Wee Willie Winkie, run through the town,
Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown.
Rapping at the windows, Crying through the locks,
“Are the children in their beds? It is eighth o’clock!”


All students stand in a circle, holding hands high.  One student is named as “Wee Willie Winkie”. He/she runs in between students through their “windows”. On the last word of song, whoever he/she is closest to becomes next Wee Willie Winkie.

Alternate version

See also

Extras for Plus Members

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  • Song with chords – 2 versions, Game instructions, Lesson ideas for Melody (mi, so, la, Up / Down & Rhythm (quarter notes & rests, half notes), 2 Orff arrangements (PDF)
  • MIDI file
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