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Nursery rhymes, hand activity games and clapping games


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Most children love nursery rhymes. Hand games, clapping games and nursery rhymes are fun to use, and children love the repetetive quality they have. At the same time they can contribute to learning and development in various ways. It helps the child to:
  • perceive rhythm in speech and music
  • learn new words and terms
  • distinguish structure, order and sequence
  • enhance attention
  • develop listening and mimicking abilities
  • give better motor skills and body perception
  • train memorizing skills
  • get a better perception of maths

Children have the ability to express themselves in various ways, they naturally sing, make noises, play, jump, danse, clap and mime, either alone or together with other children. They usually like nonsense rhymes. Follow the beat of a rhyme, and you can throw a ball on a wall in time with the syllables or you may jump-rope to rhyme chants or make up your own melody while you bounce.

We may also play and say Nursery Rhymes for the very small child, sitting in our lap, using rhymes to enhance body awareness. Counting rhymes for toes and fingers are also popular:

Several of the Norwegian nursery rhymes belong to the Nordic/Scandinavian region and were not written down until the18th century or even later. As such they have been part of the oral tradition, collected sporadically by folk music collectors like Ludvig Mathias Lindeman in the late 1800s. When the publishing of children's books began to move from polemic (moralistic) and educational towards entertainment, several authors wrote poems and rhymes specifically for children's enjoyment with the "child-reader" in mind.

In the 19th century printed collections of English Nursery Rhymes began to spread to other countries and they also were translated into Norwegian, for instance the popular Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (Gåsemorboka). In Norsk Billedbok for Barn by Elling Holst og Eivind Nielsen (1888), we find some of the earliest printed veres and songs for children. Here we find songs like Ride, ride ranke, Ro, ro til fiskeskjær og Bake kake søte.

Songs and rhymes were also adopted and adapted from Swedish and Danish. The song leaflets from Sweden called "Sing with us mommy" by Alice Tegnèr (1892-1934) provided children's songs that were translated into Norwegian. Inspiration also came from Germany's Achim von Arnim's Des Knaben Wunderhorn (1806–1808).

Behind the links below you find primarily lyrics and sound clips. You may also find sheet music for some of the Nursery Rhymes that we use in song. This site is made for learning purposes, and the sound clips may vary in quality. They are made for learning purposes only. On my site musikkrom you will find some of these children's songs, and in addition a large collection of canons and rounds (kanon) from all over the world.


Akkari makkar


Alle mine fingre vil være dyr


Ane Liane (clapping game)


Anne Marlene (clapping game)


Anne Ranne Rei
(clapping game)


Apekatten Bonga


A ram sam sam


Atte katte Noa


Baka kaka søte


Bake, bake liten kake


Bake kake søte


Bamse bamse ta i bakken (jump rope)


Bisselilu, sullelilu


Bissam bissam barnet


Bim bam


Brick wall waterfall


Den som er liten


Det kom en rev


Det var en gang en mus


Det var en sikk sakk mann


Det satt to fugler på en stein


Dinkeli dunkeli døye


Dokka skal danse


Du og jeg og vi to


Eenie meenie (counting-out game)


Eisika deisika (clapping game)


En liten krabbe


En sommertur til Bom Bom Bom/ En sjømann dro til ABC (clapping game)


Epler og pærer


Et du sild


Fem små griser


Fem små ender eller var det seks?


Fem små kattepuser


Fingrene


Five little monkeys


Five little hot dogs


Go bananas


Haren


Hoppetau - regler


Hvem banker


I min mammas hus


Klappeleker


Klokka (jump rope)


Lathans


Lemonade(clapping game)


Lillegutt kan tromme


Lille skillingsbolle/Baby, Baby Dumpling


Lirum larum


Mannen i månen


Min far han er barber (clapping game)


Min far han er en fisker(clapping game)


Miss Mary Mack(clapping game)


Miss Suzie (clapping game)


Når min hest


Ola Dilt, Ola Dalt


Ola i bakken /jump rope chant


Panneben


Peter Piper and Candace Carter


Ride, ride Ranke Ride on mom's/dad's/grandma's knee (Rita Rita Runkin)


Ride, ride ranke til møllerens hus


Rideturen Ride on mom's/dad's/grandma's knee


Ro, ro på fjorden


Ro ro til Siraland


Rundt og rundt i hagen


Tellevers (counting game)


Ten little Indians


This little piggy/ Denne lille grisen - (counting game)


Ti små barn (fingers)


Till till tuten


Tippe tippe tue


Titil, tåtill


Trå fimpen


Tommeltott tommeltott, hvor er du? (Tommelfinger, tommelfinger, hvor er du?) Thumbkin


Tommeltott falt i vannet


Tommeltott kommer


So ro liten ting


Sko Blakken


Sko hesten


Sko sko hest


Snegle snegle


Springe etter vatten


Så rugger vi, så ror vi


Virre, virre, vapp, min mor


Where is thumbkin


Å panni clapping game


Å minni mai