Miss Lucy’s Playground Songs

Archive for the ‘Chants’ Category

When I was in camp as a child, we sang this song. There are a number of variations of this song on the internet, but this is the basic idea.

I created the following version as a compilation from a number of ones out there. It resembles closest to what I remember us singing.

One person leads, the rest of the group repeats each line after (action: slap hands on thighs like walking)

Goin’ on a bear hunt
(kids echo: bear hunt)

Gonna catch a big one
(kids echo: a big one)

I’m not afraid
(action: shake head no)

What’s that up ahead
(action: shade eyes with hand, look around)

A field.
Can’t go around it
(kids echo: around it)
Can’t go under it
(kids echo: under it)
Can’t go over it
(kids echo: over it it)
Gotta go through it
(action: rub hands together)
(kids echo: though it)

A lake
Can’t go around it
(kids echo: around it)
Can’t go under it
(kids echo: under it)
Can’t go over it
(kids echo: over it it)
Gotta swim through it
(action: rub hands together)
(kids echo: though it)
(action: swimming motion)

A tree
Can’t go around it
(kids echo: around it)
Can’t go under it
(kids echo: under it)
Gotta climb go over it
(kids echo: over it it)
(action: climbing motion)

A cave
Can’t go around it
(kids echo: around it)
Can’t go under it
(kids echo: under it)
Can’t go over it
(kids echo: over it it)
Gotta go in it
(kids echo: in it)
(action: reaching out in the dark)

Cold in here.
Dark in here.
I feel something Hairy!
It’s a bear!

run away, through actions backward
Out of the cave (you can see)
A tree ( climbing motion)
A lake (swimming motion)
A field (rub hands together)

Whew!
We’re home.
I’m not afraid!

Here is a great video version of it by Michael Rosen:

I found a version that is a lion hunt instead of a bear hunt.

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Source: Lantern Tree

Mondays child is fair of face,
Tuesdays child is full of grace,
Wednesdays child is full of woe,
Thursdays child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturdays child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay

Source: English Tongue Twisters

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Source: English Tongue Twisters

I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.

Source: “American Children’s Folklore (American Folklore Series) (Paperback)” by Simon J. Bronner

Sally sells seashells by the seashore.

I found this one all well, which is more what I recall for this ryme.

Source: Tongue Twister Database

She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

Source: “American Children’s Folklore (American Folklore Series) (Paperback)” by Simon J. Bronner

Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.

Source: “American Children’s Folklore (American Folklore Series) (Paperback)” by Simon J. Bronner

What’s your name? Puddin-time. Ask me again, I’ll tell you the same.

What’s your name? Buster Brown. Ask me again, and I’ll knock you down.


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