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Down to the Baker's Shop

The "hopping" never fails to engage. It's also a great chance to practice precision of rhythm with children.
One game we like to play in class is to pretend to go to the baker's shop, and then to cry, "Uh oh! No bread!" This allows the children to suggest other foods to buy, as well as other stores.


Down to the baker's shop, hop hop hop
For my mother said, buy a loaf of bread,
Down to the baker's shop, hop hop hop.

(Uh oh! No bread! Let's get some... carrots!)

Down to the grocery store, hop hop hop
For my mother said, buy some carrots instead,
Down to the grocery store, hop hop hop.

(Uh oh! No carrots! Let's get some... bagels!)

Down to the bagel shop, hop hop hop
For my mother said, buy some bagels instead,
Down to the bagel shop, hop hop hop.

Eventually, we end:
Let's go home again, hop hop hop
Got some [bagels] today, let's go home and play,
Let's go home again, hop hop hop
You may, of course, write your own verses. Here are some ideas:
- Change what store you're going to
- Change the food you're buying
- Change how you're getting there