"A Sailor Went to Sea" has fun actions that accompany it. Different versions of this song are sung throughout the English-speaking world.

A Sailor Went to Sea - (Australian Version) - Australian Children's Songs - Australia - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

This is also played as a hand-clapping game.

Game Instructions

Action Song:

1. On every "Sea, sea, sea": Put your right hand up to your forehead, over your eyes, like you're looking - 3 times.
2. On every "Chop, chop, chop": Put one hand out like an ax and "chop" inside the elbow of your other arm - 3 times.
3. On every "Knee, knee, knee": Clap your hands on your knees - 3 times.
4. On every "Toe, toe, toe": Touch your toes 3 times.
5. Timbuktu:
On "Tim": Put hands on your shoulders.
On "buk": Put hands on your head.
On "tu": Put hands up in the air.
6. On "Sea": Put your hand up to your forehead, over your eyes.
On "Chop": "Chop" your arm.
On "Knee": Clap your knees.
On "Toe": Touch your toes.
On "Tim-buk-tu": Hands on shoulders, head and then up in the air.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - A Sailor Went to Sea - (Australian Version)

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Nurcan for bringing this song to my attention! Thanks to Glenda for help with the actions!

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