Sleeping Bunnies

Of the two main versions of this I have come across, this is the most exciting, as it builds up suspense and allows time for children to move from their sleeping position to being up on their feet and ready to hop. I use it nearly every week with my Fledgelings and very often with the KS1 children, too, as it is universally loved and extremely flexible. The “Sh!” is best signed, rather than sounded as it spoils the quiet, otherwise. 

The guitar works really well with this: CCFCFCGC…CFCG(G7,G6,G)CFCFCGC


See all the little bunnies sleeping ‘til it’s nearly noon.

Shall we go and wake them with a merry tune?

They’re so still,

Are they ill?


Wake up little bunnies, wake up!


Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.

Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.

Hop little bunnies hop, hop, hop.

Hop, hop, hop, hop, hop.


Around Christmas, little robins flap, reindeer run, snowmen dance and bells ring. At other times, little crocodiles snap, lions roar, hedgehogs snuffle, foxes pounce, rhinos stomp. This is a song that can fit with pretty much any theme. With the Fledgelings, the ideas come out of the conversations that take place during a session, the clothes children are wearing, toys they like to bring with them or events and festivities in the wider world. The KS1 children like to come up with their own ideas.

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