I Had A Little Turtle

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I had a little turtle
And he lived in a box.
He swam in the water
And he climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at a minnow.

He snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a mosquito.
And he snapped at me.
He caught the minnow.
He caught the flea.
He caught the mosquito.
But he didn't catch me!

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Information About I Had A Little Turtle

This song is a classic children's nursery rhyme.

It is usually taught to children that are in pre-school to kindergarten.

There are so many motions that could be used in the teaching of this song by parents and teachers.

In the lyrics, "He swam in a puddle", the children can pretend as if they are swimming in a puddle. This can open up a lesson about where turtles live and swim and which ones live mainly in the water.

In the line, "He snapped up a mosquito", the children can clap their hands together as if they have just caught a mosquito in between their hands. This can set up a lesson about mosquitoes and different types of bugs that bite.

Finally, in the lyric, "he caught a minnow", the teacher or parent can explain to the children what a minnow is and then go into a lesson about the different types of fish.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

An additional verse for I Had A Little Turtle

I had a little turtle.
His name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub
To see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water.
He ate up all the soap.
And now he's sick in bed
With a bubble in his throat!

Another bonus verse

There was a little turtle
he lived in a box
he swam in the water
he climbed on the rocks
he snapped at a mosquito
and he snapped ant a flea
he snapped at a minnow
and he snapped at me.

This is a longer version of the song with slightly different lyrics

I have a little turtle;
His name is Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub
To teach him how to swim.

He drank up all the water
And ate up all the soap.
Now he’s home and sick in bed
With bubbles in his throat!
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, POP!

I miss my little turtle,
Whose name is Tiny Tim.
I will call him on the telephone—
I would like to visit him.

Tiny Tim is better now;
His tummy doesn’t hurt.
He will never eat the soap again—
He says it doesn’t work.
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, POP!

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Natalia, Germany

21 September 2011 at 7:21am

this song we sing at scool its my favret iam 7 years old in year 3

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Anna, United Kingdom

4 June 2011 at 10:30pm

I really want to use Turtle Tim ( the one in the bath tub with bubble, bubble pop at the end ) in my music class but need to find it as a downloadable MP3 does anyone know where I can find this?

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Bri, United States

28 April 2011 at 3:10am

My 3 yr old taught me this song, of course I couldn't understand some lines so looked it up && now we sing it everynight during her bath! <3 this song!

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Happy165, United Kingdom

10 February 2011 at 10:27pm

we sing the alternative version at nursery but include bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, pop! to the end of it

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Dj, United States

14 January 2011 at 1:39am

haha i luv this song em n my frnds sing this at school and we r 12 and 13 haha bt we says bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble POP! at the end

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Soso, Australia

15 November 2010 at 2:58pm

nice sing

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J, United States

8 November 2010 at 2:39pm

the tune we have used is the verse part only of "I Have a Little Drydle"; you'll need to repeat the verse tune twice to get in all the words.

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Katelyn, United States

27 October 2010 at 1:52am

I am doing an paper and need the tune of the song "Tiny tim the turle"? thanx

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Julie, United States

25 October 2010 at 9:26pm

The rest of the song with the alternative lyrics goes, "...bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble POP! He didn't like the doctor. He didn't like the nurse. He only liked the lady with the alligator purse (say 11 more "bubble"s and a big POP! at the end)" oh, and clap when you say "POP!"

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Becky, United Kingdom

17 October 2010 at 11:02am

As a nursery nurse i often sing this song and it doesn't matter if you are in babies, toddlers or pre-school all the children love this song. one of the things that i have done with this song is use a bubble machine and the children love popping the bubbles when we sang the song.

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Tara, Brighton

2 August 2010 at 10:00pm

me and my 20 month old daughter love this song! but ours ends "then he went to bed with a bubble in his throat... bubble....bubble....bubble... POP" with all the actions!

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Ceri, Masterton, New Zealand

26 May 2010 at 10:57pm

haha i love these songs i'll just be randomly singing them sometimes.... and people always join in.... im like 14 too lol

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Greg, Plainville Usa

7 May 2010 at 4:11am

How does the tune actually go? Can't find the music notes or a sample sound

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Rezen, Philippines

11 July 2009 at 2:37am

its a very cute song

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Alan, Linlithgow

19 June 2009 at 11:15pm

My 1 year old daughter really loves this song!

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April, Bradshaw

20 April 2009 at 7:35pm

love it

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Shell, Usa

21 March 2009 at 12:23am

i like the the tiny Tim lyrics my brothers have been wanting to know the ending but i haven't sang that since preschool!

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Ciara, Kirksville

17 February 2009 at 7:16pm

we love this song and were 13 & 14!tehe hahahahaha lol

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Melea, Covington Kenton

3 December 2008 at 3:37pm

Ughh! what happened to the one including the nurse and doctors ? and the lady wiht the alligator purse

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