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10 Counting Songs to Teach Your Kids

Counting songs are a fun way to teach your children to count forwards and backwards and can help build their developing number concepts and early maths skills.

The rhythm in songs and rhymes, as well as the repetitive verses, help children memorise the numbers easily and an understanding of the value of numbers is built.

Here are 10 fun counting rhymes to teach your kids, with lyrics. Some are old favourites and some are newer rhymes:

1. The Ants Go Marching

The ants go marching one by one
Hurrah, hurrah
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

Repeat the verses, changing the number of ants and the action line:

The ants go marching two by two
The little one stops to tie his shoe

The ants go marching three by three
The little one stops to climb a tree

The ants go marching four by four
The little one stops to shut the door

The ants go marching five by five
The little one stops to take a dive

The ants go marching six by six
The little one stops to pick up sticks

The ants go marching seven by seven
The little one stops to pray to heaven

The ants go marching eight by eight
The little one stops to roller skate

The ants go marching nine by nine
The little one stops to check the time

The ants go marching ten by ten
The little one stops to shout, “The End!”

2. Ten Green Bottles

Ten green bottles
Hanging on the wall
Ten green bottles
Hanging on the wall
And if one green bottle
Should accidentally fall
There’ll be nine green bottles
Hanging on the wall

Nine green bottles…

Eight green bottles…

Repeat verses until there are no green bottles left:

One green bottle
Hanging on the wall
One green bottle
Hanging on the wall
If that one green bottle
Should accidentally fall
There’ll be no green bottles
Hanging on the wall

3. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

One, two
Buckle my shoe
Three, four
Shut the door
Five, six
Pick up sticks
Seven, eight
Don’t be late
Nine, ten
Do it over again!

Girl tying her shoe buckle

4. Ten Little Fingers

Ten little fingers, ten little toes,
Two little ears and one little nose
Two little eyes that shine so bright
And one little mouth to kiss mother goodnight.

10 Fingers

5. Ten in a Bed

There were ten in the bed
And the little one said,
“Roll over! Roll over!”
So they all rolled over and
one fell out

There were nine in the bed…

There were eight in the bed…

Repeat verses until there is only one left in the bed:

There was one in the bed
And the little one said,

“Alone at last!”

6. Five Fat Sausages

Five fat sausages sizzling in a pan 
The grease got hot – and one went “BANG”!

Four fat sausages sizzling in a pan 
The grease got hot – and one went “BANG”!

Three fat sausages sizzling in a pan 
The grease got hot – and one went “BANG”!

Two fat sausages sizzling in a pan 
The grease got hot – and one went “BANG”!

One fat sausage sizzling in a pan 
The grease got hot – and it went “BANG”!

No fat sausages frying in a pan.

7. Five Little Speckled Frogs

Five little speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs.
YUM! YUM!
One jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were four speckled frogs!
GLUB! GLUB!

Speckled frog

Four little speckled frogs…

Three little speckled frogs…

Repeat verses until there are no speckled frogs left:

One little speckled frog
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs.
YUM! YUM!
He jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were no speckled frogs!

Here are more fun animal songs for preschoolers.

8. One, Two, Three, Four, Five

One, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
Then I let it go again.
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on my right.

9. Five Little Snowmen

Five little snowmen standing in a line
One, Two, Three, Four, Five
So fine
Melt in the sunshine with a sigh
We’ll see you next year
Bye Bye!

Cute snowman

Four little snowmen standing in a line
One, Two, Three, Four
So fine
Melt in the sunshine with a sigh
We’ll see you next year
Bye Bye!

Repeat verses until there are no snowmen left:

One little snowman standing in a line
One
So fine
Melt in the sunshine with a sigh
We’ll see you next year
Bye Bye!

10. Rabbits

Rabbits rabbits 1 2 3
Will you come and play with me?
Camels camels 4 5 6
Why do you have a hump like this?
Monkeys monkeys 7 8 9 
Will you teach me how to climb?
When I have counted up to ten 
The elephant says now start again.

Those are 10 of my favourite counting rhymes but there are many more to choose from!

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Tamil selvi.R

Thursday 30th of May 2024

Absolutely good

Isobel Gillian Ball

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Brilliant ! 6 of the ten I learnt as a child in the 60's! So wonderful. Thank you for all of the thinking that has gone into your curriculum ideas.They are so well thought out! I am going to teach them to my grand kids.

Tanja Mcilroy

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Thank you, Isobel! I'm so glad you're enjoying all the ideas.

Emily

Sunday 20th of December 2020

I had completely forgotten about some of these songs! My little guy has just been diagnosed as ADD. He is having trouble with learning at school & I’m trying to think of fun ways to help him at home. The expectations at school for a four year old to learn are ridiculous anymore! When I was little kindergarten was about learning through play. Not doing worksheets!

Tanja Mcilroy

Friday 1st of January 2021

Apologies for the late response Emily. I missed this comment. It really is sad how much the focus has shifted onto academics nowadays. At least your son has a mom who is researching fun things to keep him learning!

Priscilla Darkwa

Monday 6th of May 2019

Please, I do need help with my 4 year old. Thanks

Tanja Mcilroy

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Hi Priscilla, Have you downloaded my free mini course yet? You can do so here https://empoweredparents.co/teach-my-preschooler/ There is tons of useful information for you to help with your little one. Have a great day Tanja

michelle potrzeba

Monday 29th of April 2019

Memorize is spelled wrong on the 2nd page FYI Just thought you might want to know.

Tanja Mcilroy

Monday 29th of April 2019

Hi Michelle,

Thanks so much for letting me know. I can't seem to find it. Is it in this article or on a different page of my website? Are you perhaps referring to the fact that it is spelt on this article with an s? It is just the British spelling that I've used.

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