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Open, Shut Them
Children's Song

Open, Shut Them - Mama Lisa's House of English Nursery Rhymes, Intro Image


Open, shut them
open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Lay them in your lap, lap, lap.
 
Listen
The words to the mp3 below can be found in the Notes.

Notes

Here's another version (the one on the mp3)...

Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap, clap, clap.

Open, shut them
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.

Creep them, creep them,
Creep them, creep them,
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.

Open wide your little mouth,
But do not let them in.

Open and close your hands when you sing "Open, shut them" and then follow the words to the song with the corresponding hand movements while you sing. On "do not let them in" hide your hands behind your back.

My children and I were taught this song at our library. The version above is sung at the beginning of each program for little kids. At the end of the "class" we sing the song in the following way...

Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap, clap, clap.

Open, shut them
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.

Wave them, wave them,
Wave them, wave them,
High up in the sky, sky, sky.

Wave to me, I'll wave to you,
Let's all say "Bye, bye."

*****

Carmen Avalos sent another version of Open, Shut Them:

Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap, clap, clap.

Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Fold them in your lap, lap, lap.

Criss and cross them, (Students criss-cross legs.)
Criss and cross them,
Fold them on the floor floor floor.

Creep them creep them,
Creep them creep them,
No noises any more more more. (Students creep fingers up their arms and put them over their lips).

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Susan Bradford for contributing the 1st version of this song! Thanks to Carmen Avalos for sending another version.

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