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Wishy Washy Washer Woman

 

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Iím having so much fun with this traditional song in my library concerts this summer, I thought Iíd share it (or rather borrow if from my other website- www.singWithOurKids.com). While youíre there, poke around and check out all the other free resources.

If you go here you can read one of the great short articles about singing this song with kids by from a wonderful childrenís librarian, Rick Samuelson. He's also shared a video where he shows the motions to this song. 

If you can find an old washboard to show the kids, it makes for a great discussion. You can put some thimbles on your fingers and play a song or two before teaching this one. I sing This Old Man (only counting to five).

Wishy Washy Washer Woman


Way down in the valley where nobody goes
       (Point downward...then wag finger)
There's a wishy washy washer woman washing her clothes
She goes: ooh! aah! ooh ahh, ooh ahh, ooh, ahh
      
(using both hands scrub down then up)
That's how the wishy washy washer woman washes her clothes!
 

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There's a wishy washy washer woman drying her clothes
She goes:
(blow!) aah! (blow!) aah! (blow!) aah (blow!) aah!
That's how the wishy washy washer woman dries her clothes
 

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There's a wishy washy washer woman folding her clothes
She goes: clap clap, clap clap, clap clap, clap clap
That's how the wishy washy washer woman folds her clothes!