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and English nursery rhymes. The rhyme is also considered as a silly song, which is about a young man who encounters a pretty girl. Songwriter and exact date of its origin are not known. Experts believe that it is a nonsensical kids' song, which contains a humorous element and is composed just for fun and comical effect.
Fun kids' games with Rig-a-Jig-Jig
"Rig-a-Jig-Jig" nursery rhyme is often used by kids, preschoolers and young children for various fun activities. It is used as a single-circle game and singing game, which is found to be an important part of childhood culture by ethnologists, folklorists and psychologists.
In some parts of the world, it is also used to choose a partner in kids' games. In this game, participants stand in a circle. The player who is designated as a "young man", then moves inside the circle formed by players while reciting or singing the rhyme. At "a pretty girl I chanced to meet", he bows to one of the players in the circle, (which is considered as "pretty ladies"). If that lady sings "a nice young man", then they both join hands in the chorus and move together. The same process continues with a new young man until all the players find their partner.
Role of singing games
Various roles have been attributed to singing games such as exploring language, ritualizing different expressions and behavior and more. However, most of the singing games including "Rig-a-Jig-Jig" tend to be co-operative rather than competitive.
Singing games are still thriving in the playgrounds and kids enjoy most of their leisure time playing these games. There are numerous health benefits of playing the singing games outdoors. Children stay more active while playing outdoors, their bones are strengthened and they also maintain good fitness level. It also allows to burn off extra calories and fat. When young children play outside in the sunshine, their body absorbs vital vitamin D.
Moreover, it provides an excellent opportunity to build social skills. Away from the constraints of indoor play, little ones come out of their shells. They become more socialized and develop an interest in fun activities and games. They learn to interact with each other, make new friends and become more social.
So, encourage your kids to play their favorite singing games outside and have fun along with their friends. These games will keep them entertained, happy and physically healthy.