Winter songs A-H

Bread and milk for breakfast

Chickadee

Come here, little Robin

Dance like snowflakes

Dress up warmly

Falling snow

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 the snowman

Frosty weather, snowy weather

Funny little snowman

Goodbye old year

Hands are cold and feet are cold

Hedgehog hibernates

Here we come a-wassailing

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: 12/29/2020 2:49 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!


 

 

Falling snow 🔊

 

 


A poem by anonymous. Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Whirl and twirl like the falling snow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


See the little snowflakes,

Falling from the sky;

On the hills and housetops,

Soft and thick they lie.

On the window ledges,

On the branches bare;

See how fast they gather,

Filling all the air!

 

Look into the garden,

Where the grass was green;

Covered by the snowflakes,

Not a blade is seen.

Now the bare black bushes,

All look soft and white,

Every twig is laden,

What a pretty sight!


 

 

 

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 the snowman  🔊

 

 


A story of a magical snowman written by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson. It was made popular by Gene Autry who had prevoisly recorded ‘Rudolf the red nosed reindeer’. Find out more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frosty_the_Snowman 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,

With a corncob pipe and a button nose,

And two eyes made out of coal.

Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale they say,

He was made of snow but the children know

How he came to life one day.

 

There must have been some magic

In that old silk hat they found,

For when they placed it on his head,

He began to dance around.

 

Oh, Frosty the snowman was alive as he could be,

And the children say he could laugh and play,

Just the same as you and me.

 

Thumpity, thump, thump,

Thumpity, thump, thump,

Look at Frosty go.

Thumpity, thump, thump,

Thumpity, thump, thump,

Over the hills of snow!

 

Frosty the snowman knew the sun was hot that day,

So he said, “Let's run and we'll have some fun

Now before I melt away.”

 

Down to the village, with a broomstick in his hand,

Running here and there all round the square saying,

“Catch me if you can!”

 

He led them down the streets of town right to the traffic cop.

And he only paused a moment

When he heard him holler “Stop!”

 

For Frosty the snowman had to hurry on his way,

But he waved goodbye saying, “Don't you cry,

I'll be back again some day.”

 

Thumpity, thump, thump…


 

 

 

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!


 

 

Funny little snowman 🔊

 

 


Can be played as a hand play as below or a still / fast movement action game.

Written by Louise B. Scott. Music adapted and arranged by Dany Rosevear.

Place one fist on the other. Ring eyes with thumb and forefinger, hands make hat on head. Draw smile. Rub arms. Point to sun. Roll arms fast round each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Funny little snowman,

Round and fat,

With your eyes of coal and your stove pipe hat.

 

Funny little snowman,

Smiles all day ,

When the wind is cold and the skies are grey,

 

Funny little snowman,

Sees the sun,

Quick! Little snowman, Run! Run! Run!


 

 

Goodbye old year 🔊

 

 


Dragon is on the move. One for Chinese New Year. Not sure where this one came from – probably a more recent offering. It would be good with loud percussion instruments combined with a Chinese dragon dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Goodbye old year, Celebrate the new one.

This is the dragon’s time,

We can have some good fun!

Dragon’s play, Cymbals crash!

Dragons leap, Colours flash!

Goodbye old year, Celebrate the new one.

This is the dragon’s time,

We can have some good fun!

Ribbons wave, Red and gold

Dancers move Strong and bold!


 

 

 

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.


 

 

Hedgehog hibernates 🔊

 

 


A winter handplay. An opportunity to consider the animals that need to hibernate once the winter chill settles in. This rhyme come from a site where you can find out more about such creatures: http://www.ks1resources.co.uk/thumbs-38-4.pdf

Music by Dany Rosevear.

Rub arms. Interlink fingers to make hedgehog, pull into chest.Fingers move through the air. With palms curled up touching thumbs make a circle. Make pile of leaves with finger tips. Make hedge hog. Put hands to cheek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here comes winter, cold and grey,

The hedgehog tucks itself away.

Here comes ice and frost and snow,

It needs somewhere warm to go.

Here comes mist and freezing fog,

Here's a good old hollow log,

Inside a pile of leaves so deep;

It curls up tight and goes to sleep.


 

 

Here we come a-wassailing 🔊

 

 


A festive song to greet the New Year, a version made familiar by the Watersons.

Chosen as it is not unusual for rather scrawny red foxes to visit our garden and settle and sleep in perfect circles on piles of grass cuttings in the sunshine. Just love to watch them saunter through the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green,

Here we come a-wandering so fairly to be seen,

Now is winter-time; stranger travel far and near,

And we wish you, send you, a happy New Year.

 

Bud and blossom, bud and blossom, bud and bloom and bear,

So we may have plenty of cider all next year;

Apples all in capfuls and bushel bags and all,

There’s cider running out of every gutter hole.

 

Down in yonder muddy lane there sits an old red fox,

Starving and a-shivering and licking his old chops;

Bring us out your table and spread it if you please,

And give us hungry wassailers a bit of bread and

cheese.

 

I've got a little purse and it's made of leather skin,

A little silver sixpence would line it well within;

Now is winter-time; strangers travel far and near,

And we wish you, send you, a happy New Year.

And we wish you, send you, a happy New Year.


 

 

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