A few popular children’s chants

No real reason (except that they do form part of the ECE repertoire and connect with early literacy…). Anyway, I was just thinking of these chants:

Here is the bee hive, but where are the bees? [closed fist]
hidden away, where nobody sees
watch them come creeping, out of their hive [fingers spread one by one];
one… two… three… four… five…

Five green leaves, so bright and gay
were dancing around a tree one day
when the wind came blowing… whoooo-oooo-ooo
through the town
and one green leaf came fluttering down….[repeat to 0]

Five fat peas in the pea-pot press
one grew
two grew
and so did all the rest
They grew and grew and did not stop until one day the pot went >>POP<<

See the little sleeping bunnies, sleeping until noon.
Shall we wake them, with a happy tune?
Oh so still; are they ill?
Up little bunnies; up, up, up.
Jump little bunnies; jump, jump, jump.
Bounce little bunnies; bounce, bounce, bounce.
Shhh little bunnies; shhh, shhh, shhh.

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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