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A little dancing song

A qua qua del a omar

A-tisket, a-tasket

Ach ja! So, so!

All around the buttercup

All join hands

All those born in January

Ally galoo galoo

Apple tree, apple tree

Apples, peaches, pears and plums

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Last updated: 11/3/2020 11:20 AM

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

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A little dancing song 🔊

 

 


Words by Emilie Poulsson, music by Eleanor Smith from’Songs of a little child’s day’ published in 1910. Instructions below are as in the book.

 Try out different ways of moving with a partner.

Music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

Children choose partners and stand next to them forming a large circle; or stand in two lines facing partners. For the first two lines dance singly then point heel and toe. Then bow low to partners and dance away together, continuing the dance without singing till the music is repeated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Now in the dance we'll float around,

Follow the music's merry sound.

Point heel and toe,

Bow very low,

Dancing and dancing away we go.

 

La, la, la…

 

Now in the dance we'll skip around,

Follow the music's merry sound.

Point heel and toe,

Bow very low,

Dancing and dancing away we go.

 


 

 

A qua qua del a omar 🔊

 

 


Move to a steady beat. A children’s hand passing game from Jerusalem. Once children are familiar with the game they can speed up when counting.

 

Children sit in a circle with left hand palm facing up. Right hand is rested, palm down, on the left hand of the child to their right. With a steady tempo the chosen leader, on the downbeat, with the right hand reaches across to tap the hand of the player on the left passing the beat, this person then does the same and the tapping continues round the circle. The person whose hand gets tapped on ‘FIVE’ is out.

https://sarahcreativeexplorer.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/a-qua-qau-israeli-childrens-song/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A qua-qua dela omar,

Qua, qua, qua.

Del si ma trico, trico, trico tra.

Valo, valo, valo, valo, valo, vala!

One! Two! Three! Four! FIVE!

 


 

 

A-tisket, a-tasket O

 

A fun circle game. This song was first noted in the U.S.A. in 1879. Roud Folk Song number 13188

 

Sit in a circle and as the others sing a child walks round the outside and drops a letter behind one child’s back. This child then jumps up and runs in the opposite direction to the dropper aiming to reach the vacated space before them. If successful they become the new ‘postman’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A-tisket, a-tasket,

A green and yellow basket,

I wrote a letter to my love / friend

And on the way I dropped it,

I dropped it, I dropped it,

Yes, on the way I dropped it,

One of you has picked it up

And put it in your pocket.

 


 

 

Ach ja! So, so! 🔊

 

 


This song and dance Es geht nichts über die Gemütlichkeit’ was brought over by German settlers to the USA. It appeared as a schoolroom dance in the 1950s from the Silver Burdett series ‘Music for living’.

I have adapted it a little to get back to its Germanic roots. You can find out more at: https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=152393. ‘Ach ja! So, so!’ means ‘Oh, yes, like that!’

I rather liked the dance in this video where it is sung in German and played at different speeds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c2H1zkYWRI .

 

Children choose partners and stand side by side behind other pairs in a circle.

Walk round holding hands with partner. Each time ‘Ach ja! So, so!’ is sung face partner and clap hands low then turn and clap outwards. On ‘Tra la las’ hold both partners hands and swing round. For more complex movements visit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltZYbQo1li4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


When my mother and my father made a visit to the fair,

Ach ja! So, so!

They hadn’t any money, but they didn’t seem to care,

Ach ja! So, so!

Tra la la, tra la la, Tra la la la la la la,

Tra la la, tra la la, Tra la la la la la la,

Ach ja! So, so!

 

 


 

 

All around the buttercup O

 

If you like this one also look out for ‘Buttercups and daisies dancing’

 

Stand in a circle with linked hands held high. One child weaves in and out of the windows. On ‘me!’ this child chooses the nearest who holds hands with the first child and leads them in and out of the circle. Each time the refrain is sung a new child is chosen to lead the line until one child is left and the line circles round them. If there is time that child then becomes the new leader travelling in and out of the newly formed circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


All around the buttercup,

One, two, three,

If you want a pretty one,

Just choose me!


 

 

All join hands O

 

 


A lively circle game suitable for younger children. It will also help children remember their left and right hands!

 

Children stand next to an identified partner holding hands in a circle.

Verse 1. Circle to the left in a lively manner. 2. Do the same to the right. 3. Link arms with partner and skip round. Older children could finish by ‘turning the blanket’.

4. Back in the circle holding hands move into the centre and out again. Repeat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


All join hands and circle to the left,

And circle to the left, and circle to the left.

All join hands and circle to the left,

To swing them all around.

 

All join hands and circle to the right,

And circle to the right, and circle to the right.

All join hands and circle to the right,

To swing them all around.

 

Round and around and around we go;

Round and around and around we go;

Round and around and around we go

To swing them all around.

 

Old grey goose come flying home,

Come flying home, come flying home.

Old grey goose come flying home,

A gander by her side.

 


 

 

All those born in January 🔊

 

 


A birthday month song with lots of actions. Children can pick their own actions.

As it is a long song sing it briskly, you can also start at different months each time or just pick out random months from a bag. It could also be played as ‘all those wearing blue’, ‘all those who are five’ in a mixed age group or any other grouping!

 

Children in a circle stand up when their birthday month is called out and either move on the spot or around the outside of the circle. Lots of fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


All those born in January skip around,

All those born in January skip around,

Tra la, tra la, la la la la la,

Tra la, tra la, la la la la la,

All those born in January skip around.

 

All those born in February jump around…

All those born in March march around…

All those born in April turn around…

All those born in May clap your hands…

All those born in June dance around…

All those born in July row a boat …

All those born in August tiptoe around…

All those born in September gallop around…

October… hop around…

November… stamp your feet …

December… throw a snowball…

All those born with wings fly around…

 

 


 

 

 

Ally galoo O

 

A circle game for young children. It is very similar to ‘Sally goes round the sun’.

 

Walk round in a circle holding hands. On ‘Wheeee!’ kick foot up high. The second time walk into the circle and raise hands high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ally galoo galoo,

Ally galoo galee,

Ally galoo, ally galee,

As the wheel goes round.

Wheeee!


 

 

Apple tree, apple tree 🔊

 

 


A simple seasonal song for late Summer / early Autumn. Younger children could pass an apple round the circle, every time a child is caught with the apple at the end of the song is ‘out’. Older children might like the game below:

 

Children make a circle holding hands. The circle walks through a bridge made by two others. On the word ‘out!’ the child caught underneath joins the ‘bridge’ to make a little circle. Continue as the small cirle gets bigger and the original one shrinks until there are just two left for a new bridge and if there is enough stamina a new game!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Apple tree, apple tree,

Will your apple fall on me?

I won’t cry, I won’t shout,

If your apple knocks me out!


 

 

 

Apples, peaches, pears and plums 🔊

 

 


A traditional skipping / jump rope and counting out rhyme.

Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Play as a ball game either bouncing or throwing the ball to each child round the circle Last child beomes the one in the circle. If it lands a 2nd time child sits down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Apples, peaches, pears and plums,

Tell me when your birthday comes.

 

January, February, March, April,

May, June, July, August, September,

October, November, December.


 

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