Friday, March 8, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

Today we feature a cumulative song that is just as much fun chanted as sung: I Had Me a Rooster

I Had Me a Rooster

I had me a rooster and the rooster pleased me
I fed my rooster under yonder tree
My little rooster said
Cock-a-doodle doo
Dee-doodle-dee-doodle-dee-doodle-dee-doo

(add other animals and build the song)

I had me a pig and the pig pleased me
I fed my pig under yonder tree
My little pig said
Oink-oink-oink
My little rooster said
Cock-a-doodle-doo
Dee-doodle-dee-doodle-dee-doodle-dee-doo

I had me a cow and the cow pleased me
I fed my cow under yonder tree
My little cow said
Moooooooo!
My little pig said
Oink-oink-oink
My little rooster said
Cock-a-doodle-doo
Dee-doodle-dee-doodle-dee-doodle-dee-doo

(keep adding animals until you can't remember the order!)


This is one of my favorite game songs ever!  It is very interactive and super-fun.  Try asking your kids to help pick the animal that comes next.  I have heard some crazy animal suggestions over the years.  For example, what kind of sound do you think an octopus makes? 

The absolute best I've heard:

I had me a pigeon and the pigeon pleased me
I fed my pigeon under yonder tree
My little pigeon said ".........Hey! Can I drive the bus?!?!"

For really little kids, it's a fun way to introduce lots of different animal sounds.  The cumulative nature of the rhyme makes it a memory challenge perfect for nearly any age from toddlers on up.  For older kids, you can keep building and building until no one can remember the correct reverse order.  Remembering the correct order of things is part of the early literacy skill we call narrative skills.  Mastering this ability will help kids make predictions when the begin to learn how to read.

This song has floated around in the American folk tradition for a very long time.  Variations include "Bought Me a Cat" and my personal favorite, Cisco Houston's "Yonder Tree".

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