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Kid Songs and Rhymes of




Apple, Papple, Pirum, Parum (Counting-out Rhyme)  
Bridge, Bridge, Breja (Game Song)  
Brother Jacob   MP3 Midi
Dance My Doll   Midi  
It Was a Little Mouse (Nursery Rhyme)  
Dinkeli dunkeli doja (Nursery Rhyme)
I Walk Alone and Wander Here (Traditional Song)  Midi
Fly, Ugly Fly (Tongue Twister)
Good Evening (Christmas Song)  Midi
Gold-hen, Gold-cow! (Nursery Rhyme)
Our Lady Ladybug! (Nursery Rhyme)
Little Light (Riddle)
Little Snail   Midi  
Little Tumble (Nursery Rhyme)
Little Roll (Nursery Rhyme)
Amble On   Midi
Grandma's Little Crow (Lap Rhyme & Circle Game)  
We are All Mama's Kids (Christmas Song)  Midi  
Ole Dole Doff (Counting-out Rhyme)
The Priest's Little Crow (Circle Game)  
Santa Lucia (Santa Lucia Song)  MP3 Midi  
The Little Frogs (Circle Dance Song)  
Silent Night, Holy Night (A Carol) Midi
The Gnomes' Christmas Night (A Carol)  Midi
Thumb Tot, Spatula (Finger and Toe Naming Rhyme)
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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of Sweden:
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    Do you remember doing the Bunny Hop? I learnt it as a kid in the early ’70’s in dance class.  The Bunny Hop and the Finnish Folk Dance called "Letkajenkka" (aka Letkis) are nearly identical.  Both became a dance craze around the world. The Bunny Hop became popular in the early 1950’s.  The Ray Anthony […] Read more »
  • Jessica wrote, "Here is the video of my husband’s great grandma (102) reciting a fingers and toes rhyme (Swedish origin perhaps?)." Can anyone help identify the language of the rhyme, write out the words and/or help with a translation?  If so, please comment below or email me. Thanks in advance! -Mama Lisa Read more »
  • Bob Anderson wrote looking for help with a Swedish childhood rhyme.  Here’s his question: Do you know of a children's verse my dad (born 1879) used to do with the grandkids?  He would bounce them on his knees, holding their hands, and at the climax, open his knees and drop them down as if to […] Read more »
  • Bonnie wrote asking for help with a Swedish lullaby.  Here’s her email: Hello!  I just discovered your lovely site when looking for more words to a Swedish lullaby my father (85) tried to remember all his adult life.  We only have this little bit: Ro, ro sharen Placka biben baren Do you know any more?  […] Read more »
  • Elizabeth wrote asking for help with a Swedish song.  Here's her note: My Swedish mother would sing a Swedish song to me as she bounced me on her knee. In Swedish it started out, "Mormor’s lilla lassa". Her English translation was: "Once there was a little boy and he wanted to go for a ride, […] Read more »
  • Florence wrote asking for help finding a childhood story.  Here's her letter: Hello Lisa, My Grandpa was Swedish and when I was growing up he and my Dad would tell us a story about Uncle Bobby and his two monkeys; Jim & Jockle (sp?). They were naughty little monkeys. That’s about all I can recall. […] Read more »
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    Rhiannon Daymond-King sent me a counting-out rhyme called "Zinty Tinty" with this note: "I was taught a counting rhyme by my father, who said it came from his mother. Her mother was Swedish, so he thought it was in Swedish (or possibly Norwegian given that the part of the country she was from used to […] Read more »
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    Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili, […] Read more »
  • Kendall Bergstrom wrote to me asking for help with a Swedish Christmas song about Santa having a cold.  Here’s what he wrote: Hello, Do you have the song about Santa and his cold during Christmas time?  My father used to sing it every Christmas eve, and it ended with Santa sneezing saying, "Achee Achee Achee […] Read more »
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    Santa Lucia's Day is celebrated on December 13th in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. It commemorates the life of Santa Lucia, who is also known as Saint Lucy.  It’s the beginning of the Christmas season in those countries and is a celebration of light - at the time of year when the world is darker.  […] Read more »

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