Counting Songs: Five Little Monkeys Hanging From a Tree

My first visit with the 2-5-year-olds at the daycare set the tone:  We sang a counting-back song (and per request sang it again before I left) and made playdough scoops of ice cream to count up to and down from 5.

I introduced the kids to “Five little monkeys hanging in a tree” to practice counting backwards and for the shock effect of the SNAP of the alligator which engages everybody!  The slightly annoying Mr. Mike has a good presentation of the song here:


More resources:

BBC School Radio – Counting Songs:  Videos, lyrics and music for you to learn the songs before singing with kids.

Songs for Teaching – Number Chants and Counting Songs: Teaching Early Mathematics Skills, Shapes, Money and Telling Time

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