Red Red Rose

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Red Red Rose Lyrics

Never stand on a red rose
with your naked bare toes.
The petals may be soft and squishy
but the thorns are sharp and prickly.
So if you don’t want a thorn in your toe
never stand on a red rose.

Red, red, rose,
you wear such lovely clothes.
You smell so sweet,
you look a treat!
Red, red, rose.

On a bumblebee don’t impose,
when he’s on a red rose.
The perfume of the rose is delicious
but a bumblebee’s sting can be vicious.
So if you don’t want a sting on your nose
on a bumblebee don’t impose!

Repeat chorus

Red Red Rose Learning Activities


  • Fill 4 glasses with different quantities of water. Add red dye or food colour to each of the glasses.
  • Order the glasses from high to low sounds.
  • Play the song and use a pencil to tap the glasses in time to the beat (steady pulse) or rhythm (the short and long sounds that fit over an underlying beat). Try and match the pitch (the degree of highness or lowness of a note) of the song.

Visual Art

  • What is red? E.g. rose, apple, red ball
  • Draw, paint or make a collage.
  • Make a red rose out of red tissue paper.


  • Sometimes our cheeks go red because we feel embarrassed; or sometimes our go cheeks go red because we are very angry; sometimes our cheeks go red because we have been very active like riding our bikes or running fast.
  • Mime a scene which has made your cheeks go red for others to guess.


  • 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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