Songs I Remember From Childhood

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Do you remember any favorite songs or games from your childhood days? Ever wonder why and how they could linger in our minds and hearts for so long? What is about childhood memories that make them such an important part of our lives? What is about those lifelong friendships that help us to remember some very special people who were important in our lives?

Remembering the days!

Let's take a moment together to think about the days when we were happy and playful children. Remember how we could find ways of entertaining ourselves and our friends each of us entertaining each other.

It wasn't based on fancy toys or how many economic or materialistic items we had. We learned at a very early age to be appreciative of the simple things in life. Singing and playing games were among some of life's greatest treasures for me as a child and still today as an adult.

Now remembering what some of the first songs that were sung with us in our early years may call for a few family interviews, but for some of us because of the longevity of them, we can still recall many of them today. Anybody remember this one?

Hush Little Baby, Don't Say A Word
Hush little baby, don't say a word,
Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird
I that mockingbird won't sing,
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring.
If that diamond ring turns to brass,
Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass.
If that looking glass gets broke,
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat.
If that billy goat won't pull,
Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull.
If that cart and bull turn over.
Papa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover
If that dog named Rover won't bak,
Papa's gonna buy you a horse and cart.
If that horse and cart fall down.

Thinking Back

Do you remember how we could play London Bridges for such a long time? We would play until everyone had a chance to go through the London Bridge line.

London Bridge

London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down,
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.
Build i up with iron bars,
iron bars, iron bars.
Shake him (her) up with pepper and salt...
Away you will go...
( Repeat)



Then we started practicing many call and response songs. This is a great one to begin to
begin with. Call and response songs are representative of a leader saying the first part and then the group repeats or responds to the leader in repetition or by responding to a question or comment. Here is an example of a call and response:

Charlie Over the Ocean

Leader: Charlie over the ocean
Group: Charlie over the ocean,
Leader: Charlie over the sea,
Group: Charlie over the sea.
Leader: Charlie caught a banana
Group: Charlie caught a banana
Leader: But he can't catch me, he can't catch me.
Group: But he can't catch me, he can't catch me.

Repeat: Add fruit, animals, sea creatures, foods, etc.


Looking Back

There were some circle games that we played that were representative of tradition and long-term generations of children playing. Such a circle game is:

Little Sally Walker

Little Sally Walker sitting in a saucer, (sit down in the middle of the circle)
Rise Sally, rise and wipe your weeping eyes (stand up and wipe eyes)
Fly to the east, and fly to the west, (use both hands as if flying)
Fly to the one that Sally loves the best.

Now put your hands on your hips Put both hands on hips)
and let your backbone slip (shake body from side to side)
Shake it to the east, shake it to the west,
Shake it to the one that Sally loves the best.

Here is another fun game that we played as a group- each blue bird can also have a partner to help as each one goes through the bluebird line.

Blue Bird

Blue bird, blue bird through my window,
Blue bird, blue bird, through my window.
Oh, Johnny I'm tired. Take that little bird,
pat him on the shoulder, take that little bird
and pat him on the shoulder.
Oh, Johnny I'm tired. Take that little bird,
pat him on the shoulder, oh Johnny I'm tired.


*You may substitute the children's real names when going through the various windows.

Singing Back!

Now whether you lived on a farm or not, the children certainly enjoyed one of the long term favorites that could go on for long periods of time.

The Farmer in the Dell


The farmer in the dell, he farmer in the dell,
heigho the merry-o, the farmer in the dell.
The farmer takes a wife...
The farmer takes a wife,
heigho the merry-o, the farmer takes a wife.

The wife takes a child,
the wife takes a child,
heigho the merry-o, the wife takes a child.

The child takes a nurse,
the child takes a nurse,
heigho the merry-o, the child takes a nurse.

The nurse takes a dog,
the nurse takes a dog,
heigho the merry-o, the nurse takes a dog.

The dog takes a cat,
the dog takes a cat,
heigho the merry-o, the dog takes a cat.

The cat takes a rat,
the cat takes a rat,
heigho the merry-o, the cat takes a rat.

The rat takes the cheese,
the rat takes the cheese,
heigho the merry-o, the rat takes the cheese.

The cheese stands alone,
the cheese stands alone,
heigho the merry-o, the cheese stands alone.

Playing Back!

Some of you remember the rhyming chants that turned into partnership or group circle games. How about these?

Hokey Pokey and Looby Loo

Here we go loopy loo,
Here go loop-dy ly
Here we go loop-dy loo
All on a Saturday night.

You put your right foot in,
You take your right foot out,
You put your right foot in and shake it all about.
You turn your self around and that's what it's all about.

Here we go loop-dy loo
Here we go loop-dy ly,
All on a Saturday night.

You put your left foot in,
You take your left foot out,
You put your left foot in and shake it all about.

You turn yourself around and that's what it's all about!



Creating Back!

Try playing some more childhood childhood games that have traveled all over the world. One version or another is practiced today:

Miss Mary Mack

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack,
All dressed in black, black, black
With silver buttons, buttons,
All down her back, back, back.

She asked her mother, mother, mother
For fifty cents, cents, cents
To see the elephant, elephant, elephant
Jump over the fence, fence, fence
She jumped so high, high, high,
She touched the sky, sky, sky.

And she never came back, back, back
Till the fourth of Ju-ly, ly, ly.


Version Two:

Miss Mary Mack


Miss Mary Mack,
Dressed in black,
With silver buttons,
Up and down her back.
(Hei-o, hei-o)- Put thumb and fingers out and pull in toward you

Give me a nickel,
Give me a dime,
See my honey baby all the time.
Hei-o, hei-o, hei-o.

Went to the river,
Couldn't get across,
Got in trouble with my boss.
Hei-o, hei-o, hei-o.

Wibbily Wobbily Wee
Wibbily wobbily wee,
an elephant sat on me.
Wibbily wobbily wu,
an elephant sat on you.
Wibbily, wobbily Alissa,
An elephant sat on Walissa.

Specialty: Add a "W" in front of each child's name. The children love the silly sounds of their newly created names!



Oh My I Want A Piece of Pie
(Call and response)

Leader: Oh my, I want a piece of pie,
Children: Oh my, I want a piece of pie.
Leader: The pie's too sweet,
Children: The pie's too sweet.
Leader: I want a piece of meat,
Children: I want a piece of meat.
Leader: The meat's too brown,
Children: The meat's too brown.
Leader: I've got to go to town
Children: I've got to go to town
Leader: The town's too far,
Children: The town's too far.
Leader: I've got to catch a car,
Children: I've got to catch a car.
Leader: The car had a wreck,
Children: The car had a wreck.
Leader: I nearly broke my neck.
Children: I nearly broke my neck.
Leader: My neck has a pain,
Children: My neck has a pain.
Leader: I've got to catch a train.
Children: I've got to catch a train.
Leader: The train's too slow
Children: The train's too slow.
Leader: I fell and bumped my toe
Children: I fell and bumped my toe.
Leader: Oh my, no more pie!
Children: Oh my, no more pie!

Making Our Toys Back!

It's time to start keeping a collection of disposable materials for children to be able to create their own toys. While all of the commercial toys are wonderful, children still enjoy their own creations.

Save some of these throw aways for children to create and make their own original toys

Toilet paper, paper towel and wrapping paper rolls
Wrapping paper
Newspaper
Brown paper bags, all sizes
Other paper bags, varying sizes and colors
Boxes, varying sizes
Cardboard, various sizes
Gift boxes, cereal boxes, jewelry boxes
Cups, plastic, styrofoam and paper
plastic spoons, forks and knives
thread rolls
Yarn
Rope

String
Cloth, fabric
different paper- crepe, construction, typing, lined, unlined, easel, newsprint, corrugated, tissue
Glue, tape- masking, clear, duct, mailing, scotch, colored

Stapler, paper clips, varying sizes and colors
Paper hole punchers
Measuring materials such as cut-out strips, cardboard strips, rulers, measuring sticks, measuring tapes

Keep adding to the list and enjoy what children do with the materials!

As children use their imaginations creating toys, scenery and background, here is a
song for them to try!

Th Eency Weency Spider

The eency weency spider climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
And the eency weency spider climbed
up the spout again!

Imagining Back!

Here is an old familiar song/fingerplay that can be used, adapted and expressed in different languages and sign!


One Two, Buckle My Shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe,
Three, four, shut the door,
Five, six, pick up sticks,
Seven, eight, lay them straight.
Nine, ten, a big fat hen,
Eleven, twelve, dig and delve.

(Spanish)
Uno, dos, buckle my shoe,
Tres, cuatro, shut the door.
Cinco, seis, pick up sticks.
Siete, ocho, lay them straight.
Nueve, diez, a big fat hen.

(Swahili- one of the languages spoke on the east coast of Africa)

Moja, mbili, bucke my shoe.
Tatu, nne, shut the door.
Tano, sita, pick up sticks
Saba, nane- lay them straight.
Tisa, kumi, the big fat hen.


Hello Song

Hello, hello, hello and how are you? (wave hands and point to person)
I'm fine, I'm fine and I hope you are too. (Point to self, make a round sign of hope with thumb and pointer, then point to another person and put up two fingers)

Hola, hola, y como estas?
Muy bien, muy bien,
you espero tambien. (Use same actions as above in English)

Jambo, jambo, jambo, sana jambo (hello, hello, hello everybody hello)
Jambo, jambo, jambo watoto jambo. (hello, hello, hello children hello)
Jambo, jambo, jambo sana jambo. (hello, hello, hello everybody hello)
Jambo, jambo, jambo rafiki jambo. (Hello, hello, hello friends hello)

Use your Imagination: Sign language- Use your imagination and create the signs for the words in english! Or if you want to be exacto, try searching the signs for the words in this song or create your own!

Styling Back!

Try playing a favorite childhood game with all of the actions and see how much fun you can have stylin' or chillin' with your friends:

Punchinella
Choose one two or three people to go in the center of the circle!
(Hold hands in a circle and move around in a circular way)

Look whose here punchinella, funny fella,
Look whose here punchinella in the shoe.
Now, what can you do ?__________(child's name in middle)
What can you do? (Child in the middle does some type of physical action)
(Everyone on the outside of the circle repeats the actions of the person in the middle)
Now we can do it too, Punchinella, Punchinella,
We can do it too, Punchinella in the shoe.

(Now person in the middle closes eyes and points to someone new to come in the middle to replace them until everyone who would like a chance does so)
Now choose who you want, Punchinella, funny fella, choose who you want,
Punchinella in the shoe.

Sportin' Back!

Jump rope rhymes and chants are wonderful for helping to keep the mind occupied and thinking in diverse ways, especially by using various body parts. Some jump rope chants will be around for a long time.

Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam, the queen of hearts,
Tell me the name of your sweetheart.
A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z.
Continue jumping until you miss- whatever letter you missed on, then think of a girl or boy's name with that letter.

Try playing hopscotch by drawing on the ground, putting masking tape on the floor or chalk on the sidewalk. Use jacks, rocks, sponges, foam balls, etc. as objects to toss during hop scotch.

Double Dutch- Takes some practice to learn how to turn with two jump ropes at the same time. Then it takes some very special practice to be able to jump in between two jump ropes without missing. Sing one of the favorite chants while jumping!

Dodge Ball-

This is still a fun game where children still run away from the ball, while another person tries to throw the ball and get you out of the game. Having a ball that is firm enough to throw for a distance but gentle enough not to hurt!

Backin' Back!

It wasn't too often that children would get to sing songs about an old man so this song has been special for a long time. That is why we are ending with this one because it truly takes us back in time. Perhaps you can remember one of your favorite childhood songs or games, that will help you to back back and remember back!

This Old Man

This old man, he played one,
He played knick-knack on my thumb,
with a knick-knack, paddy-whack, give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played two,
He played knick-knack on my shoe,
with a kincik-knack, paddy-whack, give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played three,
He played knick-knack on my knee,
with a knick-knack, paddy-whack, give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played four,
He played knick-knack on my door,
with a knick-knack, paddy-whack, give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played five,
He played knick-knack on my hive,
with a knick-knack, paddy-whack, give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played six,
He played knick-knack on my sticks,
with a knick-knack, paddy-whack, give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played seven,
He played knick-knack up in heaven,
with a knick-knack, paddy-whack, give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played eight,
He played knick-knack on the gate,
with a knick-knack, paddy-whack, give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played nine,
He played knick-knack on my spine,
with a knick-knack, paddy-whack, give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played ten,
He played knick-knack once again,
with a knick-knack, paddy-whack, give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

Backin' Back!

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Childhood, Childhood Memories, Games, Remembering, Remembering The Days, Remembering The Times, Remembrance, Singing, Singing Games, Singing Voice, Songs

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I am an early childhood educator and taught pre-school-kindergarten multi-age grouping classes and early childhood courses at the University of Northern Iowa. I also publish with expertscolumn.com
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author avatar Denise O
14th Jul 2012 (#)

You have brought me back to my childhood just by reading your wonderful article. Miss Mary Mack just makes me want to find a friend and do it right now.LOL
Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar g. kirklandholmes
15th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you so much for your comment. Now the object of success with Ms. Mary Mack is to see how many parts of the body you and your partner can use together- including moving up and down, sideways, back and forward! Get a group of friend and have a Ms. Mary Mack memory time! Thanks again!

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author avatar Martha Coan
25th Sep 2012 (#)

This is truly beautiful. I saw a little sign painted for a child's room with the words "and that's what it's all about.". I couldn't get it out of my mind, so today I typed in those few words and found all this wonderful "stuff" which brought back many memories. Thank you.

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