Now that the weather has cleared, our playtime has finally moved outside.
One of my favourite things about being a parent is the fact that I get the chance to relive the fun parts of my childhood again. I can sing, play, skip down the street, and as long as one of my daughters is with me no one will sound the alarm or call those guys in the nice white coats.
As I write this it occurs to me that these childhood games I am teaching my daughters, these rhymes and songs, are actually part of our culture. It would be a shame to lose them.
I have taught Emma a few "patty cake" rhymes.
Miss Sue, Miss Sue, Miss Sue from Alabama,
Sitting in a rocker, eating Betty Crocker,
Watching the clock go tick … tock…
Ticktock sha-walla walla
A B C D E F G – wash those stains right off of me,
Moonshine, moonshine, moonshine, FREEZE!
Miss Lucy had a baby, his name was Tiny Tim,
She put him in a bathtub, to see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water, he ate up all the soap,
He tried to eat the bathtub but it wouldn't go down his throat.
Miss Lucy called the doctor, Miss Lucy called the nurse,
Miss Lucy called the lady with the alligator purse!
Next up ... skipping. Emma's not quite co-ordinated yet but I'm itching to start.
Not last night but the night before,
Twenty-four robbers came to my door,
And this is what they said to me –
Lady turn around, turn around, turn around,
Lady touch the ground, touch the ground, touch the ground,
Lady show your shoe, show your shoe, show your shoe,
Lady that'll do, that'll do, that'll do.
Care to contribute your own? :)
Since I'm in Canada, I would be interested to hear from readers from other regions. Are these familiar? Are there regional differences? i.e. would a person from Alabama be singing about a crazy lady eating Joe Louis in Quebec instead?