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El patio de mi casa
(Spanish Kids Song)

El patio de mi casa
The Courtyard of My House
Canción infantil
Children's Song

El patio de mi casa
Es particular :
Cuando llueve se moja
Como los demás.

Y vuélvete a agachar
Que los agachaditos
Saben bien jugar.

Hache, i, jota, ka
Ele, elle, eme, a,
Que si tú no me quieres
Otra niña me querrá.

Chocolate amarillo
Corre, corre, que te pillo
Estirad, estirad
que el demoño ha de pasar.

The courtyard of my house
Is special:
When it rains, it gets wet
As the others do.

Duck down,
And duck down again
The little ducked-down ones
Know well how to play.

H, I, J, K,
L, LL, M, A,
If you don't love me
Another girl will.

Yellow chocolate,
Run, run or I'll catch you,
Stretch, stretch
For the devil must pass by.
"El patio de mi casa" is a very well-known circle game. If you go on YouTube you can see people playing it in schools, at weddings and even in pools!

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Game Instructions

The children form a circle holding hands and walk around singing the first part of the song. When they reach "agáchate y vuélvete agachar" they should squat twice. When they reach "chocolate" they stop walking around and go forwards raising their arms. Then on "estirar…" they go backwards stretching their arms to form a large circle without letting go of each others' hands.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Cleofé García González for contributing this song and to Monique Palomares for translating it and creating the midi music.

Many thanks to Alicia Calvo for singing this song for us.

¡Muchas gracias!

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