Seasonal songs

Spring A-C

A little seed

A speckled green frog

A Spring song

A sweet little robin

Apple trees in bloom

Caterpillar! Caterpillar!

Cherry blossoms

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken

Chicks grow into chickens

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

Cornish May song

Crocus, crocus waken up

Cuckoo, cuckoo

Also find poems and songs at:

Little Tommy Tadpole

Pussy willow

If you see a daffodil

 

Last updated: 4/17/2018 4:47 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 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.

 


 

 

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!

 


 

 

 

Caterpillar! Caterpillar!  🔊

 

 

 


A hand play for Spring.

A song written by Homer H. Harbour from ‘140 Folk Songs’ and published in 1922 to the music from a Russian folk song.

 

!st verse: 1.- 4. Wiggle finger up arm. 5. Shake finger. 6. Open and close thumb and forefinger then place them round eyes. 7. As before. 8. Cross hands at wrists and fly. 2nd verse: 1.- 2. Wiggle finger and hide under hand. 3.- 4. Wiggle finger, wind it and put hands together. 5. Place hands to cheek. 6. Cross hands and flap. 7. As before. 8. Cross hands and flap up and away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Caterpillar! Caterpillar!

You are such a pretty sight.

Caterpillar! Caterpillar!

Green and yellow, black and white.

Take care what you do,

Robins are a-watching you;

Take care what you do,

Sparrows are a-chasing you!

 

Caterpillar! Caterpillar!

Creep away and hide you soon.

Caterpillar! Caterpillar!

Spin yourself a warm cocoon.

Dark and silent lie,

Till you are a butterfly.

Dark and silent lie,

Till you are a butterfly.

 


 

 

Cherry blossoms 🔊

 

 


A poem by Elizabeth McKinnon. You will recognise the tune!

How beautiful the trees look covered in blossom.

 

1. Close fists and pull to chests. 2. Throw open fingers and gyrate hands. 3. Hands move like waves, twirl around. 4. Roll arms downwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Little cherry blossom buds

Closed up oh, so tight!

See them bursting into bloom,

Coloured pink and white.

 

Along comes the spring breeze,

Blowing all around,

And down fall the petals,

Twirling to the ground.

 


 

 

 

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."

 


 

 

Cornish May song 🔊

 

 

 


Adapted from the words of Sir Alexander Boswell 1775-1822 to the the 17th century Morris Dance ‘The Helston Furry dance’. It can be found in ‘This is Music’ published in Canada 1968.

 

Traditionally attach bells to wrist and ankles. Can be played in a circle or freely around the room. Make two step-hops on each measure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ye country maidens, gather dew,

While yet the morning breezes blow;

The fairy rings are fresh and new;

Do not disturb them as you go.

 

Arise, arise, the night’s away.

The skylark hails the dawn of day;

Care, get thee hence, from this place fly!

For mirth rules here this morn of May.

 


 

 

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.

 


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