Sally and Erika's Storytelling Programs for Young Children

Sally’s Rhymes & Songs for Babies

Original Canadian Mother Goose Rhymes & Songs by Sally Jaeger

Play and sing together! Listen and learn with our CDs and DVDs!

Time To Wake Up!

Little Eyes Wake Up © 1999 Sally Jaeger

For our friends at Riverdale Farm

Little eyes wake up, little eyes wake up!

The rooster’s crowing, the cow is lowing,

And the sun is climbing in the sky,

And there’s fresh milk in the pail.

 

Little nose wake up, little nose wake up,

The bread is baking and butter’s churning,

The rooster’s crowing, the cow is lowing,

And the sun is climbing in the sky,

And there’s fresh milk in the pail.

 

Little ears wake up, little ears wake up,

The bells are ringing and birds are singing,

The bread is baking and butter’s churning,

The rooster’s crowing, the cow is lowing,

And the sun is climbing in the sky,

And there’s fresh milk in the pail.

 

Little mouth wake up, little mouth wake  up,

The day is dawning, so stop your yawning,

The bells are ringing and birds are singing,

The bread is baking and butter’s churning,

The rooster’s crowing, the cow is lowing,

And the sun is climbing in the sky,

And there’s fresh milk in the pail.

Baby Get Up and Bake Your Pies © 2006 Sally Jaeger

Cobbled together by Sally from traditional & anonymous tidbits

Baby get up and bake your pies, bake your pies, bake your pies!

Baby get up and bake your pies, on a cold and frosty morning!

 

Baby get up and wiggle your toes, wiggle your toes, wiggle your toes!

Baby get up and wiggle your toes, on a cold and frosty morning!

 

Baby get up and wiggle your hands, wiggle your hands, wiggle your hands!

Baby get up and wiggle your hands, on a cold and frosty morning!

 

Open the door and shut the door, shut the door, shut the door!

Open the door and shut the door, thank you very much!

Ticketty Boo © 1987 Sally Jaeger

For Erika

I dumped my porridge on the floor, just so Mom would make some more.

Chorus:  Don’t worry, Mommy, everything’s ticketty boo.

I poured my cornflakes in the drawer, just so Mom would give me more.  Chorus

I bunged my berries at the wall, just so Mom could watch ‘em fall.  Chorus

I threw my biscuits way up high, just so Mom could watch ‘em fly.  Chorus

I gave my Mommy quite a show.  She said, “Baby, no, no, no!” Chorus

1 2 3 Doggie Got a Flea © 1995 Sally Jaeger

For my friend Matthew and his dog

1 2 3 doggie got a flea, doggie got a flea and now it’s on me!  X2

It’s on my nose, it’s on my toes, it’s on my ear, it’s over here!

It’s on my thumb, it’s on my tum!

1 2 3 doggie got a flea, doggie got a flea and now it’s on me!

Baby's Sweet Face

Nosey Nosey Nosey © 2015 Sally Jaeger

Like many nursery rhymes, this one was created in the desperation of the moment.

Nosey nosey nosey,

Mouth mouth mouth.

Nosey nosey nosey,

Mouth mouth mouth.

 

Ear and ear,

Here and hear,

Nosey nosey nosey,

Mouth mouth mouth!

Chilly Little Nosie © 2017 Sally Jaeger

A little bundling song for baby.

Chilly little nosie,

Feetsies warm and snug!

Love my little baby

With a hug, hug, hug!

 

Chilly little cheekies,

Earsies warm and snug!

Love my little baby

With a hug, hug, hug.

Little Fingers & Little Toes

My Dog Binky © 2005 Sally Jaeger

Count this out on baby’s fingers. Make up more verses about all the dogs you love!

My dog Binky smells so stinky!

My dog Pete smells so sweet!

My dog Blue smells like goo!

My dog Dandy smells like candy!

My dog Jake smells cake!

(Or my dog Jess smells the best!)

Mama Pig Said © 2013 Sally Jaeger

Play this on your toes! It’s a delightful partner rhyme and definitely a rhyme you find in everyday life! How many times have you asked for help opening the jam?

Mama Pig said, “I can’t open the jam!”

This little pig said, “I can!” But he couldn’t.

This little pig said, “I can!” But he couldn’t.

This little pig said, “I can!” But he couldn’t.

This little pig said, “I can!”  And he did!

And he ate it all up!

Poonchkey © 1998 Sally Jaeger

Poonchkey is a Polish pastry we find in the springtime, for Easter. Play this like round and round the garden: start by tracing a circle in baby’s palm, then trace down each finger until the tickle at the end. I welcome corrections for my Polish.

Poonchkey, poonchkey, poonchkey,,

Who stole my smatchka poonchkey?

Was it Mama?  No.

Was it Daddy? No.

Was it Brother?  No.

Was it Sister?  No.

Was it Baby?  Yes!

And she gobbled it all up!

Walking and Waltzing

Let’s Go Walking © 1998 Sally Jaeger

For my second beautiful Keeshond, Izak. We had to run to a neighbor’s for a pencil and paper to write this down! Before cell phones!

Let’s go walking, walking, walking, let’s go walking, walking so. X2

Walking high, walking low, walking fast, walking slow….FREEZE!

Let’s go walking, walking, walking, let’s go walking, walking so.

Waltzing with Bears © 1998 Sally Jaeger

Inspired by favourite Toronto storyteller, Lorne Brown, because I couldn’t remember the words to a song he liked to sing!

1 2 3, 1 2 3, waltzing with bears.

1 2 3, 1 2 3, dance ‘round the chairs.

1 2 3, 1 2 3, that’s what we’ll do.

1 2 3, 1 2 3, waltzing with you!

Lap Bounces

Budino on the Boil © 2013 Sally Jaeger

A budino is a delicious Italian pudding. It’s also what one of my daughters called her first baby before he was born!

Budino on the boil!

Budino on the boil!

Eat it hot or eat it cold!

In the pot or nine days old!

 

Budino on the boil!

Budino on the boil!

Add the sugar add the cream!

Lick the spoon until it’s clean!

Gramma Jane and John © 2017 Sally Jaeger

For Gramma Jane and John.

Gramma Jane and John were fishing in the pond.

Gramma Jane and Jim were there when John fell in.

A fishy pulled him out, and kissed him on the snout.

Then they all went home for tea – including me!

12345 My Little Baby Pie © 1998 Sally Jaeger

We didn’t have a burping song, so I wrote this. Pat baby’s back gently while walking or rock baby gently back and forth on your knee for a burp. It works for other things, too.

12345, my little Baby Pie,

ABCDEFG, would you like to burp for me!

(add smile, sleep, walk, eat…)

Father and Mother and Uncle Jim © 1997 Sally Jaeger

Adapted from a traditional rhyme, for my uncle Jim. Can you make a verse for your family?

Father and Mother and Uncle Jim

Went for a boat ride and a swim.

One fell out and one fell in!

Father and Mother and Uncle Jim!

Time For Bed Sleepyhead

The Little Bear Went Up The Stairs © 1998 Sally Jaeger

A gentle rhyme for bedtime. Walk your fingers up baby arms and find baby’s ticklish spot!

The little bear went up the stairs,

To play with all the teddy bears.

He found a mousie and a fly,

And then he went back home,

Bye Bye!

1 Button, 2 Buttons © 2001 Sally Jaeger

Inspired by Barbara Cass-Beggs’ Your Baby Needs Music

1 button, 2 buttons, 3 buttons, 4.

Changing baby’s diaper, like we did before.

4 buttons, 3 buttons, 2 buttons, 1.

Changing baby’s diaper, almost done.

 

Repeat until you are done, then end with:

 

Changing baby’s diaper, now we’re done!

Nice clean bum!  Thank you, Mum!

Not so bad!  Thank you, Dad!

Don’t Forget to Brush Your Teeth © 2015 Sally Jaeger

 A helpful song written in the spur of the moment for a new tooth brusher! When I sang it to my dentist, whose children had attended our storytime programs years before, he listened and then he said, “Yes, that’s right.”

Toothbrush, toothbrush in your mouth,

First go north and then go south.

First go up and then go down.

Side to side and round and round!

Sleepy Rhymes & Lullabies

Old Hushwing © 2017 Sally Jaeger

For my little neighbour, who often visits my garden fence owl.

Whoo, whoo, whoo is the owl?

His name is Old Hushwing.

Whoo, whoo, who is the owl?

His name is Old Hushwing.

 

Does he ever talk?  Does he ever sing?

Never never never cause he’s Old Hushwing!

Whoo, whoo, whoo is the owl?

His name is Old Hushwing.

Mommy Loves Her Baby © 1998 Sally Jaeger

For Izak the dog. This song is also wonderfully adaptable for grandchildren.

Mommy loves her baby,

Mommy loves her pie.

Mommy loves her baby,

Little baby pie!

 

Daddy loves his baby,

Daddy loves his pie.

Daddy loves his baby,

Little baby pie!

 

Gramma loves her baby,

Gramma loves her pie.

Gramma loves her baby,

Little baby pie!

 

We love our baby,

We love our pie.

We love our baby,

Little baby pie!

What Will You Choose? © 2013, 2017 Sally Jaeger

After the stories are read and the lights go off, maybe there’s time to tell one more.

Hot, cold,

Young, old,

Story read,

Or story told?

 

Story told,

Or story said.

Tell me yours

And go to bed!