Monday, May 24, 2010

Musical Monday.....Bell Horses ..a song, a game, a craft

Bell Horses is a traditional English nursery rhyme often attributed to Mother Goose. This rhyme can be found in The Nursery Rhymes of England (1843) by James Orchard Halliwell. This song/rhyme was also included in Percy Green's History of Nursery Rhymes (published in London in 1899).

This song/game has become a favorite with all of the children I have worked with. The song is sung while the children pretend to be horses, prancing with knees high. When the kids sing the last line, I have them run to a predetermined location in the room. We then chant a random rhyme ( often use the first verse of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) and then we come back to the middle of the floor/room and start again. The game can be extended by adding times or you can change the rhyme.

Because the song/rhyme is called Bell Horses, it's fun to have the kids play bells while they dance.


Bell horses, bell horses,
What's the time of day?
One o'clock, two o'clock,
Three and away.

Bell horses, bell horses,
What's the time of day?
Two o'clock, three o'clock,
Four and away.

Bell horses, bell horses,
What's the time of day?
Five o'clock, six o'clock,
Now it's time to play.

There are many ways to make your own bell bracelets. I have given you the link to two web pages, a set of directions and a very good video.

Jingle Bell Bracelet directions at e-how

Family fun Jingle Bell Bracelets Video and Directions

Bell Bracelet

* • Pipe Cleaners (many colors)
* • Bells
* • Beads
* • Scissors

* 1. Pick out your bells and beads.
* 2. Pick out a pipe cleaner.
* 3. Strand the bells and beads on pipe cleaner.
* 4. Wrap around wrist, ankle
* 5. Take the scissors and cut off the extra pipe cleaner.
* 6. Enjoy!

A good video on Making a Jingle Bracelet using hair scrunchies, ribbons and bells.

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