We have been spending some time outside in our garden lately. My boys love spending time outside, and gardening is such a great way to get them outside while also teaching them important lessons about how we grow food and being responsible. If you missed my post on rhymes and songs for gardening, be sure to check it out! Today, I want to share a song about a pesky rabbit who can’t seem to stay out of the garden. It’s such a simple, fun song for children!
Old Mr. Rabbit-(this song is a really fun song that also has a game you can play if you have a group of children)
Old Mr. Rabbit
Old Mr. Rabbit you’ve got a mighty habit
of jumping in the garden and eating all my cabbage
How to play the game:
The game is played similar to London Bridge. You don’t need many children in order to play. Once children have circled up, choose two children to raise their arms, forming an arch. Then, the rest of the children walk around the circle as everyone sings the song. At the end of the song, the two children drop their arms, catching one of the rabbits. It’s so fun for children to see which rabbit will be caught! The game continues until every rabbit is caught.
In this video, you’ll see a different version of the game (played with older children), but you can hear the tune of the song:
What your child will learn from Old Mister Rabbit:
- teaches long and short sounds
- reinforces steady beat (walking around the circle)
- pitch accuracy (new note- low la)
More activities to try with Old Mr. Rabbit:
- read a book about rabbits- for a classic story about a rabbit that gets caught in a garden, try Peter Rabbit!
- practice long and short sounds- do a sound sort of words from the song (cabbage, garden, old)
- add simple instrumentation along with the song- start by clapping on a word, then change the clap to an instrument
- tell a story of Old Mr Rabbit – you can make up a simple story about Old Mr. Rabbit who likes to run into the farmer’s garden
Hope this gives you some new ideas to enjoy the sunshine!