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)
OH NO! bumblebee!!
We all Jump up!
We have another version for you
Ring a ring o’ roses
A pocket full of posies
We all fall down
Cows are in the meadow
We all jump up
The king has sent his daughter
to fetch a pail of water
We all fall down
Fishes in the water
Fishes in the sea
We all jump up with a
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