Singing Games for Kids

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Are you looking for singing games for kids?

Do you want kids songs that combine activity?

Do you want some song games for kids to play at home, parties or school?

If you’re looking for something similar, then read this article to find out some of the most fun activity songs. We’re sharing different types of singing games that your kids will easily be able to play along with.

To make it easier for your little ones, we’re sharing lyrics for each as well as actions.

7 Kids Singing Games

#1: A HUNTING WE WILL GO

This song is about hunting in the woods and finding a fox.  

Lyrics

A-hunting we will go

A-hunting we will go

Hi-ho the derry-o

A-hunting we will go

A-hunting we will go

A-hunting we will go

We’ll catch a fox in a box

And then we’ll let him go

A-hunting we will go

A-hunting we will go

Hi-ho the derry-o

A-hunting we will go

We’ll catch a fox in a box

And then we’ll let him go

Game Instructions

  • Children stand in a circle and cover their eyes.
  • A few children are hunters. They stand outside the circle and keep moving as all sing ‘A hunting we will go’
  • On ‘we’ll catch a fox’, hunters catch the child in front of them and push them gently in the middle of the circle.
  • On ‘and then we’ll let it go’ they release the ‘fox’ and let them come back in the circle.
  • Repeat.   

#2: DOWN IN THE VALLEY

This fun singing game is played in pairs.

Lyrics

Down in the valley two by two

My baby two by two, my baby two by two

Down in the valley two by two

Come on and rise, sugar rise

Let me see you make a motion, two by two

My baby two by two, my baby two by two

Let me see you make a motion, two by two

Come on and rise, sugar rise

Choose another partner two by two

My baby two by two, my baby two by two

Choose another partner two by two

Come on and rise, sugar rise

Game Instructions

  • Children form pairs and squat down holding hands.
  • As they sing the first stanza, they gently tug at each other’ hands playfully.
  • On the lyrics ‘Come on and rise, sugar rise’ they all stand up.
  • For the next lyrics ‘Let me see you make a motion’ the children have to do some kind of action, whatever they like. It could be the same, or each child can do some dancing action of choice.
  • For the next lines, children step on each side with a clap and come back to the centre, then move to the side and clap again.
  • Children will now switch partners and repeat the first step when they started the song.

#3: DOWN DOWN BABY

This is a traditional playground singing game.

Lyrics

Down down baby, down by the roller-coaster

Sweet sweet baby, I’ll never let you go

Shimmy shimmy cocoa pop

Shimmy shimmy POW

Shimmy shimmy cocoa pop

Shimmy shimmy POW

Grandma grandma sick in bed

She called the doctor and the doctor said

Let’s get the rhythm of the head DING DONG

Let’s get the rhythm of the head DING DONG

Let’s get the rhythm of the hands CLAP CLAP

Let’s get the rhythm of the hands CLAP CLAP

Let’s get the rhythm of the feet STOMP STOMP

Let’s get the rhythm of the feet STOMP STOMP

Let’s get the rhythm of the HOT DOG

Let’s get the rhythm of the HOT DOG

Put it all together and what have you got

DING DONG

CLAP CLAP

STOMP STOMP

HOT DOG

Game Instructions

  • Children stand in a circle holding hands.
  • ‘Down down roller coaster’- make a wave down motion with hands.
  • ‘I’ll never let you go’-hug yourself.
  • Shimmy shimmy cocoa pop- put up hands in the air like a tap.
  • Grandma sick in bed-make a sad face
  • Call the doctor-make a phone gesture
  • Ding dong-rock head side to side.
  • Rhythm of the hands-clap twice.
  • Rhythm of the feet-stomp twice.
  • Repeat the ding-dong,clap and stomp.

#4: BROWN BEAR BROWN BEAR

An adaptation from the book ‘Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See’ by Eric Carle. It teaches about colours, birds and animals.

Lyrics

Brown bear brown bear what do you see

I see a red bird looking at me

Red bird red bird what do you see

I see a yellow duck looking at me

Yellow duck yellow duck what do you see

I see a blue horse looking at me

Blue horse blue horse what do you see

I see a green frog looking at me

Green frog green frog what do you see

I see a purple cat looking at me

Purple cat purple cat what do you see

I see a white dog looking at me

White dog white dog what do you see

I see a black sheep looking at me

Black sheep black sheep what do you see

I see a goldfish looking at me

Goldfish goldfish what do you see

I see a teacher looking at me

Teacher teacher what do you see

I see children looking at me

Children children what do you see

We see a brown bear

A red bird

A yellow duck

A blue horse

A green frog

A purple cat

A white dog

A black sheep

A goldfish

And a teacher looking at us

That’s what we see   

Game Instructions

  • Children sit together and toys mentioned in the song.
  • At the name of a particular bird or animal, they hold up that particular toy.

#5: SHOO FLY

Lyrics

Shoo fly don’t bother me

Shoo fly don’t bother me

Shoo fly don’t bother me

For I belong to somebody

I feel I feel

I feel like a morning star

Shoo fly don’t bother me(4)

For I belong to somebody

Game Instructions

  • Children form a circle holding hands.
  • ‘Shoo fly don’t bother me’ till ‘I belong to somebody’ – move in and out in the circle.
  • ‘I feel like a morning star’ – 2 children hold hands upwards while others pass through below to form an outward-facing circle.
  • Repeat the same inward outward circle movement
  • Repeat and form an inward-facing circle.

#6: HERE WE GO LOOBY LOO

Lyrics

Here we go looby loo

Here we go looby light

Here we go looby loo

All on a Saturday night

You put your right hand in

You put your right hand out

You give yourself a shake shake shake

And turn yourself about

You put your left hand in

You put your left hand out

You give yourself a shake shake shake

And turn yourself about

You put your whole self in

You put your whole self out

You give yourself a shake shake shake

And turn yourself about

Here we go looby loo

Here we go looby light

Here we go looby loo

All on a Saturday night

Game Instructions

  • Kids hold hands and move in twirls.
  • They perform the hand motions as per right hand in,out, left hand in,out.
  • Repeat the same with the foot motions.

#7: ROUND DE DOO BOP (GOING TO KENTUCKY)

Lyrics

We’re going to Kentucky

We’re going to the fair

To see the senorita

The flowers in the hair

Shake it shake it shake it

Shake it all you can

Shake it like a milkshake

And do the best you can

Oh shake it to the bottom

Shake it to the top

And turn around and turn around

Until it’s time to stop

Game Instructions

  • Kids form a circle and move about following the actions.  

What is a singing game?

A singing game is a game where children perform different actions to the words of songs.

Singing games for kids vs. singing games for adults

Most singing games for kids have action words in the song, while most singing games for adults are about singing along, and not mainly to perform actions.

What can kids learn from playing singing games?

Playing singing games improves focus, concentration, observation and eye-hand coordination. It helps kids better express themselves, improves social skills and gross and motor development. These are also used as learning tools in schools and can be used at home too. Any child who is old enough to understand basic instructions can start.

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