Mother and Father

Literacy Tip

Hello everyone. My name is Kia and this is my 2-year-old son Bodhi. He loves to bounce on my knees. Doing rhymes with actions helps stretch out the words. This rhyme reinforces familiar words that you might use, like Mother and Father. But you can change the words to ones you may use instead, such as Mommy and Daddy.


Mother and Father and Uncle John (bounce child slow and steady on your knees)
Went to town, one by one (keep bouncing).
Mother fell off (tilt child to one side)
Father fell off (tilt child to other side)
But Uncle John went on, and on, and on, and on (bounce child again, faster).

Video Information

  • Creator: Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy
  • Performers: Kia Ruiz and Bodhi
  • Contributors: Rocky Mountain PBS
  • Source: Public Domain
Rating: 2.8/5. From 12 votes. Show votes.
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