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The 10 Best Action Songs For Preschoolers

Movement songs for kids are always popular, especially when they have fun actions. They are highly enjoyable and educational at the same time.

Action songs combine music and movement and develop the following skills:

Here are 10 awesome rhymes with lyrics your children will absolutely love learning.

There are more action songs, counting rhymes and fingerplays included in the Free Activity Pack below so don’t forget to sign up for that too!

1. I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot
(Point to self)
Short and stout,
(Round arms and touch fingertips together in front of body)
Here is my handle,
(Left fist on hip)
Here is my spout.
(Bend right elbow, lift forearm and lower wrist to look like the spout of a teapot)
When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout,
(Remain in same position and nod head)
Tip me over,
And pour me out!
(Tip sideways towards the extended arm)

Drawing of 3 smiling tea cups

2. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Tie your shoes.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
That will do.

Teddy Bear sitting in a garden

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Go upstairs.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Say your prayers.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn out the light.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Say good night.

3. Hop a Little, Jump a Little

Hop a little, jump a little
One, two, three;
Run a little, skip a little
Tap on knee;
Bend a little, stretch a little,
Nod your head;
Yawn a little, sleep a little,
In your bed.

Children hopping

4. Miss Polly Had a Dolly

Miss Polly had a dolly,
Who was sick, sick, sick,
(Cradle baby in arms)
So she called for the doctor,
To be quick, quick, quick.
(Hold phone to ear)
The doctor came,
With his bag and his hat,
(Point to bag and hat)
And he knocked at the door,
With a rat-a-tat-tat.
(Pretend to knock in air)

Child playing doctor with sick doll

He looked at the dolly,
And he shook his head,
(Shake head)
He said “Miss Polly,
Put her straight to bed.”
(Hands on hips and nod head)
He wrote out a paper,
For a pill, pill, pill,
(Write on hand with finger)
“I’ll be back in the morning,
With the bill, bill, bill.”
(Wave goodbye)

5. The Hokey Pokey

You put your right foot in,
You put your right foot out,
You put your right foot in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey,
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

Children dancing the Hokey Pokey

Repeat the entire verse with each of these movements:

You put your left foot in…
You put your right hand in…
You put your left hand in…
You put your right shoulder in…
You put your left shoulder in…
You put your right hip in…
You put your left hip in…
You put your whole self in…
You put your hair in…
You put your tongue in…

6. The Elephant Goes

The elephant goes
Like this, like that.
(Walk on all fours, moving slowly, like an elephant)
He’s terribly big,
(Stand up, reach high with arms)
And he’s terribly fat.
(Arms out to sides, to show how fat elephant is)
He has no fingers,
(Make fist)
He has no toes,
(Wiggle toes)
But goodness gracious,
What a nose!
(Make a trunk with arm)

Cute elephant

Here are some more fun animal songs for preschoolers.

7. The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town.
(Roll hands)

Image of a bus driving on a road

Repeat the entire verse with each of these movements:

The wipers on the bus go “Swish, swish, swish”
(Make windshield wipers with arms)

The door on the bus goes open and shut
(Stretch out arms, open and close them)

The horn on the bus goes “Beep, beep, beep”,
(Honk horn)

The gas on the bus goes “Glug, glug, glug”,
(Fill gas tank)

The money on the bus goes “Clink, clink, clink”,
(Put money in cash box)

The baby on the bus says, “Wah, wah, wah!”
(Hands in fists rub eyes)

The people on the bus say, “Shh, shh, shh”.
(Pointer finger to mouth)

8. One Grey Elephant Balancing

Play this with siblings or a group of friends. 

Have the children sit in a circle. Choose one child to be the first elephant pretending to balance on a string going around and around the inside of the circle.

One little elephant balancing

One grey elephant balancing,
Step-by-step on a piece of string.
Thought it was such a wonderful stunt,
That he called for another elephant.
(The first elephant chooses another child to join him)

Two grey elephants balancing,
Step-by-step on a piece of string.
Thought it was such a wonderful stunt,
That they called for another elephant.

Continue until all of the children are balancing on the string.

(Total number) grey elephants balancing,
Step-by-step on a piece of string.
All of a sudden the piece of string broke,
And down came all the ‘ele-folk’.

9. If You’re Happy and You Know It!

If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands. (Clap twice)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands. (Clap twice)
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 twice)

Child clapping

Repeat the entire verse with each of these movements:

If you’re happy and you know it,
Tap your toe. (Tap twice)

If you’re happy and you know it,
Nod your head. (Nod head)

If you’re happy and you know it,
Do all three. (Clap twice, tap twice, nod head)

If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands. (Clap twice)

10. Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them
(separate hands and put together again)
Open, shut them
(separate hands and put together again)
Put them in your lap
(tap hands twice on lap)

Open, shut them
(separate hands and put together again)
Open, shut them
(separate hands and put together again)
Give a little clap
(clap hands twice)

I hope you’ve enjoyed these action rhymes for preschoolers. Your kids will love moving and singing along with you.

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Marisol

Wednesday 30th of August 2023

thanks for all,thas was interesting.

Tanja Mcilroy

Wednesday 30th of August 2023

You're welcome!

GG

Tuesday 29th of August 2023

My kids love these songs!They're so helpful!thank you very much for sharing!i really appreaciate it.

Tanja Mcilroy

Wednesday 30th of August 2023

So glad they love these!

Jadhav Shruti

Wednesday 9th of August 2023

This is your Very helpful Thank you so much

Tanja Mcilroy

Wednesday 9th of August 2023

You're very welcome!

Ebele

Friday 4th of August 2023

Thank you so much. Love all the songs. Nice selection.

Tanja Mcilroy

Tuesday 8th of August 2023

Glad you enjoyed these!

Regina Combs

Wednesday 10th of May 2023

I would love these resources.

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