Button You Must Wander


Button you must wander, wander, wander,
Button you must wander far away.
Bright eyes will find you. Sharp eyes will find you.
Button you must wander far away.

For first graders, I use this for rhythm to help find the quarter rests.


The children sit in a circle on the floor with one student in the middle. Before we start to sing, the student in the middle closes his/her eyes while I give the button to one student in the circle. I tell the other students to be “sneaky” and pretend to hold the button in their hands. When the singing starts, the student in the middle opens his/her eyes while students in the circle pretend to pass the button. When we have finished the song, the class chants: Button, button, who’s got the button?

The person in the middle gets 3 chances to guess who ended up with the button.

See also

Extras for Plus Members

  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen

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7 thoughts on “Button You Must Wander”

  1. Your blog saved me again today – I needed to find this song quick before the kids came in. Instead of digging through my books, I ddi a quick google search for the song. You were there to rescue me!

    Thanks, again!

  2. Mrs.M's - J.E.S - .Music Blog

    Beth, you have save me many, many times. As a former high school teacher turned into elementary music teacher I have looked to your blog for assistance over and over again. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with the rest of us. Really appreciate your work! I love how you have taken often used songs, added activities, the written music and even video links. Use your blog all the time. Thanks!!!!

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