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That's What They Taught Me At School
Traditional German Song
Adapted by Stephanie Burton


This song is available on Stephanie Burton's The Curiosity Shop.

See below for lesson suggestions for teaching children the parts of the body.

Put my hand on my head,
What have I here?
This is my head thinker
Oh, Mama dear
Head thinker, head thinker
Inky dinkey doo,
That's what they taught me in school.

Put my hand on my eyes,
What have I here?
These are my eye-lookers
Oh, Mama dear
Eye-lookers, head-thinker
Inky dinkey doo,
That's what they taught me in school.

Put my hand on my nose,
What have I here?
This is my nose smeller
Oh, Mama dear
Nose smeller, eye-lookers, head-thinker
Inky dinkey doo,
That's what they taught me in school.

Put my hand on my mouth,
What have I here?
This is my mouth taster
Oh, Mama dear
Mouth taster, nose smeller, eye-lookers, head-thinker
Inky dinkey doo,
That's what they taught me in school.

Put my hand on my hand,
What have I here?
This is my hand toucher
Oh, Mama dear
Hand toucher, mouth taster, nose smeller, eye-lookers, head-thinker
Inky dinkey doo,
That's what they taught me in school.

Activity for That’s What They Taught Me At School
     Before singing this song on The Curiosity Shop by Stephanie Burton and Phyllis Campbell. point to your head and ask the children if they know for what purpose we use our head . Ideas may include “thinking,” “nodding”, etc. Explain that in this song we’ll call it a “head-thinker” (or whatever they came up with as a word.)
     Continue with other parts of the body such as eyes (eye-lookers), nose (nose-smeller), mouth (mouth-taste), etc. Sing the song using the new descriptive words as you sing. After singing the song, you can count how many heads, noses and/or eyes there are in the room.

See more of our Human Body and Science Songs for Young Children Song Lyrics

Many thanks to Stephanie Burton for permission
to display these lyrics and extension activites.
© Panda Bear Publications. All rights reserved. Used with permission.



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