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Children playing singing games, Eatonville, Florida, 1935.
Children playing singing games in Eatonville, Florida in 1935

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Mary had a little lamb,
Little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow

And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
Everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go

These are the first two verses of a popular children's song. Do you remember how the rest of it goes? Children's songs and singing games have existed for years in cultures all around the world. In the United States, children of all backgrounds play singing games. Songs have been passed down from generation to generation, but along the way the words and games have changed. Do any of the following songs sound familiar to you?

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