I did a Children's Bardic probably two years ago, and I think I'd like to do another one at Novice.
I run a children's bardic circle more like a campfire singalong and less like a bardic circle. We do have some young bards in Atlantia who could more than hold their own in the traditional "pick, pass or play" format, but not many. If a "children's bardic" is advertised, you're going to get a lot of kids who aren't necessarily ready to get up and sing.
That's fine. I was a camp song leader.
A preliminary song list:
- The Princess Pat, if you leave off the Star Trek and Superman verses. (The kids don't know who Capt. Kirk is anyway.) It's repeat-after-me, which is generally helpful. It's about a princess, which is vaguely SCA-related.
- Now Is the Month of Maying, especially if we do the repeats before the Fa las. That makes it a period repeat-after-me song.
- Rose or its documentable cousin, "Hey Ho Nobody Home." I like to do at least one round.
- Some version of The Rattling Bog. I learned a variant as a Scout first and as a Scadian later. It's "SCA appropriate" and kids love it.
- Wataliachee, Chester or another "action" song. Not period at all, but nothing blatantly modern in the lyrics and fun for the kids.
- Go Now in Peace. I use this as an ender instead of "Taps," with the ecumenical "May the power of Love surround you" alternate line. (Okay, that doesn't look like the version I know. But it's similar.)