Hot Cross Buns, Currant Buns and Other Buns…

Today is Good Friday or “Hot Cross Bun day” as biggest Littlesheep named it a few years back (they were one of his favourite foods and he was planning on them for breakfast, lunch and dinner!). Whilst thinking about hot cross buns (the spicy fruit buns that have a white cross on the top traditionally eaten on Good Friday) the little rhyme popped into my head – don’t forget to share it with your children today.

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha’penny,
Two ha’ penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha’ penny, Two ha’ penny,
Hot Cross Buns!


So thinking about rhymes and cakes then reminded me of the five currant bun song and the song mitt puppet that is a favourite in our house… This is also a
great song for teaching counting skills.

Five currant buns in a baker’s shop.
Round and fat with a cherry on the top,
Along came a boy with a penny one day,
Bought a currant bun and took it away.

Four currant buns in a baker’s shop.
Round and fat with a cherry on the top,
Along came a boy with a penny one day,
Bought a currant bun and took it away.

Three currant buns in a baker’s shop.
Round and fat with a cherry on the top,
Along came a boy with a penny one day,
Bought a currant bun and took it away.

Two currant buns in a baker’s shop.
Round and fat with a cherry on the top,
Along came a boy with a penny one day,
Bought a currant bun and took it away.

One currant bun in a baker’s shop.
Round and fat with a cherry on the top,
Along came a boy with a penny one day,
Bought the currant bun and took it away.

If you wanted to keep the song Hot Cross Bun themed you could change the words to Round and fat with a cross put on the top.

Other songs that include cakes are: The Queen of Hearts, Pat-a-Cake and Little Jack Horner… Let me know if you need the words – and please share any other cake songs you know!

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