Way Up High In The Apple Tree

There are two ways you can do this song. 

1) As a lap bounce, you’ll have your knees up, with your child sitting atop your knees, facing you. When you get to the part “Down came the apples…”, you’ll drop your knees down and gently lay your child down on your legs and then tickle or razz their belly.

2) Lay down on your back, with your legs up, but your knees bend (like you’re sitting in a chair lying down). Lay your child so that their belly is on your shins, and bounce them gently up and down while you sing the song. When you get to “Down came the apples…”, you’ll straighten your legs and have your child “fall” towards you and you can razz or give them kisses on their neck.

Here are the lyrics:


Way up high in the apple tree,

Two little apples smiled at me.

I shook that tree as hard as I could,  

Down came the apples…  

Mmmm they were good.


You can substitute “apples” for any other fruit that your child likes. Mangoes, oranges, bananas, avocados, etc.

One of the instructors I used to teach Mother Goose with made up another verse, because her children would ask for this song again and again, she’d often spend half an hour singing this song to the three of them (she had really strong legs!). Anyways, she came up with this second verse to indicate that the tree was tired 🙂

Here it is:

Way up high in a lemon tree,

Two little lemons smiled at me.

 I shook that tree for about an hour…

Down came the pickles… oooo they were sour!


You can substitute “lemons” for anything sour. Like pickles, limes, etc.



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