May 162014
 

Dr Knickerbocker

The term “Knickerbockers” traces its origin back to the Dutch settlers who came to the New World — and especially to what is now New York — in the 1600s. Specifically, it refers to the style of pants the settlers wore … pants that rolled up just below the knee, which became known as “Knickerbockers,” or “knickers”. Through history, the Dutch settler “Knickerbocker” character became synonymous with New York City. The city’s most popular symbol of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was “Father Knickerbocker,” complete with cotton wig, three-cornered hat, buckled shoes, and, of course, knickered pants. (source)

Lyrics

Dr. Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker, number nine.
Just got back, and I’m feeling fine.
Now let’s get the rhythm of the hands (clap, clap)
Now let’s get the rhythm of the hands (clap, clap)
Now let’s get the rhythm of the feet (stomp, stomp)
Now let’s get the rhythm of the feet (stomp, stomp)
Now let’s get the rhythm of the eyes
Now let’s get the rhythm of the eyes
Now let’s get the rhythm of the hips (whoo-ee)
Now let’s get the rhythm of the hips (whoo-ee)
Now let’s get the rhythm of the number nine!
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine!

Game

Option 1: Point to a student on each number. The 9th student joins the leader and sings the leader part. When the leaders outnumber the class, the game is over.
Option 2: Point to students on each number. All 9 students join the leader. Play until the last child is the “winner” and can be the first leader the next time you play.

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Song pdf & midi below

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