Children Playing Games

Ahhh the good ol’ days when children could sing about cask’s of ale. Where have we gone wrong? Maybe it was around the same time farmers trumped millers as the pinnacle dog owners…

It could be worse though. At least children still appreciate life’s simple games. Like the Drawer Guitar or everyone’s favorite, maggot painting. I know I always wished for party games like that.

Anyway, here is the 100 year old take on this classic children’s song.


The miller's dog lay at the mill,
and his name was little Bingo,
B with an I, I with an N, N with a G, G with an O,
His name was little Bingo.

The miller he bought a cask of ale,
And he called it right good Stingo,
S with a T, T with an I, I with an N, N with a G, G with an O,
He called it right good Stingo.

One child represents the miller, the rest stand round him in a circle, and all dance round and sing the verse. When it comes to the spelling part of the rhyme, the miller points to a child who must all out the right letter.

Anyone who makes a mistake must pay a forfeit.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

Image © Barbicane @ Flickr, ShareAlike

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