Rhyme Book

Rhymes are a fun way to learn about the sounds that make up words and lead to future reading skills.  The Multnomah Library has published a book with nursery rhymes to help parents find fun things to do with children that will develop future reading skills. The rhymes are accompanied by motions or tips for parents in parentheses beside the words.

The Eensy Weensy Spider

The eensy weensy spider went up the water spout (crawl fingers up high)

Down came the rain (flutter fingers downward)

And washed the spider out (drop hands quickly down and out)

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain (circle arms above head)

So the eensy weensy spider went up the spout again (crawl finders up high again)

Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys (hold up five fingers)

Jumping on the bed (bounce fingers up and down on the other palm)

One fell off and bumped his head (hold head, moving side-to-side)

Mama called the doctor (pretend to use the phone)

And the doctor said: "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" (shake finger scoldingly)

(Repeat with four, three, two and one) 

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

(to the tune of London Bridge)

Head and shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes

Head Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose

Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory, dickory, dock

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck one

The mouse ran down

Hickory, dickory, dock 

Here Are My Ears

Here are my ears, Here is my nose

Here are my fingers, Here are my toes

Here are my eyes, Both open wide

Here is my mouth with teeth inside

Here is my tongue, That helps me speak

Here is my chin, And here are my cheeks

Here are my hands, That help me play

Here are my feet, For walking today