What’s more fun than animal babies?
One of my favorite children’s songs – Over In The Meadow – combines cute creatures and learning the skill of counting to ten. I first heard the song from a friend of mine who was a folksinger in Appalachia, but later found out that this popular rhyme may date back as far as the 1600’s in England. So it seems that some things are universal. Parents love to teach their children with music and no one can resist a baby animal!
The songs starts in a pond in the sun with one mother frog and her “little froggy one”. Then there are kittens, birds, worms, bees, dogs, owls, ducks, mice, and even ten spiders. And, best of all, each of the animal babies know how to listen to their elders! Since the song has an easy-to-follow formula, even the youngest kids get the idea of counting up one number each time and can easily follow or sing along.
Although the song was originally written with each animal and their mommy, I’ve added dads, grandmas and grandpas to the verses in my version. In my travels I had met many kids that did not always have traditional families or a mom at home as a caregiver, so I changed the song a bit to help these children feel that their family was special and important, too.
You can see my version of Over In The Meadow here:
Over In The Meadow – Lyric Page
Over In The Meadow – Printable Lyric Page
Over In The Meadow On Itunes (Track 13)
Over In The Meadow On Amazon Mp3