The simple rhythms of this song make it ideal for focusing on some word/action improvisation.

Once the children know the song well, you can even introduce some new themes. E.g.

  • Days of the week: 'Your left hand says it's Sunday...'

  • Emotions: 'Your body says it's happy/angry/sad...'

  • Colours: 'Your eyes say it's purple/yellow...'

  • Seasons: 'Your body says it's Winter/Summer...'

Kodály Analysis:
Greetings Theme: Greeting/Farewell Games: Word Improvisation
Partner: Form: Binary Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: C - D Age: Early Childhood - Lower Primary
Tones: r m f s l ti d high finalis r high Rhythm: ; ; ;  
Melodic: m f s ; s d high ; d high ti l ; l d high l ; d high l s ; d high m ; m r m ; s r high ; r high ti d high finalis

Origin: Traditional
Source: Music for Fun; Music for Learning 3rd edition


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