"This is sung to a game where a coin is passed secretly from one child to another, and children guess who ended up with the coin at the end of the song." -Lisa

This song is sometimes sung as, "Ringlein Ringlein du musst wandern" (Ring, Ring, Must You Wonder).

Taler, Taler, du musst wandern - German Children's Songs - Germany - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


A taler (also spelled "thaler") is any of various silver coins that served as a unit of currency in some Germanic countries between the 15th and 19th centuries. The word "dollar" has its origins in the German word "taler"

Game Instructions

This song can be played in a circle. You give a little something (a pebble, a coin…) to one child and he has to pass it to the next child without letting it show.



Many thanks to Ruth Müller for singing this song for us and for the game instructions!

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Lisa Stephan from the German Australian Playschool in Canberra, Australia, for contributing and translating this song and the picture.

Vielen Dank!