Rhymes and Ditties (He Rotarota)

E Rua Ngā Manu Paku (Two Little Dicky Birds)

 

When saying this ditty, use your fingers to represent each bird and ‘hide’ Pita and Paora.

E rua ngā manu paku  Two little dicky birds
E noho taiapa ana Sitting on a wall
Ko tētahi ko Pita, ko tētahi ko Paora  One named Peter, one named Paul
Rere atu Pita, rere atu Paora Fly away Peter, fly away Paul
Hoki mai Pita, hoki mai Paora!  Come back Peter, come back Paul!

 

Ka Haere Tēnei Poaka (This Little Piggy)

 

This rotarota is for playing with toes!  Each toe represents a ‘piggy’.  When you get to the last one, you run your fingers up pēpi’s leg and tickle his puku!

 

Ka haere tēnei poaka ki te mākete This little piggy went to the market
Ka noho tēnei poaka ki te kāinga This little piggy stayed home
Ka kai tēnei poaka i te mīti This little piggy ate roast beef
Kua kore mā tenei poaka This little piggy had none
Ka tangi tēnei poaka, tae rawa atu This little piggy cried
Kia te kāinga e! All the way home!

Tīrama, Tīrama (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

 

Tīrama, tīrama ngā whetū Twinkle, twinkle little star
Kei te aha rā koutou? How I wonder, what you are?
Kei runga ake rā Up above the world so high
Taimana tō rite e Like a diamond in the sky
Tīrama, tīrama ngā whetū Twinkle, twinkle little star
Kei te aha rā koutou? How I wonder, what you are?

Hei Tira Tira (Hey Diddle, Diddle)

 

Hei Tira Tira Hey Diddle Diddle
Te poti me te whira The cat and the fiddle
Ka peke te kau i te marama The cow jumped over the moon
Ka kata te kurī The little dog laughed
I tana mahi pai To see such fun
Ka oma te ngeru me te pune The cat ran away with the spoon