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Bassez down

Big bunch of roses

Bird in a cage / Kagome, kagome

Birthday song game

Bluebird, bluebird, thru my window

Boom makaleli

Bounce high, bounce low

Built my lady a fine brick house

Butterfly and bumble bee

Button you must wander

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Last updated: 11/3/2020 10:48 AM

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

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Bassez down 🔊

 

 


A West Indian calypso circle dance. The title is probably Creole for ‘Dance low down’.

Just wish I had been aware of this one when I taught in Handsworth, Birmingham in the late 1960s as most of my class of young children were of Jamaican origin.

It has a call and response section in the middle.

 

Children stand in a circle while one child walks round the inside as everyone sings. On the words ‘Bassez in the morning’ that child picks another to come into the middle and the first child returns to the circle. The child in the centre does a motion and those in the circle copies it as they sing the song again. Change the name of that child if you wish instead of ‘Miss Mary’. The game continues as before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bassez, mama, bassez down,

Bassez in the morning, bassez down.

Bassez, mama, bassez down,

Bassez in the morning, bassez down.

 

Bassez down, Missie Mary, bassez down.

Bassez down, Missie Mary, bassez down.

Bassez down, Missie Mary, bassez down.

Bassez in the morning, bassez down.


 

 

 

Big bunch of roses 🔊

 

 


A circle passing game for Valentine’s Day and other times.

A folk game song collected by John W Work from ‘Music in our town’ book 2, published by Silver Burdett in 1956. There is no other acknowledgement of its source.

I would love to know what a ‘lardstand’ is!

 

Children sit in a circle and pass stems of paper roses, bean bags or a mixture of both to the beat of the music. It is a good idea if you clap the beat before trying to pass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Big bunch, a little bunch,

Big bunch of roses;

Big bunch, a little bunch,

Big bunch of roses.

Here stands my wagon team,

Here stands my lardstand,

Here stands my valentine,

Here stands my darling.

 


 

 

Bird in a cage / Kagome, kagome 🔊

 

 


A circle guessing game from Japan; the meaning of the words are obscure but you can find out more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagome_Kagome.

I first came across it in ‘Teachers handbooks Language resources’ published by Scholastics in 1987 which credited it to ‘Folk songs from the East’ compiled by Janet Tobbitt published by A&C Black 1959.

 

One player is chosen to sit in the centre of the circle with their eyes covered; the other children join hands and walk gently round them. On ‘all fall down’ those in the ring sit down and when the song stops, the child in the centre tries to name the person sitting directly behind them. If successful the child identified sits in the centre and the game begins again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kagome, kagome,

Poor little bird in a bamboo cage.

What time will they set you free?

Midnight or at dawn of day?

Crane and old turtle must all fall down.

Who is that behind you, can you say?

 

かごめかごめ 籠の中の鳥は

Kagome kagome / Kago no naka no tori wa

いついつ出やる 夜明けの晩に

Itsu itsu deyaru / Yoake no ban ni

鶴と亀が滑った

Tsuru to kame ga subetta.

後ろの正面だあれ

Ushiro no shoumen dare.

 


 

 

Birthday song 🔊

 

 


This song is from South Africa and sung by Shimon Ash in 1961 on Folkways records at: http://www.folkways.si.edu/shimon-ash/songs-of-south-africa-sung-in-afrikaans/world/music/album/smithsonian

 

Children in a circle stand up when their birthday month is called out. Second time they sit at the same month. Lots of fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


January, February, March, April, May, June, July,

January, February, March, April, May, June, July.

 

August, September, October, November, December,

August, September, October, November, December.

 


 

 

Bluebird, bluebird, thru my window 🔊

 

 


This less well known version of the classic singing game comes from the ‘Handy play party book’ published by the Cooperative Recreation Service in 1968. It is suggested that girls are ‘bluebirds’ and boys ‘buzzards’.

It is very similar to ‘In and out the dusty bluebells’ that I played as a child in the 1950s.

Adapted and arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

Players hold hands high in a circle to make ‘windows’.

Verse 1. One or more children skip in and out of the ‘windows’ On the last phrase the ‘bluebird’ stops in front of a chosen partner. Verse 2. Bluebird taps partner on the shoulder. Verse 3. Partners skip around the centre then the old bluebird retires to the circle while the ones left are ready to start the game again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bluebird, bluebird, thru my window,

Bluebird, bluebird, thru my window,

Bluebird, bluebird, thru my window,

Bluebird I love you.

 

Tippy, tappy on my shoulder,

Tippy, tappy on my shoulder,

Tippy, tappy on my shoulder,

Bluebird I love you.

 

Let’s take a walk with a goose and a gander,

Let’s take a walk with a goose and a gander,

Let’s take a walk with a goose and a gander,

Bluebird I love you.

 


 

 

 

Boom makaleli O

 

A circle game.

I originally assumed this song had African origins but a look at the Kodaly site: http://kodaly.hnu.edu/song.cfm?id=755  tells me it was collected from Tabernacle Village, St. Kitts in the West Indies, 1974. So it is possible ‘makeleli’ has African roots!

 

Children walk in a circle holding hands. One child walks in the centre in the opposite direction. On ‘Down, down’ this child invites a named child to come into the circle and follow the leader in a crouched position. Each time the game is played a new child is chosen until everyone is waddling in a ring behind the leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Round and round we must go,

Boom makaleli, chi chim boom!

Round and round we must go,

Boom makaleli, chi chim boom!

Down, down ----- you must go,

Boom makaleli, chi chim boom!


 

 

Bounce high, bounce low  🔊

 

 


A ball bouncing circle game to help children pass the ball steadily to the beat.

 

Children stand in a circle. They pass a large soft ball from one to another round the ring by dropping, bouncing and catching. The ball bounces on the word ‘bounce’ and the first syllable of the child who is about to catch it at the end of the song. Continue round the circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bounce high, bounce low,

Bounce the ball to Shiloh.

 

Bounce high, bounce low,

Bounce the ball to Isaac.

 

Bounce high, bounce low,

Bounce the ball to Emilia.

 


 

 

 

Built my lady a fine brick house O

 

This game can be found in Ruth Crawford Seegers ‘American folk songs for children’

It was also noted as coming from Western Nebraska in 1888 see: http://www.bluegrassmessengers.com/some-play-party-games-of-the-middle-west--piper.aspx .

 

Children stand in a circle in groups of three. Two children hold hands and the third stands in the middle. The pair circles round the one in the middle. On the third line that child moves under their hands and on to the next pair (house) in the circle and the game continues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Built my lady a fine brick house,

Built it in the garden;

I put her in but she jumped out,

So fare you well my darling.

 

 


 

 

Bumble bee and butterfly 🔊

 

 

 


Celebrate the end of Autumn for cold winter is on its way.

I found the first two lines of this song in a wonderful collection by Teacher Oliver.

Set to music and arranged by Dany Rosevear.

A steady drumbeat would accompany this song well.

Children stand in a circle holding hands. The four insects act out their roles in the centre as those in the circle walk round. Before ‘round and round’ the insects choose four from the outer circle and skip round holding hands. Continue the game with the new creatures in the centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bumble bee and butterfly, spider and the beetle,

Come round and dance with us

In winds before the winter, in winds before the winter.

Round and round and round we go,

Round and round and round we go,

Cold winter is a-calling.

 


 

 

 

Button you must wander O

 

Many games around the world involve passing an object round the circle. The game below is fairly simple though the children need to be devious as they try to fool the child in the centre.

There are other versions of this game including one that involves the identification of a child’s voice at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIxoZkJQdHE.

 

Children sit in a circle with one a child in the centre. This child closes eyes as one child in the circle is given a button to hold. During the song the button is passed round the circle while those without the button pretend to pass it on. At the end the child in the centre attempts to guess who has the button. They are allowed three or four guesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Button you must wander, wander, wander.

Button you must wander everywhere.

Bright eyes will find you.

Sharp eyes will find you.

Button you must wander, wander everywhere.

 


 

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