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Kid Songs and Rhymes of




A Hare Went Out for a Walk (Nursery Rhyme)  
Cossack Lullaby (Lullaby)  MP3 Midi
Do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti (Nursery Rhyme)  
Good Evening To You (A Carol)  Midi  
Ladybug Fly to the Sky
(Nursery Rhyme)  
Magpie - Magpie (Finger Play) MP3  
Pat-a-cake (Hand-Clapping Song) MP3  
Pussy-Cat (Lullaby)
Sleep (Lullaby)  Midi
Some Russian Tongue Twisters (Tongue Twisters)
The Crocodile (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
The Hussars Are Coming (Nursery rhyme)
The Priest Had a Dog (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
The Russian Doll (Rhyme Game) MP3
The Squirrel In the Cart (Choosing Rhyme)
The Thieving Magpie (Finger Play) MP3
The Tortoise (Finger Play) MP3
Tongue Twisters #2 (Tongue Twisters)  
Two Merry Geese   MP3 Midi  
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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of Russia:
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    The Tortoise – ???????...? – is a Russian finger play that you can enjoy reading below in Russian, English and French.  You can also hear a recording of the rhyme in Russian and French by Maya. MP3 Recording of ???????...? (The Tortoise) in Russian and French ???????...? ??? ?? ???? ???????...? ? ??????? ??? ?? […] Read more »
  • Here’s a video to hear animal sounds around the world... Bow Wow Meow – Animal Sounds in Different Languages from properniceinnit on Vimeo. The languages are: English, Mandarin, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Hindi, Canadian-French, Romanian, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Bengali, Brazilian-Portuguese, Colombian-Spanish, Swahili and Mongolian. Enjoy! Mama Lisa Read more »
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    Archeologists in Russia unearthed documents back in the 1950’s that were written on birch bark with a stylus.  Some of the documents were doodles by a 7 year old boy named Onfim from Novgorod.  Onfim was learning to write, but he doodled in the process.  Below you can see some of his drawings. In the […] Read more »
  • Guido wrote asking if anyone can help him find a childhood song that’s Russian.  Here’s his email: Hello! First of all, let me introduce myself: Guido Ruzzier, born in Trieste, Italy, in 1934. My father, Silvio Ruzzier, was born in Pirano, a small town near Trieste, in 1895: when he was born, and until the […] Read more »
  • Kim wrote asking for help with a Russian song.  Here’s her email: I believe this is a Russian folk song I learned at school many years ago.  I am unable to remember the last verse, but I do remember the tune.  I would appreciate any help to fill in the blanks  I believe it ends […] 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 […] Read more »
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    Gumdrop candy is associated with Christmas in many countries.  Gumdrops are used to decorate gingerbread houses.They’re also part of The Nutcracker, a popular ballet that’s performed at Christmastime.  In the ballet, sugarplum fairies and gumdrops dance.  Visions of dancing candy got me to thinking of making gumdrops for Christmas this year. Most of the gumdrop […] 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 »
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    We asked people how they say Murphy’s Law in other languages.  Murphy’s Law is the saying, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong".  Marina wrote from Russia, "…in my country Murphy's Law has the same name [and is also called] the Law of Meanness, or the law of bread and butter (if it's falling, […] Read more »
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    Let happiness the guarded treasure be of the mind’s padlock, and true love be key. -from The Padlock (circa 1788) Love Padlocks can bee seen throughout much of Europe and other places around the world like Taiwan.  Peter wrote, "Couples put their names on a lock and then lock them onto some public object to […] Read more »

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