"The Farmer in the Dell" is originally from Germany.

Game Instructions

The children form a circle holding hands. The one who is the "farmer" goes in the middle. The kids in the circle sing the first verse while going around. When the verse is over they stop and the "farmer" chooses a "wife"(sometimes without looking). The "wife" joins him in the middle of the circle for her verse. Then the "child" is picked and s/he goes in the middle of the circle and so on through all the verses, until only one person is left to become the last character. That child usually becomes the "farmer" for the next round.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Jen Muise for pointing out this song to me.