Musical fun for the under 5's in and around Oxford, UK
fishing boat, Padstow

An inshore fishing boat in the Camel estuary, Padstow

This is my adaption of a BBC Tweenies song “I see a boat on the water” featured on their Songtime2 DVD from 2000. I have no idea who wrote it, sorry.

It has four simple actions which mirror the four different boat types we sing about, from the gentle rowing and sailing boats to the more lively paddleboat and the exuberant speedboat which is only limited by the strength left in the adult’s legs.  It has a gentle lilting tune and repetitive words which makes it easy for small children to learn. This, added to the excitement and anticipation of the speedboat verse, has made it a firm favourite for children and adults – one of my most requested songs.

The very simple word format lends itself to additional verses (ideally with three syllables) – I wish I had… a red canoe …a paddle steam(er)  …a hovercraft.

Or you could change the mode of transport entirely. How about the following to enliven a long journey? “I wish I had a digger truck… …to go and visit Granny”

See what your child comes up with and the miles will speed past! Older children might like to think of more and more ridiculous ways of traveling to see Granny (probably hard to stop them!)  Dinosaur anyone?

 

 

I wish I had a rowing boat
rowing boat, rowing boat
I wish I had a rowing boat
to row across the sea
Row, row, rowing boat
rowing boat, rowing boat
row, row, rowing boat
to row across the sea