12 Days of Christmas Song

Lyrics, Printable Wall Cards and Coloring Pages


The 12 days of Christmas song is not only fun for kids to sing, but can be used to reinforce numbers. To sing the song, kids must count backwards, a new concept to some children.

Use the preschool printables below to have a visual aide for the numbers. The lyrics are at the bottom of the page.





To print, simply click on the printable of your choice. This will open the file in PDF format. Please keep all copyright information intact.

partridge in a pear tree wall card
2 turtle doves wall card
3 french hens wall card
four calling birds wall card
5 golden rings wall card
6 geese a laying wall card
7 swans a swimming wall card
8 maids a milking wall card
9 ladies dancing wall card
ten lords a leaping wall card
eleven pipers piping wall card
12 drummers drumming wall card






For more counting fun, here are the 12 days of Christmas in coloring page form. A separate page to go with each verse of the song. If you have enough children, perhaps in a daycare, have each child color one of the pages... then combine the pictures for a great wall or bulletin board display.

partridge in a pear tree coloring page
turtle doves coloring page
french hen coloring page
calling bird coloring page
golden ring coloring page
geese-a-laying coloring page
swans-a-swimming coloring page
maids-a-milking coloring page
ladies dancing coloring page
lords-a-leaping coloring page
pipers piping coloring page
drummers drumming coloring page

The 12 Days of Christmas song builds upon itself for 12 verses kids will enjoy singing. Here's the lyrics...

On the first day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me,
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me,
Three French hens.
Two turtle doves.
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me,
Four calling birds (or colly),
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me,
Six geese-a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me,
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese-a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


On the eighth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me,
Eight maids-a-milking,
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese-a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids-a-milking,
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese-a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me,
Ten lords-a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids-a-milking,
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese-a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords-a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids-a-milking,
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese-a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me,
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords-a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids-a-milking,
Seven swans-a-swimming,
Six geese-a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


The 12 Days of Christmas song is fun for kids to sing. It is one of many Christmas songs that preschoolers will enjoy during the holiday season.




More Christmas Fun:


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