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All Time Favourite Kids’ Nursery Rhyme: I’m a Little Teapot Song

Do you love singing, or maybe dancing? So are you ready for some singing and dancing to one of your favourite nursery rhymes? But before we start the activity, let’s know a little about this song. I’m a Little Teapot is an American song that describes the heating and pouring of a teapot or a whistling tea kettle. It was first published in 1939. It is said that the song was originally written by George Harold Sanders and Clarence Z. Kelley. The song was composed to facilitate young students to master the “Waltz Clog” tap dance routine. 


Many kids are shy and find it hard to mingle or interact with people. An action rhyme like the I’m a Little Teapot song will boost their confidence, help them be more expressive, and take initiative to participate in classroom activities. It will also help kids be more enthusiastic about participating in singing and dancing programs at school and not shy away from the stage. Parents are advised to sing and perform the actions of the I’m a Little Teapot song along with their children to make them feel comfortable and enthusiastic. 


I’m a Little Teapot song.


I’m a Little Teapot song


Let’s Sing! 

Here are the lyrics of the teapot song and the actions that we will perform together. So, are you ready?


I’m a little teapot

Short and stout

Here is my handle

(Instruction: Put one hand on your hip.)

Here is my spout

(Instruction: Put the other arm out straight)

When I get all steamed up

Hear me shout

“Tip me over

and pour me out!”

(Instruction: lean over towards the spout part.)


I’m a clever teapot,

Yes it’s true

Here let me show you

What I can do

I can change my handle

And my spout

(Instruction: Now switch your hands.)

Just tip me over and pour me out!

(Instruction: Once again, lean over towards the spout part.)


Spout and handle of the teapot.


Spout and handle of the teapot


Instructions and images to act out the teapot song.


Instructions and images to act out the teapot song


Tips for Parents

Acting out rhymes help children memorise the words quite easily. Hence, instead of rote learning the lyrics of the teapot song, we recommend that parents take out the time and join their kids in performing this rhyme song with actions. It will help make study time fun for kids and help them remember the song or the nursery rhyme well. You can also draw a teapot and a cup on large sheets of art paper and colour them. Then use these as costumes for your child and their sibling or friend and both can perform together. For more interesting rhymes and stories, you can explore the collection on Vedantu. 

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FAQs on I’m a Little Teapot Song with Lyrics

1. How can acting out the I’m a Little Teapot song benefit your child?

Some kids are quick to interact and mingle among peers and strangers. However, some need the time to familiarise themselves with others and interact with them. Many of them shy away from participating in school events or classroom activities. However, acting out songs like I’m a Little Teapot will encourage them to take initiative, boost their confidence and help them be more expressive. Moreover, it will be easier for parents to ensure that their child memorises the lyrics without much effort.

2. Who were the composers of the I’m a Little Teapot song?

I’m a Little Teapot is an American song that describes the heating and pouring of a teapot or a whistling tea kettle. Published in 1939, the song was originally written by George Harold Sanders and Clarence Z. Kelley. The song was composed to facilitate young students to master the “Waltz Clog” tap dance routine.