Little Cabin in the Woods

Category: Songs

a.k.a. “Cabin in the Woods”, “Cottage in a Wood”
Tune See video below
Type of Song Repeat-After-Me, Actions, Build Upon/Take Away
Actions See lyrics below
Similar Songs Forty Years on an Iceberg“, “Swimming

Lyrics

*This song can be sung either as a simple repeat-after-me song or as a take away song.*
Little cabin in the woods (draw shape of cabin in the air)
Little old man at the window stood (hold hands up to eyes like binoculars, looking around)
Saw a rabbit hopping by (hop on the spot)
Running away from harm (run on the spot)
Help me, help me, help me, he said (pretend to beg)
Before the hunter shoots me dead (shoot with a pretend gun OR clap hands to the beat)
Come, little rabbit, come inside (gesture to come in)
Safely we will hide (stroke one hand with the other)

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Wha Daten Chu

Category: Songs

a.k.a.
Tune See video below
Type of Song Repeat-After-Me, Yells, Chants, and Cheers, Build Upon/Take Away
Actions *if you know the actions please provide them in the comments below*
Similar Songs Flea Fly

Lyrics

Wha daten chu
Wha daten chu

Bo doe ska deeten daten
Wha daten chu
Bo doe ska deeten daten
Wha daten chu

It skiddly oaten doten
Bo doe ska deeten daten
Wha daten chu
It skiddly oaten doten
Bo doe ska deeten daten
Wha daten chu

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Swimming

Category: Songs

a.k.a.
Tune See video below
Type of Song Actions, Build Upon/Take Away
Actions See lyrics below
Similar Songs Forty Years on an Iceberg

Lyrics

v.1
Swimming, swimming / make a swimming motion
In a swimming pool / trace a square with your fingers
When days are hot / put your hand to your head
When days are cold / hug yourself and shiver
In a swimming pool / trace a square with your fingers
Front stroke / swim forwards
Back stroke / swim backwards
Fancy diving too / pretend to dive
Now don’t you wish you never had anything else to do / shake pointer finger
BUT!

v.2
Make a swimming motion
In a swimming pool / trace a square with your fingers
When days are hot / put your hand to your head
When days are cold / hug yourself and shiver
In a swimming pool / trace a square with your fingers
Front stroke / swim forwards
Back stroke / swim backwards
Fancy diving too / pretend to dive
Now don’t you wish you never had anything else to do / shake pointer finger
BUT!
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Ravioli

Category: Songs

a.k.a.
Tune “Alouette”
Type of Song Build Upon/Take Away, To the Tune Of . . ., Repeat-After-Me
Actions See lyrics below
Similar Songs

Lyrics

CHORUS (sung by everyone)
Ravioli
I love ravioli
Ravioli
It’s the stuff for me!

v.1
Do I have it on my nose? / point at nose
Yes you have it on your nose! / point at nose
On my nose? / point at nose
On your nose! / point at nose

CHORUS
Ohhhhhh,
Ravioli
I love ravioli
Ravioli
It’s the stuff for me!

v.2
Do I have it on my face? / hold face in hands
Yes you have it on your face! / hold face in hands
On my face? / hold face in hands
On your face! / hold face in hands
On my nose? / point at nose
On your nose! / point at nose
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Five Little Ducks

Category: Songs

a.k.a.
Tune See video below
Type of Song Build Upon/Take Away
Actions *if you know the actions please provide them in the comments below*
Similar Songs The Dinosaur Song

Lyrics

v.1
Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
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A Roosta Sha

Category: Songs

a.k.a.
Tune See video below
Type of Song Repeat-After-Me, Actions, Build Upon/Take Away
Actions A new action is added every time the song is repeated
Similar Songs Singing in the Rain

Lyrics

A roosta sha, a roosta sha, a roosta sha sha-hey
A roosta sha, a roosta sha, a roosta sha sha-hey
Thumbs up! / put thumbs up
Thumbs up! / put thumbs up

With thumbs up
A roosta sha, a roosta sha, a roosta sha sha-hey
A roosta sha, a roosta sha, a roosta sha sha-hey
Thumbs up! / put thumbs up
Thumbs up! / put thumbs up
Knees together! / put knees together
Knees together! / put knees together

With thumbs up and knees together
A roosta sha, a roosta sha, a roosta sha sha-hey
A roosta sha, a roosta sha, a roosta sha sha-hey
Thumbs up! / put thumbs up
Thumbs up! / put thumbs up
Knees together! / put knees together
Knees together! / put knees together
Elbows back! / put elbows together behind back
Elbows back! / put elbows together behind back
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Sixties Party

Category: Songs

a.k.a. “60’s Party”
Tune See video below
Type of Song Repeat-After-Me, Actions, Build Upon/Take Away
Actions See lyrics below
Similar Songs

Lyrics

v.1
It’s a sixties party from a sixties movie / index fingers up and down
It’s a sixties party from a sixties movie
See the surfers on their surfboards / hand as though shielding eyes from sun, looking back and forth
See the surfers on their surfboards

Da-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na na! / jump to the left and act like you are standing on a surf board
Da-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na na! / jump to the right side and act like you are standing on a surf board
Da-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na na!
Da-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na na!

v.2
It’s a sixties party from a sixties movie / index fingers up and down
It’s a sixties party from a sixties movie
See the swimmers in the water / hand as though shielding eyes from sun, looking back and forth
See the swimmers in the water

Swimmie Swimmie Swimmie Swim! / move arms as though swimming
Da-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na na! / jump to the left and act like you are standing on a surf board
Da-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na na! / jump to the right side and act like you are standing on a surf board
Swimmie Swimmie Swimmie Swim!
Da-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na na
Da-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na na 

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1 Finger, 1 Thumb

Category: Songs

a.k.a. “One Finger, One Thumb, Keep Moving”
Tune See video below
Type of Song Actions Build Upon/Take Away
Actions See lyrics below; participants should be sitting to start
Similar Songs

Lyrics

v.1
Move finger & thumb together
One finger, one thumb keep moving
One finger, one thumb keep moving
One finger, one thumb keep moving
Da da da da da da

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Rain Storm

Category: Songs

a.k.a.
Tune None
Type of Song Actions, Round, Build Upon/Take Away
Actions Rub hands together(this sounds like light rain and wind)
Snap fingers (this sounds like heavier rain)
Slap thighs (this sounds like even heavier rain)
Stomp feet (this is the worst part of the rain storm)
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Instructions

This song is usually performed on rainy days at camp but can also be used as a way to make sure it doesn’t rain. It works best if everyone is seated in a circle on the ground or around the campfire.
The leader tells the group that they must copy the leader’s actions once the leader passes in front of them and that they cannot start or stop an action until the leader has passed. The leader then moves from one end of the circle to the other doing the first action. Once everyone in the circle is doing that action, the leader returns to the starting point and begins the next action. In this way, the group performs the actions in a kind of wave creating the sounds of a rain storm.
The leader then reverses the order to slow the rainstorm and bring it to a close. This song requires a lot of energy from the leader because they have to make so many rounds around the circle.