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Summer Time Songs
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Transportation Songs
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This is a great song to reinforce healthy habits through the winter and beyond.

This is the Way We Wash Our Hands
(Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands,
Wash our hands.
This is the way we wash our hands so early in the morning.

This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth,
Brush our teeth.
This the way we brush our teeth so early in the morning.

(Other: Wash our face, change our clothes, Eat our food)
Fun with Numbers/Counting Songs

Five Little Monkeys
(Show 5 fingers, then four etc.)

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mamma (or Papa) called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" (shake your finger).

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mamma (or Papa) called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" (shake your finger).

(Repeat with three, two...)

One little monkey jumping on the bed,
He (or she) fell off and bumped his head.
Mamma (or Papa) called the doctor and the doctor said,
"Put those monkeys straight to bed!"

One Potato, Two Potato
(count with your fingers, clap to the beat or count real potatoes!)

One potato, two potato,
Three potato, Four,
Five potato, Six potato,
Seven potato more!

The Ants Go Marching

The ants go marching one by one, Hurrah, Hurrah,
The ants go marching one by one, the little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go marching down, to the ground to get out of the rain,
BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!

The ants go marching two by two, Hurrah, Hurrah,
The ants go marching two by two, the little one stops to tie his shoe
And they all go marching down, to the ground to get out of the rain,
BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!

Continue
Three/the little one stops to climb a tree
Four/the little one stops to shut the door
Five/the little one stops to take a dive
Silly Songs:

The Banana Song
Bananas unite! (place hands together straight up over head)
Bananas split! (open arms and place at sides)

Pick bananas, pick, pick bananas (reach up and pick bananas from a tree)
Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas (peel a banana in your hand)
Smash bananas, smash, smash bananas (clap hands)
Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas (stuff banana in mouth)
Go bananas, go, go bananas! (do a crazy dance)

The Grand Old Duke of York
The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill, And he marched them down again. (stand up and squat down)

And when they were up they were up. (stand up)
And when they were down they were down. (squat down)
But when they were only half way up, (crouch with hands on knees)
They were neither up nor down. (stand up and squat down quickly)

He marched them to the left. (march to the left)
He marched them to the right. (march to the right)
He marched them all around the town (turn around in a circle)
And he marched them out of sight! (sit down and cover eyes)

Johnny Works with One Hammer
Johnny works with one hammer, (pound one arm)
one hammer, one hammer,
Johnny works with one hammer,
then he works with two.
Johnny works with two hammers, (add other arm)
two hammers, two hammers,
Johnny works with two hammers,
then he works with three.
Repeat with:
three - add one leg
four - add the other leg
five - add head
On last line of verse five say, "Then he goes to sleep."
(put hands under head like pillow)
Anytime Songs:

Row, Row, Row, Your Boat

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

(This is a great song to act out with older children. You can bounce or sway with younger children to the rhythm)

Little Red Wagon

Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Won't you be my darling?

One wheel off and the axle is broken,
One wheel off and the axle is broken,
One wheel off and the axle is broken,
Won't you be my darling?

(This makes a great bouncing song. Tip to either side when you sing one wheel off...)

Teddy bear, Teddy bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear show your shoes,
Teddy bear, teddy bear that will do!
Teddy bear, teddy bear climb the stairs,
Teddy bear, teddy bear comb your hair.
Teddy bear, teddy bear turn out the light,
Teddy bear, teddy bear say goodnight!

If You're Happy and You Know It (Emotions)

If you're happy and you know it,
clap your hands (clap clap).
If you're happy and you know it,
clap your hands (clap clap).
If you're happy and you know it,
then your face will surely show it
If you're happy and you know it,
clap your hands. (clap clap.)

If you're mad and you know it,
stomp your feet (stomp stomp).
If you're mad and you know it,
stomp your feet (stomp stomp).
If you're mad and you know it,
then your face will surely show it
If you're mad and you know it,
stomp your feet. (stomp stomp).

If you're sad and you know it,
cry boo hoo! Boo hoo! (wipe eyes).
If you're sad and you know it,
cry boo hoo! Boo hoo! (wipe eyes).
If you're sad and you know it,
then your face will surely show it
If you're sad and you know it,
cry boo hoo! Boo hoo! (wipe eyes).

If you're happy and you know it,
clap your hands (clap clap).
If you're happy and you know it,
clap your hands (clap clap).
If you're happy and you know it,
then your face will surely show it
If you're happy and you know it,
clap your hands. (clap clap.)

*You can add other emotions

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