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Pat-a-cake songs can be found throughout the western world. They help teach children to use their hands…

Tapent, tapent, petites mains
Tourne, tourne, joli moulin,
Nage, nage, gentil poisson
Vole, vole papillon

Clap, clap, little hands,
Turn, turn, pretty mill,
Swim, swim, nice fish,
Fly, fly, butterfly!

We’d love for you to share a Pat-a-cake song from your country in the comments below or by emailing me.


Mama Lisa

PS I’m curious if there are Pat-a-cake Songs in Asia and Africa.


This artilce was posted on Friday, November 20th, 2009 at 6:51 pm and is filed under Children's Songs, Countries & Cultures, English, France, French, French Kids Songs, Hand Clapping Rhymes, Languages, Mama Lisa, Nursery Rhymes, Patty Cake Rhymes, Tape, tape, petites mains, YouTube. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

One Response to “Tapent, tapent, petites mains – Clap, Clap, Little Hands – A French Pat-a-cake Song with a YouTube Video”

  1. Pat-a-cake Songs from Indonesia with MP3’s and YouTubes | Mama Lisa's World Blog Says:

    […] in November I posted a French Pat-a-cake Song and talked about how this type of song seems to be universal throughout the western world. It looks […]

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