This old man

Count along with "This Old Man"! Enjoy this playful tune, learn the catchy lyrics, and explore number-themed activities for young learners.

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This old man song lyrics

This old man, he played one, He played knick-knack on my thumb; With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the dog a bone, This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played two, He played knick-knack on my shoe; With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the dog a bone, This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played three, He played knick-knack on my knee; With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the dog a bone, This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played four, He played knick-knack on my door; With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the dog a bone, This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played five, He played knick-knack on my hive; With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the dog a bone, This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played six, He played knick-knack on my sticks; With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the dog a bone, This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played seven, He played knick-knack up in heaven; With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the dog a bone, This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played eight, He played knick-knack on my gate; With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the dog a bone, This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played nine, He played knick-knack on my spine; With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the dog a bone, This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played ten, He played knick-knack once again; With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the dog a bone, This old man came rolling home.

This old man

About the This old man song

Get ready for some toe-tapping fun with an old chap who knows how to make counting a hoot. “This Old Man” is a frolicsome tune that brings numbers and rhymes together in a delightful dance of whimsy. It’s all about an energetic old man who plays “knick-knack” on various objects, and with each verse, we count up higher and higher!

It’s a tune that spins a yarn of numbers and rhymes, perfect for teaching little ones the joy of counting in a way that’s as merry as it is memorable.

What can your kiddo learn from it?

This melody is like a playful staircase of numeracy, helping children learn their numbers in a sing-song manner. They’ll also pick up on rhyme and rhythm, which are essential elements of language. Not to mention, it’s an excellent way to introduce words like “knick-knack” and phrases like “give a dog a bone”, which are sure to tickle their fancy and expand their vocabulary.

You can even use it to help your child learn English.

Bring out the instruments, or make our own! Create a DIY drum or a shaker to play along with the “knick-knack” parts. It’s a wonderful way to combine music with motor skill development.

As each number rolls by, encourage your child to hold up the corresponding number of fingers. It’s a visual and tactile way to reinforce number recognition.

After the song, why not have a pretend play session? Pretend to be the old man, the dog, or even the objects the old man plays on. It’s a fabulous way to stretch the imagination.

Don’t forget to discuss the concept of rhyme and find other words that rhyme with the numbers. It’s like a fun little puzzle for young minds to solve.

With each “paddywhack” and each verse we share, the magic of numbers and rhymes fills the air.