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Looking for a song, "Too Dee Ta" or something like that

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Initial post: Jun 22, 2007 1:44:16 PM PDT
Mom of Two says:
Is anyone familiar with this song? My son sang it in preschool and kindergarten and it's hysterical, and the kids just love it. It's an older song, and I'm trying to find who does it and how to correctly spell it (which would also help in finding it!) It goes something like this:

A too dee tah a too dee tah a too dee tah tah

A too dee tah a too dee tah a too dee tah tah

Knees together, bottom up, tongue out....

A too dee tah a too dee tah a too dee tah tah

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2007 2:49:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2007 2:56:17 PM PDT
Here you go I think... found this when I googled it -

Tooty Ta (Echo Chant)

Chorus: A tooty ta, a tooty ta, A tooty ta ta.

Thumbs up . . .
Elbows back . . .
Feet apart . . .
Knees together . . .
Bottoms up . . .
Tongue out . . .
Eyes shut . . .
Turn around .

It's on Amazon for sale here... Dance Like This

and three others -

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2007 6:25:55 PM PDT
Gabby says:
Hi there. My daughter heard this song in kindergarten and LOVED it as well. It's from Dr. Jean and Friends album. Dr. Jean is a school teacher who has made several CDs of kid-friendly songs (mostly for elementary-aged children). We ended up purchasing the CD for her birthday - she LOVES it. The song is called Tooty Ta. I hope this information helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2007 1:13:30 PM PDT
Yes! You can find it in a book compiled by Peter and Mary Alice Amidon: "Down in the Valley: More Great Singing Games for Children." Their website is In the book the words are "A chee chee cha" and each verse starts with the chorus of "Singing in the Rain" - but I'm sure there are hundreds of versions floating around out there. Gotta love the folk process!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2007 1:56:31 AM PDT
E. McDaniel says:
The song is Tooty Ta! and is sung by Dr. Jean. Our CD Ole! Ole! Ole! by Dr. Jean en Espanol has this song and many other great learning songs in both English and Spanish. This song can be found on other Dr. Jean CDs, but I think this song collection is one of her best and my kids like to sing the Spanish versions, too.
We also enjoy her Kiss Your Brain CD. Our 4 yr old triplets and I love dancing and singing with these 2 CDs. You can find these at, or check your local teacher resource store; we found ours locally at The Learning Tree in Decatur, Alabama. They might even have a website.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2007 6:21:06 AM PDT
This song is on Jack Hartmans HipHop Alphabop 2 album

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2007 3:25:44 PM PDT
It's a Dr. Jean CD for kids. It is a great CD for teachers too. To de Ta. It's a fun follow directions song/actions.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2009 7:07:09 AM PST
I am looking for the same song! Please contact me if you find it.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 9:13:04 AM PDT
Brandy Lee says:
Forgive me, but I just don't see the educational importance of such a song. I was so embarrassed for myself and my daughter last year when it was included in the Kindergarten "graduation ceremony". I simply don't understand why my children are being taught to stick out their bottoms and tongues to song??? I love music and think there are so many more tasteful choices that could be made. Whatever happened to being tasteful, full of grace and appreciating and practicing music to the best of our abilities?

I respectfully do not think "Tooty Ta" falls within this higher standard. Of course, if the educational system is teaching that we originate from monkey's then it is perfect.

Isn't there a higher quality song that could be taught?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2011 10:59:07 AM PDT
Music can be serious, uplifting, spiritual, sorrowful, and sometimes, just plain silly! Tooty Ta does not teach your child to sing every song while sticking out their bottoms and tongues. The benefits of Tooty Ta (and other preschool songs) is the repetitive motions and the sequencing of the verses which teach vital memorization and pre-reading skills. If your child is a preschooler, they don't "get" the beauty of Bach, or the flowing melodies of Beethoven, but you CAN pique their interest in music with wonderful silly songs like Tooty Ta. No, it won't make your child a genius, but it WILL make them smile, and that in and of itself is a beautiful thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 10:39:35 AM PST
I agree with gawgapeach in that tooty ta is not so educational from an academic position but helps with fine tuning motor skills as well as memorization. However when applying repetitive patterns and catchy melodies to an academic subject, memorization and association can be greatly improved. Look at the alphabet song.

Another artist in a similar genre is Reactory Factory, yet their songs put learning first.
A video is at
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