Herman the Worm

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Information About Herman the Worm

Herman the Worm is a children's song that incorporates nonsense and learning about growth, animals, and bugs.

This is a very popular children's song that can be sang on road trips, bus trips, and even around the camp fire on camping trips.

This song is easy to learn and fun for the whole family.

As this song progresses, Herman's size gets bigger and bigger as he begins to eat everything around him.

In the lyrics "Playin' with my yo yo", children should pretend to play with a yo yo to go along with the song. This could also be a way to begin a lesson about yo yo's. Perhaps the teacher or parents can show children how to use a yo yo and how to do tricks with it, etc.

In the lyrics, "he was thiiiiiis big", children should use their arms and hands to show a few inches apart.

During the song, Herman gets fatter and fatter because of everything that he has eaten. Children can pretend that they are fat and hold their bellies and roll around as if they are Herman the Worm.

At the end of the song, when Herman burps, the children can burp as well and go back to their normal size just like Herman.

This song can be used as a lesson to teach children about growth and bugs. The teacher or parents can show pictures of worms and bugs and tell children the differences in them all.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Herman eats other things in this version

Sitting on a fence post chewing my bubble gum
Swinging my yo yo.

Spoken:
And along comes Herman the Worm
He was THIS BIG
I said Herman what happen
He said I ate my brother.

Sitting on a fence post chewing my bubble gum
Swinging my yo yo.

Spoken:
And along comes Herman the Worm
He was THIS BIG
I said Herman what happen
He said I ate my sister.

Sitting on a fence post chewing my bubble gum
Swinging my yo yo.

Spoken:
And along comes Herman the Worm
He was THIS BIG
I said Herman what happen
He said I ate my mom.

Sitting on a fence post chewing my bubble gum
Swinging my yo yo.

Spoken:
And along comes Herman the Worm
He was THIS BIG
I said Herman what happen
He said I ate my dad.

Sitting on a fence post chewing my bubble gum
Swinging my yo yo.

Spoken:
And along comes Herman the Worm
He was THIS BIG
I said Herman what happen
He said I BURPED!!!

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24 Comments

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Chloe, Canada

4 August 2014 at 10:12pm

Wacky and wild!

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kity, United States

19 February 2014 at 9:57pm

herman the worm is so funny

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Shannon Quinn, United States

27 December 2012 at 3:51pm

I love the song Herman the worm it is very cool!

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Ak, United States

19 April 2012 at 8:34pm

I am sitting on a fencepost listening to my IPOD umda umda..... my 4 year old loves it

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Katherine Knobloch And Eddie Sequeira, United States

6 January 2012 at 4:37am

This is the best song ever! I remember in Elementary school sitting in a circle and learning the song. I am now in high school and typed in one of the lyrics that we could remember and this site popped up! I now have my whole high school singing it again! What great memories I have with this song!

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Patricia Rodrigue, United States

8 November 2011 at 3:28pm

So glad I finally found this! My daughter is 15 and I remember her doing Herman the Worm when she was in pre-school! Such a sweet memory of her little voice narrating the hand motions.

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Claudia, Italy

8 September 2011 at 9:06am

We used to sing this when I was in the Brownie Guides yonks ago, only our version went "As I was sittin' on the gatepost, chewing my bubblegum, playing my yo-yo (do-whup, dp-whup), along came Herman the Worm, he was thiiis big (finger size, smaller to bigger)! I said, 'Herman, what happened? (slap forehead) Durh! 'I swallowed a bug'" and then we'd continue with any animal we could think of: kangaroos, t-rexes, giraffes... And we used to end it with "Herman, what happened? Durh! 'I've been sick'".

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Peyton, Georgia

27 August 2011 at 5:41pm

hey ya'll hahahahaha i love this song i search up the lyrics and sing em to my little sister she crcks up every time lol and she is almost 4 and i'm almost 14 haha.

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Peyt, Azerbaijan

27 August 2011 at 5:36pm

haha these soong make me geegleeess glasious fee puuute et un heee

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Tal :), Australia

20 June 2011 at 4:49am

i was sitting on my fence post(slap knees) chewing my bubble gum(chomp,chomp,chomp,chomp) playin' with mah yo-yo(do-up do-up) and along came herman the worm and he was thiiiiisss big (smaller to larger) and i said herman howd you get that way and he said durhhh i ate a rat

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Andon, United States

10 June 2011 at 4:01pm

i hate this song

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Andon, Afghanistan

10 June 2011 at 3:57pm

i like hemend the worm becase it is funny

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Andon, Lebanon

10 June 2011 at 3:55pm

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Tegan & Chelsea, New Zealand

12 March 2011 at 12:10am

hahah the best f***** song in the world, LOVE IT hahahahahaha couldnt stop laughing when you sing it fast lol, we are 15 years old to :L

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Becky, United States

1 February 2011 at 6:45pm

will i was at a B-day party and my cousin and his friend was singing it and it got stuck in my head so i looked it up my cousins funny

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Kelsey, United States

18 January 2011 at 12:50am

i love the eating parents version the best.....

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Katie, United States

3 November 2010 at 2:23am

at camp we sang it different but a lot alike we used i ate breakfast, i ate lunch, i ate dinner and i ate dessert I love that song

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Marie, East Bethle Mn

12 June 2010 at 3:27pm

i love bus songs we sing them on the why to camp and around the camp fire

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Grace, East Bethle

12 June 2010 at 3:24pm

i love bus songs when we are on the bus to camp you give use awesome songs to sing even a round the camp fire and when we are walking around we now you have the best songs

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Cary, Hamilton New Zealand

11 May 2010 at 7:42am

we do it with fruit - "I ate a grape, THIS big" then an apple, then a pineapple, then a watermelon, or whatever you want to use

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