Yankee Doodle

March to "Yankee Doodle"! Sing this patriotic song, learn the historic lyrics, and engage in American-themed activities for children.

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Yankee Doodle song lyrics

Yankee Doodle went to town, A-riding on a pony, Stuck a feather in his cap And called it macaroni.

Yankee Doodle keep it up, Yankee Doodle dandy, Mind the music and the step, And with the girls be handy!

Father and I went down to camp, Along with Captain Gooding, And there we saw the men and boys As thick as hasty pudding.

Yankee Doodle keep it up, Yankee Doodle dandy, Mind the music and the step, And with the girls be handy.

And there we saw a thousand men As rich as Squire David, And what they wasted every day, I wish it could be saved.

Yankee Doodle keep it up, Yankee Doodle dandy, Mind the music and the step, And with the girls be handy.

The 'lasses they eat it every day, Would keep a house a winter; They have so much, that I'll be bound, They eat it when they've a mind to.

Yankee Doodle keep it up, Yankee Doodle dandy, Mind the music and the step, And with the girls be handy.

Yankee Doodle

About the Yankee Doodle song

Did you know “Yankee Doodle” goes all the way back to the days of the American Revolution? It started as a song British soldiers would sing to poke fun at the scrappy American troops, but those Yankees turned the tune on its head and wore it like a badge of honor!

And now, it’s a proud anthem of American resilience and humor, with a catchy beat that has everyone tapping their feet.

”Yankee Doodle” isn’t just an earworm; it’s a mini history lesson wrapped up in a catchy tune. As little ones belt out the melody, they’re also exploring themes of identity, history, and patriotism. Plus, it’s chock-full of vocabulary words like “macaroni,” which, back in the 18th century, was a stylish way of saying “fashionable”!

Tips for teaching “Yankee Doodle”

March to the Beat:

Turn the song into a march around the room to get those little legs moving! Marching to the rhythm helps with motor skills and timing.

Historical Dress-Up:

Encourage kids to dress up like Yankee Doodle or other characters from the American Revolution. It’s a blast from the past that brings the song to life!

Feather Fun:

Craft your own “macaroni” feather for a hat. This activity sparks creativity and helps explain what “macaroni” meant in the song’s context.

Patriotic Parade:

Organize a little parade where kids can wave flags and play instruments to the beat of “Yankee Doodle.” It’s a fun way to discuss patriotism and national symbols.

Yankee Doodle Pictionary:

Play a game of Pictionary with words from the song. What’s a “pony,” or “macaroni,” or “hasty pudding”? It’s a playful test of comprehension and drawing skills.

Snack Time:

Make a “hasty pudding” or a simple cornmeal porridge to taste history! Cooking together can be a delicious way to connect with the past.

So, little patriots, as our “Yankee Doodle” day comes to a close, let’s keep the spirit of fun and freedom marching on. Remember, every song has a story, and every giggle is a note in the melody of learning. Until our next singalong adventure, keep the tunes humming and your imaginations running!