Ten Little Quail

“Ten Little Quail” (or, “One Little, Two Little, Three Little Quail”) – action song
(tune: “Ten Little Indians”; words adapted traditional)
One little, two little, three little quail (count on fingers)
Four little, five little, six little quail
Seven little, eight little, nine little quail
Ten little quail run quick, quick, quick! (run around room in a circle)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly, (continue running)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly,
Quickly, quickly, very quickly,
Ten little quail run quick, quick, quick!
Spoken: Come back to your nest, little quail! It’s time for a nap.
Quietly, quietly, very quietly, (tiptoe to center of room, lie down and pretend to sleep)
Quietly, quietly, very quietly,
Quietly, quietly, very quietly,
Ten little quail settle down for a nap.
Spoken: Shhh! They’re sleeping. [41], opens a new window Wake up, little quail! It’s time for mama quail to count her babies.
Repeat verses from the beginning. For an exciting ending, finish by running; to calm down, end with the nap.
Alternate: Ten Little Friends
One little, two little, three little friends (count on fingers)
Four little, five little, six little friends
Seven little, eight little, nine little friends
Ten little friends run, run, run
* add other actions that friends might do together - play, hug, eat...