Children love to imagine. Today’s song, The Muffin Man, is perfect for imaginative play!
A few days ago, I discovered Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is on netflix, and I introduced my boys to the show. They loved it! My three year old recognized some of the characters from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. I think both of those shows are popular for young children because they make imaginative play a big part of the show.
If you think back on your own childhood, you can probably remember times you played make believe. I had a toy restaurant stand, and I would pretend I was a server at a restaurant, serving people plastic toy soda bottles, hamburgers and french fries. It was great!
The song The Muffin Man can be a fun addition to your children’s imaginative playtime or free time. If you don’t know the song, here are the words:
The Muffin Man
Do you know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man
Do you know the muffin man who lives on Drury Lane? (question asked by group or solo)
Yes, I know the muffin man, the muffin man , the muffin man
Yes, I know the muffin man who lives on Drury Lane*
It’s a really simple tune, and it’s very catchy. You can change Drury Lane to the location of your choice, like your street or town. You can add verses, as well. The muffin man can sing “Robby is the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man”, or something along those lines. You can continue until each child has had their name called.
We eat a lot of muffins at our house, so we have lots of opportunities to sing this song. Some of our favorite muffins are chocolate banana muffins, applesauce muffins, and blueberry muffins. We like to keep the freezer stocked with muffins, so that there is always a selection. The muffin man can take his/her muffin menu around to everyone in the room and ask for their orders. Then they can pass out the muffins (you could make pretend muffins out of felt or. If you have more than one child, each child can have a turn being the muffin man. In a classroom setting, like preschool, you can pass something around the circle while you sing the first verse (like a bean bag or ball) and whoever has it when the first verse ends becomes the muffin man.
For kindergarten or first grade groups, you can form a circle and choose one child to be in the center. After the first verse, that child finds a partner and holds hands with them as the group sings the song again. Then, those two children each find a new partner (making 4 in the middle) and so on until all are chosen.