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Stary niedźwiedź mocno śpi… Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in Kids, music

Being a mom I spend a lot of time singing to my daughter. I remember different Polish songs and games when I was little…

Here is one play which I remember I recommended to my friends asking me about Polish plays for children and for other people and they found it wonderful to use. It is also related to winter and Christmas season because it has to do with a bear who is deeply asleep, like usually bears are in winter. But of course you can play it any time…

The Old Bear (Stary niedźwiedź)

Children chose one person as a bear. The bear is sitting in the middle of the circle pretending that he is asleep and it is snoring loudly, while other children are walking in a circle and sing:

Old bear is sleeping deeply,
Stary niedźwiedź mocno śpi,

Old bear is sleeping deeply,
Stary niedźwiedź mocno śpi,

We are walking on our tiptoes because we’re afraid of him,
Na palcach chodzimy, bo się go boimy

When he’d wake up he would eat us!
Jak się zbudzi to nas zje,

When he’d wake up he would eat us.
Jak się zbudzi to nas zje.

Then, children stand round thogether and recite:

The first hour (passed) – the bear sleeps
Pierwsza godzina – niedźwiedź śpi,

The second hour (passed)- the bear snores
Druga godzina – niedźwiedź chrapie,

The third hour – the bear wakes up and he’s catching us!!!
Trzecia godzina – niedźwiedź budzi się i łapie!!!

Then the person in the middle pretending to be a bear stands up and tries to catch somebody while children break a circle and run away trying to escape. The caught person is a new bear and the play repeats!

Hope you enjoy it!

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)



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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. sila:

    i loved it!!!!!!!