Open, Shut Them

Information About Open, Shut Them

"Open, Shut Them" is a great song for younger children and babies when they are trying to learn their different body parts. This is because no matter what version of the song that you are going to be singing with your children, it is going to involve some forms of their part. With the first version of the song, the child is mostly going to be using their hands. First the child will use hands to make a fist, then they will clap their hands together and shut them, and last they will fold their hands together in their lap.

In the second version of the song, the child will be using their fingers and parts of their face. First of all, the child is going to walking their fingers up to their chin and while the fingers are still on the face, the child will open up their mouth. It is very important that the child learns not to put their fingers in their mouth when this is happening. In the third version of the song, the child is going to be playing peek a boo with the fingers and their eyes so the child is going to learn this fun game.

In the fourth version of this song, the child is going to get more active with the song. This is because they are going to be using more of their body like their shoulders. They are going to look like they are flying so they will probably enjoy this alot. In the longest version of this song, the child is going to be using more parts of their body. This means that they are going to be moving everything from their nose to their toes in the song. This is the most popular version of the song.

Like most folk songs Open, Shut Them, has huge number of different verses for the song exist. Each singer tends to make up her own version of the song.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

More movements and and words in this version

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.

Big and small.
Big and small. Big and small.
Big, big, big, big, small, small, small.
Big and small. Big and small.
Big, big, big, big, small, small, small.

Please. No, thank you.
Please. No, thank you. Please. No, thank you.
Please, please, please, please. No thank you.
Please. No, thank you. Please. No, thank you.
Please, please, please, please. No thank you.

Fast and slow.
Fast and slow. Fast and slow.
Fast, fast, fast, fast, slow, slow, slow.
Fast and slow. Fast and slow.
Fast, fast, fast, fast, slow, slow, slow.

Loud and quiet.
Loud and quiet. Loud and quiet.
Loud, loud, loud, loud. Shh... Quiet.
Loud and quiet. Loud and quiet.
Loud, loud, loud, loud. Shh... Quiet.

Peek-a-boo.
Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo.
Peek-a, peek-a, peek-a-boo!
Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo.
Peek-a, peek-a, peek-a-boo!

You can also use this version

Creep them, creep them (softly sung, walk fingers slowly to your chin)
Creep them, creep them
Right up to your chin (have fingers on chin)
Open wide your little mouth
(fast)
But do not let them in.

Now creep them creep them slowly upward
To the rosy cheeks, open wide the shiny eyes
And through the fingers peek- Peek a boo (child's name)!

Open shut them, open shut them,
To the shoulders fly,
Then let them like the birdies
Flutter flutter to the sky.

Falling, falling, slowly downward
Almost to the ground
Then quickly raise the fingers
Turning turning round and round!

Where do all the fingers go?
I know, I know.
In to each little lap they creep
Where they lay, fast asleep.
(shh- they're sleeping).

A long version with a kiss at the end

Open, shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap
Open, shut them, open shut them
Lay them in your lap
Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them
Right up to your chin
Open wide your little mouth
But do not let them in
Shake them, shake them, shake them, shake them
Shake them just like this
Roll them, roll them, roll them, roll them
Blow a great big kiss?. Muah!

This one ends at your toes

Open, shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Lay them in your lap.

Creep them, creep them. creep them, creep them
right up to your cheeks (walk fingers up chest, neck, to cheeks)
Cover up your little eyes and give a little peek. . Boo!

Open, shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Lay them in your lap.

Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them
right up to your nose
creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them
right down to your toes.

And here you end the song with a cuddle

Open, shut them; open, shut them,
Keep them wide awake
Open, shut them; open, shut them,
Give your hands a shake.

Open, shut them; open, shut them,
Don’t get in a muddle
Open, shut them; open, shut them,
Give yourselves a cuddle

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5 Comments

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Hannah, Egypt

14 August 2011 at 3:16pm

the song is very good i really like it

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Lopez, United States

20 June 2011 at 1:49am

My toddlers love this song during the verse OPEN WIDE, we say it longer where the kids will open their mouth wide as if someones checking the inside of their mouth. its cute because their toddlers

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Susie, Melbourne Australia

24 May 2010 at 4:44am

The children and I also learnt a verse from a tv show - for your eyes... open, shut them, open shut them, give a little wink! open, shut them, open, shut them, blink, blink, blink, blink, blink!

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Liz, West Wyalong, Australia

8 May 2009 at 5:53pm

! My kindy students enjoy doing the 'silly version' of this song... You sing the song as normal, but do the opposite actions: so when the song says 'Open', you actually shut your hands. Other opposite actions:! Give a little clap - swing hands to clap but miss! Lay them in your lap - hands on head! Creep them right up to your chin - hands go to toes! Open wide your little mouth - sing through a semi-closed mouth! And do not let them in - pretend to put fingers in mouth. !

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Hannah, Melbourne, Australia

30 November 2008 at 5:37am

our words go like this: open shut them, open shut them, give a little clap! open shut them, open shut them, put them in your lap. crawl them, creep them crawl them, creep them, right up to your chin open wide your little mouth but... do not let them in!

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