My Mouth Music

Children with a cleft palate may develop speech patterns related to their cleft palate. Children with cleft palate may also have speech sound error patterns that are not related to their cleft palate, and are developmental in nature.

To support the development of speech and language skills in children with cleft palate conditions, the Speech Pathology and Music Therapy departments at the Queensland Children’s Hospital have developed My Mouth Music workbook. Download the workbook, or practice different speech sounds by expanding the sections below and singing along!

Download the My Mouth Music workbook

Harry is here, Hi hi!
Harry is here, Hi hi!
Harry is here, Hi hi!
Say “Hi” now Harry is here.

Chorus
Who is hot? Who, who, who?
Who is hot? Who, who, who?
It’s Harry the hot dog!

Harry is hot, Ha ha! (panting)
Harry is hot, Ha ha! (panting)
Harry is hot, Ha ha! (panting)
Harry is so hot.

Chorus
How are you hot? How how?
How are you hot? How how?
How are you hot? How how?
How is Harry hot?

Chorus
Harry ran away, Hey hey!
Harry ran away, Hey hey!
Harry ran away, Hey hey!
Harry ran away.

Chorus
Harry is home. Hooray!
But Harry is hot, Ha ha! (panting)
Here’s a huge bucket of water.
Splash! Haaaa!
Now Harry is not hot.

Words: Sarah Kilcoyne
Music: Helen Carrington


Puppy is hungry,
He wants a treat.
Mmm mmm mmm,
He loves to eat.
Puppy sees some food
And he gobbles it down.
Oh no! It’s a bee!
Spit it out!

Chorus
He goes:
P, p, p, p,
P, p, p

Puppy is hungry,
He wants a treat.
Mmm mmm mmm,
He loves to eat.
Puppy sees some food
And he gobbles it down.
Oh no! It’s a spider!
Spit it out!

Chorus

Puppy is hungry,
He wants a treat.
Mmm mmm mmm,
He loves to eat.
Puppy sees some food
And he gobbles it down.
Oh no! It’s a caterpillar!
Spit it out!

Chorus

Puppy is hungry,
He wants a treat.
Mmm mmm mmm,
He loves to eat.
Puppy sees some food
And he gobbles it down.
Oh no! What is it? (pause)
Spit it out!

Concept: Sarah Kilcoyne and Helen Morris
Words and music: Helen Carrington


Chorus
All aboard, all aboard,
The happy bus.
All aboard, all aboard,
The happy bus.
Beep, beep, beep, beep,
The happy bus.

Everybody hop on the bus!

Hello Baby! (Hello Baby!)
Hello Bob! (Hello Bob!)
Hello Bear! (Hello Bear!)
Hello Boy! (Hello Boy!)

[Chorus]

Barp, barp, barpity, barp.
(Barp, barp, barpity, barp.)
Boop, boop, boopity, boop.
(Boop, boop, boopity, boop.)
Beep, beep, beep, beep,
The happy bus.

Stop! It’s time to get off the bus.

Bye bye Baby! (Bye bye Baby!)
Bye bye Bob! (Bye bye Bob!)
Bye bye Bear! (Bye bye Bear!)
Bye bye Boy! (Bye bye Boy!)

Bye bye, bye bye to
The happy bus.
Bye bye, bye bye to
The happy bus.
Beep, beep, beep, beep,
The happy bus.

Words: Sarah Kilcoyne
Music: Helen Carrington


Captain Tom had a very big boat,
What a big boat, had he.
But Captain Tom had an empty boat,
Empty as can be.

Captain Tom had a great idea,
What an idea, had he.
Captain Tom would fill his boat,
With animal friends, you see.

Two tigers tiptoe on,
T, t, t, t.
Two turtles tiptoe on,
T, t, t, t.
Two tabby cats tiptoe on,
T, t, t, t.
Two toucans tiptoe on,
T, t, t, t.

Captain Tom had a very full boat,
And it began to tip. Tip, tip, tip, tip.
He told the animals to get off,
Hurry now, be quick.

Two tigers tiptoe off,
T, t, t, t, t, t, t.
Two turtles tiptoe off,
T, t, t, t, t, t, t.
Two tabby cats tiptoe off,
T, t, t, t, t, t, t.
Two toucans tiptoe off,
T, t, t, t, t, t, t.

Captain Tom had a very big boat,
What a big boat, had he.
But Captain Tom had an empty boat,
Empty as can be.

Concept: Helen Morris
Words: Sarah Kilcoyne
Music: Helen Carrington


Timmy the tap-dancing turtle,
Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap.
He taps over here,
Tap, tap, tap, tap.
He taps over there,
Tap, tap, tap, tap.
That Timmy the turtle taps everywhere.
Timmy the tap-dancing turtle,
Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap.

Timmy the tap-dancing turtle,
Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap.
He taps on your table,
Tap, tap, tap, tap.
He taps on your chair,
Tap, tap, tap, tap.
That Timmy the turtle taps everywhere.
Timmy the tap-dancing turtle,
Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap.

Woo hoo! Take it away, Timmy!
T, t, t, t, t, t, t.
You can do it, Timmy. T, t, t, t.
What terrific dancing. T, t, t, t.
Great tapping, Timmy. T, t, t, t.
That is one talented turtle.
T, t, t, t, t.

Timmy the tap-dancing turtle,
Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap.
He taps on your tummy,
Tap, tap, tap, tap.
He taps on your hair,
Tap, tap, tap, tap.
That Timmy the turtle taps everywhere.
Timmy the tap-dancing turtle,
Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap.

Concept: Sarah Kilcoyne
Words and Music: Helen Carrington


Here comes the dino!
Stomp stomp stomp!
Whatcha gonna do? Do do do?

Chorus

Ah! It’s a dinosaur!
Hang on, it’s a friendly dino.
She just wants to play.

Here comes the dino!
Stomp, stomp, stomp!
To play another day. Day, day, day.

Chorus

You can’t catch me, dino!
Oh no, dino, you stomped on all
the flowers!

Here comes the dino!
Stomp stomp stomp!
Whatcha gonna do? Do do do?

Chorus

Here comes the dino!
Stomp, stomp, stomp!
Her name is Dee, Dee Dee Dee.

Dee, it’s time for afternoon tea!
Munch, munch! Mmm, delicious!

Chorus

Here comes the dino!
Stomp stomp stomp!
Whatcha gonna do?
Do do do?

Chorus

Thanks Dee Dinosaur!
Come and play another day!
Bye bye, Dee!

Words: Sarah Kilcoyne
Music: Helen Carrington


Chorus
Shoo fly, don’t bother me.
Shoo fly, don’t bother me.
Shoo fly, don’t bother me.
I’ll get you with my spray, wait and see.

Fff, don’t bother me.
Fff, don’t bother me.
Fff, don’t bother me.
‘Cause I don’t like your company.

Get off, get off,
Oh fly, get off me.
Get off, get off,
Oh fly, get off me.

Shoo ant, don’t bother me.
Shoo ant, don’t bother me.
Shoo ant, don’t bother me.
I’ll get you with my spray, wait and see.

Fff, don’t bother me.
Fff, don’t bother me.
Fff, don’t bother me.
‘Cause I don’t like your company.

Get off, get off,
Oh ant, get off me.
Get off, get off,
Oh ant, get off me.

Chorus

Original words: Billy Reeves
Original music: Frank Campbell
Adapted by: Helen Carrington


The big, bad wolf,
Said to the little pig:
“I’ll huff,
And puff,
And blow your house right down.”
He went huff, ff, ff,
And puff, ff, ff.
And the poor little pig’s straw house fell down,
Fell down to the ground.

The big, bad wolf,
Said to the little pig:
“I’ll huff,
And puff,
And blow your house right down.”
He went huff, ff, ff,
And puff, ff, ff.
And the poor little pig’s stick house fell down,
Fell down to the ground.

The big, bad wolf,
Said to the little pig:
“I’ll huff,
And puff,
And blow your house right down.”
He went huff, ff, ff,
And puff, ff, ff.
But the clever little pig’s brick house stood strong.
Yay! And that is the end of the song.

Concept: Sarah Kilcoyne
Words and Music: Helen Carrington


Five fat sausages,
Sizzling in a pan.
One went “sss”,
And then went “bang”!

Four fat sausages,
Sizzling in a pan.
One went “sss”,
And then went “bang”!

Three fat sausages,
Sizzling in a pan.
One went “sss”,
And then went “bang”!

Two fat sausages,
Sizzling in a pan.
One went “sss”,
And then went “bang”!

One fat sausage,
Sizzling in a pan.
It went “sss”,
And then went “bang”!

Words and Music: Traditional
Adapted by Helen Carrington


Chorus
So, so silly,
Silly soup.
So, so silly,
Silly soup.

What goes in a
Silly soup?
Something silly.
Silly soup.

Smelly socks!

Some socks, some socks,
Some socks in the soup.
Now let’s heat it up. Sss!
Sssssss!

Chorus

Slippery soap!

Some soap, some soap,
Some soap in the soup.
Now let’s heat it up.
Sss!Sssssss!

Chorus

Sticky sand!

Some sand, some sand,
Some sand in the soup.
Now let’s heat it up.
Sss!Sssssss!

Chorus

Concept: Sarah Kilcoyne
Words and Music: Helen Carrington


Susie the snake is slithering along,
Ss, ss, ssss.

Susie the snake is slow and long,
Ss, ss, ssss.

Susie the snake sings a hissing song,
Ss, ss, ssss.

So stop and stay away From Susie the snake!

Susie the snake is slithering along,
Ss, ss, ssss.

Susie the snake is slow and long,
Ss, ss, ssss.

Susie the snake sings a hissing song, Ss, ss, ssss.

So stop and stay away
From Susie the snake!

Sss, sss, ssss! Sssss!

Concept: Sarah Kilcoyne and Helen Morris
Words and Music: Helen Carrington


Chorus:
Sleepy, sleepy baby.
Shhh, shhh, shhh.

Sleepy, sleepy baby.
Shhh, shhh, shhh.

Close your eyes,
Do not cry,
I will sing you a lullaby.

Chorus

Say goodnight,
Turn off the light.
I cuddle you and hold you tight.

Chorus

I love you,
With all my might.
I rock you gently from side to side.

Chorus

Concept: Sarah Kilcoyne
Words and Music: Helen Carrington


Chorus:
Hip hip hooray,
It’s washing day!
Hip hip hooray,
It’s washing day!

So many dirty clothes,
Where they come from no one
knows.

Shirts in (Shirts in)
Shh, shh.
Shorts in (Shorts in)
Shh, shh.
Shiny Shoes in (Shiny Shoes in)
Shh, shh.
Shawl in (Shawl in)
Shh, shh.

Chorus

Watch them spin around,
And make this sloshing sound:

Sh-sh, sh-sh,
Sh-sh, sh-sh,
Sh-sh, sh-sh,
Sh-sh, sh-sh.

Chorus

Now all our clothes are clean.
Take them out of the machine.

Shirts out (Shirts out)
Shh, shh.
Shorts out (Shorts out)
Shh, shh.
Shiny Shoes out (Shiny Shoes out)
Shh, shh.
Shawl out (Shawl out)
Shh, shh.

Chorus

Original concept: Helen Morris
Words: Sarah Kilcoyne
Music: Helen Carrington


When it gets hot,
I hit the beach.
But when we park the car,
The sea seems out of reach.

Why?

The sand is hot, hot, hot.
It burns my feet, feet, feet.
And I don’t know, know, know,
If I can take the heat, heat, heat.

The sand goes crunch and I say “Ouch!”
Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch,
splash!
The sand goes crunch and I say “Ouch!”
Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch. Ahh!

When I get hungry,
I eat my lunch.
But it will get messy,
I just have a hunch.

Why?

I love to eat, eat, eat.
I can’t be neat, neat, neat.
I eat so fast, fast, fast,
When it’s something sweet, sweet, sweet.

My teeth go crunch when I go munch.
Munch, munch, munch, munch, munch,
munch, yum!
My teeth go crunch when I go munch.
Munch, munch, munch, munch, munch.
Yum!

Words: Katie Walker-Smith
Music: Helen Carrington


I put my tongue between my teeth,
Thhh, thhh.
I blow the air out through my mouth,
Thhh, thhh.
I thought it might be hard, but now,
Thhh, thhh.
I practise thoroughly,
Thhh, thhh.

Chorus:
I think, think, think,
I can do it!
Anything, thing, thing,
When I try, try, try.

I think, think, think,
I can do it!
Anything, thing, thing,
I want to do!

I put my tongue between my teeth,
Thhh, thhh.
I blow the air out through my mouth,
Thhh, thhh.
I thought it might be hard, but now,
Thhh, thhh.
I practise thoroughly,
Thhh, thhh.

Chorus

Final chorus
I thought, thought, thought,
I could do it!
Anything, thing, thing,
So I tried, tried, tried.

I thought, thought, thought,
I could do it!
Anything, thing, thing,
And now I can!

Words: Katie Walker-Smith
Music: Helen Carrington

My Mouth Music draws on the power of music to engage children with speech activities. Music is proven to reduce anxiety, increase motivation, encourage interest, contribute to enjoyment and stimulate the memory response.

The My Mouth Music workbook  includes activities and several songs written specifically to target speech sound errors commonly seen in children with cleft palate conditions.

Since its launch in 2012, the My Mouth Music workbook  has helped hundreds of children and families across Australia and overseas to:

  • build their confidence in speech sounds stimulation at home
  • be more engaged in speech sound stimulation activities
  • maximise engagement between parents and children during therapy activities.

The My Mouth Music workbook  is best used under the guidance of a speech pathologist. The workbook and songs can be accessed online via the link above.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy of the workbook or a CD/USB copy of the songs, please contact us at QCH-Speech@health.qld.gov.au.