Hunt the Cows

To play the game: One person is chosen as Music Leader and all join hands in a ring and step-hop(a slow, bouncy skip) to the left as the Music Leader starts the song and all join in singing. At, “The cows are lost,” all go down on one knee, still holding hands. At, “The sun […]

Big Fat Biscuit

Formation: Small group of students stand in a line.On the last word of the song or after the song ends, when everyone yells, “Jump!” students jump flat-footed as far as they can.

Fire in the Mountain

Formation: Students in 2 concentric circles. Students in the inner circle are sitting, and students in the outer circle are standing. The outer circle has one more person than the inner circle has.As students sing, the students in the outer circle walk around the seated inner circle. When the accompaniment suddenly stops (or teacher stops […]

Happy is the Miller

Formation: Students stand in two concentric circles (partners standing side by side, one in the inner circle and one in the outer circle) facing counterclockwise. One extra student (“It”) stands in the middle of the circle. Students in the circles march counterclockwise for the first three lines. On the last line of each stanza, students […]

Biddy Biddy Holdfast

Game DirectionsFormation: Seated circle of children; the players’ fists clenched and held close together. One child (standing) is the ring bearer, a second child (seated) is the seeker. Action: As the children sing, the ring bearer goes from player to player and secretly drops the ring into one of the fists. At the end of […]

Great Big House in New Orleans

Students stand in a circle; each student is given a number: One or Two. (See video below.)Verse 1 Ms (Measures) 1-2 – Ones step forward 4 steps (on the quarter note beats) Ms 3-4 – Ones step back 4 steps Ms 5-6 – Twos step forward 4 steps Ms 7-8 – Twos step back 4 […]

Paw Paw Patch

Formation: Students stand in two lines (Line 1 & Line 2), all facing forward.Verse 1 = Student 1 in Line 2 walks clockwise around Line 2 and Line 1 and back to original spot.Verse 2 = Same student walks around again, this time with all of the students in Line 1 following behind.Verse 3 = […]

Who’s That Tapping at the Window?

All students sing the first two phrases of the song.One student sing’s “I am tapping at the window”, another student sings” I am knocking at the door.”A student who has their back turned then guesses which students sang and responds by singing their answers back to the class. Ex: “Bobby is tapping at the window, […]

Let Us Chase the Squirrel Version 1: Here is an example video of how to play the game! Version 2: Formation: Students sit in a circle with the “Squirrel” (“It”) standing outside the circle holding a knotted handkerchief.As the song begins, “It” walks behind the circle. “It” taps a student on the shoulder with the handkerchief, drops it behind […]