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Number Songs and Rhymes                                                                                          

Below are a range of number songs to support the teaching of counting, addition and subtraction. We also have a section on nursery rhymes which help develop your child's auditory discrimination and speech.

Counting Songs and number songs provide an ideal way to help your child develop numeracy skills from a young age. Encourage them to perform actions to accompany the songs using their fingers, teddies or even finger puppets. Number songs are easy for children to remember and can be an excellent starting point for counting and mathematical work.  When singing focus on teaching your child the order of numerals and counting. Encourage your child to do an action for each part of the song. You might want to buy a Counting Songs CD  so your child can sing along and do the actions or a book of 100 Number Rhymes. Once you have sung the songs with your child, they will quickly start singing the rhymes independently.

       Five Currant Buns                             Five Little Speckled Frogs                           Five Little Ducks

        Five Dinosaurs                                         Five Fat Peas                            Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer

      Five Fat Sausages                                 A Tall Silver Rocket                                      Ten Fingers

  Ten in a Bed                                       Ten Green Bottles                                  Monkeys on the Bed

Beach counting                                        I Can Count                                            Three Ducks

      Turtles                                    Round and Round the Garden                              Rockets                    

Counting in Two’s                   Rhyme to help children write numbers          One Banana, Two banana

                                                         One, Two Buckle My Shoe


‘Ten in a Bed’

There were ten in the bed,

 And the little one said ‘roll over, roll over’,

So they all rolled over and one fell out.


There were nine in the bed,

And the little one said ‘roll over, roll over’

 So they all rolled over and one fell out……’


‘Five Little Speckled Frogs’

 Five little speckled frogs,

 Sat on a speckled log,

 Eating some most delicious bugs  

Yum, Yum…

One jumped into the pool,

Where it was nice and cool,

Then there were four green speckled frogs

Glub, Glub,


Four little speckled frogs,

Sat on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs,

Yum Yum…

One jumped into the pool,

Where it was nice and cool

Then there were three green speckled frogs,

Glub, Glub


(Continue until last verse ‘and then there were no green speckled frogs’)


‘Five Little Ducks’

Five Little ducks went swimming one day,

Over the hills and far away

Mother duck said,

“Quack, quack, quack quack”

But only four little ducks cam back.

(Continue until one little duck)


     ‘Five Currant Buns’

Five currant buns in a baker’s shop,

Big and round with a currant on the top,

Along came a girl with a penny one day,

Bought a currant bun and took it away,

Four currant buns in a baker’s shop…

(Continue until one currant bun is left in the baker’s shop)


‘One, Two Buckle My Shoe’

One, two buckle my shoe

Three, four knock on the door

Five, six pick up sticks

Nine, ten a big fat hen…..


‘One banana, two banana’

One banana, two bananas,

Three bananas, more

Four bananas, five bananas,

Six bananas, more.

Seven bananas, eight bananas,

Nine bananas, more

Ten yellow bananas!


‘Round and round the garden’

Round and round the garden,

Like a teddy bear,

One step, two steps,

And tickle you under there!


Counting in Two’s

‘Two, four, six, eight

Meet me by the garden gate

If I’m late, don’t wait.

Two, four, six, eight’


A Tall Silver Rocket

A tall silver rocket

Is standing on the ground,

Now it’s nearly ready

Here comes the sound.

Ten, Nine, Eight….




Five enormous dinosaurs

Letting out a roar

One went away, and

Then there were four.


Four enormous dinosaurs

Crashing down a tree,

One went away, and

Then there were three.


Three enormous dinosaurs

Eating tiger stew,

One went away, and

Then there were two.


Two enormous dinosaurs,

Trying to run

One ran away, and then there was one.


One enormous dinosaur,

Afraid to be a hero,

He went away and then there were zero.


Five Fat Peas


Five fat peas in a pod pressed

(Child holds hand in a fist)

One grew, two grew, so did the rest.

(put thumb and fingers up one by one)

They grew and grew

(raise hand in the air very slowly)

And did not stop,

Until one day

The pod went POP!

(Child claps hands together)


Monkeys on the Bed


Five Little monkeys jumping on the bed

One fell off and bumped his head

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said

“No more monkeys jumping on the bed”.


Four little monkeys jumping on the bed….




One baby turtle alone and new

Finds a friend, and then there are two.

Two baby turtles crawl down to the sea.

They find another, and then there are three.

Three baby turtles crawl along the shore.

They find another, and then there are four.

Four baby turtles go for a dive.

Up swims another, and then there are five.


Beach Counting


One for the sun that shone in the sky.

Two for the ships that sailed on by.

Three for the castles I built on the sand.

Four for the seashells I held in my hand.

Five for the points on the starfish I saw.

Six for the crabs that scuttled ashore.

Seven for the waves that I managed to beat.

Eight for the pebbles I perched on my feet.

Nine for the boats that bobbed on the sea.

Ten for my toes that were wiggling free.




Rockets shoot off into space,

Hurry up it’s quite a race!

Rockets make a big loud boom,

Heading up towards the moon!

Counting down before we go,

10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1, ZERO!


Three Ducks (Tune of Twinkle, twinkle)


Watch the ducks and you will see,

They are waddling one, two three,

First the smallest leads the line,

Middle sized duck thinks second place is fine,

Biggest duck is third you see,

They are waddling one, two, three.


Rhyme to help children write numbers


Number 1 is big and tall, stand him up so he won’t fall.

Number 2 goes backwards and along, please make sure you don’t go wrong.

Two little curls for number 3, one for you and one for me.

Number 4 goes down and across, give him a stick so he’s the boss.

Number 5 is a funny chap, down fat tummy and give him a hat.

Number 6 looks like a curl in your hair, twiddle it around to show that it’s there,

Number 7 starts with a hat, then goes down just like that,

Number eight makes an ‘S’ then go back to join it up.

Number 9 is like a ball on a stick, start with a ‘C’ then go up and down quick.

Number 10, that’s a lot of fun, write 1 and a nought and now it’s all done!


I Can Count

I can count, want to see?

Here’s my fingers- one, two, three (Hold up fingers as you count)

Four and five, this hand is done.

Now I’ll count the other one.

Six, seven, eight and nine (Hold up fingers on other hand)

Just one more, I’m doing fine.

The last little finger is number ten.

Now I’ll count them all again.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!


Ten Fingers

I have ten fingers (hold up both hands, fingers spread)

And they all belong to me, (point to self)

I can make them do things-

Would you like to see?


I can shut them up tight (make fists)

I can open them wide (open hands)

I can put them together (place palms together)

I can make them all hide (put hands behind back)


I can make them jump high (hands over head)

I can make them jump low (touch floor)

I can fold them quietly (fold hands in lap)

And hold them just so.


Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer

Five little men in a flying saucer,

Flew around the world one day,

They looked left and right,

But they didn't like the sight

So one man flew away...WHOOSH.

Four little men in a flying saucer.... (continue singing until the last man has flown away)


Five Fat Sausages

Five fat sausages sizzling in a pan,

All of a sudden one went BANG!

Four fat sausages sizzling in a pan,

All of a sudden one went BANG!

(Continue singing until the last sausage goes BANG! This could be sang with more sausages to develop subtraction further.)


Ten Green Bottles

Ten green bottles hanging on the wall,

Ten green bottles hanging on the wall,

And if one green bottle should accidently fall,

There'll be nine green bottles hanging on the wall.


Nine green bottles hanging on the wall,

Nine green bottles hanging on the wall,

And if one green bottle should accidently fall,

There'll be eight green bottles hanging on the wall.

(Continue singing until only one green bottle is left)


One green bottle hanging on the wall,

One green bottle hanging on the wall,

And if that one green bottle should accidently fall,

There'll be no green bottles hanging on the wall.

No green bottles hanging on the wall.

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