Two little dickie birds,
Sitting on a wall;
One named Peter,
One named Paul.
Fly away Peter!
Fly away Paul!
Come Back Peter!
Come Back Paul!
“Two Little Dickey Birds” was first recorded when published in Mother Goose’s Melody in London around 1765.
As I found out, thanks to the Wiggles, this rhyme is also a song with a finger game. It works best with finger puppets, but anything shaped like a bird or just the index fingers will result in lots of fun for all toddlers involved
Here is how it goes:
Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall – Both fingers are wiggled to attract attention
One named Peter – Wiggle one finger, Peter, to attract attention
One named Paul – Wiggle other finger, Paul, to attract attention
Fly away Peter – The Peter hand is quickly drawn to the back. The child sees that Peter, is no longer there – it has flown away
Fly away Paul – The action is repeated with the other hand.
Come Back Peter – The action is reversed to make Peter reappear.
Come Back Paul – The action is reversed to make Paul reappear.
So, how many times can you do this in a row? Because I have a feeling that it will have to be many, many times.