Three Little Muffins – chant



Lyrics

Three Little Muffins in the bakery shop
(whispered) You know the kind with the honey and the nuts on the top.
Along came a boy with a penny to pay,
Bought one muffin and ran away.

And there were two little muffins in the bakery shop,
(whispered) You know the kind with the honey and the nuts on the top.
Along came a boy with a penny to pay,
Bought one muffin and ran away.

And there was one little muffin in the bakery shop,
(whispered) You know the kind with the honey and the nuts on the top.
Along came a boy with a penny to pay,
Bought one muffin and ran away.

And there were no little muffins in the bakery shop,
(whispered) You know the kind with the honey and the nuts on the top.
Along came a boy with a penny to pay,
And he said: “What?! No muffins?!” (Say with a “calling” voice.)

I love using this song with Preschoolers & Kindergartners when I teach about voices. We add motions, of course.


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9 thoughts on “Three Little Muffins – chant”

  1. I love this chant. My kindergarten students loved this song. The only downside was that they liked it so much, they wanted to do it every music class. I had to ween them off of it.

    It was published in my textbook series, that’s how I first discovered it. Now, I’m at a new school and I don’t have that same series, so I’m glad you posted it, so I can remember it and use it again!

  2. What’s the origin of this folk chant? I teach it a little bit differently with a swing to the rhythm than the way you have it written.

    1. Greg,
      It can be difficult to find the origin of a folk song or chant, since they have often been passed down – and people change them as over time. I’m sure your students love it with a swing rhythm!
      – Beth

  3. I learned it like this:

    There are three little cookies in the bakery shop,
    You know the kind with the honey and the nuts on the top.
    Along came a boy with a penny to pay.
    And he took that cookie and he ran away.

    So there are two little cookies in the bakery shop,
    You know the kind with the honey and the nuts on the top.
    Along came a girl with a penny to pay.
    And she took that cookie and she ran away.

    So there is one little cookie in the bakery shop,
    You know the kind with the honey and the nuts on the top.
    Along came a boy with a penny to pay.
    And he took that cookie and he ran away.

    So then there are no little cookies in bakery shop,
    You know the kind with the honey and the nuts on the top.
    Along came a girl with a penny to pay.
    And he said ”What! No cookies today!”

    Sorry but I like my version better! ☺️

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