Old Macdonald had a Farm

Old Macdonald had a farm

This song is easy to sing along to and might get your baby joining in too.

Babies like learning about different animals and the sounds they make. Singing a song is a fun way to teach them. This classic nursery rhyme will help.

Have a go at the song and watch the video below:

Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on that farm he had some chickens,
Ee i ee i oh!
With a cluck-cluck here,
And a cluck-cluck there

Here a cluck, there a cluck,
Everywhere a cluck-cluck
Old MacDonald had a farm
Ee i ee i oh!

Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on that farm he had some dogs,
Ee i ee i oh!
With a woof-woof here,

And a woof-woof-woof there
Here a woof, there a woof,
Everywhere a woof-woof
Old MacDonald had a farm
Ee i ee i oh!

Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on that farm he had some turkeys,
Ee i ee i oh!

With a gobble-gobble gobble-gobble here,
And a gobble-gobble gobble-gobble there
Here a gobble-gobble, there a gobble-gobble,
Everywhere a gobble-gobble-gobble
Old MacDonald had a farm
Ee i ee i oh!

Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on that farm he had some cows,
Ee i ee i oh!
With a moo-moo here,
And a moo-moo there
Here a moo, there a moo,
Everywhere a moo-ooo
Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!

You can add different animals and their sounds to the song, like cows going ‘moo’ and ducks going ‘quack’.

See which sounds your baby likes. Try to get them to join in with the animal sounds.

If your baby has toy animals or a picture book of animals, you can sing the song and point to the animals you’re singing about. This will help them connect the words to the meaning.

Babies like hearing their favourite nursery rhymes repeated, so you can sing it several times through. They may respond to it more when they know it better.

Good to know

This is a fun way for your baby to play with sounds and work on their language skills.