Before presenting the song, spend some time with your children thinking of ways that your feet can move (walk, jump, skip, run, etc.). Explain how a long time ago children would wear out their shoes from lots of activity. They would often take their shoes to be repaired by a cobbler. A cobbler takes a hammer and fixes shoes by putting in special tacks to keep the shoes together.
Pretend to be a cobbler with a hammer and “pound” the steady beat before, during, and after the song. Pay close attention to hammering the steady beat and not the rhythm of the faster notes.
Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe.
Get it done by half past two.
Half past two is much too late.
Have it done by half past eight.