Not only are nursery rhymes excellent tools for helping your kids develop their language and comprehension, but they are also tools to teach kids how to spell. Bingo is the perfect song to get your kids spelling.

Did you know that the Bingo that you and your kids sing today isn't the original song?! We all know the version whereas you sing, you clap to remove a letter. Well…the original song was published in London in 1785 on "The Humming Bird" a collection of songs for children. The original song was called A Farmers Dog Lept o'er the Stile and had lyrics like jingo and stingo. There was no clapping!

1842 is the first recorded history that Bingo was mentioned in the US by Senator, Robert M. Charlton. Over the years, the lyrics have continuously changed through each recording.

Original Lyrics

The farmer's dog leapt over the stile,

his name was little Bingo,

the farmer's dog leapt over the stile,

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:

B-I-N-G-O!

His name was little Bingo.

The farmer loved a cup of good ale,

he called it rare good stingo,

the farmer loved a cup of good ale,

he called it rare good stingo.

S-T with an I - I with an N,

N with a G - G with an O;

He called it rare good stingo:

S-T-I-N-G-O!

He called it rare good stingo

And is this not a sweet little song?

I think it is -- by jingo.

And is this not a sweet little song?

I think it is -- by jingo.

J with an I - I with an N,

N with a G - G with an O;

I think it is -- by jingo:

J-I-N-G-O!

I think it is -- by jingo.

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