Seasonal songs

Spring A-B

A happy hug and kiss

A happy song for a Spring day

A hundred furry kittens

A little garden flower

A little seed

A little yellow cup

A speckled green frog

A Spring song

A sweet little robin

A tiny cupful of sun

An egg for Easter

Apple trees in bloom

April is a rainbow month

Baby seed song

Blackbird, blackbird

Blossom on the plum

Bluebells

Buttercups and daisies (2)

Butterfly song

Also find poems and songs at:

Little Tommy Tadpole

Pussy willow

If you see a daffodil

 

Last updated: 4/5/2021 11:01 AM

The songs below are part ofAway we gocompiled, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

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A happy hug and kiss 🔊

 

 


A song for St Valentine’s Day or any other time.

Based on Malvina Reynolds ‘Magic Penny’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A happy hug and kiss

Oh, a hug is not a hug, until you give it away,

Give it away, give it away,

A hug is not a hug, until you give it away,

It will come right back to you!

 

A kiss is not a kiss, until you give it away,

Give it away, give it away,

A kiss is not a kiss, until you give it away,

It will come right back to you!

 

Happiness is something if you give it away,

Give it away, give it away,

Happiness is something if you give it away,

It will come right back to you!

 


 

 

 

A happy song for a Spring day  🔊

 

 


An action song from Israel, words by Rosemary Jaques from ‘Catch a song’ published 1988. Music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

Move to the music as suggested by the words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One day as they walked along,

Briskly walked along,

Some children sang this happy song,

Sang this very happy song.

 

Hey! Yum pa pa, Yum pa pa,

Yum pa pa, Yum pa pa.

What a very happy song for a Spring day.

 

One day as they skipped along…

 

One day as they jumped along…

 


 

 

A hundred furry kittens 🔊

 

 


Or ‘The wish’. When pussy willow shows its furry gown you know that Spring is just round the corner. Encourage children to stroke the pussy willow and to feel it on their cheek.

Author unknown. Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A hundred furry kittens

On a pussy willow tree;

I wish they'd all turn into cats

And come play with me.

Who will tell us Spring is here?

Pussy-Will-O! Pussy-Will-O!

 


 

 

 

A little garden flower  🔊

 

 


Springtime magic – a hand play.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Cup hands, place to cheek. 2. Lift hands up to make the sun shine. 3. Dance fingers downwards. 4. Open cupped hands and move upwards round face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A little garden flower

Is lying in its bed.

A warm Spring sun

Is shining overhead.

Down came the raindrops

Dancing to and fro;

The little flower wakens

And then begins to grow.

 


 

 

A little seed O

 

 


A poem by Mabel Watts with music by Kay Stratton. Children love nothing better than seeing their own planted seeds grow; try sunflowers for utter amazement or vegetables to make into a salad dish – lettuce will grows profusely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A little seed for me to sow…

hold thumb and forefinger together

A little earth to make it grow…

cup hands together

A little hole, a little pat…

dig a hole in palm; pat palm

A little wish, and that is that.

put hands together, throw hands apart

A little sun, a little shower,

make sun with hands then fingers make rain.

A little while and then - a flower!

pretend to sleep; cup hands around face like a flower.

 


 

 

A little yellow cup  🔊

 

 


A flower that cheers us mightily as winter ends.

Not sure who wrote this dear lttle poem.

I have added a second part and the tune.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A little yellow cup,

A little yellow frill,

A little yellow star,

And that's a daffodil!

 

Daffodils, daffodils, dance, nod and sway,

Dance all the day!

Daffodils, daffodils, dance in the sun,

For everyone!

 


 

 

A speckled green frog O

 

 


Words by Maude Burnham with music by Louse B. Scott from ‘Singing Fun’1962. Sing this slowly and expectantly until you get to SNAP!

 

1. Draw a pond with forefinger and put out right arm. 2. Place curved hand on arm. 3. With hands next to the eyes open and close right thumb and forefinger, do the same with both hands then roll both forefingers round. 4. Make right hand makes a snapping movement, cross both forefingers and look sad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


On the edge of a pond, on a great big log,

Sat patiently waiting a speckled green frog,

He winked, and he blinked, and he rolled each eye;

Then SNAP! went the frog at a little green fly.

 


 

 

A Spring song  🔊

 

 


A celebration of the new season. This song has been adapted from its infant school assembly origins to accommodate a wider, more inclusive secular audience.

From ’The nursery song and picture book’ published 1935 with words by Winifred E. Barnard and music by Eric G. Barnard. Arranged and adapted by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


All the flowers are waking,

Spring has come again.

Waking with the sunshine,

And the gentle rain.

 

All the trees are waking,

Spring has come again.

Waking in the sunshine,

And the gentle rain.

 

All the birds are singing,

Spring has come again.

Singing in the sunshine,

Singing in the rain.

 

A verse for winter

All the flowers are sleepng

Underneath the ground;

Sleeping in the winter,

Sleeping safe and sound.

 


 

 

A sweet little robin O

 

 


There are several versions (lyrics and melodies) of this song, the most well-known is by Burl Ives. Find out more at: Mudcat . The tune below comes from ‘Ozark Folk Songs’ collected and edited by Vance Randolph. The lyrics are mostly from ‘Book about birds’ 1850 by Rufus Merill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There came to my window one morning in Spring,

A sweet little robin, she came there to sing.

And the song that she sang, it was sweeter by far

Than ever was heard on a flute or guitar.

ChorusTra la la la la, Tra la la la la,

Tra la la la la, Tra la la la la la.

 

She raised her light wings to soar far away;

Then resting a moment, seemed sweetly to say:

"Oh happy, how happy the world seems to be,

Awake, dearest child, and be happy with me.”

 

The sweet bird then mounted upon a light wing;

And flew to a treetop, and there did she sing:

I listened delighted, and hoped she would stay;

And come to my window, at dawn of the day.

 


 

 

A tiny cupful of sun 🔊

 

 


Ah! The shine of a buttercup. Put it under your chin and it will reflect the light so much better than any other flower. According to children’s folklore if the yellow reflects on your skin it means you like butter. But of course the shine is there to attract insects. Words and music by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little seeds so small and round,

Hiding underneath the ground;

Winter’s gone and Spring rain falls,

Warm sun shines, summer calls.

Roots push down, shoots push up,

For a dancing field of bright buttercups!

Scattered gold and each one,

A tiny cupful of sun,

A shiny cupful of sun!

 


 

 

An egg for Easter 🔊

 

 


Kindness brings its rewards. A poem by Irene F. Pawsey

Set to music and adapted by Dany Rosevear from a tune written in 1883 so I am told.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I want an egg for Easter,

A brownie egg for Easter;

I want an egg for Easter,

So I'll tell my brownie hen.

I'll take her corn and water,

And show her what I've brought her,

And she'll lay my egg for Easter,

Inside her little pen.

 


 

 

 

Apple trees in bloom 🔊

 

 


A Hungarian folk song that can be sung as a four part round.

I first found it in ’50 canons and rounds’ compiled by Harold Newman in 1965, the words of first verse are as sung by Larnie Melamed. Music arranged by Dany Rosevear. I have also added a second verse, an alternate translation by Miriam Berg, which is different enough to work with the other: ‘Sweet the evening air of May.’

This tune may also be familiar to some as ‘Spring has now unwrapped its flowers’ or ‘Boots of shining leather’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Underneath the rising moon,

Silver mist is dancing,

Soft the lilacs sweet perfume,

Fills the night entrancing.

White and ghostly in the gloom,

Stands the apple trees in bloom,

Apple trees in bloom,

Apple trees in bloom!

 

Sweet the evening air of May,

Soft my cheek caressing,

Sweet the unseen lilacs spray,

With its scented blessing.

White and ghostly in the gloom,

Shines the apple trees in bloom,

Apple trees in bloom,

Apple trees in bloom!

 


 

 

April is a rainbow month 🔊

 

 


From a poem by Sare Teasdale. Can be used as a handplay.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

Verse 1. Sweep one hand with fingers loose in an arch shape. Wiggle fingers downwards. Fingers dance. Thumbs on chin fingers stretch out.

2. Make roof shape. Open and close thumb and forefingers, cross hands at wrists and flap. Move hand undulating across face. Hands make clouds float across face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


April is a rainbow month,

Of sudden springtime showers.

Bright with golden daffodils

and lots of pretty flowers.

 

The roofs are shining from the rain,

Sparrows twitter as they fly,

And with a windy April grace

The little clouds go by.

 


 

 

 

Baby seed song 🔊

 

 


A poem by Edith Nesbit, music by Carey Bonner; from the book ‘Movement and song for the littlest ones’ published 1959.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little brown seed, oh! little brown brother,

Are you awake in the dark?

Here we lie cozily, close to each other:

Hark to the song of the lark -

"Waken!" the lark says, "Waken and dress you,

Put on your green coats and gay;

Blue sky will smile on you, sunshine caress you -

Waken! 'tis morning - 'tis May!"

 

Little brown seed, oh! little brown brother,

What kind of flower will you be?

I'll be a poppy - all white, like my mother;

Do be a poppy like me.

What! you're a sunflower? How I shall miss you

When you're grown golden and high!

But I shall send all the bees up to kiss you;

Little brown brother, good-by!

 


 

 

 

Blackbird, blackbird 🔊

 

 


A Spring hand play.

Care for our wild life; explain to children why it is important not to disturb bird nests and their eggs.

This song is inspired by the words of P. Patterson.

Music and extra verses by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Make tree with hand, open and close thumb and forefinger resting on thumb branch. Cross hands at wrist and flap downwards. 2. Cup hands. Put finger to lips. Hold up three fingers. 3. Wiggle fingers. Raise three fingers. Cross forefingers and fly them away. 4. Open and close thumb and forefinger. Throw out hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Blackbird, blackbird, on the high tree,

Blackbird, blackbird, fly down to me.

 

Blackbird, blackbird, where is your nest?

“Shhh! It’s a secret, it hides three speckled eggs.”

 

Blackbird, blackbird, one sunny day,

Your three little chicks will fly up and away.

 

Blackbird, blackbird, sing your sweet song,

Blackbird, blackbird, for Spring has come along.

 


 

 

Blackbird, blackbird 🔊

 

 


A Spring hand play.

Care for our wild life; explain to children why it is important not to disturb bird nests and their eggs.

This song is inspired by the words of P. Patterson.

Music and extra verses by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Make tree with hand, open and close thumb and forefinger resting on thumb branch. Cross hands at wrist and flap downwards. 2. Cup hands. Put finger to lips. Hold up three fingers. 3. Wiggle fingers. Raise three fingers. Cross forefingers and fly them away. 4. Open and close thumb and forefinger. Throw out hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Blackbird, blackbird, on the high tree,

Blackbird, blackbird, fly down to me.

 

Blackbird, blackbird, where is your nest?

“Shhh! It’s a secret, it hides three speckled eggs.”

 

Blackbird, blackbird, one sunny day,

Your three little chicks will fly up and away.

 

Blackbird, blackbird, sing your sweet song,

Blackbird, blackbird, for Spring has come along.

 


 

 

Blossom on the plum 🔊

 

 


A Spring poem by Nora Hopper 1871 - 1906. Music by Max Exner.

The first verse is often played as a round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Blossom on the plum,

Wild wind and merry;

Leaves upon the cherry,

And one swallow come.

 

Red windy dawn,

Swift rain and sunny;

Wild bees seeking honey,

Crocus on the lawn;

 

Blossom on the plum,

Grass begins to grow,

Dandelions come;

Snowdrops haste to go

 

After last month's snow;

Rough winds beat and blow.

 

Blossom on the plum,

Wild wind and merry;

Leaves upon the cherry,

And one swallow come.

 


 

 

 

Bluebells 🔊

 

 


A song for April or Maytime.

From the book ‘Movement and song for the littlest ones’ published 1959. Based on a poem by Rodney Bennett and a Czecho-Slovakian melody.

Adapted and arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


To the greenwood we will go,

Where the dancing bluebells blow.

Don’t you hear them gaily ringing,

In the wind of April (Maytime) singing?

This is what the bluebells say:

“Children, children come out to play.”

 


 

 

 

Buttercups and daisies 🔊

 

 


A poem by Mary Howitt  17991888. The language has been adapted over the years and a third verse added. I am not sure who wrote this tune.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Buttercups and daisies, oh, the pretty flowers!

Coming in the springtime to tell of sunny hours.

While the trees are leafless, while the fields are bare,

Buttercups and daisies spring up here and there.

 

Before the snowdrop peepeth or the crocus bold,

Before the early primrose opes its paly gold

Somewhere on the sunny bank buttercups are bright;

Somewhere in the frozen grass peeps the daisy white.

 

Welome, yellow buttercups, welcome daisies white!

You lift up my spirit – a vision of delight!

Coming in the Spring time, of sunny hours to tell,

Speaking to our hearts that all the world is well.

 


 

 

Butterfly song 🔊

 

 


The life cycle of a butterfly and hand play.

 

1. Cross hands at wrists and flap, place egg in palm of hand. 2. Wiggle forefinger, wiggle all fingers. 3. Roll forefingers round each other. 4. Make chrysalis shape with thumb and forefinger. Hands to one cheek. 5.  Hand to each cheek. Point to eyes. 6. Open chrysalis. 7. Flap hands crossed at wrist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


First comes a butterfly and lays an egg.

Out comes a caterpillar with so many legs.

Oh see the caterpillar spin and spin and spin,

A little chrysalis to sleep in.

 

Oh, oh, oh, wait and see!

Oh, oh, oh, wait and see!

Out of the chrysalis, me, oh my,

Out comes a beautiful butterfly!.

 


 

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