Center for
Lifelong Music Making
Singing Games

 

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 singingin concertacting it out

Al Citron
Alabama Gal (starts at 1:43 minutes); another version; another
All Around the Mulberry Bush
Apple on a Stick

Banana Song
Bim Bum
Boom Chicka Boom, Boom Chicka Boom

Bow, Wow, Wow

Circle 'Round the Zero; adults
Cup Passing Game; anotherDirections with I've Been to Harlemdirections.

Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky

Down, Down, Baby, Down, Down, Baby
(30 sec into tape); dad with babyinstructions
Draw Me a Bucket of Water; another versionanother.; 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

Hambone

Handclapping games; Handclapping games
Head and Shoulders, Babyanother 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

Jingle Bells
John Kanaka. sailors' versionFrench men's version

Little Bird; pictures of birds
Little Sally Walker; another
Lucy Locket

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
Punchinella

Ride that Pony
variation; variation
Rig-a-jig-jig
Rockin' Robin

'Simmons

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 versiondance.

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


RESOURCES

AMERICAN SONG

http://amso.alexanderstreet.com/
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
http://kodaly.hnu.edu/
Holy Names University
Over 300 songs and games with recordings

CHILDREN'S MUSIC NETWORK
http://www.cmnonline.org/index.htm
An organization dedicated to children's music making.  Songs galore!

EDUCATIONAL CYBER PLAYGROUND
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/NCFR/NCFR.html
National Children's Folksong Repository


MAMA LISA'S WORLD
http://www.mamalisa.com/index.html
Songs and rhymes from around the world

NIEHS KIDS' PAGES
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/music.htm 
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Sing-Along songs for health and well-being

POPULAR SONGS IN AMERICAN HISTORY
http://www.contemplator.com/america/
Recordings of folk song melodies with the lyrics


SCOUT SONGS
http://www.scoutsongs.com/categories/patriotic-songs.html
Recordings with lyrics


SING UP SONG BANK
http://www.singup.org/songbank/song-bank/
England's respository of songs, materials, lesson plans, and other aids for classroom teachers

SONGS TO SING IN THE CAR WITH KIDS
https://www.titlemax.com/songs-to-sing-in-the-car-for-kids/