Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear


Version 1

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy bear, jump up high.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the sky.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, bend down low.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your toes.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn off the light.
Everybody say, ssh!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight.

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Version 2

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, read the news.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, shine your shoes.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go upstairs.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn out the light.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say GOOD NIGHT!

Source: Schiller and Rossano, The Instant Curriculum (2005)


Version 3

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go up stairs.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn off the light.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight.

Source: Western Folklore (1954)



Historical Background

“Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear” is an active rhyme, in which children act out what the lyrics say. The rhyme incorporates basic exercise such as jumping high, stretching to the sky, and touching toes. These motions help young children familiarize themselves with both coordinating full body movements and following varied instructions in rapid succession.

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