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.
song-games were popular at the elementary grade levels, and boys were
included in most games.
El Gato y el Ratón
La Monjita del Monasterio
El Hijo del Conde