Old Mother Hubbard

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Old Mother Hubbard Lyrics

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
To fetch her poor dog a bone;
But when she got there,
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.

She went to the baker 's
To buy him some bread;
But when she came back
The poor dog was dead.

She went to the undertaker 's
To buy him a coffin;
But when she came back
The poor dog was laughing.

She went to the fishmonger 's
To buy him some fish;
But when she came back
He was washing the dish.

She went to the tavern
For white wine and red;
But when she came back
The dog stood on his head.

She went to the hatter 's
To buy him a hat;
But when she came back
He was feeding the cat.

She went to the barber 's
To buy him a wig;
But when she came back
He was dancing a jig.

She went to the tailor 's
To buy him a coat;
But when she came back
He was riding a goat.

She went to the cobbler 's
To buy him some shoes,
But when she came back
He was reading the news.

She went to the seamstress
To buy him some linen;
But when she came back
The dog was a-spinning.

She went to the hosier 's
To buy him some hose;
But when she came back
He was dressed in his clothes.

The dame made a curtsy,
The dog made a bow;
The dame said, 'Your servant! '
The dog said, 'Bow-wow. '

Old Mother Hubbard Learning Activities


  • Dynamics is the varying levels of loudness or softness. Use a puppet (the teacher or a chosen child) when the puppet hides it 's face the children sing along softly, when the puppet shows it 's face sing along loudly.
  • Challenge - sing along to the instrumental version.


  • Role-play "I went to the cupboard and found"

Visual Art

  • Use a sock to make your own puppet.


  • Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning "Do it, see it and hear it!"

Print out the song PDF

  • Read the song lyrics - ask children a variety of questions.
  • Re-read the song lyrics and ask children to join in.
  • Recognise and use a variety of punctuation when reading. " " ! ? . ,
  • Look at print and conventions (bold, italics).
  • Talk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean.
  • Word study - phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.
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