For these rhymes, place your baby on your knee or snug in your arms and bounce her gently to the rhythm of the rhymes.

(bounce baby on knees)
Popcorn, popcorn,
Sizzling in the pan.
Shake it up, shake it up,
Bam, bam, bam!

Popcorn, popcorn,
Now it’s getting hot,
Shake it up, shake it up,
Pop, pop, pop! (lift baby up with each” pop”)

Rooster Crows
1, 2, 3
Baby’s* on my knee
Rooster crows and away we GO!!! (lift baby high in the air)

*use your baby’s name wherever possible in rhymes and stories

Rickety-Rickety Rocking Horse
(Lift one knee at a time to give baby a good jostle sideways)            
Rickety-rickety rocking horse                                                                                                                                  Photo by Flickr user Sean Dreilinger
Over the fields we go
Rickety-rickety rocking horse
Giddyup, giddyup (bounce with both knees)
WHOA!  (hug baby and dip down)

Giddyap, Giddyap
Giddyap, giddyap, ride to town, (bounce baby on knees, facing you)
Giddyap, giddyap, up and down.
Giddyap fast, (bounce quickly)
Giddyap slow, (bounce slowly)
Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap, WHOA! (dip baby backwards gently)

Mother and Father and Uncle John
Mother and Father and Uncle John
Went to town one by one.
Mother fell off (dip baby to left)
And Father fell off (dip baby to right)
But Uncle John went on and on and on . . . (bounce baby quickly up and down)

The Dog Goes to Dover
Leg over leg, (bounce baby on knees)
As the dog goes to Dover.
When he comes to a wall,
Jump!  He goes over! (lift baby up)