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.

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

This wonderful old song began in a 1910 musical entitled "The Echo", when it was titled "Skiddy-Mer-Rink-A-Doo", words by Felix F. Feist and music by Al Piantadosi. As it passed into the public domain, it also transitioned into the children's music domain, with many versions, spellings and pronunciations. I know I sang it with my children many years ago, and the children I sing with now love it. A great "I LOVE YOU" song for February, and all year long! Put on your soft shoes and get hokey - dance with your little sweetie!


Skinnamarink a-dink a-dink
Skinnamarink a-do, I love you!
Skinnamarink a-dink a-dink
Skinnamarink a-do, I love you!

I love you in the morning, and in the afternoon
I love you in the evening, underneath the moon
Skinnamarink a-dink a-dink
Skinnamarink a-do, I love you!


Put one hand under the opposite elbow and wave during the first 2 lines
Sign I love you: point to yourself, cross fists over heart, point to someone
Repeat with reverse hand.

For "morning" - with hands interlocked, rock the baby.
For "afternoon" - continue rock, but move arms in front of body
For "evening" - move arms overhead, then sweep them around in front of you to come back to overhead by "moon"

Repeat first set of directions.

Age Range: birth to infinity...and beyond. oops, that's Buzz Lightyear's line!

Purpose: Singing and moving makes two chemicals fire in our bodies: adrenaline and seratonin. Adrenaline is the "fight or flight" chemical - it gets us ready for anything. Seratonin is the "happy" chemical - gives us a sense of wellness, of feeling good. Put the two together, and you have happy children who are ready to learn and grow. Sing more - feel better!

Book Buddy: One of my favorite books is the wonderfully silly I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt. Beautifully illustrated, the classic Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse is easy to find at your local library. And worth the search, though harder to find, is Owly by Mike Thaler, published by Weekly Reader Children's Book Club. All 3 of these books are available at

Cover: I Love You Stinky Face Cover: Mama Do You Love Me? Cover: Owly

Note: Please check out the previous Song of the Month entries for February by clicking on the "More Songs of the Month" below. Share the love!


More Songs of the Month