Bounce, Move, and Tickle!

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Music time with babies can be just as much fun as with the older children in the early years.  Variety is key.  With songs and rhymes, I always try to incorporate some that involve watching, bouncing, movement, tickle, and quiet!  Depending on the age of the babies, in your care, will alter how you approach each idea.  If they don’t have neck control you can still explore the bouncing and movement but support the baby, and their neck, on your shoulder.  Here are 5 different type of song/rhyme activities that I do:


These are songs and rhymes that the baby will just listen to whilst they are either watching you or a prop.  They may be in your arms, lying, or sitting in front of you. For example, you may like to sing a nursery rhyme like: Incy windy spider

Incy Wincy Spider climbed the water spout,

Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain

So Incy Wincy Spider climbed the spout again.


Incy Wincy Spider climbing up a tree,

Down came the snow and made poor Incy freeze. (on the word 'freeze' pause)

Out came the sunshine and melted all the snow

So Incy Wincy Spider had another go!



This is where a baby is on your knee/lap and feeling the steady beat/pulse. If you’re unsure about what the beat/pulse is, here is a video I created previously:

If they have neck control let the baby face you as you sing and bounce them; there’s usually lots of giggles from babies during these songs/rhyme.  You can sign up for FREE below to access all you need to learn and deliver the song: Bouncing Babies:



A song or rhyme where you stand up and move about so that the baby can feel a strong movement: marching, swaying…  You may like to try the Grand old Duke of York.  If you feel happy to, when you sing ‘up’ lift the baby up above you and then on the ‘down’ bring them back down.


Oh the Grand old Duke of York

He had ten thousand men

He marched them up to the top of the hill

And he marched them down again


And when they were up they were up

And when they were down they were down

And when they were only halfway up

They were neither up nor down





Finger, Tummy and Toe rhymes.  One I’m sure you know is 'Round and round the garden'.  Whenever I have done this with babies I always create a little pause in between the word 'step'.  You can’t hear this on the recording below but it works well with babies as once they become familiar with the rhyme they will anticipate the tickle.

Round and round the garden

Like a teddy bear

1 step, 2 step

Tickly under there!



These can be lullabies, or any song or rhyme to soothe a baby.  One that I used with my own children, that is not really a lullaby, but works well is Twinkle Twinkle. 


Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!



It is worth having a variety of songs and rhymes up your sleeve so you can stimulate and soothe the baby in your care when the need arises.  You could always incorporate all 5 types of activities in a baby music time;  I talk about this more in my Baby Music online training.


Happy music making!



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