Criss Cross Applesauce Printable Lyrics – PDF

“Criss Cross Applesauce” is a simple rhythmic transition rhyme, preparing children to quiet down, pay attention and listen. While it is originally practiced with babies, it is widely used by teachers as well, for it works with students of all ages.

The “lyrics” are directions for corresponding movements. There is a variety of versions, as it is a primarily spoken rhyme and not a written one.

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Version 1 for babies

Criss-cross   (“draw” an X on baby’s back)
applesauce  (pat shoulders to the rhythm)

Spiders crawling up your back,  (walk fingers upwards on baby’s back)
Spiders here, spiders there,
Spiders even in your hair!
Cool Breeze,  (blow gently)
Tight squeeze  (gine a hug)
Now you’ve got the shivers!  (tickle baby all over)

Version 2

Criss cross applesauce
Hands on lap, gingersnap
Sit up straight, chocolate shake
On your rear, root beer
[glug, glug, glug]

Zip your lip. cool whip
Shhh, now you’re ready to listen!

Version 3

Criss-Cross Applesauce
Give your hands a clap (clap you hands)
Criss-Cross Applesauce
Put them in your lap.(Place hands in lap)
Criss-Cross Applesauce
Quiet as can be. (Place finger on lips)
Criss-Cross Applesauce
Eyes on me. (point to self)

Version 4

Criss-Cross Applesauce
Pepperoni Pizza Sauce
Criss-Cross Applesauce
Pepperoni Pizza Sauce
Shhhhhh !


Version 1 for babies

Version 2

Version 4

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