Five Fat Peas

Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed (children hold hand in a fist)

One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (put thumb and fingers up one by one)

They grew and grew and did not stop (raise hand in the air very slowly)

Until one day, the pod went POP! (children clap hands together)

Use your baby’s hand and do the actions. Help them create a fist (‘in a peapod pressed’). Then as ‘one grew, two grew’, touch their fingers and uncurl them 

Finish with a big clap (‘pop’). Slow down and build up the anticipation before you pop

In a group, try using a piece of Lycra or other stretchy material. Everyone holds onto a piece of the material throughout the rhyme. Before starting, ask the children to clap their hands together when you say ‘pop’