Ring around the rosie

Spin into "Ring around the rosie"! Sing this classic tune, learn the playful lyrics, and explore circle-themed activities for children.


Ring around the rosie song lyrics

Ring-a-round the rosie, A pocket full of posies, Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down.

The King has sent his daughter To fetch a pail of water a-tishoo, a-tishoo We all fall down.

The bird upon the steeple Sits high above the people a-tishoo, a-tishoo We all fall down.

The cows are in the meadow, Eating buttercups, Thunder, lightning, We all stand up!

(Repeart as often as you'd like!)

Ring around the rosie

About the Ring around the rosie song

Whisking us away to the days of long skirts and merry-go-rounds, “Ring around the rosie” is a nursery rhyme that has been a playground staple for countless years. It’s a circle game that gets everyone moving and shaking, and while there might be historical debates, the real fun is in the here and now, as we dance around in our rosy rings.

Ring around the rosie

What can your child learn from it?

This song is a whirlwind of action! It’s fantastic for teaching coordination, balance, and spatial awareness as kids hold hands and twirl in a circle. They also learn about cooperation and being part of a group.

Plus, it’s a delightful way for little ones to experience rhythm and rhyme in a physical way.

You can also incorporate some other activities too. Circle up! Play the game as it’s meant to be played. Holding hands and moving in a circle is a blast and helps kids feel connected to each other.

Emphasize the “We all fall down” part with a soft sitting or a gentle tumble on pillows or grass. It’s a great way to show that falling down can be part of the fun and nothing to fear.

Mix it up by changing the “Ashes! Ashes!” to different sounds or words. This can spark creativity and laughter with each new variation.

Don’t forget to stand up again with the second verse. It teaches children about ups and downs in a literal and figurative sense, promoting resilience and the joy of rising back up after a fall.

With a final spin and a happy tumble, we close our circle for today. Keep the joy twirling and the laughter chiming until our next ring-a-ding rhyme time!