Ten Little Monkeys



Tune: Ten Little Indians
A variant of a traditional folk song, found in the book  I'm a Little Teapot! : Presenting Preschool Storytime, opens a new window by Jane Cobb
One little, two little, three little monkeys, (hold up the right number of fingers)
Four little, five little, six little monkeys,
Seven little, eight little, nine little monkeys,
Ten little monkey friends.

Spoken: "And do you know what they did?
They got in their boats very carefully.(carefully climb into imaginary boats)
Be careful you don't tip over."

They rowed, and they rowed, and they rowed to the shore. (rowing motion)
They rowed, and they rowed, and they rowed to the shore.
They rowed, and they rowed, and they rowed to the shore.
Ten little monkey friends.

Spoken: "It was so hot, and they were tired of sitting, (wipe brow, balancing motion)
So they all stood up very carefully."
They all stood up, and the boat tipped over. (fall in water)
They all stood up, and the boat tipped over.
They all stood up, and the boat tipped over.
Ten little monkey friends.

Spoken: "What are we going to do now?"

They swam, and they swam, and they swam to the shore. (swimming motion)
They swam, and they swam, and they swam to the shore.
They swam, and they swam, and they swam to the shore.
Ten little monkey friends.

Spoken: "Now, what shall we do?"

They were cold and wet, and they ran home to mother. (running motion)
They were cold and wet, and they ran home to mother.
They were cold and wet, and they ran home to mother.
Ten little monkey friends.

Spoken: "And what do you suppose she did?"

She fed them and kissed them, and put them to bed. (eating motion, kissing motion and sleeping motion)
She fed them and kissed them, and put them to bed.
She fed them and kissed them, and put them to bed.
Ten little monkey friends