Why teach singing games?
For vitality, emotional engagement and fun
Keeping a steady beat is a necessary skill that is significantly correlated with reading achievement
To help children learn to get along with one another
VIDEOS OF SINGING GAMES
SINGING GAMES (demonstrated by Vincent Bates' students)
DANY ROSEVEAR'S VIDEOS and WEBSITE
Aiken Drum; little ones singing; in concert; acting it out
Alabama Gal (starts at 1:43 minutes); another version; another
All Around the Mulberry Bush
Apple on a Stick
Boom Chicka Boom, Boom Chicka Boom
Bow, Wow, Wow
Circle 'Round the Zero; adults
Cup Passing Game; another; Directions with I've Been to Harlem; directions.
Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
Down, Down, Baby, Down, Down, Baby (30 sec into tape); dad with baby; instructions.
Draw Me a Bucket of Water; another version; another.; another
Dum, Dum Dada
The Farmer in the Dell
Fiddle-i-Fee or Bought Me a Cat
Five Little Monkeys; child alone
Four White Horses; improvising movements
Frog in the Meadow
Great Big House
Green Sally Up
Handclapping games; Handclapping games
Head and Shoulders, Baby, another version; another
Here We Are Together
Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush
I Let Her Go Go
If You're Happy And You Know It
I've Been to Harlem
John Kanaka. sailors' version. French men's version
Little Bird; pictures of birds
Little Sally Walker; another
Miss Mary Mack; variation; classroom
Obo-shi-notten-totten; Swiss children variation
Oats, Peas, Beans; as a mixer with a whole school.
Ob-wi-sini-san; Ghanaian passing game; Kuraya Kuraya
Old Brass Wagon (choir); whole school
Paw Paw Patch
Pizza, Pizza, Daddy-O (at end of tape); variation
Ride that Pony; variation; variation
Skip to My Lou
Sleigh Bell Passing Game
There Was an Old Lady
This a Way, Valerie and variations: Zoodio, Step Back, Sally, Step Back, Sally
Tideo; another version; dance.
We Are Dancing in the Forest
Wheels on the Bus; animated
When I First Came to this Land; with photos.
Who Fed the Chickens?
Who Stole My Chickens and my Hens?; 3 motions
Who Stole the Cookie? and Who Stole the Cookie to learn English
Ziggy Zah; another version
An amazing history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past.
Includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys.
AMERICAN FOLK SONG COLLECTION
Holy Names University
Over 300 songs and games with recordings
CHILDREN'S MUSIC NETWORK
An organization dedicated to children's music making. Songs galore!
EDUCATIONAL CYBER PLAYGROUND
National Children's Folksong Repository
MAMA LISA'S WORLD
Songs and rhymes from around the world
NIEHS KIDS' PAGES
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Sing-Along songs for health and well-being
POPULAR SONGS IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Recordings of folk song melodies with the lyrics
Recordings with lyrics
SING UP SONG BANK
England's respository of songs, materials, lesson plans, and other aids for classroom teachers
SONGS TO SING IN THE CAR WITH KIDS