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Uncle John is sick a-bed

Üsküdar

Water, water wallflower

We are dancing in the forest

We are fine musicians

We’ll all join in the circle

Who will come into my small ring?

Who’s got a fishpole?

Who’s that tapping at my window

Wishy washy wee

Yo ho I pull the anchor

Zinty tinty tuppenny bun

Zum gali gali gali

Last updated: 11/13/2018 5:47 PM

These songs are nursery rhymes and other traditional songs compiled, illustrated and music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

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Uncle John is sick a-bed 🔊

 

 


This schoolyard game is from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book ‘On the Banks of Plum Creek’. It is sung to the tune of ‘Yankee Doodle’. The song from both the USA and the UK has been recorded in Iona and Peter Opie’s ‘The singing game’ in different forms.

Find more about this song at:  http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/ballads/LIWUJISA.html .

 

1. Children walk in a circle singing. 2. At ‘governor’s daughter’ everyone falls down. 3. The last one to fall stands apart and whispers to a friend the name of another child, then returns to the circle and stands in the centre. 4. The friend announces the name and the players circle again singing the second verse with names inserted. 5. The ring breaks up and everyone dances clapping hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Uncle John is sick a-bed,

What shall we send him?

A piece of pie, a piece of cake,

A piece of apple dumpling.

What shall we send it in?

In a piece of paper,

Paper is not fine enough,

But in a golden saucer.

Who shall we send it by?

By the governor's daughter,

Take her by the lily white hand,

And lead her over the water.

 

Johnny Brown so they say,

Goes a-courting night and day,

With a sword by his side,

And takes Miss Sally for his bride.

Takes her by the lily white hand,

And leads her over the water.

Here's a kiss and there's a kiss,

For Mr. Jones's daughter.


 

 

 

Üsküdar 🔊

 

 


Enjoy and dance to this lovely popular Turkish folk melody;Üsküdara Gideriken’ became very familiar when I spent two summers at International work camps in Turkey in the late 1960s. Dance as below or enjoy the music with a baby or toddler baby holding them in your arms and dancing.

This is a simple version of the Turkish folk song; find the full version in Turkish and more about the song at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A2tibim.

 

1. Stand in a circle, hold arms up high with wiggley fingers, move body to the music and then let fingers slowly drop like rain to floor, pick up imaginary or real handkerchiefs. 2. Hold one hand high and move round the circle waving hanky as feet side step in time to the music round the circle. Younger children could move on the spot and wave hand in the air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


On the road to Üsküdar the rain began to fall.

On the road to Üsküdar, a handkerchief I found.

La la la la, la la la la la la la,

La la la la la la la la la,

La la la la, la la la la la la la,

La la la la la la la la la.


 

 

 

Water, water wallflower O

 

 


There are many, many versions of this song from all over the U.K. and the U.S.A.

Find some of them at: http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=4300

 

Children walk round in a circle holding hands; two children standing next to each other are chosen by an adult. The other children in the ring wag their fingers at the two on ‘Fie, fie…’ and the two named turn outwards. The game continues until all the children are facing outwards. They then sing: Fie, fie, fie for shame!

Turn your face to the ring again and all turn back to face the inside of the ring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Water, water, wallflower growing up so high,

We are all young children and surely we must die.

Except for Tom and Flora, the fairest of us all,

They can dance and they can sing

And they can play the violin.

Fie, fie, fie for shame!

Turn your back to the ring again.


 

 

We are dancing in the forest 🔊

 

 


This version of a popular classroom song works well with a colour / clothing theme as it reminds me of the French singing game: Promenons-nous dans les bois

 

Children stand in a circle holding hands.  One child is chosen to be the wolf and hides outside the circle. The class sings and walks around. At the end of the song they call out, "Wolf, are you there?" Wolf replies, "I am putting on my red coat." or some other item of clothing. Children sing song again and the wolf replies either "I am putting on my blue boots." or in a fierce voice "I am here!" The children pretend to be trees in the forest. The wolf catches a child who moves and who then becomes the next wolf as the game begins once again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We are dancing in the forest,

And the wolf is far away.

Who knows what will happen to us,

If he finds us at our play?

SPOKEN

Children: "Wolf, wolf, are you there?"

Wolf: "I am putting on my red coat."

Children: "Wolf, wolf, are you there?"

Wolf: "I am putting on my blue boots." or "Here I am!"


 

 

 

We are fine musicians 🔊

 

 


Adapted from the traditional Swedish circle game ‘Vi äro musikanter’ where it is played at the Midsummer festival.

Find the version in Swedish and and watch the dance played at: http://www.swedishsonggames.info/vi--ro-musikanter.html.

 

1. Stand in a circle facing left with hands on hips. Walk to the left looking proud.

2. Play the violin until the words ‘double bass and flute’ when children jump and turn to face the middle and imitate the playing of both instruments.

3. Hold hands quickly and gallop sideways to the left on ‘boomfadarallas’

4. Repeat the actions for 2.-3. But on ‘around the other way’ gallop to the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Oh, we are fine musicians, we come from far away.

And people come from all around, just to hear us play.

We can play the vio-vio-violin,

We can play the double bass and flute.

And we can dance a boomfadaralla, boomfadaralla, boomfadaralla.

We can dance a boomfadaralla, boomfadaralla, hey!

We can play the vio-vio-violin,

We can play and then dance our cares away.

We can dance around the other way, round the other way, round the other way.

We can dance around the other way, round the other way, hey!


 

 

 

We'll all join in the circle 🔊

 

 


A coming and playing together song. The verses can easily be adapted for any scenario; gathering for circle time after active play, as an action game – make it what you will!

 

The words are pretty explicit! However to make the song more active ‘stand up’ might include stamping on the spot and ‘stand still’ could include swaying arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We'll all join in the circle,

We'll all join in the circle,

We'll all join in the circle,

And sing a song or two.

 

We'll all clap hands together,

We'll all clap hands together,

We'll all clap hands together,

And sing a song or two.

 

We'll all stand up together…

 

We'll all join hands together…

 

We'll all turn round together…

 

We'll all stand still together…

 

We'll all sit down together…

 

We'll all be quiet together…

Now singing time is through.


 

 

Who will come into my small ring? 🔊

 

 


A simple circle game for the very young to choose and name friends. It can be used as an introduction for new groups of children.

If there are many children in the group have three or four children start a ring so every child gets a chance to be chosen.

It is lovely to have the naming verse but this can be omitted to keep the game going at a reasonable pace.

 

Children stand and sing near a child who walks round in a circle holding hands in a ring in front of them. That child then chooses a child to join them. Each time the new child invites another into the group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Who will come into my small ring,

My small ring, my small ring,

Who will come into my small ring

And make it a little bit bigger?

 

Ethan has come into our small ring,

Our small ring, our small ring,

Ethan has come into our small ring

And made it a little bit bigger!


 

Who’s got a fishpole? O

 

 


This song can be great fun as children choose more preposterous things for the fishpole to need. It can also be used as a call and response song.

 

Children walk round in a circle holding hands; one child stands in the middle. This child sings the last line and chooses what fishpole needs; the others mime whatever is chosen. The child in the centre then selects a child who acts out the movement well to go into the centre and the game continues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Who’s got a fishpole? We do.

Who’s got a fishpole? We do.

 

Who’s got a fishpole? We do.

Fishpole needs a line.

 

...Fishpole needs a hook...

...Fishpole needs a worm...

...Fishpole needs a fish...

...Fishpole needs a river...

...Fishpole needs a boat...

 


 

 

Who’s that tapping at my window? O

 

 


This song can be used to either encourage children to tap a simple pattern or to sing solo for others to identify.

Older children might like to try this game:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fNMLaF1ybI .

 

Game 1: One child in the circle holds a tambour the other a woodblock. As the circle sings the first line the child with the tambour taps the pattern for ‘tapping at my window’, the child with the wood block does the same for ‘tapping at my door’

Game 2: Four of five children hide behind a screen; teacher quietly gives one child a percussion instrument. The class then sing the first two lines and the child sings and taps out the rhythm of the last four words. The class try to identify the singer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Who’s that tapping at my window?

Who’s that knocking at my door?

Ethan’s tapping at the window.

Martha’s knocking at the door.

 

Who’s that tapping at my window?

Who’s that knocking at my door?

I am tapping at the window.

I am knocking at the door.

 


 

 

 

Wishy-washy-wee O

 

A simple circle game with a nautical theme.

 

Hold hands in a circle. Two children stand in the centre holding right hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Oh, we are two sailors

Lately home from sea,

And if you want another one,

Come along with me.

The circle walks round the two sailors who skip round holding right hands. On the last line the two in the middle face a new partner in the circle and new pair place hands on the other’s shoulder.

 

Wishy, washy, wishy, washy,

Wishy, washy, wee,


And if you want another one,

Come along with me.

The new pairs dance by swinging their right then the left leg straight out to the side with a rhythmical movement.

The game then begins once again with a new pair so everyone gets a go.

Divide the class into two or three circles if time is a problem.


 

 

 


 

 

Yo ho, I pull the anchor 🔊

 

 


An opportunity to move together and to sing solo.

You can see the traditional rope pulling game below and played as a circle game at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLB-M4ZKEKk .

Alternatively the captain needs to demonstrate other tasks his crew need to learn. Use the words below or the captain (children’s) suggestions as children take turns to be the captain showing each action from the middle of the circle for others to imitate.

Alternative game and words by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Children sit in a circle holding a thick rope knotted together. 2. They pass the rope hand over hand. 3. The last one to fall stands apart and whispers to a friend the name of another child, then returns to the circle and stands in the centre. 4. The friend announces the name and the players circle again singing the second verse with names inserted. 5. The ring breaks up and everyone dances clapping hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Yo ho, I pull the anchor

Yo ho, I’ll show you how.

Yo ho, I pull the anchor

Who is the captain now?

I am the captain now!

 

Yo ho, I turn the wheel round…

Yo ho, I scrub the foredeck…

Yo ho, I pump out water…

Yo ho, I climb the riggings…

Yo ho, I keep watch from the crows nest… SHIP AHOY!

Yo ho, I row the boat ashore…

Yo ho, I dig for treasure…


 

Zinty tinty tuppeny bun O

 

 


Explore different rhythms in this game. You will need to practice ‘walking’ running’ galloping and other rhythms before the game starts.

 

Make a circle holding hands. One child ‘the fox’ walks round the outside of the circle beating a drum in time to the music as the others sing Those in the circle make a door to allow the ‘fox’ in. This child plays a rhythm and those in the ring move appropriately to it. A new child who performs the rhythm best is chosen to be ‘the fox’ next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Zinty, tinty tuppenny bun,

The fox came out to have some fun;

He had some fun, he beat the drum,

Zinty, tinty tuppenny bun!

Open the ring and let him in.

 

 


 

 

 

Zum gali gali gali O

 

 


A song from Israel when the first kibbutzim were set up.

Sing both stanzas twice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Zum gali gali gali,

Zum gali gali.

Zum gali gali gali,

Zum gali gali.

Zum, zum, zum.

Move to the left for the first half of the chorus and then to the right.

We will sing with joy as we work,

We will work with joy as we sing,

Walk into the centre with hands raised and then back out. Repeat this movement for the last two lines.

 

We will work for peace in the world,

For in peace we can sing as we work.

 

We will reach right up to the sky,

Where the sun will shine as we sing.

 

 

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