A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea

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Just by reading the title of this game, we bet the song is already going round and round in your head?! If that’s not the case (how?!), ask your child to sing it and it’ll all come back to you instantly. No need to thank us, it’s our little gift!

— Stay sat down but change up the game. Turn your palms upwards towards the sky. Keeping your hands in this position, put your right hand on top of the left palm of your neighbour to the right of you. With your right hand, tap the right hand of the neighbour on the left of you, and when their hand has been tapped, they can tap the right hand of their left neighbour, and so on. Don’t tap too hard! Let’s practice first. Are you ready? We’ll start on 3: 1, 2, 3!

— Now, time to learn the song. “A sailor went to sea, sea, sea; to see what he could see, see, see; and all that he could see, see, see; and all that he could see, see, see; was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea!”  Now, sing the song and play the hand tapping game in rhythm. At the end of the song (the final sea, sea, sea), the last person to have their hand tapped is out! But if the last person lifts their hand before having it tapped, it’s the tapper who is out. Let’s go! On 3, let’s start: “A sailor went to sea…” Emily, you’re out! You should have lifted your hand! Louise, on 3, it’s you to start.

Continue until just one person is left, the winner! This game will always require adjustments, some will know how to play, and some won’t. Either way, they’ll love learning the steps and playing along. You can keep practicing until it becomes a bit more natural and fluid. The kids who get out can regroup in the middle of the circle and sing along with the others.


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