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1, 2, 3 Momia Es is a playground game kids play in South America. In Mexico, the same game is called 1, 2, 3 Calabaza. In Spain, it is 1,2,3 Escondite Inglés and in English it is Red Light, Green Light. Elizabeth Carmona of Chile has written a very fun song called 1, 2, 3 Momia Es that incorporates parts of this familiar game.

In the traditional game, one player faces a wall or a tree with the rest of the group behind her at a distance. The group tries to move forward while her back is to them. She says Un, dos, tres momia es, spins around, and tries to catch someone moving. Everyone must stand perfectly still, like a mummy, while she is watching. If she sees someone move, that person must return to the starting line. The first person to reach her takes her place.

The song and the dance that goes with it keep the phrase 1, 2, 3 momia es and everyone freezing in place. However there is lots more language and a lot more movement.

The song has three short verses. They are very similar and they all are fun to act out. There is lots of repetition, which is perfect for kids learning Spanish. Also, the song is almost entirely in the preterite, so if you happen to be working with that tense, it is great.

This is the video from Atiempopreescolar, a Chilean animation studio. The lyrics follow.

Saqué leche de la vaca,
de la vaca leche saqué.
Me tropecé con mi balde,
de leche yo me empapé.
Saqué la lengua afuera,
se me arrugó la nariz,
se me cerraron los ojos
y puse la cara así.
Un, dos, tres. Un, dos, tres.
Un, dos, tres. ¡Momia es!
Un, dos, tres. Un, dos, tres.
Un, dos, tres. ¡Momia es! (pausa)

Saqué un limón de un árbol,
de un árbol saqué un limón.
le di una mascadita,
estaba muy ácido.
Saqué la lengua afuera,
se me arrugó la nariz,
se me cerraron los ojos
y puse la cara así.
Un, dos, tres. Un, dos, tres.
Un, dos, tres. ¡Momia es!
Un, dos, tres. Un, dos, tres.
Un, dos, tres. ¡Momia es!(pausa)

Saqué mora de la mata,
de la mata mora saqué.
Tenía muchas espinas,
la mano yo me clavé.
Saqué la lengua afuera, se me arrugó la nariz,
se me cerraron los ojos y puse la cara así.
Un, dos, tres. Un, dos, tres.
Un, dos, tres. ¡Momia es!
Un, dos, tres. Un, dos, tres.
Un, dos, tres. ¡Momia es!(pausa)

Elizabeth Carmona does have some songs on iTunes, but this one is not there yet. I am hoping it will be available to download soon.

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