Bell horses, bell horses (bounce baby)
What's the time of day?
One o'clock, two o'clock (lift one of baby's arm, then the other)
It's time to run away!!
Clippety-cloppety-clippety-cloppety (bounce baby faster and faster)
Whee!!! (lift baby into the air)
This is a great lap bounce to help little kids work on building patience. After doing the rhyme a few times, your child will begin to understand that the quick bouncing and lift are coming up. This generally makes them super-excited and wiggly with anticipation. You can extend and prolong the "clippety-cloppety" bouncing to get them even more eager!
Learning to self-regulate and wait for a reward is an essential life skill that kids need before they get to school. As with many things in life, waiting is the hardest part... and it takes a lot of practice to master! When kids have meaningful opportunities to work on waiting, they slowly find that it gets easier and easier.