Wee Willie Winkie

Eight.ClockWee Willie Winkie
Text and Actions – Traditional

Wee  Willie Winkie
BRING THUMB AND FOREFINGER TOGETHER TO SHOW “SMALL”
Runs  through the town,
TWO FINGERS IN UPSIDE-DOWN “V” ‘RUNS’
Upstairs and downstairs, in his night gown;
RAISE HANDS UP THEN DOWN
Rapping  at the window,
MAKE A KNOCKING MOTION WITH FIST
Crying  through the lock
HANDS TO MOUTH AS IF SHOUTING
“Are the children all in bed?
REST HANDS ON SIDE OF HEAD AS IF SLEEPING
It’s now eight o’clock!”
HOLD UP EIGHT FINGERS

Source: The Real Mother Goose. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1916.

Select “READ MORE” to see additional variation for baby time.

Participation Age Range: Ages 36 months to 5 years old; 2 month – 30month if using variation listed below

Skills Utilized/Reinforced: Fine motor development

Variation:  Begin with the baby laying on the floor on his/her back looking up at adult. Follow the actions below.

Wee Willie Winkie
WIGGLE BABY’S TOES
Runs  through the town,
TWO FINGERS IN UPSIDE-DOWN “V” ‘RUNS’ UP LEG TO CHEST
Upstairs and downstairs, in his night gown;
“RUN” TO TICKLE CHIN THEN “RUN” DOWN TO TICK BELLY
Rapping  at the window,
TAP BABY’S NOSE
Crying  through the lock
TAP BABY’S EARS
“Are the children all in bed?
GENTLY ROLL BABY ON HIS/HER SIDE THEN TO BACK AGAIN
It’s now eight o’clock!”
WIGGLE BABY”S FINGERS LEAVING OUT THUMBS

Themes: bedtime, night, time, sleep, running, clothes (pajamas)

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