A Tisket, A Tasket

“A Tisket, A Tasket” is a Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme song that was originally published back in 1879. It is typically sung while playing the “A Tisket, A Tasket” game. It is one of the most popular kid’s singing game.

“A Tisket, A Tasket” originated from the USA.

It became a really popular hit when jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald and Al Fledman made a recording of “A Tisket, A Tasket” in 1938. When it was released, it topped the music charts and by 1986, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

“A Tisket, A Tasket” Singing Game Activity

Materials Required:

  • Small Basket
  • Folded Letter

Directions on How to Play “A Tisket, A Tasket”:

  1. While singing the “A Tisket, A Tasket” nursery rhyme lyrics, have the kids sit in a circle.
  2. Have one of the children skip outside of the perimeter of the circle with the small basket containing a folded letter, while everyone else is still singing and sitting in the circle.
  3. When the song comes to an end, have the child who is skipping with the small basket place the letter behind one of the children who is sitting down.
  4. Now, have the two children chase each other in the opposite direction of the circle back to the vacated spot.
  5. The child who arrives to the spot first, gets to sit down, while the other child will skip around the perimeter of the circle.
  6. Repeat the activity until all of the kids gets a chance to hold the small basket and letter.

“A Tisket, A Tasket” Song Lyrics

A-tisket a-tasket
A green and yellow basket
I wrote a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it

I dropped it, I dropped it
Yes, on the way I dropped it
A little girlie picked it up
And took it to the market

She was truckin’ on down the avenue
Without a single thing to do
She was peck, peck, peckin’ all around
When she spied it on the ground

A-tisket a-tasket
She took my yellow basket
And if she doesn’t bring it back
I think that I shall die

A-tisket a-tasket
A green and yellow basket
I wrote a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it

I dropped it, I dropped it
Yes, on the way I dropped it
A little girlie picked it up
And took it to the market

(Was it red?) No, no, no, no
(Was it brown?) No, no, no, no
(Was it blue?) No, no, no, no
Just a little yellow baske

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