Yankee Doodle

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Yankee Doodle Lyrics

Yankee Doodle
came to town,
riding on a pony.
He stuck a feather
in his cap and
called it macaroni.

Repeat three times

Yankee Doodle Learning Activities


  • Listen to the song and ask what instruments can you hear? E.g. drum, piano, flute, trombone.
  • Play the song again and choose a found sound (tap the floor), body percussion (slap knees) or instrument.
  • Challenge – sing and play along to the instrumental version of the song.

Visual Art

  • Make your own hat and stick a feather on it.
  • Make your own drum - be creative with a stretched balloon and tin can or pot, use chopsticks or pencils as drum sticks.


  • Imaginary orchestra – choose an instrument from an orchestra and play your imaginary instrument along with the music.
  • Can others guess what instrument you are playing?


  • 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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