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Abel, Babel, Goose Bill (Ball Bouncing Song)
Evening Prayer (Traditional Song) MP3  
Every Year (A Carol)  MP3 Midi
All My Ducklings   Midi  
Apples, Pears and Spinach (Counting-out Rhyme)
Bake, Bake the Cake (Hand Clapping Game)  Midi  
Brother James   Midi  
The Fox Goes Around   MP3 Midi
The Gold-bird (Nursery Rhyme)
The Rooster Is Dead (Round)  Midi  
Evening Song (Lullaby)  Midi  
The Plumpsack Goes Around (Circle Game)  
The Sandman is Here (Lullaby)  MP3 Midi
This Is the Thumb (Finger Play)  
Sleeping Beauty   MP3 Midi
1, 2, Police, 3, 4, Officer (Counting-out Rhyme)
Eeny meeny miney mo (Counting-out Rhyme)
Duck, Duck, Goose (Circle Game)
There Was a Man (Hand Play Rhyme) MP3  
A Rose Has Sprouted (A Carol)  MP3 Midi
A Be-Ba-Boogeyman Dances (Circle Game Song)  Midi
Finger Play of the Family (Finger Play)  Midi
Good Evening, Good Night (Lullaby)  MP3 Midi  
Little Johnny   Midi  
Little Rose on the Moor (Traditional Song) Midi  
Heigh Ho, Hitch Up the Cart (Round)  Midi  
O Come, All Ye Faithful (A Carol) MP3  
Here You Have a Thaler (Nursery Rhyme)
Hop, Hop, Rider (Lap Rhyme)  Midi  
Hop, Hop, Hop!   Midi  
Hark What Comes from Outdoors (Traditional Song)  Midi  
I Am a Musician (Folk Song)  Midi  
I am Small (Bedtime Prayer)
I Go with My Lantern (Long Version) (St. Martin's Day Song)  Midi
I Have a Beautiful Lantern (St. Martin's Day Song)  Midi
In My Little Apple (Christmas Song)  
Is That a Dog? (Nursery Rhyme)
Chin Tipping (Finger Play)
Ring, Little Bell, Ring! (A Carol)  Midi
Nibble, Nibble, Gnaw (Nursery Rhyme)
Come Lord Jesus (Dinner-time Prayer)
Come, Dear May   Midi  
A Man Comes up the Stairs (Nursery Rhyme)
Cuckoo, Cuckoo   Midi  
La-Li-Loo (Lullaby) Midi
Let Us Be Happy and Lively (Saint Nicholas Song)  Midi  
Lantern, Lantern   Midi  
The Snow Falls Quietly (A Carol)  MP3 Midi
Lift Up Your Heads (A Carol) MP3
Grind, Grind, Porridge (Finger Play)
Maybug, Maybug (Nursery Rhyme)
Maybug, Fly! (Nursery Rhyme Song) Midi  
My Finger Goes in Circles (Counting-out Rhyme)
Moo, Moo, Moo (Counting-out Rhyme)
Nicholas, Come into Our House (St. Nick's Day Song)  Midi  
O Fir Tree (A Carol)  Midi
Ring-a-Ring-o'Roses (Nursery Rhyme)  Midi  
Roll, Roll, Roll (Rhyme) MP3  
Little Boat, Little Boat (Jump Rope Rhyme)
Sleep, Baby Sleep (Lullaby) MP3 Midi  
Sleep, Baby, Sleep! (Lullaby)  Midi
Sleep, Baby, Sleep! (Lullaby)  Midi
St. Martin (St. Martin's Day Song)
Silent Night (A Carol)  MP3 Midi
The Bells Never Sound Sweeter (A Carol)  Midi  
The Clock Canon (Round)  Midi
And Whoever Was Born in January (Circle Dance)  Midi  
Wake Up, Wake Up (Round)  Midi  
Goodbye Winter!   MP3 Midi  
Woolly Goslings   Midi  
Ten Little Fish (Finger Play)  
Two Frogs Bathe in a Pond (Nursery Rhyme)

German Dialect


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  •   - this song has a Video recording
Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of Germany:
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    Monique and I have been adding a lot of Drop the Handkerchief Games to Mama Lisa’s World.  This got Monique thinking about the actual meaning of handkerchief in different languages.  Here are some of her thoughts... "I was thinking about the word for handkerchief in some languages and it’s funny what they literally mean. In English,... Read more »
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    Written by Sadao Mazuka in Japan. The tune to "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" comes from Europe in the 18th century.  It has travelled all over the globe, from France, to the US, to Japan.  Here’s a breakdown of the route it’s taken... 1752 (France) - Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau composed the original tune to "Go Tell Aunt... Read more »
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    Eating bugs might sound disgusting to most of us today, but some people used to love it!  Maybugs or Cockchafers used to be a great nuisance to crops in Europe.  People were encouraged to hunt them down to lower their population.  There’s even a French song about hunting Maybugs called Il était un petit homme... Read more »
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    Monique Palomares wrote about a recent trip she took to Berlin, Germany.  While there she visited the outdoors East Side Gallery created on parts of the old Berlin Wall.  Here’s what she wrote: "The East Side Gallery is an open air gallery which was painted in 1990 on the East side of a section of the... Read more »
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    By Monique Palomares The bear is the symbol of the city of Berlin in Germany.  You can see it printed on mugs and magnets.  You can find different sized teddy-bears symbolizing Berlin. You can also find a bear map in a subway station showing which train to take. Though this one is... Read more »
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    By Monique Palomares I went to Berlin for the first time this Summer and discovered special crossing signs for pedestrians at traffic lights.  These crossing lights are originally from former East Germany.  There are male and female versions of these lights.  The male ones are called "Ampelmännchen" (single ones are called "Ampelmann").  The green ones with... Read more »
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    Here is a sweet video rendition of the German lullaby, Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf, followed by the German lyrics and an English translation. Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf, Der Vater hüt die Schaf, Die Mutter schüttelts Bäumelein, Da fällt herab ein Träumelein.... Read more »
  • Theresa wrote asking for help with a childhood rhyme that’s possibly of Russian or German origin: Greetings from WA State. My grandfather passed away years ago, and when I was a small girl, I remember him sitting little ones on his knee and bouncing them to a familiar sing-song.  I DO NOT have any idea what... Read more »
  • Liz wrote asking for help with a German Hand Game.  Here’s her email: Hi, My name is Liz, & I’ve been searching and searching for an old German hand game my dad has done with us since we were tiny – that was done with him when he was little by my grandmother. I’m sure over the... Read more »
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    Gingerbread Houses are made at Christmastime in Germany, the US and other countries around the world. Gingerbread Houses are intricately linked to the Grimm fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel.  In the story, two children, Hansel and Gretel get lost in the woods.  They come upon a house made of gingerbread covered in frosting and candy. ... Read more »

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