Little Bird, Little Bird on Throwback Thursdays

I first heard this  lovely old folksong from the Appalachians on Elizabeth Mitchell’s  You Are My Little Bird, and I have loved it ever since.

In her version, the kids name different sorts of birds. In my version, I ask the kids, “what else could come through the window?” There have been spiders, cats, dogs, bats, dinosaurs, butterflies, bunnies, snakes, elephants and even ghosts!  We come up with a movement for the creature coming through the window and do that while we sing.

For instance, a cat would walk through the window, and so we’ll make walking motions with our arms (or stand up and walk in place), a bunny would hop, a snake would slither, and a spider would crawl. It’s always a good time, and the low-key nature of the song helps to keep things from getting too wild.

On MamaLisa’s World, I found a wonderful new game I can’t wait to try.  It’s described as follows:

Children stand in a circle holding hands high up in arches (to form the “windows” in the song). One kid is the Little Bird who flies in and out of the arches or “windows”. During the second verse, the “bird” chooses another child by patting him/her on the shoulder. The second kid then becomes the “bird” who flies through the window

little bird little bird fly through my window

little bird little bird fly through my window

little bird little bird fly through my window 

and find molasses candy 

fly through my window my sugar lump

fly through my window my sugar lump

and find molasses candy