Ring Around the Rosie - Activity Version

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(Children hold hands and dance around in a circle).

Ring around the rosies
A pocket full of posies;
Ashes, Ashes
All stand still.
(Children hold still).

The King has sent his daughter,
To fetch a pail of water;
(Children hold hands and dance around in a circle)
Ashes, Ashes
All fall down.
(Children fall to the floor).

The bird upon the steeple,
Sits high above the people;
(Children hold hands and dance around in a circle)
Ashes, Ashes
All kneel down.
(Children kneel).

The wedding bells are ringing,
The boys and girls are singing;
(Children hold hands and dance around in a circle)
Ashes, Ashes,
All fall down.
(Children fall to the floor).

Splash Water Version

To be sung in the pool or bath tub:.

Ring around the otter,
Pockets full of water,
Splashes, splashes,
we all blow bubbles!

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Information About Ring Around the Rosie - Activity Version

"Ring Around the Rosie" or "Ring a Ring o' Roses" is an English nursery rhyme and a playground or garden game as well. The rhyme was first recorded in 'Mother Goose or the Old Nursery Rhymes" in 1881; but it is possible the song and its melody date back a further 100 hundred years. The rhyme is better known as "Ring a Ring o' Roses" in the UK; also the words can differ region by region, although the tune remains consistent. There was also a German rhyme from 1796 that loosely resembled the words and actions of "Ring Around the Rosie".

A Bussongs fan has sent us this information, the song is not about the bubonic plague and refers to other events. You can read more about the song Ring Around the Rosie.

Most people believe that this rhyme originates from the time of the Great Plague. The roses refers to the rosy coloured rash displayed by sufferers; the posies were a little bundle of herbs and spices said to ward off the plague; and a-tishoo was of course, the sneezing which accompanied the final fatal moments of the victims when they would all fall down - dead! However, this theory appears to have emerged in more recent times and is considered by many folklore scholars to be baseless.

Old Bailey judges carry a pocket of posies as a ritual at the opening of each session as a protection against gaol fever.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Use this version to continue doing activities

Ring around the Rosie (walk in a circle holding hands)
A pocket full of posies ( hold and sniff an imaginary bouquet)
A-choo, A-choo (pretend to sneeze)
We all fall down!

Cows are in the meadow (walk on hands and knees in a circle)
Eating buttercups
OH NO! bumblebee!!
We all Jump up!

We have another version for you

Ring a ring o’ roses
A pocket full of posies
A-tishoo A-tishoo
We all fall down

Cows are in the meadow
Eating buttercups
A-tishoo A-tishoo
We all jump up

The king has sent his daughter
to fetch a pail of water
A-tishoo A-tishoo
We all fall down

Fishes in the water
Fishes in the sea
We all jump up with a
1 – 2 – 3

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Antione, Cook Islands

24 October 2016 at 4:04am

Thanks so much for the blog article. Much obliged.

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Tayyib Hussain, United Kingdom

12 March 2012 at 11:11pm

I grew up with: Ring o' Ring o' rosies a packet full of posies atichoo atichoo we all fall down ashes in the water splashes in the sea we all jump up with a one two three. :D

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Ella, Ireland

8 April 2011 at 6:05pm

this isnt right its like you ppl all forgot abt wht the song means in the first place! whts wrong with you ppl?!?

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Jessica, United States

25 January 2011 at 4:48pm

I don't know why people are giving such bad comments on Ring Around the Rosie. I had to do a paper on the Black Plague and ended up doing research on this song as well. Yes, it originate from that time period, but over the years, everyone (by everyone I mean different countries and families and such) adopted the song and changed it. I don't know if ANYONE knows the original version, but each country has its own. In the US, we grew up with "Ring around the rosie. Pocket full of posies. Ashes, ashes, we all fall down." It's a matter of where you're from. This song is pretty decent to let kids sing and dance to, and that's why the song was originally changed in the first place.

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Hanaa, United Kingdom

24 December 2010 at 2:20pm

this is the right one ring a ring a rosies a pocket full of poses a-coo a-coo we all fall down fishshies in the water fishshies sea we all jump up with a one,two,three

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Madi Krueger, Chicago, Illinois

28 April 2010 at 4:27am

You look like a creeper.

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Nancy, Illinois Usa

3 June 2009 at 6:49pm

We agree-- that don't sound right!

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Aman, Markham.on.canada

20 March 2009 at 2:33pm

well the ring around around the rosie would bew good to eexplain and all to the youngsters but i think they could explain more clearly and make plays and all more realistic but there doing good keep it up

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Janeyy, Australia

10 February 2009 at 4:13am

This don't sound right!?? :S

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