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You put your right foot in,
You put your right foot out,
You put your right foot in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the hokey-pokey,
And your turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.

You put your left foot in…
You put your right arm in…
You put your left arm in…
You put your head in…
You put your whole self in…



Thanksgiving: Turkey Pokey
You can do the hokey pokey with any animal. Instead of putting human parts in the circle, think of the body parts of that animal.  For example for "turkey pokey," you can put in a beak, gizzard, drumstick, tail, etc.


Halloween: The Hookey Spookey
You put your pumpkin head in (lean your head into circle)...
You do the Hooky Spooky and you turn yourself around (hold up hands, wiggle fingers, make a scary, silly face; turn around in place)
Then give a little shout: "BOO!"

Add more verses or ask kids for ideas: witchy nails (wave our hands about menacingly); monster feet (stomp feet); zombie/mummy arms (hold arms out straight in front of you); vampire teeth (show teeth); bat wings (flap arms like wings); Ghost Self (try floating like a ghost); owl eyes (fingers make circles around eyes), hissing cat (make hissing sound), monster claws (hands with fingers curved in claws), scary face (make the scariest face you can!), skeleton hands(wiggle hands and fingers) or skeleton knees, etc.


The Winter Pokey
You put your right mitten in,
You take your right mitten out.
You put your right mitten in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the winter pokey, [shiver]
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!
(Repeat with left mitten, right boot, left boot, warm hat, & snowsuit)


Owl Pokey
You put your talons in,
You put your talons out,
You put your talons in, and you shake them all about.
You flap your wings,
And you turn your head around,
That's what it's all about.
(Repeat with other owl parts, like beak, wings, and tailfeather.)


Dragon Pokey
You put your dragon claws in,
You put your dragon claws out,
You put your dragon claws in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the hokey-pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.

You put your scaly tummy in…
You put your long tail in…
You put your bubble breathing breath in… (exhale loudly & pretend you are blowing a BIG bubble)
You put your whole dragon self in…


Bunny Pokey
You put your bunny paws in,
You put your bunny paws out,
You put your bunny paws in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the hokey-pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.

You put your bunny ears in…
You put your bunny nose in…
You put your bunny tail in…
You put your whole bunny self in…