Emanuela wrote from Italy: "'Seta moneta' is a rhyme that is used to relax children when they are little. It's said in a tone of voice that gets lower and lower, while the children close their eyes and they fall asleep with the last whisper. It's a sweet lullaby."

Seta moneta - Italian Children's Songs - Italy - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*A city in central Italy
**Note about Palfrey: "A palfrey is a type of horse highly valued as a riding horse in the Middle Ages. It is not a breed." -Wikipedia

FYI - "Moneta" can also be understood as "change"

Game Instructions

The way to play "Seta moneta" is with the child riding the adult's knees, the adult holds the child's hands and makes a push and pull saw movement.


This is a well-known version of Seta Moneta.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Emanuela for contributing this song. Translated by Monique Palomares.

Thanks to Lila Pomerantz for the drawing!

Grazzie mille!