Seasonal songs

Spring A-H

A little seed

A speckled green frog

A sweet little robin

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken

Chicks grow into chickens

Chinese New Year Dragon / Let's wave and say "Ni hao

Crocus, crocus waken up

Cuckoo, cuckoo

Do you know the trees by name / Naming the trees

Dragon of a thousand lanterns

Early one morning

Five baby crocuses / Getting up

Five crispy pancakes

Five Spring flowers

Five warm eggs

Here’s a baby birdie

Hot cross buns

 

Also find poems and songs at:

Little Tommy Tadpole

Pussy willow

If you see a daffodil

 

Last updated: 3/21/2017 9:16 PM

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

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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 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 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.

 


 

 

Chick, chick, chick, chick chicken O

 

 


A song composed by Thomas McGhee, and written by Fred Holt, published in 1925.

 

Make elbows flap each time the chorus is sung and mime other actions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chorus

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me,

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, I want one for my tea.

For I haven't had an egg since Easter, and now it's half past three,

So, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me.

 

Now good old Farmer Haystack is the cleverest of men,

He takes an eggcup off the shelf and then shouts to the hen.

 

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me…

 

Now Rip Van Winkle woke up after twenty years or more

He found a bird's nest in his beard and shouted out, "Oh, Lor'!"

 

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me…

 


 

 

Chicks grow into chickens O

 

 


A song by David Moses. Name young animals and plants. Some species have been allocated different names for their young e.g. chick calves foal kitten pup lamb - while the young of other species are just known as cubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chicks grow into chickens,

Calves grow into cows,

Sycamore seeds grow into trees,

But cubs grow into lions and tigers,

Badgers, foxes, leopards and wolves, and bears.

 

Foals grow into horses,

Kittens grow into cats,

Fresh green shoots spout out of roots,

But cubs grow into lions and tigers,

Badgers, foxes, leopards and wolves, and bears.

 

Pups grow into seals or dogs,

Lambs grow into sheep,

Bulbs can grow into daffodils,

But cubs grow into lions and tigers

Badgers, foxes, leopards and wolves, and bears.


 

 

 

Chinese New Year Dragon /  Let's wave and say "Ni hao." 🔊

 

 

 


Music by Dany Rosevear (First song).

A follow my leader activity for Chinese New Year. Make a Chinese dragon with boxes and sheeting to move under for more fun and excitement; accompany with drums and bells.

You might also like ‘Dragon of a Thousand Lanterns’ below.

 

1. Children form wavy lines like a dragon. 2. Children dance and wave in line.

3. Jump up and down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There’s a great big dragon coming our way,

A great big dragon on this holiday,

Let’s grab our lanterns and follow along,

Dancing and waving and singing a song. There’s a great big dragon coming our way.

Hip, hip, hooray!

 

Let's wave and say "Ni hao (nee how),"

Let's wave and say "Ni hao."

Let's say "hello" to all our friends,

Let's wave and say "Ni hao."

 


 

 

Crocus, crocus, waken up 🔊

 

 

 


A hand play set to music by Dany Rosevear.

I think this rhyme is based on the poem by Walter Crane: ‘The golden crocus reaches up

To catch a sunbeam in her cup.’

 

1. Hold palms of hand in a crocus shape, stretch arms up. 2. Bring open palms downwards. 3. Hold palms to chest then throw open. 4. Wave arms happily from side to side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Crocus, crocus, waken up

To catch a sunbeam in your cup;

Hold it tight, let it go,

Li-la, li-la, li-lay-lo!

 


 

 

Cuckoo cuckoo O

 

 


A German song to welcome the Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cuckoo, cuckoo, calls from the forest,

Let us be singing, dancing and playing,

Springtime, springtime, soon will be here.

 

Cuckoo, cuckoo, never stops singing,

Field, wood and meadow, answers his echo,

Springtime, springtime, welcome to you.

 


 

 

Do you know the trees by name 🔊

 

 


In the Spring watch in wonder as the leaves unfurl and trees are decked in catkins, pussy willow and blossom.

All children should be able to identify some of the more common trees – it will stay with them for life. Go on nature walks along country lanes, visit woodlands or just the park in town. Play I-Spy trees and make collections.

By Rebecca B Foresman from ‘The music hour, one-book course’ McConathy, Miessner, Birge and Bray, Silver Burdett and Co., 1932.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Do you know the trees by name

When you see them growing

In the fields or in the woods?

They are well worth knowing.

 

Watch them in the early spring,

When their buds are swelling;

Watch each tiny little leaf

Leave its little dwelling.

 

Watch them later, when their leaves

Everywhere are showing;

Soon you'll know the different trees

When you see them growing.


 

 

Dragon of a Thousand Lanterns O

 

 


A great song for Chinese New Year; make your own large class dragon and get the children marching round the playground underneath it as they sing this song for maximum effect!

 

The song features in Ming-Ming and the Dragon Lantern from Time and Tune BBC radio for schools Spring 1980. I don’t know who wrote it – let me know if you find out - it’s a great song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


To the sound of gongs and cymbals,

And the playful beat of drums,

With flute and bell for his warcry yell,

The Lantern Dragon comes.

Snip-snap teeth, bamboo sticks!

Dragon of a Thousand Lanterns;

Glinting eyes, magic tricks!

Dragon of a Thousand Lanterns

 

With a tail of dancing children,

And a vast array of feet,

His body led by the Panda head,

All dragons he can beat.

 

To the river-bank he marches,

In a wiggle-waggle way,

And when Kong-Sang in a fury sprang,

That monster fell astray.

 

For the Lantern Dragon teased him,

With a thousand artful wiles,

The dragon fray could be heard that day, For miles and miles and miles.

 


 

 

Early one morning O

 

 


The tune and the title will be very familiar to those at school in the 1940s to 60s but these seasonal words by Nathan Haskell Dole are not the ones I sang at school in the 1950s but are more suitable for young children. It appears in The Concord series, no 7 “140 Folk tunes” published in 1915 in Boston. ‘Bluebirds’ could be changed to ‘blackbird’ a more familiar bird in the U.K.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Early one morning, before the sun has risen

I heard a bluebird in the fields gaily sing:

“South winds are blowing, green grass is growing.

We come to herald the merry, merry Spring.”

 

One autumn afternoon, just as the sun was setting,

I heard a bluebird on a tree pipe a song:

“Farewell, we're going. Cold winds are blowing!

But we'll be back when the days grow long.”

 


 

 

Five baby crocuses / Getting up O

 

 


A poem and hand play by Hilda I. Rostron.

Set to music by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Tightly clench left hand. Shake wrist gently with right hand.

2. Half open fingers of left hand, shake wrist as before.

3. Left hand fingers stand tall, left hand shakes right in greeting.

4. Clap hands three times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five baby crocuses,

Each a sleepy head;

Someone shook their blanket

And sang: ‘Get out of bed!’

 

Five baby crocuses,

Opened sleepy eyes;

Someone shook their blanket

And sang: ‘It’s time to rise!’

 

Five tall crocuses,

Wide-eyed in a ring;

Robin sang: ‘Good morning

It’s time to meet the Spring!’

And they did!

 


 

 

 

Five crispy pancakes  O

 

 


Let each child decide what they want on their pancake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five crispy pancakes in a frying pan,

Flip them and toss them and catch them if you can.

Along came (child’s name) for a pancake one day,

Sprinkled it with sugar and took it away.

 

Four crispy pancakes in a frying pan...

Three crispy pancakes in a frying pan...

Two crispy pancakes in a frying pan...

One crispy pancake in a frying pan...

 

No crispy pancakes in a frying pan,

Time to tidy up, all spick and span.

And then next year on Pancake Day,

We’ll make more pancakes, hip, hip, hooray!

 

 


 

 

Five Spring flowers

 

 


Who’s afraid of thunder and lightning? Lots of youngsters! This rhyme might just make children more comfortable and hopefully excited at the prospect.

 

Line 1. Hold up and wiggle five fingers, 2-5. Wiggle thumb and then each of the fingers in sequence. 6. Clap hands loudly. 7. Draw a zigzag in the air. 8. Squeeze hands together and look afraid. 9. Shake your head and wag finger. 10. Raise hands up to the sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five spring flowers, all in a row,

The first one said, “We need rain to grow!”

The second one said, “Oh my, we need water!”

The third one said, “Yes, it is getting hotter!”

The fourth one said, “I see clouds in the sky.”

The fifth one asked, “I wonder why?”

 

Then BOOM went the thunder!

And ZAP went the lightning!

That springtime storm was really frightening

But the flowers weren’t worried – oh, no, no!

The rain helped them to grow, grow, GROW!


 

 

Five warm eggs 🔊

 

 


A number bond song for Easter.

Words and music by Veronica Clark.

How wonderful for children to watch young hatchling emerging from their shells. Ideally sing this song as the eggs break.

 

1. Hold up five fingers close them up with the other hand. 2. Tap back of with two fingers. 3. Open both hands up. 4. Rest one finger on the palm of one hand. Continue until there are five hatched eggs and no eggs in the incubator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five warm eggs in an incubator,

Tipper tipper tap and a little bit later

Broken shell in an incubator,

One damp chicken on the floor.

 

Four warm eggs in an incubator,

Tipper tipper tap and a little bit later

Broken shell in an incubator,

Two damp chickens on the floor.

.... etc

 


 

 

 

Here’s a baby birdie O

 

 


A lap game for a baby as below or an action game for a toddler.

Learn to go up and down the musical scale with this song. .

Show young children how they might move – older ones will have their own ideas especially for the dinosaur verse.

1. Hold baby ‘bird’ close .2.Touch head and wiggle bottom 3. Stretch legs and flap elbows 4. Lift baby up 5. Gently lower baby to the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here’s a baby birdie, hatching from a shell;

Out pops her head, then out comes her tail.

Now her legs she stretches, her wings she gives a flap.

Then she flies and flies and flies,

Now what do you think of that?

Down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down, BOOM !

 

Here's a baby dinosaur, hatching from a shell;

Out pops his head, then out comes his tail.

Now his feet he's stomping, he gives a little roar ROAR!

He turns around and turns around,

Then sits down on the floor!

Down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down, BOOM !


 

Hot cross buns O

 

 


This is a street cry used in days gone by to sell spicy buns with a white cross which are associated with Good Friday. These days you can buy such buns all the year round! Find out more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_Cross_Buns or http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8598312.stm

This song is often sung as a round.

Play a pat-a-cake clapping sequence with a partner; clap own hands, partner’s right hand and then left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hot cross buns,

Hot cross buns,

One a penny,

Two a penny,

Hot cross buns.

 

If you have no daughters,

Give them to your sons,

One a penny,

Two a penny,

Hot cross buns.

 

If your sons don't like them,

They're the only ones,

One a penny,

Two a penny,

Hot cross buns.

 

Buy them when they're hot

And eat them by the ton,

One a penny,

Two a penny,

Hot cross buns.

 

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