El conejo de la suerte - Spanish Children's Songs - Spain - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Alternate Version and Variations:

El Conejo de la suerte
Ha saltado (1) esta mañana
A la hora de comer (2).
Ding dong, ya llegó
Haciendo reverencias
Con cara de vergüenza (3).
Tú besarás al chico o a la chica
Que te guste más.

English Translation

The lucky rabbit
Hopped this morning
At mealtime.
Ding, dong, he's here
You will kiss the boy or girl
That you like best.

Variations corresponding to the numbers in the alternate version above:

(1) Can also be found as "ha partido" (left), "ha venido" (came), "ha llegado" (arrived)
(2) Can also be found as "hora de partir" (leaving time)
(3) Can also be found as "cara de inocencia" (innocent face)

Game Instructions

The children sit in a circle. Each kid has his right hand facing up on top of the hand of the kid on his right whose left hand is facing down. Hence the backs of the hands are touching. (So everyone's right hand is facing up and left hand is facing down.)

Throughout the game, everyone sings the song. Meanwhile, the person who begins the game claps the right hand of the person on his left with his right hand. Then he puts his hand back where it started. Then the kid whose hand he just clapped performs the same action to the kid on his left. This continues until the song ends.

The child on whom the song ends (on "más") must go and kiss or hug another player in the circle. This child will then begin the next round.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translations by Monique and Lisa.

Many thanks to Lila Pomerantz for the drawing.

¡Muchas gracias!