Fairytale Songs


Goldilocks.

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears.

Oh what did her blue eyes see. (put fingers around eyes) A bowl that was big. (arms out stretched) A bowl that was small (bring arms in slightly) A bowl that was tiny and that’s not all. (bring hands together for tiny) She counted them 1,2,3.

Repeat with chairs, beds, and bears.

Last lines:

A bear that was big.
A bear that was small.
A bear that was tiny and that was all.
She ran away 1,2,3
(They like to growl at the end)


This is a song about the story “Sleeping beauty” There was a princess long ago, long ago, long ago, There was a princess long ago, long, long ago. She pricked her finger and fell asleep, fell asleep, fell asleep, she pricked her finger and fell asleep, long, long ago. The princess slept for 100 years, 100 years, 100 years, the princess slept for 100 years, long, long ago. A great big forest grew around, grew around, grew around, a great big forest grew around, long, long ago. A gallant prince came galloping by, galloping by, galloping by, a gallant prince came galloping by, long, long ago. He took his ax and chopped it down, chopped it down, chopped it down, he took his ax and chopped it down, long, long ago. He took her hand to wake her up, to wake her up, to wake her up, he took her hand to wake her up, long, long ago. {clapping} Now everybody’s happy now, happy now, happy now, now everybody’s happy now, long, long ago. {children take turns to be the prince and princess and the others spread out their arms to make the forest.}


All Around the Castle (tune of Pop Goes the Weasel)

All around the castle The knight chased the dragon
The dragon thought it was all in fun
“Roarrrrr” went the dragon!


Fairy Dance (to the tune of Wheels on the Bus)

Have children get into a large circle and follow one direction around the room as they dance. Encourage them to be good listeners as they dance so they can hear the different movement words.

Fairies in the yard are flying around, flying around, flying around.
Fairies in the yard are flying around.
All around the yard.

Use as many variations as you can think of – e.g. twirling, skipping, running, hopping, leaping…


Change “Where is Thumbkin?” to “Where’s the Royal Family?”. The thumb is the king, next is the queen, the prince, the princess and the royal baby. This is great when you are talking about different types of families as well as fairytales.


For the rhyming song, “Little Bunny Foo-Foo”, I first teach the children the song, then bring a crown and wand, as well as bunny ears to circle. The children take turns being the Good Fairy and Bunny Foo-Foo. They love this and they learn to “perform” before others.


In my class, at story time, I tell stories, usually fairytales, instead of reading. At the beginning of each story time we sing the same song. These are the words: Mother of the fairytale, take me by your silver hand. Sail me in your silver boat. Sail me silently afloat. Mother of the fairytale, take me to your shining land. This little song has a tune of its own and I am unable to write music, but the words and hand motions, modeled with reverence, have been proven very useful in my experience.


 

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