Pat-A-Cake
Additional Words and Music: Hap Palmer

  Listen to this song.

This song is available on Hap Palmer's Early Childhood Classics.


See below for suggested activities.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Pat it and roll it and mark it with a 'B'
And put it in the oven for baby and me

Hey, hey, rock my little baby
Snuggle and wait for the cake to rise
Hey, hey if you're gettin' sleepy
Settle in my arms and close your eyes

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, ding, ding, ding
Cake is done, hear the bell, ring, ring, ring
Cool it and frost it and mark it with a 'B'
And put it on the table for baby and me

Actions:
Do the following motions with the traditional song:
- Clap your hands or pat hands with a partner when you hear the words "Pat-A-Cake"  
- Pat your knees, roll your hands, and draw the letter 'B' in the air with your finger  
- Push an imaginary cake in the oven

Do these motions with the new verses:
- Pretend you are holding a baby in your arms, and rock it to sleep
- Imagine you are falling to sleep with your baby
- Wake up when you hear the bell ring
- Clap your hands when you hear the words "Pat-A-Cake"
- Take your imaginary cake out of the oven
- Blow on your cake, pretend to frost it and draw the letter 'B' in the frosting
- Pantomime putting the cake on a table
- Pretend to eat the cake

Variation:
 Do this song with a partner.  Pat hands together then pretend one person's hand is the cake.  Pat the cake, roll it and mark it with a 'B.'   During the second verse, one person rocks the other.   The person being rocked pretends to fall asleep.  The sleeping partner wakes up with the sound of the bell.  Once again, pat hands together, then cool, frost, and serve your cake.

Note: This is an excellent activity for an adult to do with a child.

This song is available on Hap Palmer's Early Childhood Classics.

Many thanks to Hap Palmer for permission to display these lyrics.
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