Generations of parents have instinctively known that little ones love rhyme. From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss, wonderful rhymes have been entertaining and educating children for years, capturing children’s attention with their patterns and tempo. What could be more fun that pairing rhymes with fun motions and tickle games?
Try out some of these whimsical rhymes, being sure to use a gentle touch and tickle lightly. You’ll love your baby’s giggles and grins!
Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden (Circle baby’s belly button.)
Goes the teddy bear.
One step . . . two steps . . . (Walk your fingers up baby’s torso.)
Tickle you under there! (Tickle your baby under her chin.)
What Do I See?
What do I see? Baby’s knee. (Slowly draw circles on baby’s knee with one finger.)
Tickly, tickly, tic, tac, tee.
One for a penny, two for a pound,
Tickly, tickly, ’round and ’round. (Tickle baby’s knee.)
This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef, this little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went “Wee wee wee” all the way home.
(Starting with the big toe, hold each toe in turn. One the last line, tickle baby’s foot or wiggle the littlest toe.)
One, Two, Three
One, two, three (Gently tap on baby’s knee.)
Tickle your knee. (Tickle baby’s knee.)
Four, five, six, (Gently tap on baby’s belly. )
Pick up sticks. (Tickle baby’s belly.)
Seven, eight, nine, (Gently tap on baby’s chin.)
You’re all mine! (Hug baby.)
Bumble Bee was in the barn (Circle your finger in the air.)
Carrying his dinner under his arm (Circle closer to baby.)
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! (Tickle your baby. )