We’ve been doing singing games in music, and it made me think about how many singing games you can do at home. My kindergartners learned London Bridge last week and played the game. For many of them, it was their first time hearing the song.
It always surprises me when students are unfamiliar with songs that were common when I was in school. I think singing games are a very important part of culture. Today, I have a singing game I would like to share with you. Since Valentine’s Day is this week, I have a Valentine’s themed song, A Tisket, A Tasket. Here are the words:
A Tisket, A Tasket
A tisket, a tasket,
a green and yellow basket
I wrote a letter to my love
and on the way I dropped it
When I sing it with my classes at Valentine’s, we change the words to “red and purple basket” to make it feel more like Valentines. I use a giant heart shaped paper for the letter and have one student carry it around the circle as the class sings the song.
How to play A Tisket, A Tasket
- students form a circle
- one student is chosen to be it (the letter carrier)
- whoever is “it” walks around the circle while holding the envelope as the class sings
- when class sings “on the way I dropped it“, the student drops the letter behind another child in the circle
- the child jumps up and tries to catch them, like duck, duck, goose
You can play as many rounds as you’d like! Just like in duck,duck goose, you can create a pot in the middle of the circle if they don’t get back to their spot in time. You can come up with a Valentine’s themed name, like the candy bag.
You can easily adapt this game to play at home! As long as you have enough kids to play duck,duck, goose, you can play the game! This would be really fun kids’ game to play during a Valentine’s Party, as well! You could play as an elimination game, and the winner gets a prize at the end.
P.S Check out my pinterest Valentine’s board for more Valentine’s Day ideas!