Away we go!

Children’s singing games from around the world and at home

A resource for teachers

Compiled, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

 

© Dany Rosevear 2011 All rights reserved

Last updated: 27/03/2016 13:15

 

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Contents

 

Introduction

The singing games 1-115

Why singing games?

Accompanying the songs

Guitar chords

Dance variations

Teaching the songs

Index of song titles

Topic index

Acknowledgements

 

Return to the ‘Singing games for children’ home page

 

 


 

Introduction

 

‘Away we go!’ is a treasury of singing games written as a resource for all teachers of young children, including their parents and carers. The songs can be taught with or without actions but are enhanced by teaching the children movements either in small or large groups.

Principles followed in making this collection were:

·       resources are all in one place with a similar format for easy access

·       expertise as a musician is not needed to use these pages

·       children learn musical and listening skills best through participating in enjoyable activities

·       to contribute to an active and creative curriculum and lifestyle for the 4-11 age group.

 

The songs in this collection are traditional singing games, mimes or dances that have been tried and tested over time. With my many years experience as an enthusiastic classroom teacher (Foundation Stage and Primary) I have:

·       selected songs from published sources, mainly on the internet

·       adapted or changed words, music and instructions for ease of teaching

·       grouped songs to link with topics

·       categorized suitability of games to specific age groups

·       suggested how to teach and accompany these singing games

·       provided a gateway to other freely accessed supporting material on the internet.

 

This compilation has been created to share my discoveries, for the pleasure they will surely give and to put a smile on the face of every child who participates.

 

Update 2016: Since producing this collection of singing games I have added many other collections of singing games, songs poems and rhymes most accompanied by YouTube videos which can all be accessed through the

‘Singing games for children’ home page

 

 


 

 


Away we go!

The songs

 

Click on links below to access

songs and mp3s

 

It’s a wonderful world

Ali Baba’s farm

Epo i tai tai e

Hello, hello everybody

Mi chacra

Sambelele

The courtyard of my house

Tingalayo

Yat yih sam

 

Out of Africa

Ah wune kune

Che che koolay

Funga alafia

Fatou yo

Jambo

Obiswana

Tue tue

 

Dance around Europe 1

Ah, my little Augustine

Bear sleeps 

Cousin Peter

Dancing ladybirds

Little frogs

Ritsch ratsch

Sarasponda

Snail, snail

Spring song

The more we get together

 

Dance around Europe 2

Amichi Charlie, Charlie

Danse del amics

El Patatuf

Just like the moon

Lundi matin

My clarinet

My father’s garden

Punchinello

 

Dance around North America 1

Bonjour mes amis, bonjour

Father Abraham

Mighty pretty motion

Threw it out the window

When ducks get up

Wind, wind sugar baby

Yankee doodle

 

Dance around North America 2

Boa constrictor

Der glumph!

Elephants have wrinkle

Fire in the mountain

Monkey see, monkey do

Skinny marinky dink

Some folk do

 

Play party songs

Here comes Sally

Hey, Betty Martin

Old brass wagon

Pig in the parlour

Sandy land

Weevily wheat

 

 


 

 

Afro American songs

All around the kitchen

Here we go zudio

Hop old squirrel

Little Sally Walker

Mister Rabbit

Oh, watch the stars

Wake me! Shake me!

You gotta sing

 

Ain’t it great to be crazy

Ain’t it great to be crazy

Down by the bay

Down in the jungle

It ain’t gonna rain no more

Knees up Mother Brown

Shake those sillies out

She sailed away

The monster stomp

 

Playground favourites

Down by the river

Doctor Dingle, Doctor Jingle

Knees up Mary Muffet

Sally go round the sun

We are going to Kentucky

When Susie was a baby

 

For the very youngest

Dance to your daddy

Handy spandy

Here we go up, up, up

Hop little bunnies

Jump Jim Joe

Roosters and hens

Row your boat

See-saw Margery Daw

Walking, walking

 

 

Classic singing games

A ring o’roses

Green gravel

Little sandy girl

Mrs. Bond

Nuts in May

Oranges and lemons

Pop! goes the weasel

The farmer’s in his den

The mulberry bush

This old man

 

Over the ocean

A sailor went to sea

Bully in the alley

I’se the b’y

John Kanaka-naka

Roll the old chariot along

Turn the glasses over

When I was one

When we dance the polka

 

Nursery favourites

Aeroplanes, aeroplanes

Alice the camel

Bobby Bingo

Ha ha this away

Kangaroo Brown

My pigeon house

The bear went over the mountain

Tiny Tim

Wind the bobbin up

More nursery favourites

Hickory dickory dock

I’m a little teapot

Incy Wincy spider

Little Arabella Miller

Pat-a-cake

Ride-a-cock horse

 


Why singing games?

 

There are many good reasons for using singing games.

 

·       dance involves vigorous exercise and allows exploration of different movements

·       motor and muscular skills are developed increasing co-ordination and self-control

·       singing games use children’s natural response to music in rhythm, melody and form

·       a wide range of musical skills are learnt – singing, chanting, moving to the beat, changing rhythms and speed

·       singing games help develop social interaction with a partner or larger groups and encourage turn taking.

·       play is a natural way for the child to communicate

·       learning linked to action encourages participation

·       the value of rules are discovered as children learn to follow directions and synchronise actions with each other and the music

·       listening skills are sharpened with simple and then more complex instructions

·       memory is increased, brain research has found music, rhyme and rhythm are effective ways to do this. Consider the songs, learnt as a youngster, that you still know so well

·       a creative approach increases vocabulary as children are encouraged to make up new refrains, words and verses. Many of the singing games in this collection are traditional songs that have been changed and refined by each of my new classes depending on their enthusiasms and talents.

·       the tradition of children’s singing games from this and other countries is continued

·       above all, it allows lots of tremendous fun while learning, motivating even the most reluctant child. A singing and dancing child is invariably a happy one!

 

Cross-curricula dimensions

 

The National Curriculum recognises the benefit of a cross-curricula approach. Teaching singing games presents exciting opportunities to cover a range of subjects and themes other than the more obvious ones of language, physical education, PSHE & citizenship and music. Among these pages you will discover strands that cover geography, history, maths, science, religious education, cooking, healthy eating, teamwork, creative thinking and conservation.

 

Keep active

 

Children need to be active more than ever. Lifestyles and life at school can be sedentary but children learn best if periods of concentration are interspersed with relaxation. Whenever children are restless take a break, if only for five minutes, that’s plenty of time to enjoy a singing game. Show how to re-arrange tables quickly and quietly to make space or, even better, if the weather is fine, slip outside to enjoy the fresh air. A dedicated slot of 20 - 30 minutes each week is needed to learn these games.

 

An inspector calls

 

When an OFSTED inspector visited my mixed Foundation Stage and Year One class the first lesson she saw was of children enjoying singing games. She was delighted by their chuckles, smiles and obvious enjoyment with masses of energy being expended and lots being learnt. This initial impression favourably coloured the judgements made by OFSTED of my other lessons. No doubt the children were more alert and concentrated better in these lessons because of regular opportunities for movement.


Accompanying the songs

 

“For the best movement response children should move to their own voices” is excellent advice from Lois Choksy and David Brummit in their book 120 Singing Games and Dances for Elementary Schools. This approach leaves the teacher free to help children master sequences.

However, if you do not find it easy to hold a tune, accompany the song with a guitar as this can easily be put down when the need arises. A guitar is also invaluable to familiarise children with a song before attempting to introduce the movements.

The chord sequences below will help you accompany the songs. Remember your young audience will be tremendously impressed by even the most basic guitar playing!

 

Guitar chords

 

         E                   B7                  A                  A7                 D                Dm

                       X                                                             X   

 

          C                  G7                  F                  G                  D7                C7         

                                                 X                                        X

 

         Em               E7                Gm                  B                 Bb                Am

                                                                                           

 

X = a string not to be played.

 or  denotes the fingers on the left hand that hold down the string behind the fret shown. : pointing finger, : middle, : ring finger, : little finger.

 

For more chords and to check the look and sound of your chords visit websites such as http://www.emediamusic.com/freetools/chord.html or http://www.hotfrets.com/chords/arpeggiator_free.asp .

All these songs can be played with a simple strong rhythmic strum using the right hand but do explore some simple plucks. Google “guitar lessons” to find a number of free sites to help you learn how to do this.

 

Musical novices will also find that a simple electronic keyboard can be very useful to record new tunes and to play them back. One that has a separate button for entering the rhythm after the notes have been put in is especially helpful.

Songs can also be accompanied using some of the delightful midis / mp3 / video files that can be found on the internet, including www.kididdles.com and You tube. I have also made my own simple videos to accompany each song see

 

Dance variations

 

The chart below indicates suitability of games for a specific age group. Do remember that older children will often enjoy the fun of a simpler game and some younger groups will rise to the challenge of more complex routines, especially in the summer term.

 

Vary the type of dance you use, but ‘moving in place, then space’ often suit younger children and line formations are generally more suitable for the older ones.

 

Away we go!

Age

group

Moving in space or place

Pair + more games

(incl. in circles)

Simple circle games

Circle games with one + in the middle

Line games

4-6

 

Obwisana

Hop, old squirrel

Shake those sillies out

Here we go up, up, up!

Walking, walking

Roosters and hens

Hop little bunnies

Handy spandy

Ha, ha this away

Aeroplanes, aeroplanes

Snails lunch

Hello, hello, everybody

Tingalayo

When ducks get up in the morning

Bonjour mes amis, bonjour

Dance to your daddy

Row your boat

See-saw Margery Daw

Wind the bobbin up

Kangaroo Brown

The bear went over the mountain

Sally go round the sun

Jump Jim Joe

Alice the camel

A ring o’roses

Here we go round the mulberry bush

Bees, knees and thrushes ankles

Snails lunch

Bear sleeps

Bobby Bingo

My pigeon house

The farmer’s in his den

Little sandy girl

 

5-7

 

Cousin Peter

Little Sally Walker

You gotta sing

Oh, watch the stars

Down in the jungle

She sailed away

When I was one

A sailor went to sea The monster stomp

Yat yih sam

Jambo

The more we get together

Spring song

Ah, my little Augustine

Dancing ladybirds

Wind, wind sugar baby

Knees up Mary Muffet Tiny Tim

Ritsch ratsch

Little frogs

My clarinet

Knees up Mother Brown

Tiddely pom

Ali Baba’s farm

The courtyard of my house

Punchinello

Mighty pretty motion

Down by the river

Snail, snail

Oranges and lemons

Nuts in May

Going down to Devon

A-galloping we will go

6-9

 

Sambalele

Father Abraham

All around the kitchen

Down by the bay

Doctor Dingle, Doctor Jingle

Epo i tai tai e

Mi chacra

Dansa dels amics

El patatuf

Just like the moon

My father’s garden

Wake me! Shake me!

Ain’t it great to be crazy!

This old man

Turn the glasses over

Ah wune kune

Sarasponda

Amichi Charlie, Charlie

Threw it out the window

Green gravel

John Kanaka-naka

Che che koolay

Hey, Betty Martin

Mister Rabbit

We are going to Kentucky

Mrs Bond

A big sunshine pie

Here comes Sally

Here we go zudio

Pop! goes the weasel

Roll the old chariot along

8-11

 

Lundi matin

Yankee doodle

Pig in the parlour

Old brass wagon

Weevily wheat

Sandy land

It ain’t gonna rain no more

When Susie was a baby

Tue tue

Funga alafia

La mistenlaire

La terre nourrit tout

When we dance the polka

I’se the b’y

Fatou yo

Bully in the alley

 

The songs included in this collection have come from many parts of the world some have their roots in the UK and Europe but were taken to North America and other continents where they were adapted.

Parents or carers whose own parents, or themselves, come from other countries may provide another rich resource that could be tapped for more a diverse and global selection of singing games.

 

Teaching the songs

 

Gather the children close to you. When singing a song for the first time, use its natural speed so children appreciate the spirit of the song. Allow the children to learn the words and music of these songs thoroughly before attempting to teach the movements of each game, it is not easy for children to concentrate on both initially. Indeed you will often find that the less confident will be willing to follow the movements but will take some time before joining in with the words. Often, however, you will find these very same children are singing with gusto at home! When introducing a new game allow the bolder children to demonstrate the actions and the shyer ones to sit and watch. The less bold will soon join in especially if they are partnered with a more confident friend.

 

The younger the children the more practice they will need. These children will also appreciate singing familiar songs regularly rather than learning a new one too often. Begin and end a session with old favourites. As children become familiar with a song allow them to change words, make up new ones and suggest different actions or ways to improve performance.


Index of song titles

 

Song title

Song title

A ring o’roses

96

Fatou yo

11

A sailor went to sea

106

Fire in the mountain

42

Aeroplanes, aeroplanes

88

Funga alafia

15

Ah, my little Augustine

19

Going down to Devon

112

10

Green gravel

102

62

Ha ha this away

86

2

Handy spandy

84

85

Hello, hello everybody

1

59

Here comes Sally

53

29

Here we go up, up, up

76

25

Here we go zudio

57

45

Hey, Betty Martin

51

91

Hop little bunnies

81

Bonjour mes amis, bonjour 40

40

Hop old squirrel

58

Bully in the alley 107

107

I’se the b’y

109

Che che koolay 14

14

It ain’t gonna rain no more

63

Cousin Peter  18

18

Jambo

13

Dance to your daddy 80

80

John Kanaka-naka

111

Dancing ladybirds 21

21

.Jump Jim Joe

78

Danse del amics 26

26

Just like the moon

28

Der glumph! 44

44

Kangaroo Brown

89

Doctor Dingle, Doctor Jingle 74

74

Knees up Mary Muffet

72

Down by the bay 68

68

Knees up Mother Brown

65

Down by the river 73

73

Little frogs

24

Down in the jungle 67

67

Little Sally Walker

55

El Patatuf 27

27

Little sandy girl

100

Elephants have wrinkle 41

41

Lundi matin

30

Epo i tai tai e 4

4

Mi chacra

6

Father Abraham 38

38

Mighty pretty motion

35

Fatou yo 11

Mister Rabbit

54

A ring o’roses 96

Monkey see, monkey do

46

A sailor went to sea 106

Mrs. Bond

103


 

Index of song titles

 

Song title

Song title

My clarinet

31

The more we get together

16

My father’s garden

33

The monster stomp

66

My pigeon house

93

The mulberry bush

98

Nuts in May

101

This old man

99

Obiswana

9

Threw it out the window

18

Oh, watch the stars

61

Tiddley pom

115

Old brass wagon

49

Tingalayo

80

Oranges and lemons

95

Tiny Tim

92

Pig in the parlour

48

Tue tue

21

Pop! goes the weasel

97

Turn the glasses over

105

Punchinello

32

Wake me! Shake me!

56

Ritsch ratsch

23

Walking, walking

77

Roll the old chariot along

110

Weevily wheat

50

Roosters and hens

79

We are going to Kentucky

75

Row your boat

82

When ducks get up

37

Sally go round the sun

70

When I was one

104

Sambelele

5c

When Susie was a baby

71

Sandy land

52

When we dance the polka

108

Sarasponda

22

Wind the bobbin up

87

See-saw Margery Daw

83

Wind, wind sugar baby

34

Shake those sillies out

64

Yankee doodle

39

She sailed away

69

Yat yih sam

3

Skinny marinky dink

43

You gotta sing

60

Snails lunch

117

Snail, snail

20

 

Some folk do

8

Spring song

17

The bear went over the mountain

90

The courtyard of my house

12

The farmer’s in his den

94


Topic index

 

The songs

The topics

At the farm

At work

In the woods

Creatures great and small

Colours and clothing

Counting and numbers

Food, fruit and vegs

Homes and gardens

Dance, hop and jump

Days and nights

Family and others

Musical instruments

My body

Friends and feelings

On the water

Position left and right

The seasons and time

Off we go!

Weather hot and cold

A big sunshine pie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A-galloping we will go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A ring o’roses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sailor went to sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aeroplanes, aeroplanes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, my little Augustine