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A-dancing we will go

A fairy came a-dancing

A jumbo jet

A jump, a jump, a jump

A little bird sat on a tree

A little star

A ram sam sam

All the little ducks turn upside down

As swift as a swallow

At the bottom of the sea

Baby bumblebee

Baby ducks

Bend your body

Birthday months

Blow a kiss

Bobbing up and down like this

Bow to your partner

Build it up

Last updated: 11/9/2020 12:58 PM

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

compiled, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

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A-dancing we will go /

Hi ho the derry oh 🔊

 

 


Learn to move in different ways around each other without touching.

Make up your own movements

 

Move around the room individually or in short lines weaving in and out of each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A-dancing we will go,

A-dancing we will go,

Hi ho the derry oh,

A-dancing we will go.

 

A-hopping we will go...

A-skipping we will go...

A-waving we will go...

A-stamping we will go...

A-marching we will go...

A-tip-toeing we will go...

 


 

 

A fairy came a-dancing 🔊

 

 


In the summer as a young child I would feed the fairies in my garden with teeny tiny potatoes dug up by an old gardener who would save them for me when he worked on the railway embankment; I would serve them to the fairies on rose petal plates.

Now I sit outside in the garden looking out for wildlife . All those in my song have appeared regularly here in the summer months despite living in the centre of a small city; the railway line nearby is a natural passageway.

We might have been in lockdown but the animals below certainly weren’t – maybe just the fairy!

 

Move as suggested by the words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A fairy came a-dancing,

A-dancing, a-dancing,

A fairy came a-dancing,

Upon a summer’s day.

Tra la la la la la,

Tra la la la la la.

A fairy came a-dancing,

Upon a summer’s day.

 

A bumble bee came a-buzzing...

A butterfly came a-fluttering...

A magpie came a-swooping...

A slow worm came a-sliding...

A fox came a-creeping...

A badger came a-scampering...

 

 


 

 

 

A jumbo jet 🔊

 

 


An action game for a transport topic.

Sung to the same tune as ‘A ram sam sam’.

 

Jumbo jet: arms out to the side like an air plane. Helicopter: twirl finger in the air.

Rocket: hands together above head.

Big red truck: mime driving a big car. Little Mini Mini: mime driving a small car.

Ferrari: slick back hair with one hand then the other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A jumbo jet, a jumbo jet,

A little helicopter and a jumbo jet,

A jumbo jet, a jumbo jet,

A little helicopter and a jumbo jet.

A rocket, a rocket,

A little helicopter and a jumbo jet,

A rocket, a rocket,

A little helicopter and a jumbo jet.

 

A big red truck, a big red truck,

A little Mini Mini and a big red truck,

A big red truck, a big red truck,

A little Mini Mini and a big red truck,

A Ferrari, a Ferrari,

A little Mini Mini and a big red truck,

A Ferrari, a Ferrari,

A little Mini Mini and a big red truck.

 


 

 

A jump, a jump, a jump 🔊

 

 


Adapted by Dany Rosevear. A different take on the bean game and a good warm up activity.

Also try with BROAD BEANS! BAKED BEANS!

 

Wait for instructions (jumping beans) then jump vigorously, turn round and repeat.

Do the same with other movements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


JUMPING BEANS!

A jump, a jump, a jump,

A-turning around and then,

A-jump, a jump, a jump,

And turning around again!

 

KIDNEY BEANS!

A hop, a hop, a hop,

A turning around and then,

A hop, a hop, a hop,

And turning around again!

 

JELLY BEANS!

A shake, a shake, a shake,

A turning around and then,

A shake, a shake, a shake,

And turning around again!

 

FROZEN BEANS!

Stand still, stand still, stand still,

Don’t turn around but then,

Stand still, stand still, stand still,

Ready to move again!

RUNNER BEANS!

 


 

 

A little bird sat on a tree O

 

A German song translated into English by Mabel F. Wilson from ‘Music time’ a infant teacher’s classic music book in the 1960s.

1, Open and close thumb and forefinger.

2. Move fore finger like a worm. Make hands fly.

3. Brush cheeks for cat’s whiskers.

4. Hold up hands in crouching position. Count with fingers to three.

5. Clap hands.

6. Make hands fly, hold hands to chest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A little bird sat on a tree, on a tree, on a tree,

A little bird sat on a tree:

Still was he.

 

He saw his breakfast on the grass, on the grass, on the grass

He saw his breakfast on the grass:

Down flew he!

 

A pussy cat was hiding there, hiding there, hiding there,

A pussy cat was hiding there

Near the tree.

 

He set himself to make a spring, make a spring, make a spring,

He set himself to make a spring:

One! Two! Three!

 

But we began to clap our hands, clap our hands, clap our hands,

But we began to clap our hands

Noisily!

 

So then our little bird flew off, bird flew off, bird flew off,

So then our little bird flew off:

Glad were we.


 

 

A little star / The stars, moon and me 🔊

 

 


Try the impossible for dreams do sometimes come true; a simple action song.

Find the original verse in ‘Child-land in song and rhythm’

Words: Florence Newell Barbour 1866 – 1946.

Music and last two verses by Dany Rosevear.

 

Verse 1. Reach high into the air and try on tip toes to catch with your hand. Jump twice with vigour, and spread out arms , move around flapping.

Verse 2. As before then make climbing action. Put hands on hips and look puzzled. Walk around with hand to forehead. Shrug and throw hands out.

Verse 3. Crouch down with hands to cheek. Jump up high hands together like a rocket. Dance round alone, with a partner or in threes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I tried to catch a little star,

But, oh! I could not reach so far!

I jumped and jumped, I tried to fly,

But still I could not reach the sky.

 

I tried to visit the Man in the Moon,

But, oh! He disappeared too soon.

I searched and searched the skies round,

But still that moon could not be found.

 

I went to bed when the night time came,

And, oh! The moon was there again!

Off into dreamland I did fly,

Where the stars, moon and me danced way up so high.


 

 

A ram sam sam O

 

This song comes from Morocco but the words are nonsense ones as in ‘Hey diddle diddle’.

It is now popular as a two or four part round and as an action rhyme both in the Scouting movement and with more simple movements for young children.

 

First time sing at normal voice. Second and third time sing faster.

Actions:

A ram sam sam: clap or beat fists together

Guli guli...: roll arms round the other

A rafi: shoot hands up high and wiggle fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam,

Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam.

A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam,

Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam.

A rafi, a rafi,

Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam.

A rafi, a rafi,

Guli guli guli guli guli ram sam sam.


 

 

All the little ducks turn upside down O

 

A good movement song with a lovely quiet ending.

 

1. Hold palms out and turn them over. 2. Put palms together and wiggle from side to side. 3. Flap elbows up and down. 4. Flap hands up and down. 5. Hands open and close like beaks. 6. Suat down with hands to the cheek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


All the little ducks turn upside down,

Upside down, upside down,

All the little ducks turn upside down,

When they dabble at the bottom of the pond.

 

All their little tails go wiggle, waggle, wiggle...

 

All their little wings go flap, flap, flap...

When they’ve dabbled at the bottom of the pond.

 

All their little feet go paddle, paddle, paddle...

 

All their little beaks go quack, quack, quack...

 

All the little ducks fall fast asleep,

Fast asleep, fast asleep,

All the little ducks fall fast asleep,

When they snuggle up to mother in the pond.


 

 


 

 

 

As swift as a swallow 🔊

 

 


Use similes to make comparisons.

A poem by Rosemary Garland from ‘Sing a song of everything’.

Music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

Move in character around the room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


As swift as a swallow,

As high as a house,

As slow as a snail,

As quiet as a mouse,

As proud as a peacock,

As red as a rose,

As fat as a pumpkin,

As pink as my toes.

 


 

 

At the bottom of the sea 🔊

 

 


A traditional singing game from Denmark. It is more commonly played as a name game.

Music, words and game here have been slightly adapted by Dany Rosevear.

Encourage children to think of other creatures and how they live and move on the seabed.

For larger groups split the class into 2-4 groups.

 

Children sit spaced out around the room waving arms in the air like seaweed. One child, the fish, swims in and out of the others. At ‘Oh, oh!’ that child taps another on the shoulder, they stand up and follow the lead child swimming or moving in role, changing each time. Finally everyone sits down and moves as before as seaweed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


At the bottom of the sea,

All the fish are swimming,

Here and there and everywhere,

Oh, oh! Little fish, little fish, we love you!

 

At the bottom of the sea,

All the crabs are crawling,

Here and there and everywhere,

Oh, oh! Little crabs, little crabs, we love you!

 

At the bottom of the sea,

Old octopus is sprawling,

Here and there and everywhere,

Oh, oh! Octopus, octopus, we love you!

 

At the bottom of the sea,

All the sharks are gliding,

Here and there and everywhere,

Oh, oh! Hungry shark, hungry shark, we don’t love you!

 

At the bottom of the sea,

All the plants are swaying,

Here and there and everywhere,

Oh, oh! Everybody, everybody, we love you!

 


 

 

 

Baby bumble bee 🔊

 

 


A campfire version of the song more suited to the younger ones.

 

1. Cross forefingers, thumb up, as before, wiggle on cheek. 2. Wiggle arm, clasp arms and shake, wiggle arm, peck arm. 3. One hand over the other, clap hands, as before, peck chin. 4. Make hands claw like, fall forward, as before, cover head with arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Oh, I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee,

Won't my mummy be so proud of me,

'Cause I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee,

Buzzy, buzzy, buzzy,

Spoken: OOOOH, it bit me!

 

Oh, I'm bringing home a baby rattlesnake,

Won't my mummy shiver and shake,

'Cause I'm bringing home a baby rattlesnake,

Rattle, rattle, rattle,

Spoken: OOOOH, it bit me!

 

Oh, I'm bringing home a baby turtle,

Won't my mummy really pop her girdle,

'Cause I'm bringing home a baby turtle,

Snappy, snappy, snappy,

Spoken: OOOOH, it bit me!

 

Oh, I'm bringing home a baby dinosaur,

Won't my mummy fall right through the floor,

'Cause I'm bringing home a baby dinosaur,

Gobble, gobble, gobble,

Spoken: OH NO, it ate me!

 


 

 

Baby ducks 🔊

 

 


A popular song in scouting and also as an action song for pre-schoolers. Play as below or just the first verse a little bit faster each time it is sung. It is also a great song for making up your own rhyming verses – I made up the third one.

 

Mime moving like each creature, travelling around the room while giving each other plenty of space but also showing others how well you are doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ohhhh! Isn't it a bit of luck

That I was born a baby duck?!

With yellow socks and yellow shoes;

So I may go whereever I choose!

Quack, quack, quack, quack,

Quack quack, quack! GOOOOD ducks!!!

 

Ohhhh! I don’t think it’s very funny

That I was born a baby bunny!

With floppy ears and twitchy nose

I bounce around upon my toes.

Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce,

Bounce, bounce, bounce, GOOOOD bunnies!!!

 

Now I am happy, you can see,

For I was born a busy bee.

I fly around when days are sunny,

Visit flowers and make good honey.

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! GOOOOD bees!!!

 

I’m a little smelly skunk,

Hiding under someone’s bunk.

No-one wants to play with me,

‘Cause I’m as smelly as can be.

I’m a skunk, I’m a skunk,

I’m a skunk, skunk, skunk, skunk, skunk.

BAAAAD skunks!!!

 


 

 

Bend your body 🔊

 

 


A simple lively action song to a familiar tune.

 

Move vigourously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bend your body, touch your toes, touch your toes,

Straighten up and touch your nose, touch your nose.

And wave your arms and touch your knees,

Stamp your feet and count to three:

One! Two! Three!


 

 

 

Birthday months 🔊

 

 


Chant the months of the year to ensure familiarity and help each child to identify the month they were born.

 

Stand in a circle and each child moves as directed when their birthday month is sung.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If your birthday is in January, turn around.

If your birthday is in February, touch the ground.

If your birthday is in March, march along.

If your birthday is in April, sing a song.

If your birthday is in May, wiggle your nose.

If your birthday is in June, shake your toes.

If your birthday is in July, jump up high.

If your birthday is in August, reach the sky.

If your birthday is in September, tap your shoe.

If your birthday is in October, call out “Boo!”

If your birthday is in November, tickle your ears.

If your birthday is in December, give three cheers!

 


 

 

Blow a kiss 🔊

 

 


A contactless partner greeting game. Needs a big space preferably out of doors.

Words and music by Dany Rosevear,

 

Children stand a sensible way away facing a partner in a space. Make the actions suggested by the words as they sing. After the last refrain wave and then walk ‘La, la ing’ to the music of the refrain to find new partner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Blow a kiss, watch it fly;

It sends a hug through the sky.

Blow one back with all your might,

Catch it quick and hold it tight.

Chorus:

That’s the way our friendship grows,

Clap your hands and touch your toes!

 

Bow like this with a smile,

I’ll bow back, just a while.

Give a wave then smile again

Both of us can be good friends!

Chorus:

That’s the way our friendship grows,

Clap your hands and touch your toes!

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

La, la, la, la, La, la la, la!


 

 

 

Bobbing up and down like this 🔊

 

 


The words and music were freely adapted from ‘Sons of the seas by Felix McGlennon for the wonderful collection of action rhymes ‘Okki-tokki-unga’.

 

Bob up and down each time ‘bobbing up and down’ are sung.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sons of the sea, bobbing up and down like this,

Sailing the ocean, bobbing up and down like this.

They may build their ships, me lads, bobbing up and down like this

But they can't beat the boys of the Old Brigade,

Bobbing up and down like this.

 

Pirates so free, bobbing up and down like this,

Searching the ocean, bobbing up and down like this.

They care naught for wind and rain, bobbing up and down like this

For they rob the gold on the Spanish Main,

Bobbing up and down like this.

 


 

 

 

Bow to your partner 🔊

 

 


A simple partner game from Deanna Hoermann’s wonderful ‘Catch a song’.

The children could play this in a double circle moving on each time to a new partner.

Once children can play the game with the first verse eaily introduce different actions; children can suggest other movements to make.

 

Children stand opposite a partner in a space. Make the actions suggested by the words as they sing. On the last line wave and turn to find new partner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bow to your partner!

Bow to your partner!

Stamp! Stamp!

Turn yourself around!

 

Clap with your partner!

Clap with your partner!

Jump! Jump!

Turn yourself around!

 

Shake hands with your partner!

Shake hands with your partner!

Hop! Hop!

Turn yourself around!


 

 

 

Build it up 🔊

 

 


A song from the BBC TV Series ‘Bang on a drum’ songs from Play School and Play Away published 1973. Words and music by Peter Charlton. Build towers from building bricks as you sising, cardboard boxes, egg cartons – anything or the actions below.

1. Put one fist on top of the other in time to the musi getting higher each time. 2 Repeat with a big stretch. 3. Hold up fingers one at a time then make a wobbley jelly with hands. 4. repeat first verse and actions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Build it up, build it up, build it high,

Build it up, up, up into the sky.

Build it up, build it up, build it higher,

Build it up, up, up, up, up into the sky.

 

Now if you get that construction feeling,

You can build a tower right up to the ceiling.

And if you think that building is fun,

You can try to build a tower to the sun.

 

Build up one, build up two, three and four,

Are you sure you can balance on some more.

Build up five, build up six, seven and eight,

Watch it wobble like a jelly on a plate.

 


 

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