I am a Little Teapot

I am a Little Teapot

“I’m a Little Teapot” also known as “The Teapot Song” is a popular modern American song describing the heating and pouring of
a teapot or a whistling tea kettle. The song was written by George Harold Sanders and Clarence Z. Kelley and first published in 1939 on Bluebird Records. By 1941, a Newsweek article referred to the song as “the next inane novelty song to sweep the country”.

The song may be accompanied with various actions: extending one arm in a curve same like the spout, then placing the other arm akimbo like the handle, and bending sideways to represent pouring. The song and the accompanying moves proved to be very popular and the song made its way to households in the UK and Canada soon after. This song is perfect to sing when the children are having “tea party” or when they are “cooking”.


“I am a Little Teapot” Lyrics


I’m a little teapot

(Point to-self)
Short and stout

(Round arms and touch fingertips together in front of body)
Here is my handle
(Left hand on hip)
Here is my spout
(other arm out straight)

When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout

(Remain in same position and nod head)
“just tip me over
and pour me out!”
(lean over toward spout)

I’m a special teapot,

(Point to-self)
Yes it’s true
Here let me show you
What I can do


(Shake index finger)
I can turn my handle
into a spout
(switch arm positions)
Just tip me over and pour me out!
(lean over toward spout)