Song of the Month

Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.

August 2006

Icky Sticky and Ooey Gooey

Listen to the whole song on Stinky Cake or hear it here:

A fingerplay! And a wonderful rhyming challenge, too! Great for developing minds and bodies! Before doing the song, talk about what Rhyming Words are – dog / hog / log / frog / bog / smog. These words sound the same at the end, but start differently. Throw out another word, and see how many rhymes can be found: cat (mat, sat, fat, rat, bat, etc.) I explain that all the rhyming words in this fingerplay will be a part of your body – that's the clue. After your child(ren) catch on, ask them to help you make up another verse – work backward – find what body part you want to use, then find the rhyming word for it. "back? ok, what rhymes with back? Sack? Yes! So Icky Sticky and Ooey Goey hid in a sack..." They'll catch on, and want to play this game all day! This is a zipper song, so just keep zipping in new verses!


Oh Icky Sticky and Ooey Gooey
They went out one day.
Said Icky Sticky to Ooey Gooey,
"Won't you come and play?"
So Icky Sticky and Ooey Gooey
Dug in the sand
But Icky Sticky got stuck to Ooey Gooey's ..... HAND!

(other verses can include: climbed up a tree...knee, hid behind a boulder...shoulder, and jumped on the bed...head. Be sure to make up some of your own!)


Hold up the pointer finger on each hand – one is Icky Sticky, and one is Ooey Gooey. As each one is sung about, wiggle it to make it "talk". Pantomime the action being sung about – digging for this verse – and start to stick the fingers together! It's fun!

Age Range: 3 – 6 years old

Purpose: Rhyming can be challenging for 3-year olds, and 4's and older will pick up the concept in a snap. Increase vocabulary, listening skills and exercise manual dexterity with this simple and fun fingerplay!

Extension Activity: Make goop or loose playdough

Songs to couple with this one: Sticky Bubble Gum, on "Sticky Bubble Gum...and Other Tasty Tunes". Or Jim Gill's "Stick to the Glue" on Noise in Boise at

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