(Folk song)

Bell horses, bell horses, what’s the time of day?
One o’clock, two o’clock, Time to away.


You could use a hobby horse (with a stick), but it is not required. Children are in a circle formation.
One child is “It” (the Bell Horse) and either walks or gallops around the outside of the circle as the children sing. At the end of the song, “It” stops behind a student. That student becomes the next “it.”

Children can face outwards in the circle after having a turn so that the rider can try to stop near someone who hasn’t yet had a turn.

Children can be scattered randomly around the room, with the child who is “it” trying to ride to someone who hasn’t yet had a turn. Previous riders could sit in their place while non-riders could stand.

See also


  • Song with chords, Simplified Version
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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