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Hardy sailors all are we

Have you seen the little ducks?

Heads and shoulders knees and toes

Head, shoulders, baby, 1, 2, 3

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Helpful hands

Here comes Thomas

Here is a giant

Hop, said the grasshopper

Hop up and jump up

How do you do?

 

Last updated: 3/22/2021 8:17 PM

The songs below are part ofAway we go’ Round and about

compiled, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

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Hardy sailors all are we 🔊

 

 


An old sailor chantey. It is also called ‘The Sailor Lads’ from the ‘New elementary music’

by Charles A. Fullerton 192. The tune is also familiar as ‘Boney was a warrior’.

Encourage children to make up new verses with actions: rowing boat, pulling up the anchors, scrubbing the decks.

 

1. With hands on hips skip forward and then back. 2. Find a partner and skip round holding hands, squat and rise. 3. Pull at the ropes, skip round once again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hardy sailors all are we,

O hey ho!

Sailing on the mighty sea,

O hey ho!

 

See the billows leap and flow,

O hey ho!

Down we sink and up we go,

O hey ho!

 

Now we set the flapping sail,

O hey ho!

For to chase the flying gale,

O hey ho!

 


 

 

 

 

 

Have you seen the little ducks O

 

 


An action rhyme.

 

Children put hands to shoulders to make wings. First they bob knees up and down, then bend low and dip beaks. Lastly they flap wings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Have you seen the little ducks,

Swimming in the water?

Mother, father, baby ducks,

Grand-mamma and daughter.

 

Have you seen them dip their beaks,

Drinking up the water?

Mother, father, baby ducks,

Grand-mamma and daughter.

 

Have you seen them flap their wings,

Floating on the water?

Mother, father, baby ducks,

Grand-mamma and daughter.

 


 

 

Head and shoulders, knees and toes 🔊

 

 


A simple action rhyme for the very young from the early edition of ‘This little Puffin’.

There is only one mention of the Alabama verse on the internet with the spelling ‘bolders’.

 

Touch body parts as they are mentioned and finish by turning around. Encourage children to think of other actions to finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Head and shoulders, knees and toes,

Knees and toes, knees and toes,

Head and shoulders, knees and toes, We all turn round together.

 

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose,

Mouth and nose, mouth and nose,

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose,

We all clap hands together.

 

(Alabama version)

Bed and boulders, bees and bows...

We all stamp feet together.

 


 

 

Head, shoulders, baby, 1, 2, 3 🔊

 

 


Traditionally an American clapping game. This version is from Songbirds ‘Me’ published 1997 and worked well with classes of 5-6 year olds.

However it is a challenging action song that needs to to be built up gradually; words, touching body parts and finally including claps.

Encourage children with their partners to make up their own verses.

 

Touch body parts mentioned, then clap between one and two and two and three in time to the music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Head, shoulders, baby, 1, 2, 3,

Head, shoulders, baby, 1, 2, 3,

Head, shoulders, head, shoulders,

Head, shoulders, baby, 1, 2, 3.

 

Hands, fingers, baby, 1, 2, 3,

Hands, fingers, baby, 1, 2, 3,

Hands, fingers, hands, fingers,

Hands, fingers, baby, 1, 2, 3.

 

Hips, tummy, baby, 1, 2, 3,

Hips, tummy, baby, 1, 2, 3,

Hips, tummy, hips, tummy,

Hips, tummy, baby, 1, 2, 3.

 

Knees, ankles, baby, 1, 2, 3,

Knees, ankles, baby, 1, 2, 3,

Knees, ankles, knees, ankles,

Knees, ankles, baby, 1, 2, 3.

 


 

 

Head, shoulders, knees and toesO

 

A very popular action rhyme.

 

First time sing the song all the way through touching each part of the body as it is sung. Second time omit the word ‘head’ but touch all parts of the body as before. Continue missing out a new part of the body each time until there is no singing and only actions in the last but one verse. Finally sing all the words and make each movement as in the first verse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,

And eyes and ears and mouth and nose,

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,

 

 


 

 

Helpful hands 🔊

 

 


A song to sing when tidying up.

Words and music by Dany Rosevear.

The youngest children can sing the chorus over and over as they tidy. Slightly older children can sing the first verse and listen to the others and then join in the chorus.Older ones might sing the whole song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We have very busy hands that help us through the day,

Helping here and helping there to put our things away;

Pick it up, pack it up, put it all away,

Pick it up, pack it up, put it all away.

 

Everything has a place, a place where it should be.

Then tomorrow you will find things, oh, so easily.

Pick it up, pack it up, put it all away,

Pick it up, pack it up, put it all away.

 

Many hands make light work when we help our friends,

The more we work together, the sooner tasks will end.

Pick it up, pack it up, put it all away,

Pick it up, pack it up, put it all away.


 

 

Here comes Thomas 🔊

 

 


My grandchildren, big Thomas the Tank Engine enthusiasts, requested a song that had to have the following characters: Thomas, James, a frog and a crocodile, this is the outcome with some modification from them! You can easily add other animals to the scenario. This can be played as a hand play or as below in groups of three. Children take turns to be the animal.

 

1. In pairs chuff round the room with arms moving back and forth. 2. A third child pretends to be frog or crocodile and stops train. 3. Shake forefinger and put hands on hips, Pull on hooter and make loud tooting noise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here comes Thomas, Mike and James,

Rolling down the track again.

Right in front in the deep, dark gloom,

A frog is singing to the moon;

“Little frog you might be cute,

But it’s time you scarpered, Toot! Toot! Toot!”

 

Here comes Thomas, Mike and James,

Rolling down the track again.

Right in front out on the track,

A crocodile goes snippety snap;

“Crocodile you might be cute,

But it’s time you scarpered, Toot! Toot! Toot!”

 

Here comes Thomas, Mike and James,

Rolling down the track again.

Right in front out on the track,

Ducklings three go Quack! Quack! Quack!

“Ducklings three you might be cute,

But it’s time you scarpered, Toot! Toot! Toot!”

 

Here comes Thomas, Mike and James,

Rolling down the track again.

Right in front out in the dark,

A little dog goes Bark! Bark! Bark!

“Little dog you might be cute,

But it’s time you scarpered, Toot! Toot! Toot!”

 

Here comes Thomas, Mike and James,

Rolling down the track again.

Right in front out in the sun,

A polar bear is having fun,

Polar bear you might be cute,

But it’s time you scarpered, Toot! Toot! Toot!”

 


 

 

Here is a giant 🔊

 

 


Stretch and sink, tall then small.

 

Stretch up tall. Slowly sink to the floor and crouch. Rise slowly. Stand tall, stretch, and reach arms as high as you can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here is a giant who is tall, tall, tall,

Here is an elf who is small, small, small;

The elf who is small will try, try, try,

To reach to the giant who is high, high, high.


 

 

Hop, said the grasshopper 🔊

 

 


Time to wake up the Spring creatures. Children sit in a circle. Choose one to be the grasshopper. Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Grasshopper hops round the outside of the circle. 2. Those in the circle make raindrops fall with their fingers. 3. Grasshopper chooses a bee, buzzing and flapping elbow wings, to follow it around circle. Game continues with each creatures making a suitable action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hop, said the grasshopper, hop, hop, hop!

The summer is coming and I cant stop.

All winter long I lay asleep,

and the winter it seemed would never, never cease,

But an April raindrop fell on my nose,

and woke me up from my repose,

and now it's time to have a little peek,

and see if I can find a little friend.

Here comes a honey bee...

 

Hum, said the honey bee, hum, hum, hum!

Fresh sweet clover field here I come!

All winter long...

Here comes a squirrel now...

 

Scurry, said the squirrel and waved her tail

like a little brown ship with a furry furry sail.

All winter long...

Here comes a rabbit now...

 

Jump, said the rabbit with a jump, jump, jump,

I must find a fat lettuce to make me plump!

All winter long...

Here comes a grasshopper...

 


 

 

Hop up and jump up 🔊

 

 


Share love and respect as you whirl round.

A Shaker folk song which can be played as a lively action game.

For more fun start slowly and then get faster each time the song is sung.

 

1. Hop once, jump once, turn round twice. 2. Pull hands in to cross heart, hands make big circles twice. 3. Hands to heart, roll hands round. Hands up to ‘catch’ as you go round. 4. Reach up, reach down, throw hands out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hop up and jump up and whirl round, whirl round,

Gather love, here it is all round, all round.

 

Here is love flowing round, catch it as you whirl round.

Reach up and reach down, here it is all round.


 

 

 

How do you do? O

 

Learn to greet each other with this song by ED Berman.

 

With a partner shake hands in time to the music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How do you do?

How do you do?

I'm very pleased to meet you

I'm very pleased to meet you

How do you do?

How do you do?

 

Everyone hold hands,

Everyone hold hands,

Shake them up and down,

Shake them up and down,

Now we can sing,

Now we can sing:


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