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Songs for Pre-K, Early Childhood Page 1

September 16, 2011 22:01 by Barbara Shelby

 

These songs have been gathered from about the site. If you're interested in 'Theme Category Pages' from which these songs have been taken~ links have been provided! Song Topics are listed alphabetically.

Page 1 Songs: Classroom Hell-O, Good Bye......It's a Small World......Line-up......Clean-Up,.....Apples.....Bears.....Bugs/Insects/Worms......Farm or Autumn......French......Frog......Leaves.....Pasta.....Popcorn.....Pumpkins.....Purple People Eater.

Page 2 Songs: Rain/Weather.....Holidays of Chinese New Year...... Christmas/Winter......Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.......Easter.....Halloween.....Thanksgiving......List of top favorite Pre-School Songs...

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HELL-O, CLASSROOM, & BONDING SONGS...

HELLO SONG
To tune of Three Blind Mice

Hello, (child's name),
Hello, (child's name)

How are you, how are you?
We're glad you're here to learn and play.
We know we'll have some fun today.
We love school every day
And so will you!

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HELLO SONG #2
Frere Jacques tune

Hello, (child's name), hello, (child's name).
How are you? How are you?
We're so glad to have you,
We're so glad to have you,
Here at school, here at school.

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WHO IS HERE TODAY?
Sung to tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Let's see who is here today.
Who has come to join our play?

Everyone sit close at hand.
Say your name and then you stand.

Let's see who is here today.
Who has come to join our play?

When complete, children stand and say their names.

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IF YOU'RE HAPPY AT SCHOOL (Or camp, SAC, Pre-K, etc.)
Sung to: If You're Happy and You Know It

If you're happy at school clap your hands.
(clap, clap)

If you're happy at school clap your hands.
(clap, clap)

If you're happy at school and you really want to show it,
If you're happy at school clap your hands.
(clap, clap)

Continue with...

...stamp your foot...
...turn around...
...shout hurray...

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THE MORE WE GET TOGETHER
Sung to tune of: Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?

The more we get together, together, together,
The more we get together, the happier we'll be.
For your friends are my friends,
Any my friends are your friends,
The more we get together, the happier we'll be.

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I'M ALIVE, ALERT, AWAKE, ENTHUSIASTIC
Sing to tune of If You're Happy and You Know It

I'm alive, alert, awake, enthusiastic  (clap hands)
I'm alive, alert, awake, enthusiastic  (clap hands)
I'm alive, alert, awake...
I'm alive, alert, alive.
I'm alive, alert, awake, enthusiastic  (clap hands)

(You may need to define the adjectives for young children)

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GOODBYE FRIENDS SONG...
To tune of Good Night Ladies

Goodbye friends,
Goodbye friends,
Goodbye friends,
We have to say "so long".

School (or camp, SAC, a grade, etc) is over,
School is over,
School is over.
It's time to end the day.(Or year)

We'll be back soon again
Soon again, soon again..
We'll be back soon again
To start a brand new day! (Or camp, year, etc.)

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SONG: IT'S A SMALL WORLD
by Richard  Sherman and Robert Sherman

It's a world of laughter
A world of tears
It's a world of hopes
And a world of fears
There's so much that we share
That it's time we're aware
It's a small world after all

There is just one moon
And one golden sun
And a smile means
Friendship to ev'ryone
Though the mountains divide
And the oceans are wide
It's a small world after all

It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small, small world.

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STAND IN LINE...

'STAND IN LINE' SONG
To tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"

If you're ready to move along-stand in line (clap , clap)
If you're ready to move along-stand in line (clap , clap)
If you're standing in the line then be (whisper) very very quiet
If you're standing in the line be (whisper) very quiet.

With the next verse use body movement.

If you're standing in the line blink your eyes (blink,blink)
If you're standing in the line blink your eyes (blink,blink)
If you're standing in the line then be (whisper) very very quiet
If you're standing in the line be (whisper) very quiet.
 
Continue with different movements such as touch your toes, turn around, etc.

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EVERYBODY LINE UP!
Sing to the tune Mama's Little Baby Loves Shortnin' Bread

Everybody line up, line up, line up
Everybody line up at the door.

Not on the ceiling, not on the floor
Everybody line up at the door.

Early Childhood Trasnsition Idea pages here...

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You may also be interested in the short 'tip page' for using music in classroom/program management

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CLEAN -UP SONGS...

Twinkle, Twinkle

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Time to clean up where you are.
Put each toy back in its place,
Keep a smile upon your face.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Time to clean up where you are.
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I'M A LITTLE HELPER ~Sing to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a little helper
See me clean...
I can pick-up
and not be mean!

When we're finished
You will see...
A nice clean room
for you and me.

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CLEAN-UP

Clean-up, clean-up
Everybody get some toys.
Clean-up, clean-up
All the little girls and boys.
Clean-up, clean-up
Everybody do your share.
Clean-up, clean-up
Everybody, everywhere.

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APPLE SONGS...

 

A LITTLE APPLE SEED
Sung to 'Eensy, Weensy, Spider'

Once a little apple seed
Was planted in the ground.
Down came the raindrops,
Falling all around.

Out came the big sun,
Bright as bright could be.
And that little apple seed grew up
To be an apple tree.

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HAVE YOU EVER HAD AN APPLE Sung to 'Have You Ever Seen A Lassie?'

Have you ever had an apple, an apple, an apple?
Have you ever had an apple and heard it go 'crunch'? Have you ever had an orange, an orange, an orange? Have you ever had an orange and heard it go 'slurp'? Have you ever had a banana, a banana, a banana? Have you ever had a banana and heard it go 'mush'?

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FOUR RED APPLES
Sung to tune of 'This Old Man'

Four red apples on the tree,
Two for you and two for me.
So-o shake that tree and watch them fall.
One, two, three, four and that is all.

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APPLE SONG
Sung to 'Itsy Bitsy Spider'

Once a little apple seed was planted in the ground.
Down came the soft rain, falling all around.
Out came the big sun as bright as bright could be
And that little apple seed grew up to be an apple tree!!

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DO YOU KNOW THE APPLE MAN? 
Sung to tune 'The Muffin Man'

Oh, do you know the Apple Man,
The Apple Man,
The Apple Man?
Oh, do you know the Apple Man
Who likes to play with me?

Oh, he has a great big smile,
A great big smile,
A great big smile.
Oh, he has a great big smile
And likes to play with me.

Oh, he has a bright red face,
A bright red face,
A bright red face.
Oh, he has a bright red face
And likes to play with me.

Oh, he has a star inside,
A star inside,
A star inside.
Oh, he has a star inside
And he likes to play with me.

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APPLES, APPLES
to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Apples juicy, apples round;
On the tree or on the ground.
Apples yellow, apples red,
Apple pie and juice and bread!
Apples crunchy, apples sweet;
Apples are so good to eat!

Great Apple Theme Category here!

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BEAR SONGS...

 

THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN
Tune: For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
 
The bear went over the mountain, 
The bear went over the mountain, 
The bear went over the mountain, 
To see what he could see. 
And all that he could see,
And all that he could see,
Was the other side of the mountain, 
The other side of the mountain, 
The other side of the mountain, 
Was all that he could see.

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POLAR BEAR
To the tune of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

The polar bear lives in Alaska,
He never gets cold in a storm,
He swims in cold icy water,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.
Warm, warm, warm, warm,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.
Warm, warm, warm, warm,
His heavy coat keeps him warm.

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THREE BROWN BEARS
Sing to tune of Three Blind Mice (Good song to go along with a version of Goldilocks & The Three Bears Story)

Three brown bears
Three brown bears
See all their beds
See all their chairs...

The mommy cooked in
A big brown pot
The daddy's porridge
Was much too hot
The baby bear
Always cried a lot...
Three brown bears

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TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC (Complete lyrics below)

If you go down to the woods today,
You'd better go in disguise.

If you go down to the woods today,
You're in for a big surprise.

For every bear that ever there was
Is gathered there for certain because..
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

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TEDDY BEAR PICNIC
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy -1932 (A Celtic song)

If you go down to the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You'd better go in disguise.

For ev'ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Ev'ry teddy bear who's been good
Is sure of a treat today.
There's lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They'll hide and seek as long as they please
Cause that's the way the teddy bears have their picnic.

If you go down to the woods today
You'd better not go alone.
It's lovely down in the woods today
But safer to stay at home.

For ev'ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for teddy bears
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout;
They never have any care;

At six o'clock their mummies and daddies,
Will take them home to bed,
Because they're tired little teddy bears.

Click here for KA's great Teddy Bear & Other Bears Theme 

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BIRDS...

BIRD SONG
To tune of "Here we go round the Mulberry Bush"

This is the way we scratch for worms, scratch for worms, scratch for worms.
This is the way we scratch for worms so early in the morning.

This is the way we peck our food, peck our food, peck our food.
This is the way we peck our food so early in the morning.

This is the way we sit on our eggs, sit on our eggs, sit on our eggs.
This is the way we sit on our eggs so early in the morning.

This is the way we flap our wings, flap our wings, flap our wings.
This is the way we flap our wings so early in the morning.

This is the way we fly away, fly away, fly away.
This is the way we fly away so early in the morning.

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BUG/INSECT SONGS...

 

HUNTING BUGS (Author Unknown)
Sung to: A-Hunting we will go

A-hunting we will go
A-hunting we will go
We'll catch a ______ (insert any insect here)
and put it in a box...
(loudly) and then we'll let it go!

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BUGGY ANATOMY ...
To tune of: London Bridge is Falling Down
 
Head and thorax, abdomen, abdomen, abdomen.
Head and thorax, abdomen, That's an insect.
 
Every insect has six legs, has six legs, has six legs.
Every insect has six legs, that's an insect.
 
Antennae to feel their way, feel their way, feel their way.
Antennae to feel their way, that's an insect.

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IT'S AN INSECT
To tune of: My Darling Clementine
This would be great fun to go with one of the 'Creepy Crawlie' Snack ideas...

It's an insect
Not a spider
it has six legs--instead of eight.
 
3 on this side
3 on that side...and it's crawling on my plate!

INSECT & CREEPY CRAWLIE THEME CATEGORY HERE...

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Remember this song?! NOBODY LIKES ME... (you can also 'recite' it)
 
Nobody likes me,
Everybody hates me,
I'm gonna eat some worms...

Long, thin, slimy ones,
Short, fat, juicy ones,
Itsy, bitsy, fuzzy wuzzy worms.

Down goes the first one,
Down goes the second one,
Oh how they wiggle and squirm.

Up comes the first one,
Up comes the second one,
Oh how they wiggle and squirm.

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WIGGLE WORM
(Have the children wiggle their fingers, arms or entire bodies as they sing the song)
Tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie?

Did you ever see a wiggle worm.
A wiggle worm, a wiggle worm?
Did you ever see a wiggle worm
Move this way and that?

Move this way and that way,
Move this way and that way,
Did you ever see a wiggle worm
Move this way and that?

Visit here for 'Worm Theme' Category on KidActivities

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FARM OR

AUTUMN SONGS...(Songs about Leaves are further down this page)

DID YOU EVER SEE A SCARECROW?
Tune: Did You ever See A Lassie?"

Did you ever see a scarecrow,
A scarecrow, a scarecrow?
Did you ever see a scarecrow,
That's filled with dry hay?
He's dressed all in old clothes;
He scares off the black crows.
Have you ever seen a scarecrow,
That's filled with dry hay?

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I'M A LITTLE SCARECROW
To tune of 'I'm a Little Tea Pot'

I'm A Little Scarecrow
Stuffed with hay
Here I stand in a field all day.
When I see the crows,
I like to shout,
"Hey! You crows, you better get out!"

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I'M A LITTLE CORNSTALK
To tune of 'I'm A Little Teapot'

I'm a little cornstalk tall and stout...
see me grow and watch me sprout.
When I'm brown, you can shuck me down...
Boil me up and I'm the best in town.

Farm & Harvest Theme Category here...
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DO THE CHICKEN POKEY!
Sung to: "Hokey Pokey"

You put your RIGHT WING IN (put right fist under right arm-pit)
You take your right wing out...
You put your right wing in....
And you shake it all about.
You do the Chicken Pokey
And STRUT yourself around,
That's what it's all about!

Choice of additional verses:
"You put your left wing in...
You put your chicken leg in...
You put your chicken beak in
You put your tail feathers in...
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CHICKEN DANCE --to the chicken dance music!
To the beat of the music:
1. Hold up your hands and make them do a TAKING MOTION-four times...
2. Flap arms like WINGS four times
3. WIGGLE BOTTOMS four times
4. CLAP four times

Chicken & Pig Theme pages here...

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 FRANCE/FRENCH

...Sing in French and then in English! When children know the words...get a round going!

 'FRÈRE JACQUES'

Frère Jacques,
Frère Jacques,
Dormez vous?
Dormez vous?
Sonnez les matines,
Sonnez les matines,
Din, din, don!
Din, din, don!

English Version:

Are you sleeping,
Are you sleeping?
Brother John?
Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing,
Morning bells are ringing,
Ding ding dong,
Ding ding dong.

A more literal translation of the French lyrics is:

Brother James, brother James,
Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Ring the morning bells! Ring the morning bells!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong

Visit French Theme for some fantastic ideas!

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FROG SONG...

LITTLE TADPOLE
Sung to "Frere Jacques"
 
Little tadpole, Little tadpole
Lost his tail, lost his tail.
Now he has two feet...
Now he has four feet...
Look a frog! Look a frog!

Frog Theme Here...

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LEAVES

THE LEAVES IN THE TREES
By Irmgard Guertges
Sing to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus"

The leaves of the trees turn orange and red
orange and red, orange and red...
The leaves of the trees turn orange and red
All through the town.

The leaves of the trees come tumbling down
tumbling down, tumbling down
The leaves of the trees come tumbling down
All through the town.

The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish
Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish,
The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish
All through the town.

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AUTUMN TIME IS COMING (Sing to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Red leaves falling
Red leaves falling
On the ground
On the ground
Autumn-time is coming
Autumn-time is coming
All around
All around...

Orange leaves falling
Orange leaves falling
On the ground
On the ground
Autumn-time is coming
Autumn-time is coming
All around
All around...

Brown leaves scattered
Brown leaves scattered
On the ground
On the ground
Autumn-time is here now
Autumn-time is here now
All around
All around.

This would be cute if children make leaves before singing this song. As they sing the 'individual' color of leaf, they throw them up in the air. (Of course, when complete-leaves are then picked up!) If the weather is nice, collect leaves and sing/play outdoors!

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THE LEAVES ARE FALLING DOWN

By June Haggard
Sing to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell"

The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
School is here and fall in near
The leaves are falling down.

The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
Some are red and some are brown
The leaves are falling down.

The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
They tickle your nose and touch your toes
The leaves are falling down.

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THIS IS THE WAY WE...
Sing to tune of Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush

This is the way we rake the leaves rake the leaves, rake the leaves
This is the way we rake the leaves in the middle of Autumn.

This is the way we jump on the leaves, jump on the leaves, jump on the leaves
This is the way we jump on the leaves in the middle of Autumn.

This is the way we throw the leaves Throw the leaves, throw the leaves
This is the way we throw the leaves in the middle of Autumn.

This is the way we rake the leaves rake the leaves, rake the leaves
This is the way we rake the leaves in the middle of autumn.

Leaf/Leaves Theme here!

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PARACHUTE SONGS (Taken from the Parachute Games Category)

WHEN THE PARACHUTE GOES UP SONG

Sung to: "If your happy and you know it"
 
When the parachute goes up
Stomp your feet-
When the parachute goes up
Stomp your feet-

When the parachute is high
And floats up in the sky
When the parachute goes up
Stomp your feet.

Additional verses:

Lift one leg...
Shout hooray!...
Bend your knees...
Wiggle your bottom...
Shake your head-and so on...

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NAME GAME  Sing to Row Row Row your Boat

As the song is sung, have children raise the parachute above their heads.
When a child's name is called--- they run under the parachute. The parachute is slowly lowered in an attempt to trap the child.Play  until all children that would like to try-- have had a turn. 

Up, up, up it goes
Down, down, down it comes
If your name is------- (put in a child's name)
Now's your turn to run

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PASTA...

 

ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI!

To the tune of On Top of Old Smoky

On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese
I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed.
It rolled off the table and onto the floor
And then my poor meatball rolled out of the door. It rolled in the garden and under a bush
And now my poor meatball is nothing but mush.
So next time you eat spaghetti, All covered with cheese ...Protect your poor meatball, in case of a sneeze.

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RAVIOLI
Sing to tune of Alouette

All:       Ravioli, I like ravioli
            Ravioli, it's the best for me.

Leader: Have I got it on my chin?

All:       Yes, you have it on your chin.

Leader:  On my chin?

All:       On your chin!
 
All:      Ohhhh...
           Ravioli, I like ravioli.
           Ravioli, it's the best for me.

After the 'chin' verse is sung--repeat with pants, shoes, shirt, walls, floors, etc.

Pasta Theme page here!

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PLANTS...

GREEN PLANTS NEED...
Sing to tune of "Three Blind Mice"

Three main things, three main things,
Green plants need, green plants need.
For plants to grow and plants to thrive,
In order to keep green plants alive,
What does it take for them to survive?
Just three main things.

Plants need sun, plants need sun,
That's number one, plants need sun.
For plants to grow and plants to thrive,
In order to keep green plants alive,
What does it take for them to survive?
Just three main things.

Plants need air, plants need air,
Be aware, plants need air.
For plants to grow and plants to thrive,
In order to keep green plants alive,
What does it take for them to survive?
Just three main things.

Plants need water, plants need water,
Especially when it's hotter, plants need water.
For plants to grow and plants to thrive,
In order to keep green plants alive,
What does it take for them to survive?
Just three main things.

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DO YOU KNOW THE PARTS OF PLANTS?
Sing to Tune: Head, Shoulders, Knees, And Toes

Do you know the parts of plants...
Parts of plants?
Do you know the parts of plants...
Parts of plants?
All kinds of plants that grow and grow and grow.
Do you know the parts of plants...
Parts of plants?

The roots hold the plant in place...
Plant in place.
The roots hold the plant in place...
Plant in place.
The roots store food and water, too.
The roots hold the plant in place,
Plant in place.

The stem move water up the plant...
Up the plant.
The stem move water up the plant,
Up the plant. ...
The stem brings water to the leaves.
The stem move water up the plant,
Up the plant.

The leaves soak up the sun...
Soak up the sun.
The leaves soak up the sun...
Soak up the sun.
The sun helps the plant to grow and grow and grow.
The leaves soak up the sun,
Soak up the sun.

The flower grows into a fruit...
Into a fruit.
The flower grows into a fruit...
Into a fruit.
Inside the fruit are little tiny seeds.
The flower grows into a fruit,
Into a fruit

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POPCORN SONGS...

 

POP, POP, POP MY CORN
Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Pop, pop, pop, my corn,
Pop it big and white.
Popping, popping, popping, popping
Until it is just right.

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POPCORN IN A POT
Tune: I'm a Little Teapot

I'm a little popcorn in a pot
Heat me up and watch me pop.
When I get all puffed up, then I'm done.
Popping corn is lots of fun.

Loads of great Popcorn Themed Ideas here!

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PUMPKIN SONGS...

PUMPKIN SONG
Tune: Have You Ever Seen A Lassie?

Have you ever seen
A pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin,
Have you ever seen
A pumpkin that grows on a vine?

A round one, a tall one,
A bumpy one, a squashed one.
Have you ever seen a pumpkin
That grows on a vine?

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MR. PUMPKIN SONG
Tune: Where is Thumbkin

Mr. Pumpkin,
Mr. Pumpkin,
Round and fat,
Round and fat.
Harvest time is coming,
Harvest time is coming.
Yum, yum, yum.
That is that!

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I'M A LITTLE PUMPKIN SONG
To the tune of I'm a Little Teapot

I'm a little pumpkin
Orange and round.
Here is my stem,
There is the ground.

When I get all cut up,
Don't you shout!
Just open me up
And scoop me out!

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TEN LITTLE PUMPKINS
Tune: Ten Little Indians

One little,
Two little,
Three little pumpkins...
 
Four little,
Five little,
Six little pumpkins...

Seven little,
Eight Little,
Nine little pumpkins...

Ten little pumpkins in the
Pumpkin Patch!

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WHERE IS PUMPKIN
Tune: Where is Thumbkin?

Where is Pumpkin?
Where is Pumpkin?
Here it is!
Here it is!
This one has a happy face,
This one has a scary face!
Roll away!
Roll away!

Check out the  fantastic Pumpkin Theme Category and Pumpkin Snacks/Recipes!

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Lyrics for 'PURPLE PEOPLE EATER' Song on Purple People Eater Theme page (Scroll down to page center)

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