Johnny works with one hammer

Get your toddler in the rhythm of following directions with this terrific action song.

You'll Need

  • none

Time

10 minutes

Learning Stages

Being able to follow directions and perform specific actions help children learn to listen and can increase coordination. Johnny Works with One Hammer is a terrific action song to help children coordinate their movements. As you play with your child, show her the actions so that she can do it too. Start out by sitting on the floor with your legs out in front of you. Getting into a rhythm helps.

Johnny works with one hammer, one hammer, one hammer (1 hammer - 1 fist pounding on thigh)
Johnny works with one hammer, then he works with two (2 hammers - 2 fists pounding on thighs)

Johnny works with two hammers, two hammers, two hammers
Johnny works with two hammers, then he works with three
(3 hammers - 2 fists on thighs, 1 foot pounding on floor)

Johnny works with three hammers, three hammers, three hammers
Johnny works with three hammers, then he works with four
(4 hammers - 2 fists on thighs, 2 feet on floor)

Johnny works with four hammers, four hammers, four hammers
Johnny works with four hammers, then he works with five
(5 hammers - 2 fists on thighs, 2 feet on floor, and head nodding)

Johnny works with five hammers, five hammers, five hammers
Johnny works with five hammers, then he goes to sleep!