English songs for kids

The Farmer in the Dell


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The farmer in the dell
The farmer in the dell
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The farmer in the dell

The farmer takes a wife
The farmer takes a wife
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The farmer takes a wife

The wife takes a child
The wife takes a child
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The wife takes a child

The child takes a dog
The child takes a dog
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The child takes a dog

The dog takes a cat
The dog takes a cat
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The dog takes a cat

The cat takes a rat
The cat takes a rat
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The cat takes a rat

The rat takes the cheese
The rat takes the cheese
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The rat takes the cheese

The cheese stands alone
The cheese stands alone
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The cheese stands alone

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The Farmer in the Dell is one of the oldest and most popular nursery rhymes around the world. The origins and history of the song began in Germany over 200 years ago.

The song was spread by German immigrants who came to the United States in the 1800s. The rhyme has been translated in different languages like English, French, Romanian or Thai.

See how important everyone is in the rhyme. A farmer needs a wife, child, dog and so on in order to be a productive and happy man. We all need each other to be happy and productive.

Play a game. Kids dance around the farmer. The farmer chooses his wife, the wife chooses a child, and so on. Whoever ends up being the cheese becomes the farmer for the next round.


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