Katalinka, szállj el - Hungarian Children's Songs - Hungary - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Game Instructions

The children walk in a circle.
1-2 line: They pretend to flap their wings with their hands.
3-4 line: They crouch down then rise slowly, holding out their hands (taking out the ladybug).
5-6 line: They turn round slowly.
7-8 line: They march stomping into the middle of the circle and clap once at the word "lőnek" meaning "shoot". Then they lift their hands and "let go of the ladybug".


It's interesting how it seems a ladybug is called "little Catherine" (Katalinka) in Hungarian, and "little Mary" (Mariquita) in Spanish.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Katalinka, szállj el

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Zsofia Valentin for contributing this song, for providing the English translation, score and game instructions. Thanks also to Monique Palomares for the midi music. Photo by Lisa Yannucci.

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