Jump Rope Rhyme
Hand Clapping Rhyme
Hand Clapping Song
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"Patience" is a great poem about the importance of forbearance. Often you’ll just hear the 1st verse recited like a proverb. You can listen to the poem below and read along with the text. MP3 of the Poem Patience Patience By Anna M. Pratt If a string is in a knot, Patience will [...]
I recently heard, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner" for the first time. It’s said when someone wins something. We were curious to learn more, so we asked on the Mama Lisa’s Facebook Group the question, "Do you ever say, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner"? If so, [...]
"The Whale" was written by American author Ellis Parker Butler (1869 – 1937). Below you can read this jocular poem and listen to two different recordings… MP3 Recording of The Whale (Read by Tovarisch) MP3 Recording of The Whale (Read by Beth Thomas) The Whale by Ellis Parker [...]
We’re proud to announce the launch of our Kids Songs around the World downloadable book! It includes 100 songs from across the globe in their original languages and with English translations. Many include sheet music, illustrations and links to where you can hear the songs or watch a [...]
Kinderjazz is a 12 piece fully acoustic swing orchestra from Australia. The band has recorded music specifically written to engage young children, while simultaneously appealing to adults of all ages. Kinderjazz's collection of blues, Latin, ragtime, jazz, and swing music is perfect for girls [...]
The Beatles are now on Spotify! What a nice holiday gift for all of us Spotify subscribers who are fans of The Beatles! Enjoy! Mama Lisa [...]
The Christmas carol "Deck the Hall" originally comes from the Welsh New Year’s Carol called Nos Galan ("New Year’s Eve"). Nos Galan is about spending New Year’s Eve with friends. It’s also about not spending more than you can afford for the [...]
Monique wrote from France about sayings related to days of the week. Here’s her email: Are there any idioms in English about the days of the week? In French, when we put a button in the wrong buttonhole, we call that "Boutonner lundi avec mardi." (Buttoning Monday with [...]
"The Little Blue Bus is the debut album from Michael O'Halloran, celebrated Australian singer/songwriter (and former primary school teacher). It's a 14 track collection of folk songs filled with gorgeous harmonies, lilting fiddle, washes of dobro (a resonator guitar), sweet mandolin [...]
Mrs. Mulligatawny is a poem by Arthur Macy about the value of thinking for yourself. Macy’s style reminds me of the writing of the American children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Both have fun making fun of human foibles! You can listen to a wonderful recording of the poem below and [...]
Australian children's playground activities in the early 21st century
Play and Folklore is a forum for discussion about childhood and children's culture. Play and Folklore was previously published as the Australian Children's Folklore Newsletter (1981-1996).
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