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Participation Songs: Illustrated Songs that kids can participate in singing, adding ideas, content and funny rhymes

Posted on: June 3, 2017

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This song is a game for adaptation.

A My Name is ALICE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Jane Bayer
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

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BINGO (instructions in the post)
Mrs Gs Musical Bingo Zoo w Limberjack Dog
BINGO for Mrs. G’s Sing Books with Emily Musical Zoo and Limberdog
Traditional Words and Tune
Adaptations by ELEG for SBWE

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This book includes an afterward note from the author with some info about the song and fun ideas for singing it.  The last pages also feature printed music.
catalina magdalena hoopensteiner
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name

Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Tedd Arnold
Illustrated by Tedd Arnold

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The last verse in this book encourages kids to come up with their own, “Did you ever see a X…”

Down by the Bay (Raffi Songs to Read)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Raffi Songs to Read

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down by the bay SBWE w chords sheet only
Down by the Bay (for SBWE)
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
down by the bay SBWE w chords & rhymes

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You could change “paint” to almost anything and then kids could add items of their choosing (sing, cook, sports) to practice funny rhymes.

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
Words by Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by David Catrow

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Lots of room for variation in this one.
i am the music man (classic books with holes)
I am the Music Man
Classic Books with Holes Series
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Debra Potter

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Kids can add animals and the sounds they make.  Or, make new songs with instruments, vehicles or anything that makes noises.  Maybe even people they know who say things like, “I knew a teacher/doctor/mother/father/policemen and the teacher pleased me…” and the kids could add the kinds of things that these different people say.

I Had a Rooster
Traditional Words and Tune
Forward by Pete Seeger
Illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Kids can add funny things they’ve done.

I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago
Traditional Words and Tune (same tune as ”She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain“)
Words Adapted by Steven Kellogg
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg
ISBN 0-688-13412-2

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Kids can add their own ideas for what came along and what that creature does (that rhymes with what that creature is called)
little miss muffet child's play
Little Miss Muffet
Classic Books with Holes Series
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Barbara Nascimbeni

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“If you see a (insert living thing) (insert verb)  don’t forget to (verb)”
row your boat cabrera
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Traditional Words and Tune
Additional Words by Jane Cabrera
Illustrated by Jane Cabrera

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SYMPHONY OF SILLY INSTRUMENTS: instructions in the post
Symphony of Silly Instruments for SBWE

Mrs. G’s Symphony of Silly Instruments Instructions
Traditional Tune Adaptation, Additional Words, and Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Adapted to Sing to the Tune of I HAD A ROOSTER
To view or print this song sheet with instructions, click here:
Symphony of Silly Instruments for SBWE

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It might be fun having kids try adding verses of things they did to achieve the American Dream to this great folk song by Oscar Brand.

When I First Came to This Land
Words and Music by Oscar Brand
Illustrated by Doris Burn
LOC Catalog Card Number: 74-77596
This book contains notes about the author and illustrator and printed sheet music.

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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/get-movin-movements-finger-plays-and-dances-in-singable-picture-books/

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PARTICIPATION SONGS
Illustrated Songs that kids can participate in singing, adding ideas, content and funny rhymes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/participation-songs-illustrated-songs-that-kids-can-participate-in-singing-adding-ideas-content-and-funny-rhymes/

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