I have been meaning to make a video of this little song for some time, and a twitter conversation earlier this evening has finally persuaded me to do it, despite the loss of my cardboard buns. You have to imagine them.
This is a great little song for all sorts of reasons. Music making is so powerful as an inclusive tool; in this one there are a number of roles that children can play. The baker, the shoppers, you could add instruments; the world is your oyster.
As well as the repetitive nature of the melody, so the children get to know it really well, there is, of course, the mathematics. Counting the buns each time reinforces the link between the concrete objects and the numbers, and, if you wished, you could increase the number of buns/coins and take more than one away each time. I do it this way because, when I was using it regularly, I was singing it with toddlers, and my son, who has Down’s syndrome. He loved it.
I’m mot entirely convinced that I have got the tune right here (I had been thinking about elephants balancing along a piece of string and got the tunes muddled up) but I don’t think it matters. You could sing along to one of the many versions available digitally, but then you would lose the essential ingredient – interactivity. You really want to involve the children here, and for that, you need to be in control of huge pauses. If, say, you had a child with reduced mobility buying buns, you would need to wait for a longer time for them to come up to the shop.
Gold coins are essential.