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Poems + action and other rhymes for children

Under a stone where the earth was firm

Under a blanket

Walk fast in snow

We have a secret, just we three

What do you suppose?

What does little birdie say?

When you see a daffodil

Which is the way to Fairyland?

Whisky Frisky

Also see:

The night will never stay by Eleanor Farjeon

Yellow the bracken

 

Have fun with this collection; it’s a great way to:

• increase verbal skills, expand vocabulary and horizons

• interact with a partner or larger groups and understand turn taking

• learn to follow or synchronize actions with each other

• learn to start and stop and discover the value of rules

• use children’s natural response to rhythm and rhyme

• sharpen listening skills

• improve memory

• continue the tradition of children’s verse from this and other countries

• be creative, there are many opportunities change words or actions, add verses, use different

voices or change roles

• above all to have lots of tremendous fun – even the most timid child will follow the rhyme

and with the group soon begin to join in.

 

The rhymes and poems below are part of ‘Away we go!’

compiled and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

Last updated: 6/26/2018 9:01 PM

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Under the blanket

 

 


A poem for camping

 

Under the dark there is a star,

Under the star there is a tree,

Under the tree there is a blanket,

Under the blanket there is me!


 

 

Under a stone where the earth was firm

 

 


A hand rhyme.

Discover other creatures under stones, logs and other vegetation. There is a world of fascinating minibeasts to be found.

 

Under a stone where the earth was firm,

I found a wriggly, wriggly worm;

(use forefinger for worm and cover with other hand)

‘Good morning’, I said.

‘How are you today?’

(uncover the forefinger)

But the wriggly worm just wriggled away! (wriggle forefinger up other arm)


 

 

 

Walk fast in snow

 

 


A Devonshire saying for winter. Jonathan Swift in January 1710-11 observed “It is a good proverb Devonshire people have.” https://archive.org/details/englishfolkrhyme00nortuoft

 

Walk fast in snow, in frost walk slow,

And still as you go, tread on your toe;

When frost and snow are both together,

Sit by the fire, and save shoe leather.

 


 

 

 

We have a secret, just we three 🔊

 

 


‘The secret’ is by anonymous from ‘The Golden Book of Poetry’ (1947).

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We have a secret, just we three,

The robin, and I, and the sweet cherry-tree;

The bird told the tree, and the tree told me,

And nobody knows it but just us three.

 

But of course the robin knows it best,

Because she built the—I shan't tell the rest;

And laid the four little—something in it—

I'm afraid I shall tell it every minute.

 

But if the tree and the robin don't peep,

I'll try my best the secret to keep;

Though I know when the little birds fly about

Then the whole secret will be out.

 

We have a secret, just we three,

The robin, and I, and the sweet cherry-tree;

The bird told the tree, and the tree told me,

And nobody knows it but just us three.

 

 

 


 

 

 

What do you suppose?

 

 


A poem for Summer.

 

What do you suppose?

A bee sat on my nose!

(Place finger on nose)

Then what do you think?

He gave me a wink,

(Wink)

And said, “I beg your pardon,

I thought you were the garden!”

 


 

 

What does little birdie say? 🔊

 

 


Childhood days are fleeting and this poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson encapsulates the ephemeral nature of these most precious years while we wait for ‘the little wings’ to get stronger. Music by Dany Rosevear.

This can work as a lullaby or a hand play: Line 1.: Open and close thumb and forefinger. 2. Make hands into a nest. 3. and 4. Cross wrists and flap hands. 5. Put closed hands to cheek. 6. Flap elbows. 7. Hands to cheek. 8. Hands fly away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What does little birdie say

In her nest at peep of day?

Let me fly, says little birdie,

Mother, let me fly away.

Birdie, rest a little longer,

Till the little wings are stronger,

So she rests a little longer,

Then she flies away.

 

What does little baby say,

In her bed at peep of day?

Baby says, like little birdie,

Let me rise and fly away.

Baby, sleep a little longer,

Till the little limbs are stronger;

If she sleeps a little longer,

Baby too shall fly away.

 


 

 

When you see a daffodil

 

 


A poem by Aileen Fisher

 

When you see a daffodil

And know it’s spring,

All the songs inside of you

Begin to sing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


Whisky, Frisky

 

 


A poem for Autumn

 

Whisky Frisky,

Hipperty hop,

Up he goes

To the tree top.

 

Whirly, twirly,

Round and round,

Down he scampers

To the ground.

 

Furly, curly,

What a tail,

Tall as a feather,

Broad as a sail.

 

Where's his supper?

In the shell,

Snappy, cracky,

Out it fell.


 

 

Which is the way to Fairyland O

 

 


A poem by Eunice Close from ‘The Book of One Thousand Poems’.

Fairies capture young children’s imaginations; I remember making fairy feasts on rose petal dishes with teeny tiny potatoes given to me by an old fellow who worked a railway bank allotment at the bottom of our garden. Magical times!

I adapted this tune from one I heard elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Which is the way to Fairyland,

To Fairyland, to Fairyland?

We want to go to Fairyland,

To dance by the light of the moon.x2

 

Up the hill and down the lane,

Down the lane, down the lane,

Up the hill and down the lane,

You'll get there very soon.x2

 

Across the common and through the gate,

Through the gate, through the gate,

Across the common and through the gate,

You'll get there very soon.x2

 

Over the stile and into the wood,

Into the wood, into the wood,

Over the stile and into the wood,

You'll get there very soon. x2

 

Here we are in Fairyland,

In Fairyland, in Fairyland,

Here we are in Fairyland,

We'll dance by the light of the moon. x2

 


 

 

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