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Does anyone know any good ring game songs. We currenly play isn;t it funny but i know there is one somethin about posting a letter and dropping it does anyone know the full song? and another one about going to tea????

I would be very gretaful if anyone knew how these went plus any other good ones???

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I sent a letter to my love

And on the way I dropped it

Someone must have picked it up

And put it in their pocket

 

There was a great thread some time ago about Circle Games which had alot I had forgotten about. Its late now but I'll try and find a link for it tomorrow. Would be good to see if anyone else has anymore ideas too. :)

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I'm a spider and I'm waiting for a fly

If you come into my web you're going to die.

Do not struggle do not shout

I will never let you out, I'm a spider and I'm waiting for a fly.

 

Fly was caught so first of all she gave a shout (HELP)

Struggled hard and turned her body round about

With her leg she gave a kick

Where the web was not so thick

Fly was lucky she was soon seen flying out

 

I can't think what the tune is, I can hum it if you want! Very similiar to Bear and honey to play-child in middle, chooses second child, both run round circle and it all starts again

Posy

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Hi all

 

my deputy and the children like to sing.... see the little sandy girl

we change the words for a boy :)

 

children sit in a circle, one child in the middle, we sing the rhyme

 

see the little sandy girl, sitting by the shore

shes been crying because shes all alone

stand up sandy girl, and wipe your tears away

choose the one you love the best and off you go to play

 

and then the child picks someone to dance with while we all repeat the tune with

 

la la la lar lar la la lar etc

 

xD:(:( sitting here singing it to myself and unless you know the tune you will not have a clue what i'm on about :(

 

perhaps we need to find a way of adding attachments so we call all sing to each other! :o

 

Jo

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Our children also love sandy girl only our words are a bit diferent

 

see the little sandy girl/boy sitting on the shore

sighing crying until her/his eyes are sore.

Stand up sandy girl/boy, wipe your tears away

choose the one who sings the best and ask them out to play

 

lalalal etc

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Our version is slightly different again:

 

See the little sandy girl/boy, sitting on a stone,

Crying, weeping because s/he's all alone,

Stand up sandy girl/boy, wipe your tears away,

Choose the one you like the best and dance and dance away.

 

La la, etc

 

My children love it, and I now can't get the damn tune out of my head!

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Mine love doing Charlie over the ocean:

 

The 'charlie' walks round the circle of seated children and sings:

Charlie over the ocean

 

Charlie over the sea

 

Charlie caught a big fish

 

You can't catch me

 

As each line is sung it is repeated by the circle. As it finishes 'Charlie' taps someone on the shoulder and they chase around the circle with Charlie aiming to get back to that place first.

 

You'll have to make up your own tune!

 

AOB

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To the tune of I hear thunder:

 

Where is ......... (insert name)

Where is .........

Please stand up

Please stand up

Run around the circle

Run around the circle

Please sit down

Please sit down

 

- the action word can be changed to any type of movement.

 

It's a good one for helping the children to learn each other's names and for finding out who is listnening!

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I like that one ASPK andIve not heard that or the Charlie over the ocean one. I always find Duck, duck, goose goes down well but I dont play it until I feel the children are secure within their group. It can be very interesting to see the group dynamics when playing this.

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This is one I remember from when I was little, a girl was chosen as the princess and lay in the middle of the circle and a boy marched around the outside of the circle waiting for his cue, the rest of us stood holding hands and played out the actions of the fairy waving her wand, the forest growing, the prince cutting it down. The rest you might need to make up it was a long time ago now. The only reference I can find is this so you'll have to be patient... This is the verses in full here

and this is the sequence...

 

There was a princess long ago...

 

And she lived in a big high tower...

 

One day a fairy waved her wand...

 

The princess slept for a hundred years...

 

A great big forest grew around...

 

A gallant prince came riding by...

 

He took his sword and cut it down...

 

He took her hand to wake her up...

 

There could be a verse missing about them living happily ever after but I couldnt find it. :D

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Our children enjoy duck, duck, goose, too, but we don't play it much anymore since one little boy tripped and fell in his excitement at being chased, breaking his arm in two places! He was very brave and mum and dad very understanding, but the staff member involved was distraught, even though we and the parents reassured her it was just an accident!

 

Sue

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As non-pc as it may be our children really love The Farmer's in the Den!

 

They don't seem to mind that it may be a girl farmer with a boy wife or whatever!

 

If you have This Little Puffin there is a whole section of ring games

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There are a few suggestions in the Playing with Sounds folder

most have been suggested already I think

In and out the dusty blue bells

Here we go round the mulberry bush

The big ship sails on the alley alley o

Oranges and Lemons

Ring a ring of rose

 

Tracey my class love The farmers in his den

 

also there was a princess long ago

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I used to love a ring game called 'dree, dro dry droppit, I found a picture in my pocket, I lost it, I found it, dree, dro, dry , drop it'

 

If I remember rightly, we used to sit down in a circle and a child would walk around the outside of the circle carrying a beanbag...when we got to the last 'drop it' we would continue saying that until the child going around dropped the beanbag behind somebody. When the beanbag was dropped, the child who it is behind had to chase the other person and race to see who could get back to the space first. It was brill but obviously there were some falls!

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There are diff versions of rhyme:

 

In and out the dusky bluebells

In and out the dusky bluebells

In and out the dusky bluebells

I am the master

 

Pit-a-pat, pit-a-pat on my shoulder

Pit-a-pat, pit-a-pat on my shoulder

Pit-a-pat, pit-a-pat on my shoulder

I am the master.

 

 

2.Bluebells

 

This is the game we like to play.

 

We all stand in a ring and one person goes in and out of the ring tapping the others on the shoulder and singing:

 

Bluebell, Bluebell in and out your window

 

Bluebell, Bluebell in and out your window

 

Bluebell, Bluebell in and out your window

 

Johnny, I am tired

 

Take a little girl (boy) and tap her on the shoulder

 

Take a little girl (boy) and tap her on the shoulder

 

Take a little girl (boy) and tap her on the shoulder

 

Oh, Johnny I am tired.

 

3.

In and out the Scottish Bluebells (x3)

I am the leader

Tappa-rappa-rappa on your shoulder (x3)

I am the leader

 

 

There are others too! Got these via internet

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The dusty bluebells I know is

 

In and out the dusty bluebells (x3)

Who will be my partner?

(This sung whilst one child weaves in and out of the circle of children with their hands held up in arches)

 

Tippity Tappity on your shoulder (x3)

You will be my partner

(This child chooses someone and taps them on the shoulders from behind whilst singing this verse)

 

Then the first child holds the second child round the waist and the verses are repeated with the second child this time choosing someone. You continue until there are just 2 children left to form an arch. :)

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Hi all

 

my deputy and the children like to sing.... see the little sandy girl

we change the words for a boy :)

 

children sit in a circle, one child in the middle, we sing the rhyme

 

see the little sandy girl, sitting by the shore

shes been crying because shes all alone

stand up sandy girl, and wipe your tears away

choose the one you love the best and off you go to play

 

and then the child picks someone to dance with while we all repeat the tune with

 

la la la lar lar la la lar etc

 

:(:(:( sitting here singing it to myself and unless you know the tune you will not have a clue what i'm on about :wacko:

 

perhaps we need to find a way of adding attachments so we call all sing to each other! :o

 

Jo

 

 

We have a similar song to this called 'Mary is a weeping' ( we use childs name)

We've adapted the words a bit from the original

 

Child in middle of circle pretends to cry, we sing

 

Poor ..........is a weeping, a weeping, a weeping xD ( you can use the term crying)

Poor ..........is a weeping, on this cold rainy day ( or bright sunny day etc) :rolleyes:

 

adults asks "....Why are you weeping?

Child replies "I'm weeping for a playmate"

 

all sing "She/He's weeping for a playmate a playmate a playmate,

He's weeping for a playmate, on this cold rainy day :unsure:

 

Adult says, "Choose a playmate", Child chooses a playmate and they skip around the circle holding hands.

 

all sing and clap " Now ..........has got a playmate, a playmate, a playmate,

Now ..........has got a playmate, We've cheered up her/ his day" :D

 

Then it is the turn of the chosen 'playmate' to sit in the circle.

The children do love this song though and join in readily until everyone has had a turn, at the end we all stand up and skip round singing, we've all got lovely playmates, playmates, playmates,

We've all got lovely playmates, We're having a lovely day.

 

We've adapted the words a bit from the original

 

I do wait until all children are securely settled in before doing this song, last year a child pretended

to cry so well that she actually started crying and rushed off under a table, surprised and bemused about her emotional reaction. xD

The children do love this song though and join in readily until everyone has had a turn.

 

Peggy

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