Toddler Activities

Little Bunny Rabbit: A Song For Building Cognitive Skills

Whoo hoo, it’s song #1 in this learning songs series!

This easy little finger-play song is great for building concentration and focus, and most little ones think it’s so much fun to play! It has a similar concept to the song Bingo in that you’ll substitute a hand motion for song lyrics.

For Little Bunny Rabbit, you’ll sing the whole song through once or twice using both the hand movements and words. Then you’ll sing it again, swapping out words for only the hand movements. (For some kiddos, it might be best to sing it through a bunch of times first to give them a chance to get to know it better.)

Little Bunny Rabbit:

Little Bunny Rabbit (make bunny ears) had a fly upon her/his nose (point to nose)

A Fly Upon Her/His Nose. A Fly Upon Her/His Nose (point to nose every time)

Little Bunny Rabbit (make bunny ears) Had A Fly Upon Her/His Nose (point to nose)

So She/He Swished It And S/He Swashed It (“swish” your hands by your nose)

And It Flew Away! (hands can be wings, flying away)


After singing it a time or two, leave out some words but keep the hand motions:

Little (make bunny ears) had a fly upon her/his (point to nose)

A fly upon his/her (point to nose)/ a fly upon his/her (point to nose)

Little (make bunny ears) had a fly upon her/his (point to nose)

So she/he (swish and swash hand by face) and she/he (swish and swash hand by face) and it (make hands fly away)


Here are the words without the hand motions, just to make it easier to read (with female pronouns, but feel free to change it to the pronouns you use with your child):

Little Bunny Rabbit had a fly upon her nose

A fly upon her nose, a fly upon her nose

Little Bunny Rabbit had a fly upon her nose

So she swished it and she swashed it and it flew away!


Make this song your own by using your child’s name instead of the word “Bunny” and whatever pronouns you use with your child. You can also make up your own hand movements, or add new ones. I usually do one for fly and swap that in and remove the word fly on the second sing-through. Whatever makes it more fun for you and your kiddo!

This song will help build important cognitive skills, including focus, concentration, listening, and memory, all while increasing motor planning skills and strengthening the fine muscles in the hands and fingers. Hop on, little bunny!

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