Hand Clapping Song
Ball Bouncing Rhyme
Hand Clapping Rhyme
Drop the Handkerchief Game
Hand Clapping Song
Jump Rope Song
Jump Rope Rhyme
Clapping Game for Babies
Clean Up Song
Hand Clapping Rhyme
Days of the Week Song
Call and Response Song
Fortune Telling Rhyme
Girl Scout Song
Finger Naming Rhyme
Boy Scout Song
New Year's Song
(A Wuni Kuni)
(When You Run and Run)
(Little Threads, Little Threads of Gold)
(Okki Tokki Unga)
(I Lost My Little Musician)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Joanie Calem sent us this article about a Jewish holiday called Purim. Joanie is a musician, singer/song-writer, and teacher. She moved to Israel when she was 15 and and lived there for 23 years. Now she lives in the US and is involved in music and story programs for children including one called, [...]
Helen Hyde (1868 – 1919) was an American painter, etcher and printmaker. Her work often depicted women and children in various countries around the world. She was a very modern woman who traveled extensively and even lived in Japan for 15 years – something that was very challenging for [...]
Josiah wrote asking for help with a rhyme you do while touching the parts of the face: I have been on a quest for my mother to help identify a thing that my great grandma did with babies when she was holding them. After tons of Internet searching trying to find individual words i did a […] [...]
Paula wrote looking for help with a Italian children’s song… My 92 year old mother sang many Italian songs to her grandchildren years ago. Now we're expecting another bambina, and all of us want to continue this wonderful tradition of singing in Italian to the children. [...]
Terry Haun wrote asking for info about a rhyme: My Grandmother sang a rhyme when she was a child (early 1900’s) and taught it to me and I taught it to my children. Although we have no idea where it came from, as she did not remember. Her great-grandfather was from England and came over [...]
Frère Jacques was the first foreign language song I learnt as a young child. It opened whole new possibilities about the human experience to me…. there was a place in the world where people said “frère” for brother. Instead of asking “Are you asleep?” They said, [...]
Ron wrote looking for help with a song his grandmother would sing to him… My Nonna (Diletta Da Vinchie) used to rock me to sleep when I was very little. She was born in Domegge Di Cadore Italy. All I can remember is the words and I’m probably pronouncing them wrong: Ta-Ling, Ta-Long, [...]
Eugene Field (1850 – 1895) is a beloved American children’s poet. Here’s a sweet poem he wrote to help put children to sleep at night. You can read the text and listen to a recording of the poem in the YouTube video below… The Rock-A-By Lady By Eugene Field The Rock-a-By [...]
The game of Five Stones is also known as Knucklebones. It’s a time-honored game that was played in ancient Greece, Rome and even earlier. Nowadays, in the US it’s played with jacks. In some parts of the world it’s played with 5 flat stones or pebbles. In other places, it’s [...]
Mama Lisa’s World is 20 years old this year! Over the many years, we’ve been collecting songs with many versions around the world usually in different languages. Some examples are “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, “Happy Birthday to You” and “Frère [...]
Featuring Mother Goose Nursery RhymesSome rhymes are illustrated and some are narrated
(In English & French)
A small school in Tokyo, Japan that specializes in children's ESL. They create cd's of simple English songs for young children and for children learning English as a second language. You can visit their site with your children or students to watch their fun online videos and for activities that go along with the songs.
100 Songs With Sheet Music And Links To Recordings
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - Kid Songs Around The World is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
In Kid Songs Around The World we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe. (Over 350 pages!)
Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music.
All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance.
Each includes a beautiful illustration.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of the songs and what they've meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!
This is a downloadable e-book, which you will gain access to immediately. (It is not a physical book.)