20 November 2008

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor.....

.....and other counting rhymes.

Have you ever heard this one?

One-ery, two-ery, tickery, seven,

Hallibo, crackibo, ten and eleven,

Spin, span, muskidan,

Twiddle-um, twaddle-um, twenty-one.

Or maybe this one?

Eenie, meenie, mackeracka,

Hi, di, dominacka,

Stickeracka, roomeracka,

Om, pom, push.

What about this?

Ala, mala, mink, monk,

Tink, tonk, toozey,

Oozy, voozy, aggardy,

Ah, vah, vak.


Ah, ra, chickera,

Roly, poly, pickena,

Kinny, minny, festi,


Try saying them aloud; notice the rhythm and enjoy the sounds of the nonsense words.

Chloe shared this popular counting rhyme with us the other day:

1, 2, Buckle my shoe

3, 4, Knock at the door


5, 6, Pick up sticks

7, 8, Lay them straight

9, 10, A big fat hen.

You might even know how it continues.....

And Sivert enjoyed sharing this Norwegian counting rhyme.  It ends with you saying the Norwegian word for policemen; politi:

Poli en

Poli to

Poli tre

Poli fire

Poli fem

Poli seks

Poli sju

Poli åtte

Poli ni

Poli ti

What about you?  Do you have any favourite counting rhymes you might like to share?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My Swedish great grandmother passed on a counting rhyme I am sure has been mangled over the generations and I am looking for the real words:

Zinty tinty figgery fell,
Ell dell dominell,
Zutty putty toory rope,
Am tam toozy joke,
You are out!
Eerie oorie, eerie oorie,
You are out!

Dad always wondered if it had something to do with Humpty Dumpty. That part of Sweden was once Norway so it might be NOrwegian rather than Swedish.