Farmer in the Dell (and variations)

The Farmer in the Dell / A Hunting We Will Go must be one of the most re-used tunes in children’s storytimes. There are a couple dozen songs on “Tell Me a Story” alone. The tune has been borrowed for hello songs, seasonal songs, movement songs, tickles, shaker songs, and more. In this post, I’ve selected a handful of the most-proming-for-ukulele variations I’ve found. If you have a favourite I’ve omitted, I’d love to hear your rhyme too.

My library has felt stories for both Farmer and Hunting, and I always strum my ukulele to accompany the visuals. Combining instruments with images keeps the toddlers’ attention longer and triggers different parts of the brain. Most of the variations I’ve posted below would also work wonderfully with felts.


Farmer in the Dell
     C

The farmer in the dell, the farmer in the dell,
 F           C            G7            C

High ho the derry o, the farmer in the dell.

Verses
The farmer takes a wife...
The wife takes a child...
Cow... Dog... Cat... Mouse... Cheese...



A Hunting We Will Go
  C

A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go,
       F               C

We'll catch a fish and put it in a dish,
     G7               C

And then we'll let it go.

Verses
We'll catch a fox and put it in a box...
We'll catch a whale and put it in a pail...
We'll catch an armadillo, and set it on a pillow...
We'll catch a brontosaurus and put it in a chorus...
We’ll just pretend and in the end, we’ll always let them go!


Sing Hooray for A
     C

Let’s sing hooray for A, Let’s sing hooray for A,
       F              C               G7            C

Let’s sing hooray for A today, Let’s sing hooray for A.
C

Apple starts with A, Asparagus starts the same way,
       F              C              G7              C

Let’s sing hooray for A today, Let’s sing hooray for A.

Verses
Other letters in the alphabet...



The Animals Say Hello
    C

The cat says hello, The cat says hello
 F                 C                   G7        C

Meow, meow, meow meow, meow meow, The cat says hello.

Verses
Other animals...



The Earth Turns Around
   C

The Earth turns around, the Earth turns around,
F            C             G7            C

Once a day, every day, the Earth turns around.

Verses
The moon goes round the Earth... Once a day, every day...
The Earth goes round the Sun... Once a year, every year...
The stars are all around... Here, there, and everywhere, the stars are all around.



We Clap and Sing Hello
  C

We clap and sing hello, We clap and sing hello,
F                    C            G7             C

With our friends at storytime, We clap and sing hello!

Verses
Other actions (Strum, nod, stamp, etc)...



A Bee is on My Toe
  C

A bee is on my toe. A bee is on my toe.
F              C               G7           C

Heigh-ho just watch me blow. A bee is on my toe.

Verses
Other body parts...



A Pizza We Will Make
   C

A pizza we will make, a pizza we will make
F                  C          G7            C

Let's put on some ________, a pizza we will make.


A Pizza We Will Make

Other Variations Include
Can You Find Your Eyes?
Spider in the Web
Various A ____ We Will Go songs

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