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Action Songs for Kids

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If you have little ones at home, coming up with activities to keep them occupied can sometimes be challenging. There are several games though that your children can play with each other and you can join in the fun too! One such game is singing action songs; not only is it a great way to incorporate music in your child's life, it also helps develop motor skills.

Do Your Ears Hang Low? - Author: Unknown

Lyrics (excerpt)

Do your ears hang low? (Tug at earlobes)
Do they wobble to and fro? (Place hands near ears and wave back and forth)
Can you tie them in a knot? (Pretend you're tying a knot)
Can you tie them in a bow? (Pretend you're tying a bow)
Can you throw them over your shoulder (Pretend you're tossing something over your shoulder)
Like a continental soldier (Salute)
Do your ears hang low? (Tug at earlobes)

Yes, my ears hang low
Yes, they wobble to and fro
I can tie them in a knot
I can tie them in a bow
I can throw them over my shoulder
Like a continental soldier
Yes, my ears hang low!

Lyrics and Midi Sample, also see Music Sheet by G. DeBenedetti

Eensey Weensey Spider - Author: Unknown

Lyrics

The eensey weensey spider went up the waterspout (Right thumb to left pinkie, then left thumb to right pinkie and so on)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out (Hold hands up high then wiggle fingers as hands move down)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain (Hold hands up high and form circle)
And the eensey weensey spider went up the spout again. (Repeat action for first line)

Lyrics and Midi Sample, also see Music Sheet

Hokey Pokey - Author: Roland Lawrence

Lyrics (excerpt)

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!

Next do: left foot, right hand, left hand, etc.

Lyrics and Midi Sample, also see Music Sheet (Vendor's Site)

For more fun kids action songs, visit this page.

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