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Songs: This Old Man

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We encourage you to give your child a wide range of musical experiences: singing songs, listening to all kinds of music, dancing at home, attending local musical performances when possible. One of the best (and easiest!) activities is singing with your child. If you don't feel confident about your own singing voice, remember that the more you sing with your child, the more comfortable you'll feel, and the more you'll both enjoy music together. Here is one song we suggest for singing together.

This old man, he played one. He played knick-knack on my thumb,
With a knick-knack paddy-whack, give a dog a bone. This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played two. He played knick-knack on my shoe,
With a knick-knack paddy-whack, give a dog a bone. This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played two. He played knick-knack on my shoe,
With a knick-knack paddy-whack, give a dog a bone. This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played three. He played knick-knack on my knee,
With a knick-knack paddy-whack, give a dog a bone. This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played four. He played knick-knack on my door,
With a knick-knack paddy-whack, give a dog a bone. This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played six. He played knick-knack on my sticks,
With a knick-knack paddy-whack, give a dog a bone. This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played seven. He played knick-knack up in heaven,
With a knick-knack paddy-whack, give a dog a bone. This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played eight. He played knick-knack on my gate,
With a knick-knack paddy-whack, give a dog a bone. This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played nine. He played knick-knack on my spine,
With a knick-knack paddy-whack, give a dog a bone. This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played ten. He played knick-knack over again,
With a knick-knack paddy-whack, give a dog a bone. This old man came rolling home.

This activity is adapted from page 189 of What Your Year 1 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

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