Ride A Cock Horse is a traditional English nursery rhyme just perfect for knee bobbing with babies and toddlers. It’s a great favourite to sing whenever children are playing on rocking toys or playing with a hobby-horse. The gentle rhythmic rocking of the song is an excellent way for children to feel the beat in the music expressed in simple movement.
Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a fine horse,
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music where ever she goes!
- With older children, you can play a circle game with a hobby-horse.
- The first child trots around the circle on the hobby-horse while everyone sings the song.
- At the end of the verse, they pass the hobby-horse on to the next person who follows suit until everyone has had their turn.
- A simple game, but they are always very keen to have a go!
- If you don’t have a hobby horse handy, kids are just as happy pretending to be a little pony themselves!
Free sheet music Here!
You can check out my Horses Lesson Plan for inspiration on how to combine Ride A Cock Horse in a complete music lesson.
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