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Heigh-ho, the derry-o, the farmer in the dell! Does your little one know this great song? It is not only a nursery rhyme to listen and practice with children, but it can also be a fun singing game to play as a family!

This popular song for kids tells the story of a farmer who lives in the dell in a playful way, turning the song into a fun memory exercise. First, it starts with the farmer, then it mentions that he marries a girl and together they have a child. Then the child takes a cow, and this cow gets a dog! As the song progresses, new animals and objects appear, until it ends up in a poor piece of cheese that stands all alone!

Listen to the song and practice new vocabulary with your little one. What comes after the cat? Try to guess as a family what person, animal, or thing comes next. You can even try to add your own!

Now, let’s watch the video, sing along, and learn the story of the farmer that lives in the dell!

The Farmer in the Dell Lyrics

The farmer in the dell,
The farmer in the dell,
Heigh-ho, the derry-o
The farmer in the dell.

The farmer takes a wife (2X)
Heigh-ho, the derry-o . . .
The farmer takes a wife.

The wife takes a child (2x)
Heigh-ho, the derry-o . . .
The wife takes a child.

The child takes a cow (2x)
Heigh-ho, the derry-o . . .
The child takes a cow.

The cow takes a dog (2x)
Heigh-ho, the derry-o . . .
The cow takes a dog.