Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker’s Man

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Pat-a-Cake is one of the oldest surviving English Nursery Rhymes. It is thought to be first published in the year 1698. It’s a rhyme about a baker baking a cake for a baby and their mother.  It is often accompanied by a clapping game. It’s a short rhythmic nursery rhyme that is fun to do together.

Baker’s Man

Here is the nursery rhyme. Listen and say with your child.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,

Baker’s man,

Bake me a cake

As fast as you can.

Roll it and prick it

And mark it with a B

Then put it in the oven

For baby and me.


  1. What is a baker. Makes bread. Yes, that is right. A baker is someone who makes bread, cookies, and cakes.
  2. Do you like cookies, cakes and bread? Yes I do. MMMMMM yummy. I like them too.
  3. What is your favorite cake? I like chocolate cake. Yes, that is very delicious. I like chocolate cake too.
  4. Do you like cookies? Yes I do. Yes so do I.
  5. Do you know what happens if you eat too many cookies? No I don’t. If you eat too many cookies you might get a stomachache.
  6. Would you like to do some baking with mommy or daddy? Yes I would. So would I, we should bake some cookies together. They would be delicious.
  7. Why did the baby mark the cake with a B? I don’t know. I think the baby marked it with a B because baby starts with B.
  8. Do you know what letter your name starts with? I don’t know. Your name starts with the letter “__”.
  9. What should mark the cake with if you bake a cake? Mark it with a “__”. Yes that’s right, we should mark it with a “__”.
  10. Would you like to be a baker when you grow up? Yes I would. Really, that’s great. I think you would be a fantastic baker.


Clapping Game

After listening and practicing Pat-a-Cake a few times. You can try teaching the clapping game to your child.

This could take a lot of practice depending on how old your child is. Clapping games have a lot of benefits for your child and it is definitely worth the time investment. Here are some ways they can benefit them:

  • Motor Planning
    • Motor planning is a prerequisite to learning any skill. It helps them learn new skills such as getting dressed, writing, and playing games. Essentially motor planning is the process of making and executing a plan to complete a physical task. Clapping games involve a lot of motor planning. The child needs to practice the movements repeatedly before they become automatic.
  • Crossing Mid-line
    • The mid-line is an imaginary line down the center of your body. As a baby develops they begin to be able to cross their hands over this midline they start to determine their dominate hand. Clapping games help bring babies hands together, and then separating them.
  • Sequencing 
    • Sequencing is the ability to put events, ideas and or objects in order. Most clapping games tell a story in a particular sequence, which helps a child to remember lyrics.

There are other benefits as well. If you would like to read more about them please visit Miss Jaime OT. It’s a great site that will help your child’s development in many ways.

Modify the Clapping Game

There are several ways you can modify the clapping game to meet your child’s development level and needs. Here are some examples:

  • Create a simple 1, 2, 1, 2 pattern by clapping your won hands together. Then use both hands to clap your partners hands.
  • You can create a 1,2,1,3,1,2,1,3. Do this by clapping your own hands together. Next clap your right hand to your partners hand together. Then, clap your hands together again. Finally clap your left hand to your child’s left hand and repeat.
  • Add more motor movements to make it more challenging. Clap your own hands together, then clap your right hand to your child’s right hand. Clap your hands together then clap left hands with your child. Next, form an “X” over your chest by crossing your two arms to touch your shoulders. Clap your hands together and start again.


 Wrap Up

I hope you had fun with this nursery rhyme. Remember, for your child t improve their English, you need to practice repeatedly. This is a great rhyme to do over and over. The clapping game is great for both physical and mental development. They should be able to remember the words to the rhyme and enjoy singing it with you. It can lead to a lot of different discussions like jobs, or food.

If you enjoyed this lesson please share it on Facebook or Twitter and make a comment below. I would love to hear from you. I hope you have time to try one of our other lessons.  This Little Piggy is another fun nursery rhyme that includes finger play. This is the Firefighter a great story about being a firefighter. What’s this? / What are they? is a fantastic English expression lesson about demonstratives and farm animals.

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