Five Little Ducks (and variations)

This song can be adapted to sing about any animal, so it’s a great way to incorporate puppets or felt sets you might have kicking around. Count down for the traditional version and count up for variations on Sharon, Lois, and Bram’s One Elephant. If you’d like to incorporate some french into your program, try their One Elephant/Deux Elephants version.

You can also try this alternate set of chords and see which works best for you.

Five Little Ducks
C                       F       C

Five little ducks went out one day

Over the hill and far away
C                        F          C

Mother duck said “quack quack quack quack”
                      G7         C

But only four little ducks came back

Count down:
4... 3... 2...
1... No little ducks came swimming back...

C                     F       C

Sad mother duck went out one day

Over the hill and far away
C                        F           C

Mother duck said “quack quack quack quack”
                            G7       C

And five little ducks came swimming back

One Elephant
C                  F      C

One elephant went out to play

Upon a spider’s web one day
C             F      C      

He had such enormous fun
                               G7      C

That he called for another elephant to come

Count up:
2... 3... 4...
5... But there were no more elephants left to come

Five Little Aliens
C                        F      C

Five little aliens went out to play

Over the stars and far away
C                  F        C

Mama alien said: “Ack, Ack, Ack”
                             G7      C

And four little aliens came zooming back...

The Big Round Sun
C                         F      C

The big round sun in the summer sky

Waved at a cloud that was passing by
C                             F         C

The gray cloud laughed as it scattered rain
                            G7     C

Then out came the big round sun again
And also a rainbow!

Other Variations Include
Five Brown Buns
Five Little Bunnies
Five Little Germs Went Out to Play
Five Little Snowmen



This week we’re celebrating Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day with a song that always reminds me of childhood thanks to Sharon, Lois, and Bram.

I’ve significantly simplified the chords and transposed them into C to make them easier for playing in storytime. The most common version you’ll find online is in G, like this one at Doctor Uke, and is heavily influenced by Sharon, Lois and Bram. The original version was written by Felix Feist and Al Piantadosi in 1910 as part of a musical.


Skinnamarink-adink-adink, skinnamarink-adoo

I love you

Skinnamarink-adink-adink, skinnamarink-adoo

I love you

C                             F

I love you in the morning and in the afternoon

I love you in the evening and underneath the moon

Skinnamarink-adink-adink, skinnamarink-adoo
   G7   C

I love you!

Ukulele Love Songs
This is the sixth in a series of love-the-littles songs.