The rhyme is called "Je fais le tour de ma maison" and there are several versions of it. The one I chose to use goes like this:
Je fais le tour de ma maison (circle face with a finger)
Je ferme mes fenêtres (close eyes with a finger)
Je ferme ma porte (close mouth with a finger)
Je tourne la clé (mime turning a key infront of mouth)
Ça y'est. Bonne nuit. (mime sleeping)
Trnaslated into English it goes like this:
I walk around my house
I close my windows
I close my door
I turn the key
That's it. Good night.
Little Imp loves doing the rhyme "round and round the garden" in both English and French, and I was looking for something similar when I came across this little rhyme. The French is fairly simple and if you like you can do an English version with your little one as well, it works just as well as the original.
Here are some of the wonderful funny faces that our toddlers and the big girls and boys produced: