There Was a Princess Long Ago : Storytelling Circle Game

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There Was A Princess Long Ago is a wonderful song for a circle game, which combines one or two well known fairytales with actions and imaginative movement, and is best suited to children of 3 years and over.

 

Let's Play Music : There Was a Princess Long Ago - Songs for Storytelling

There was a Princess long ago, long ago, long ago,

There was a Princess long ago,  long ago! (hold hands in a circle)

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And she lived in a big high tower, a big high tower, a big high tower,

And she lived in a big high tower, long ago.  (arms up high for tower)

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One day a bad Queen cast a spell, cast a spell, cast a spell,

One day a bad Queen cast a spell, long ago. (cast spell with fingers)

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The Princess slept for a hundred years, a hundred years, a hundred years,

The Princess slept for a hundred years, long ago. (rest head asleep on hands)

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A great big forest grew a round, grew around, grew around,

A great big forest grew around, long ago. (mime tall swaying trees)

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One day a Prince came riding by, riding by, riding by,

One day day a Prince came riding by, long ago. (mime riding a horse)

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 He cut the trees down with his sword, with his sword, with his sword,

He cut the trees down with his sword, long ago. (mime chopping with a sword)

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And when he kissed her she woke up, she woke up, she woke up,

And when he kissed her she woke up, long ago. (kiss the back of your hand)

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So everybody’s happy now, happy now, happy now,

So everybody’s happy now, HAPPY NOW! (go round in a circle very fast)

 


First you need to choose your princess, this can cause obvious problems, but you just have to reassure the rest that everyone will have a turn! The others hold hands and go round in a circle, with the princess in the middle, singing the first verse. Follow the actions as described alongside the words of the song above. The children get very involved in acting out the story, and everyone is so delighted with the happy ending! After singing the song you could explore the fairytale theme further by trying the simple craft activity in the picture above. The tower was made of rolled cardboard, and a wooden spoon for the princess, with yellow wool for hair. There is plenty of scope for all sorts of improvisation, depending on the age of the children making it, the materials you have to hand, and the time that is available.

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  • http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ Debbie

    This is great! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at TGIF!

  • Jackie @My Little Bookcase

    I just love this. Pinned for my princess-obsessed daughter and friends

    • Sara_LetsPlayMusic

      Thanks! My little girls loved being princesses too!

  • Mummygadgetgeek

    Oh, we love singing in this house. I think my two will really enjoy this song, thanks for the inspiration :)

    • http://www.letsplaykidsmusic.com Sara

      Thanks, I hope you all enjoy the fairy tale!

  • Carrie

    Oh, my daughter will love this one!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  • http://littlegreenteacher.blogspot.com.au/ Little Green

    Thank you so much for this great post. I came by your blog via Pinterest, and have included this post in my weekly round-up of great pins. If you’d like to have a look, here is the link: http://littlegreenteacher.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/pins-of-week-area-game-animal-movement.html

    • Sara_LetsPlayMusic

      Thank you for including us in your weekly round up! It is a great song – I love fairy tales :)

  • http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/ Jill

    Telling stories through song is very fun. I know my daughter Elizabeth loves to make art projects and I think that this a great way to include the forgotten art of storytelling too. Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop :-)

    • http://www.letsplaykidsmusic.com Sara

      Thanks Jill! Yes, Fairy tales are an essential part of every childhood! Thanks for hosting :)

  • Stephanie @ Twodaloo

    Love this! Great posts, as usual- your site is just awesome! Thanks for linking up to Discover & Explore!

    • http://www.letsplaykidsmusic.com Sara

      Thanks Stephanie! You are very kind :) We love Twodaloo too! So many great ideas!

  • Lauren

    This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing at our #PinningforPlay link up.

    • http://www.letsplaykidsmusic.com Sara

      Thanks for hosting and pinning our pins Lauren! :)

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