for the last line. As she get’s bigger she’ll be able to do it herself.

Row row row your boat

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

With your hands under baby’s arms gently row back and forth. Depending on baby’s age you will need to position your hands to support her head. As she get’s bigger she’ll start moving back and forth by herself. Roo attempts to sing this herself now as she does the movements.

This little piggy

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
This little piggy went …
Wee, wee, wee, all the way home!

Read the first line and wiggle baby’s big toe. Then read the next line and wiggle the next toe and so on. On the final line tickle baby’s foot. You can play with hands too. As she gets bigger she’ll start to anticipate being tickled.

What’s your favourite action nursery rhyme? Let me know in the comments below. 

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5 thoughts on “5 action nursery rhymes to sing with your baby

  1. what a sweet post. Mine loved nursery rhymes, and I always made up my own silly rhymes and songs too which my eight year old still has me do nearly every night. We make up ones that involve his favourite teddy bears too. It is so good for their development and it is loads of fun. Great post, I am so happy you linked up with us for #ablogginggoodtime

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