Jump Rope Song
Hand Clapping Rhyme
Ball Bouncing Rhyme
Jump Rope Rhyme
Chinese Jump Rope Rhyme
(Oh! If My Monk Wanted to Dance)
(At the Clear Fountain (Chop the Wood))
(Hello, Hello, Sir!)
(Lark, Nice Lark)
(To the Chant of the Lark)
(By My Fair One's Side)
(Baby Has Disappeared)
(Good Man, Good Man)
(Bonhomme, Bonhomme, Do You Know How to Play?)
(Happy Birthday to You )
(It's the Oar)
(In My Right Hand I Hold a Rosebush)
(Two Little Sparrows)
(Sleep, My Little One )
( Sleep, Pinoche)
(I Have Two Eyes)
(I'm Going to Wash Your Hair for You)
(The Snow is Falling)
(The Rose in the Woods)
(The Grey Pony)
(My Little Cow)
(My Grandfather Has Three Pigs)
(Salad, Salad, I am Sick)
(On the Bridge of Avignon)
(Three Times You Will Pass)
(One, Two, Three, Four,Five, Six, Seven)
(A Yellow Leaf)
(A Little Baby)
(Here Comes the Wind)
(I Went to the Market)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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.)
Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Canada and more.
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, [...]
Did you know there’s a spoof version of Frère Jacques in France? It’s a good song for when you’re trying to teach (or learn) the names of fruits and vegetables in French. It’s also helpful for pronunciation. Below are the lyrics with an English translation and an MP3 [...]
The Telephone Game is played all around the world. To play, a group of children sit in a circle. The first child whispers something into the ear of the person next to him. That person in turn whispers the same sentence into the ear of the person next to her and so on around the circle. […] [...]
The song “Ani Couni” is known in many countries around the world. Many believe it’s an Iroquois song. But it’s actually an Arapaho ghost dance song, called Ani’qu ne’chawu’nani’. The Arapaho tribe was loosely aligned with the Lakota and Dakota tribes. [...]
Certain sounds are difficult to pronounce in French. The vowel combination "ui" can be a tricky one for English speakers. To pronounce "ui", you should pucker your mouth like you’re going to say "u" but quickly say "we" instead. Monique from France has [...]
Canadian singer and songwriter, Leonard Cohen passed away last week. He was 82 years old. Cohen is best known as the writer of the popular song "Hallelujah". In honor of his life it seems fitting to listen to his rendition of the song. You can hear it in the YouTube video below… [...]
"The Whale" was written by American author Ellis Parker Butler (1869 – 1937). Below you can read this jocular poem and listen to two different recordings… MP3 Recording of The Whale (Read by Tovarisch) MP3 Recording of The Whale (Read by Beth Thomas) The Whale by Ellis Parker [...]
We’re proud to announce the launch of our Kids Songs around the World downloadable book! It includes 100 songs from across the globe in their original languages and with English translations. Many include sheet music, illustrations and links to where you can hear the songs or watch a [...]
I made a Yule Log Cake (in French, Bûche de Noël) this year for dessert on Christmas! It was a yellow cake with custard inside and chocolate ganache icing on the outside. You can make one too! The Yule Log Cake (Bûche de Noël) is a traditional dessert that’s served for Christmas in [...]
There are many old cylinder recordings you can listen to online. Some are100 years old, so the quality varies. Check out these sites: UC Santa Barbara Library (Over 10,000 recordings – You can search by song type, language and subject.) Les pages de l’Archéophone (in French [...]
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French Children's Songs, Activities, etc.
French Children's Songs