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CHILDRENS’ SONGS


TRADITIONAL “POPULAR” SONGS AND SONG-GAMES


The singing of Puerto Rican folk songs, especially traditional children's folk songs (canciones infantiles), is quickly becoming a lost tradition. Most of these songs are fragments of our Spaniard and French roots. Of these hundreds of folk songs there are just a few that we remember today.


Many of these song-games involve rough-and-tumble type behavior, including children chasing each other and playing tag.
Sometimes one child is "it," and leads the game. Many of the song-games are played in rings, which are sometimes doubled. Some are simple hand clapping games.

These song-games were popular at the elementary grade levels, and boys were included in most games.

El Barquito
El Gato y el Ratón
Mambrú
La Monjita del Monasterio
Naranja Dulce
El Hijo del Conde