All babies and toddlers just love being bounced on your knee, and This Is The Way The Lady Rides is the liveliest of the knee bobbing songs.
It starts in a controlled way as you pretend to be the pretty lady out parading on her fine horse, then increases in speed and vigour as you turn into the gentleman smartly trotting, and finally, you give it everything you’ve got as a mad galloping farmer who falls off down into the ditch!
This Is The Way The Lady Rides
This is the way the Lady rides,
Nimble-nim, nimble-nim, nimble-nim,
Nimble-nim, nimble-nim, nimble-nim!
This is the way the Gentleman rides,
Tritty-trot, tritty-trot, tritty-trot,
Tritty-trot, tritty-trot, tritty-trot!
THIS is the way the Farmer rides…….
GALLOPY, GALLOPY, GALLOPY,
GALLOPY, GALLOPY, GALLOPY!
DOWN ….INTO THE DITCH!!
This Is The Way The Lady Rides Rhythm Game
With slightly older children, you can do a bit of horsey role-play.
Using the rhythm sheets you can point out the three characters from the song. This is an excellent way to introduce children to tempo and dynamics. The Lady is slower and quieter, the Gentleman slightly faster and louder and the Farmer very loud and very quick! Describe how different they are, and how differently they move; ask the children if they can recognise who is who, and how fast each of them goes on their horse?
Then using some magic on your feet you can encourage everyone to climb onto their imaginary horse and with the help of some coconuts, or some wooden tone blocks, you all start trotting round the room. Sing the song as you go, and they’ll will soon catch on, until everyone is madly galloping and ends up tumbling down into a chaotic heap of arms and legs!
To print, click here or on the image above.
If you’re looking for activities like this for slightly older children, check out our horse rhythm game with imaginative movement here and check out my Horses lesson plan for inspiration on how to use This Is The Way The Lady Rides with other related activities in a music lesson.
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