Winter songs

Bread and milk for breakfast

Chickadee

Come here, little Robin

Dance like snowflakes

Dress up warmly

Feed, feed, feed the birds

Five little men made out of snow

Five little snowflakes

Five little snowmen

Five little snowmen fat

Five snow angels

Frosty weather, snowy weather

Hands are cold and feet are cold

I like winter, I like snow

I made a little snowman

I’m a little snowman

It snows in the night

It’s snowing, it’s blowing

Also see:

J – O

P- Z

Bear in a cave

The North wind doth blow

A chubby little snowman

The mitten song

Five little men made out of snow

And the YouTube playlist: Winter songs and poems

 

Last updated: 1/9/2018 4:26 PM

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

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Bread and milk for breakfast 🔊

 

 


A poem by Christina Rossetti. The tune is by Dany Rosevear who remembers from her childhood with pleasure such breakfasts of bread soaked in warm milk and sprinkled with sugar.

 

1. Feed self and rub tummy. 2. Show off clothes. 3. Thumb and forefinger peck at crumb in hand. 4. Shiver and rub arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bread and milk for breakfast,

And woollen frocks to wear,

And a crumb for robin redbreast

On the cold days of the year.


 

 

 

Chickadee 🔊

 

 


Another song from ‘140 folk songs’ published in1921. Words by May Morgan to a German folk tune: ‘Hänschen klein, geht allein’ that I knew in the 1960s as ‘Little John will be gone’.

 

1. Hold up both arms with fingers spread. 2. Hold up hands flat and high. 3. Cross hands at wrists to make flapping bird. Put hand to ear. 4. Hold upper arms with hands and shiver. 5. Put thumb and forefinger to eye open and close. 6. Bird hands flutter away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Trees are bare everywhere,

Snows are deep and skies are grey;

Yet one bird may be heard

On the coldest day.

Ask his name and he'll reply,

Cocking up a roguish eye,

"Chick-a-dee, chick-a-dee, chick-a-dee-dee-dee."


 

 

Come here, little Robin 🔊

 

 


A nursery rhyme by Anonymous from ‘Easy poetry for children’ published 1837. Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cme here, little Robin, and don't be afraid,

I would not hurt even a feather;

Come here my sweet Robin, and pick up some bread,

To feed you this very cold weather.

 

I don't mean to frighten you, dear little thing,

And pussy-cat is not behind me;

So hop about pretty and drop down your wing,

And pick up some crumbs and don't mind me.

 

Cold winter has come, but it will not stay long,

And summer we soon shall be greeting;

Then remember, dear Robin, to sing me a song,

In return for the breakfast you're eating.


 

 

Dance like snowflakes 🔊

 

 


Get moving, preferably outside in the snow – well wrapped up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dance like snowflakes

Dance like snowflakes

In the air, in the air

Whirling, twirling snowflakes

Whirling, twirling snowflakes

Everywhere, everywhere!


 

 

Dress up warmly 🔊

 

 


It’s time to go outside but the weather is wintry – what to do! Learn the position of the left and right foot.

This traditional action rhyme for winter has a calypso tune by Dany Rosevear.

 

Dramatise the dressing and undressing process showing which body part each piece of clothing matches as you sing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The day is cloudy and the wind is bold;

Dress up warmly, you mustn't get cold!

Put on your coat and zip it up tight,

Put on your left boot, put on your right.

Put on your scarf and put on your hat,

Put on your mittens and clap, clap, clap!

Go outside and play and play;

Come in again, and then we'll say-

Take off your coat that was zipped up tight,

Take off your left boot, take off your right.

Take off your scarf and take off your hat,

Take off your mittens… and then take a nap!


 

 

Feed, feed, feed the birds 🔊

 

 


Don’t forget the birds in wintertime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Feed, feed, feed the birds.

In the wintertime;

When the days are dark and cold,

Food is hard to find.

 

Feed, feed, feed the birds,

Till the spring has come;

Scatter birdseed on the snow,

Feeding birds is fun.


 

 

Five little men made out of snow O

 

 


This traditional song has several tunes but I love this one by Nancy Stewart.

 

This song can simply be played using the fingers and hands or with a group of children where one child drops down each time to become a puddle.

1. Hold up five fingers. 2. Pretend to put on hat and tie bow. 3. Make sun with a big movement and make it shine. 4. One finger wiggles downward. 5. Shrug shoulders and throw out palms of hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five little men made out of snow,

Each with a hat and a big red bow,

Out came the sun and it stayed all day,

One little snowman melted away!

SPOKEN And he said, “Oops, I’m a puddle!”

 

Four little men made out of snow…

And so on.

 

No little men made out of snow,

None with a hat and a big red bow,

Out came the sun and it winked my way,

Put on your wellies, it’s time for puddle play!

 


 

 

Five little snowmen fat  🔊

 

 


A lovely winter song and action game for younger children.

 

Show number of fingers and indicate a fat snowman tummy. Show hat above head. Make big circle above head. Wriggle fingers down. Pretend to cry. Move down in increments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five little snowmen fat,

Each with a funny hat,

Up came the sun and melted one,

Aaaaaaah!

What a sad thing was that!

Down, down, down.

 

Four little snowmen fat…

Three… Two… One…

 

No little snowmen fat,

Only their funny hats.

But the next time it snows,

I'll build more of those,

Oh what fun is that!


 

 

Five little snowflakes O

 

A lovely song to dance to while learning about ‘one less’ Use hands or the whole body to dance like snowflakes. And on the last verse, like the snowflakes, fall gently to the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five little snowflakes dancing here and there

One blew away in the cold winter air!

 

Four little snowflakes dancing here and there

One blew away in the cold winter air!

 

Three little snowflakes dancing here and there

One blew away in the cold winter air!

 

Two little snowflakes dancing here and there

One blew away in the cold winter air!

 

One little snowflake dancing here and there

One blew away in the cold winter air!

 

No little snowflakes, not one to be found

For five little snowflakes have fallen to the ground!

 


 

Five little snowmen O

 

A finger or action rhyme. Learn the concept of ‘one less’.

 

Put one finger down each time a snowman melts.

Alternately five children stand in a row. Another child, the sun, shines on each one and that child melts down to the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five little snowmen made of snow,

Five little snowmen standing in a row,

Out came the sun and stayed all day,

One little snowman melted away!

Chorus

Ho, ho, ho, don’t you know?

One little snowman had to go!

 

Four little snowmen…

 

Three little snowmen…

 

Two little snowmen…

 

One little snowman made of snow,

One little snowman standing all alone…

That little snowman melted away!

 

No little snowmen made of snow,

No little snowmen standing in a row,

Out came the sun and stayed all day,

Melting every snowman in the town away!

Ho, ho, ho, don’t you know?

All the little snowmen had to go!


 

 

Five little snowmen fat  🔊

 

 


A lovely winter song and action game for younger children. 6

 

Show number of fingers and indicate a fat snowman belly. Show hat above head. Make big circle above head. Wriggle fingers down. Pretend to cry. Move down in increments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five little snowmen fat,

Each with a funny hat,

Up came the sun and melted one,

Aaaaaaah!

What a sad thing was that!

Down, down, down.

 

Four little snowmen fat…

Three… Two… One…

 

No little snowmen fat,

Only their funny hats.

But the next time it snows,

I'll build more of those,

Oh what fun is that!


 

 

Frosty weather, snowy weather  🔊

 

 


A warming simple circle game for the winter. It has been played by the Clancy children in Tipperary, Ireland on ‘So early in the morning’.

It can also be played as an action game; Shiver and hold arms, fingers fall like snow. Whoosh hands about like the wind. Raise hands up and then slowly down.

Children dance round in a circle holding hands. On the third line they stop, swoop into the centre raising hands as they go. They then move back in an orderly fashion to the spoken words. The spoken words were suggested on:  http://herdingcatsgeorge.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/song-of-month-december.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Frosty weather, snowy weather,

When the wind blows…

We all go together.

SPOKEN: Three steps back with-a one, two, three!

Frosty weather, snowy weather,

When the wind blows…

We all go together.

SPOKEN: Three steps back with-a one, two, three!


 

Hands are cold and feet are cold O

 

Cold weather play is fine as long as you know how to keep warm.

A traditional song from Barbara Ireson’s ‘Over and over again’. The second verse is by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hands are cold and feet are cold,

Icy winds are blowing,

Rub your hands and stamp your feet,

And soon they will be glowing.

 

Gloves are warm and scarves are warm

When winter snows are falling,

Jump about, run fast and shout,

If Jack Frost comes a-calling.


 

 

I like winter, I like snow  🔊

 

 


We don’t see enough snow in England which can be disappointing for young children.

This song comes from a dear little picture book, published in 1950, of the same name by Lois Lenski who wrote the melody and tune. It is a much longer song in the book and includes Christmas verses. https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/i-like-winter-a-singable-picture-book-by-lois-lenski/

I have modified the tune very slightly to make it easier to sing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I like winter, I like snow,

I like icy winds that blow.

I like snowflakes, oh so light,

Making all the ground so white.

I like sliding down the hill,

I like tumbling in a spill!

 

Oh, ho! Seasons come and seasons go.

I like winter, I like snow.

 

I can make a snowman fat,

Eyes and nose and funny hat.

I can squeeze a snowball tight,

Throw it in a snowball fight.

I can skate and slip and slide –

Ice is thick, the pond is wide.

Chorus

 

My feet get cold, my poor hands freeze,

I’m catching cold, I shiver and sneeze – (Ker-choo!)

And then I have to stay in bed,

Because I have a stuffed-up head.

The wind blows hard and piles the snow –

I’m up again and out I go!

Chorus


 

 

I made a little snowman  🔊

 

 


Going up, going down. A handplay. Children start crouched down low and move upwards until the sun comes out and then they move down.

 

1. Form snowball. 2. Roll it with hands flat. 3. Point to eyes, nose, mouth and round neck. 4. Count buttons and and form hat on head. 5. Move very slowly down, finish with a clap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I made a little snowman,

I made him big and round.

I made him from a snowball,

I rolled upon the ground.

He has two eyes, a nose, a mouth,

A lovely scarf of red;

He even has some buttons,

And a hat upon his head.

OH, NO – HERE COMES THE SUN!

Melt, melt, melt, melt, melt, melt, melt, melt, melt,

Melt, melt, melt, melt, melt, melt, melt, melt,

SPLOSH!


 

I’m a little snowman O

 

There are many version of this song. The one below is an adaptation of some of these. The unifying tune is ‘I’m a little teapot’.

 

Mime to the words of this song. Cup the mouth when shouting the fourth line to protect the ears of others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I’m a little snowman short and fat.

Here’s my scarf and here’s my hat.

When the snow is falling hear me shout,

“Time for all the children to come out!”

 

I’m a little snowman, look at me.

Here are my buttons; one, two, three!

Here are my eyes and here is my nose.

I’m so cold without any clothes! Brrrrr!

 

I'm a little snowman short and fat.

Here is my broomstick and here is my hat.

When the sun comes out I’ll melt away.

But I’ll come back to play another day!


 

 

It snows in the night  🔊

 

 


A winter song and movement activity, it can also be played as a hand play as below.

Words by Homer H. Harbour from ‘140 Folk-songs’ published 1921.

 

1. Move fingers slowly down. 2. Form a rooftop with hands. 3. Put hands to cheek then finger to lips. 4. Make fingers twirl downwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Slowly the snow comes floating down,

Over the rooftops in the town,

Down through the night without a sound,

Turning and whirling to the ground.

 

Grey comes the daylight dawning clear,

Clouds all are gone, the sun is here,

Oh, what a lovely morning blue,

Shines on a world made white and new.

 


 

 

It’s snowing, it’s blowing O

 

 


This song has been adapted from Desmond MacMahon’s ‘Infant Joy’; it would also works well for a clothing or colour topic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It’s snowing, it’s blowing,

But I am safe from harm.

For I shall wear a yellow pair

Of gloves to keep me warm.

 

It’s snowing, it’s blowing,

But I am safe from harm.

For I shall wear a red wool hat

To keep me dry and warm.

 

It’s snowing, it’s blowing,

But I am safe from harm.

For I shall wear a bright blue pair

Of boots to keep me warm.

 

It’s snowing, it’s blowing,

The birds are safe from harm;

For if they’re cold, their wings they’ll fold

To keep themselves quite warm.


 

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