Since this is a “traditional song” I changed the lyrics because the original version as everyone may remember “Three Blind Mice” has a farmer’s wife cutting off the tails of mice! Kinda sexist and violent don’cha know? First I sing the original version and start to “cry” when their tails are cut off. That’s how I set up the song. My “new” version is an inner rhyme (nice and mice), and is extremely friendly! I change the lyrics to “tickle” various parties including mama’s, daddy’s, cousin’s, librarians, grandparents, etc. I also like to set the song up using various stories available about mice, or a true story about how I found a mouse in my house. I perform this using some sign and various representative hand and finger movements.
THREE NICE MICE
THREE NICE MICE (make a sign language 3 and tap fingers in 3 places. I use arms to start, then head and cheeks on second verse, then shoulders, tummy and knees on 3rd verse)
THREE NICE MICE (on arm, repeat on opposite side to cross midline)
See how they run (Move wiggling fingers up and down in the air)
See how they run
They scurry across (little baby’s) back (your mama’s/daddy’s/librarian’s/cousin’s/etc.)
(Move wiggling fingers across someone’s back)
Hurry to nibble a little snack (kiss the back of your own hand or whoever you are tickling)
Furry and tired they hit the sack (clap once on “hit” and slap knees or shoulders on “sack”)
THREE NICE MICE (Repeat first movements- sign and tap in three of the same places)
THREE NICE MICE
Repeat 3 times tapping 3 different places on body.
End with making real sign language for mouse or making “w” with three fingers and placing them to the sides of the face like whiskers. Sing: I’ve still got my tail)!
Adaptation of Traditional by Katherine Dines
©2003 Kiddie Korral Music, ASCAP. Used with permission
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