3 Lap Bounces to Sing With Your Kids

Lap bounces are fairly new to me. My library story time does them and my kids love them. Good thing the librarian sings each song twice or my kids would be devastated they both didn’t each get their own turn.

What is a lap bounce?

A lap bounce is song that you sing with a child on your lap. You can do these songs with babies and toddlers alike. A very common lap bounce that most will be familiar with is “This is the Way A Gentleman Rides”.

Recently I have come across three different lap bounces that I have never heard before. Each one requires that child to sit on your lap. You will bounce the child up and down and do movements that correspond with the song. I have attached a video below that will demonstrate each one.

3 Lap Bounces to Sing With Your Kids

Tick Tock

-This one is a favorite and a bit of work out for your arms.

Tick Tock Tick Tock (rock your child back and forth)
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick Tock Tick Tock
Now I’m striking one o’clock
CUCKOO! (Lift your child one time)

-Repeat for 2 o’clock and 3 o’clock with corresponding lifts.

Little Red Wagon

I remember a version of this song from my old Raffi tape as a child. It never occurred to me that it could be a lap bounce. In the fourth verse this little song even uses some small hand motions to add a little fingerplay action in the lap bounce too!

Bumpin up and down in my little red wagon (bounce up and down)
Bumpin up and down in my little red wagon
Bumpin up and down in my little red wagon
Won’t you be my darlin’.

Down the hill and around the corner, WEEE! (pretend to sharply take a corner)
Down the hill and around the corner, WEEE!
Down the hill and around the corner, WEEE!
Won’t you be my darlin’.

One wheel’s off and the wagon tipped over, AAAH! (Pretend to fall of wagon)
One wheel’s off and the wagon tipped over, AAAH!
One wheel’s off and the wagon tipped over, AAAH!
Won’t you be my darlin’.

I’m gonna fix it with my little hammer. (Pretend to use a hammer with hands)
I’m gonna fix it with my little hammer.
I’m gonna fix it with my little hammer.
Won’t you be my darlin’.

Bumpin up and down in my little red wagon (bounce up and down)
Bumpin up and down in my little red wagon
Bumpin up and down in my little red wagon
Won’t you be my darlin’.

Adapted from Raffi

A Smooth Road

This one is very similar to the ‘Little Red Wagon’. However, I like that it uses different words and can teach vocabulary in a tangible way.

A smooth road a smooth road a smooth road a smooth road, (bounce smoothly as possible)
A bumpy road a bumpy road a bumpy road a bumpy road, (bounce higher)
A windy road a windy road a windy road a windy road, (sway and bounce)
A rough road a rough road a rough road a rough road, (bounce extra crazy)
A HOLE! (Fall into a hole)

Try any of these songs and I can guess that you and your child will both be smiling.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for these! I only know a couple lap bounces, so this was great to have something new to do with my baby. 🙂

    1. These lap bounces are so fun! I hope you do try them. Even Dads think they are usually pretty cool.

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