Monday, July 6, 2015

A Whale of a Summer Singalong

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Open with the Beatles: “We All Live in a Yellow Submarine” from album of the same name.

You’ll Sing A Song by Ella Jenkins (action)
Song on: Raffi’s “The Corner Grocery Store”
You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song
And we’ll sing a song together.
You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song
In warm or wintry weather.
Continue with: clap your hands, stomp your feet, dance a jig, flap your arms… sit right down

Go to the Beach -- sign language song from “Pick Me Up”

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There's A Little White Duck (book or flannel)

Song on Raffi’s “Everything Grows”
There's a little white duck sitting in the water
clip_image004[13]A little white duck doing what he oughter.
He took a bite of lily pad,
Flapped his wings, and said "I'm glad
I'm a little white duck, sitting in the water,
Quack, quack, quack."

There's a little green frog swimming in the water.
A little green frog doing what he oughter.
He jumped right off of the lily pad
That the little duck bit and he said, "I'm glad
I'm a little green frog, swimming in the water,
Croak, croak, croak."

There's a little black bug floating in the water.
A little black bug doing what he oughter.
He tickles the frog on the lily pad that the duck bit
and he said, "I'm glad I'm a little black bug floating in the water,
Chirp, chirp, chirp."

There's a little red snake lying on the water
A little red snake doing what he oughter.
He frightened the duck and the frog so bad
He ate the little bug and he said, "I'm glad
I'm a little red snake lying on the water,
Ssss! Ssss! Ssss!"

Now there's nobody left sitting in the water.
Nobody left doing what he oughter.
There's nothing left but the lily pad.
The duck and the frog ran away, I'm sad.
Now there's nobody left, sitting in the water,
Boo Hoo Hoo!

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I’m a Little Fishy (action/puppet)
Sung to: “I’m a Little Teapot”
I’m a little fishy, I can swim.
Here is my tail, Here is my fin.
When I want to have fun with my friends,
I wiggle my tail and I dive right in!

I'm Being Swallowed by a Big Alligator (action/puppet)
Song on the album “Peter, Paul, & Mommy”
I'm being swallowed by a big allligator (3x),
And I don't like it very very much.
Spoken with alarm:
Oh no, he's eaten my toe!
Oh rankle, he reached my ankle!
Oh gee, he's up to my knee!
Oh sigh, he's got my thigh.
Oh jip, he's eaten my hip.
Oh fiddle, he's up to my middle. (oh crummy...tummy)
Oh heck, he's up to my neck.
Oh dread, he's swallowed my...GULP!


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Baby Beluga (book by Raffi and/or puppet)
Song on Raffi’s album “Baby Beluga”
Baby beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.
Baby Beluga, oh baby beluga,
Is the water warm, is your mother home
With you so happy?
Way down yonder where the dolphins play
Where you dive and splash all day
Waves roll in and the waves roll out.
See the water squirting out of your spout.
Baby beluga, oh baby beluga,
Sing your little song,
Sing for all your friends,
We like to hear you.
When it's dark, you're home in bed,
Curled up snug in your water bed,
Moon is shining and the stars are out.
Good night little whale, good night.
Baby beluga, oh baby beluga,
With tomorrow's sun, another day's begun.
You'll soon be waking.
Baby beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
You’re just a little white whale on the go.

There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea (flannel)
from Danny Kaye “A Child’s Celebration of Silliest Songs”
There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea
There's a hole in the bottom of the sea,
There's a hole, there's a hole,
There's a hole in the bottom of the sea.
2. There's a bump on the log, in the hole,
in the bottom of the sea...
3. There’s a frog on the bump on the log on the hole…
4. There's a fly on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole...
5. There's a flea on the fly, on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole…
6. There’s a wing on the fly on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole…
7. There’s a flea on the wing on the fly on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole…


Five Little Freckled Frogs (action/flannel)
Song on Raffi’s “Singable Songs for the Very Young”
Five little freckled frogs
Sitting on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs (yum, yum)
One jumped into a pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green freckled frogs (Glug, glug) ….continue 4, 3, 2,1…no freckled frogs.

She Waded in the Water (action)
She waded in the water and she got her toes all wet (3x)
But she didn’t get her (clap, clap) wet, yet!
Continue with: feet, ankles, knees, thighs, then
She waded in the water and she finally got it wet (3x)
Yes she finally got her BATHING SUIT wet! (Brrr!)

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Down By the Bay (flannel, book available)
On Raffi’s “Singable Songs for the Very Young

Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow
Back to my home, I dare not go,
For if I do, my mother will say…
"Did you ever see a goose kissing a moose
"Did you ever see a whale with a polka-dotted tail
"Did you ever see a fly wearing a tie
"Did you ever see a bear combing his hair
"Did you ever see llamas eating their pajamas
"Did you ever see a spider drinking apple cider
"Did you ever see an orange….apple…
"Did you ever have a time when you couldn't
make a rhyme?…Down by the bay!
(Encourage children to make up additional verses
e.g. Did you ever see a bee with a sunburned knee…

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Puff the Magic Dragon – (book illustrated by Eric Puybaret, last verses with puppets) -- this happier ending is from Peter, Paul, and Mary’s album “Peter Paul & Mommy.)

Chorus:  Puff, the magic dragon,
Lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Honalee

Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff
And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff. Chorus

Together they would travel
On a boat with billowed sail
Jackie kept a lookout
Perched on Puff's gigantic tail
Noble kings and princes
Would bow whene'er they came
Pirate ships would lower their flags
When Puff roared out his name.  Chorus

A dragon lives forever,
But not so little boys
Painted wings & giants rings
Make way for other toys
One grey day it happened,
Jackie Paper came no more
And Puff, that mighty dragon,
He ceased his fearless roar. Chorus

His head was bent in sorrow,
Green scales fell like rain
Puff no longer went to play
Along the cherry lane
Without his lifelong friend,
Puff could not be brave
So Puff that mighty dragon
Sadly slipped into his cave. Chorus

Jackie, he got married and they had a little babe,
Jackie’s daughter Sophie went adventuring one day.
Happily she wandered down the busy beach alone,
And passing by a hidden cave,
She heard a muffled groan. Chorus

Bravely Sophie slipped in,
To the place where Puff did dwell,
The startled dragon spun around,
And frightened her as well.
Then she saw his lonely eyes
And quickly lost her fears,
Kissed the dragon’s scaly nose
And wiped away his tears.

Final chorus:
Puff the magic dragon LIVES by the sea
And frolics in the autumn mist in a land
Called -- Han--na--lee! (repeat)

Going to the Sea (puppets) piggy back on Original song “Going to the Zoo” by Tom Paxton, also sung by Raffi on his “Singable Songs for the Very Young”
Daddy's taking us to the sea tomorrow,
sea tomorrow, sea tomorrow,
Daddy's taking us to the sea tomorrow,
We can stay all day.
Chorus:
We're going to the sea, sea, sea. What will we see, see, see?
Come with me, me, me. We're going to the sea, sea, sea!
(Make up verses for sea animals)

Parachute:Three Little Fishies” #11 “Shake your sillies out” #1 “If you’re happy & you know it.” From Giggling & Laughing – Silly Songs for Kids”

World Ball: We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands

Closing Song “SING” Song by Joe Raposo,-- on “Sesame Street Platinum”
Start singing quietly with everyone (adults & children) in one big circle:

Sing, Sing a song -- Sing out loud -- Sing out strong --
Sing of good things, not bad --Sing of happy, not sad --
Sing, Sing a song --
Make it simple to last your whole life long --
Don't worry that it’s not good enough --
For anyone else to hear – Just Sing, Sing a song!
La, La, La, La, La --- La, La, La, La, La
La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La
(On the La, La’s – join hands in a circle and bring everyone to the center and then out again. –repeat the whole song…louder and stronger!)

Hand Stamping: “When I See An Elephant Fly” from“Giggling & Laughing”


6/12, 6/14, 7/15 BWL.

Additional Singable Books:
Elephants Swim (can be sung) – Linda Capus Riley
Over in the Ocean – Marianne Collins Burke – tried 2014, but kids didn’t have the patience…would need to be early in the program.
There’s a Hole in the Bucket – Westcott

Sing a Whale Song (skipped this in 2015, program 45 minutes without it)
Song by Tom Chapin and John Forster on their album “Moonboat”(have children make whale song sounds each time you sing “sing a whale song”)

On a fateful day in the month of May
I was sitting catching fish
When a magic whale swam up to the rail
And said, “Please make a wish.”
So I said,”Well gee, I’d love to be – like you – a giant whale.”
Next thing I knew,
I was grayish-blue -- and I had a two-ton tail!

Sing a whale song. Sing a whale song.
Sing a whale song.
As the flounder said to the oyster bed,
“Sing a whale song.”

With a mighty leap I dove down deep
And swam out through the cove.
Then I raced to the top, did a belly-flop and down again I dove.
From the Arctic to the Baltic to the far off Hebrides,
Like a sub-ma-rine -- through the deep blue-green,
I swam the seven seas.
And sang a whale song.

Sing a whale song. Sing a whale song.
As the dogfish barked to the Great White Shark: "Sing a whale song."
clip_image012[13]But there were some things I wish I could forget,
Like that garbage scow off of Cur-a-cao
Or that oil spill below Brazil
Or getting caught in that giant net
And I couldn't get out and oh, was I upset!

So I had to hail that magic whale
Who changed me back once more,
Saying, "Now that you know the Great Below
We need your help on shore
To tell your tale of being a whale and all you've seen and done.
Then wet and dry, will un-i-fy, and all the world as one
Will sing a whale song.

Sing a whale song. Sing a whale song.
From the smallest ant to the tallest tree,
From the highest peak to the deepest sea,
All the world will ring in harmony
And sing a whale song!

Microsoft Word document of the lyrics is available, contact me if needed.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

SRC: Every Hero Has a Story: American Heroes

Superhero Spectacular Craftacular
10:00 a.m. session geared to younger children (ages 3-6) 11:30 a.m. geared to older (age 6-10.)  (Families with multiple siblings may enroll them all in one session.)
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from: “Of Thee I Sing” by Barack Obama (below)

June 30th: Real Life American Heroes -- Get an early start on the 4th of July as we celebrate our history with stories, music, and  crafts plus a parade through the library.

“All Kinds of Heroes” – We’ll hear about people who have made a difference in all kinds of fields, then celebrate the heroes we most admire. Gave more focus to the parade aspect in the younger group, learning more about heroes for the older ones.

Display: lots of picture book biographies about American Heroes.

Music as children arrive and for crafts: selections from patriotic albums such as: “Patriotic Music for All Occasions” or Sousa Marches.

Open:

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(Younger group): Happy 4th of July Jenny Sweeney – Leslie Kimmelman
(Older group):  Amazing Grace – Mary Hoffman (“no limits on your dreams” – read this the day before announcement that Misty Copeland would be the first prima ballerina of color at the American Ballet Theater!)

Action (younger group only) Wave the Flag (passed out paper flags -- Tune: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” Suit actions to words, then fall down at the end.)
Wave, wave, wave the flag
As we march around.
Hold it high to show our pride
Don’t let it touch the ground!
Repeat with “jump”, “spin”, etc.

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(Younger Group) Read book: My Name is not Alexander – Jennifer Fosberry, Sing: Yankee Doodle, then read  Every-day Dress Up – Selina Alko

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(Older Group): Read book: Of Thee I Sing – Barack Obama
(bookttalked to the younger group)

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Both groups, end with singable book:  This Land is Your Land by Pete Seeger, illustrated by Kathy Jacobson (skipped the sad verses with younger)

Crafts:

· Younger – optional Make a Hero poster from people they know/have heard of and/ or Make a Noisemaker & Liberty Crown, paper flag.

· Older – Choose a Hero, make a placard (some chose to make the crowns/noisemakers as well)

Supplies:
Placards: 12x18 poster board (leftover from our Baker & Taylor shipments), markers, scissors, glue sticks, wallpaper samples (for placard heroes’ clothes) plus hole punches & yarn to hang these around their necks.
Noisemakers: small paper plates, beans or popcorn, markers, staplers, optional ribbon for decorating.
Crowns: die cut blue star borders, triangle sliced red and white construction paper.
Flags:  photocopies of: http://www.dltk-kids.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.dltk-kids.com/usa/images/b-small-flag.gif, straws, gluesticks, red & blue markers.

For the Crown:  Have your child glue together two of the blue headbands, then glue on the red & white triangles before fitting it to their head. Alternatively: could use stars and pipe cleaners as depicted below.

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from: http://twigglemagazine.com/July-kids-activities.html

For the noisemaker: Have your child color the underside of two paper plates, then count out 10 beans to place inside before the adult staples the plates together.

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from: http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/963658/4th-of-july-crafts-for-kids
(ours were much less formally designed)

Additional ideas: http://www.dltk-kids.com/usa/crafts-other.htm
https://www.pinterest.com/Schoolhouse8/kid-krafts-learning/

We played patriotic music CD while they were creating.
We lined up for a group picture then took the boom box and I led our “Parade of Heroes” (children wearing their people placards and liberty crowns, noisemakers and waving American flags) around the library.  Parade included a great variety of “heroes” Jackie Robinson, Jack Kennedy, Helen Keller, Cesar Chavez, Chief Joseph, Rosa Parks, MLK, Thomas Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony, Sacajawea, Betsy Ross, and many more.   Sang Yankee Doodle Dandy when CD player stopped working on batteries.

"I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one."
~ Calamity Jane (1852-1903), American frontierswoman

6.30.15

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Cool article: http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/07/04/418840245/when-americas-librarians-went-to-war?sc=tw

Monday, June 8, 2015

Story/Craft: Superhero Transportation

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Afterschool Special: Superhero Transportation (ages 3-10) 
Get an early start on our Superhero Summer. We'll read about a fantastical car then design our own wild and wonderful vehicles!

Display: Picture books, graphic novels, early readers, and non-fiction (741/743 drawing/cartoons) on superheroes for kids to browse as they arrive.

Music as kids are arriving: Tracks 1-4 from Play! (album by Milkshake) – end with track #4 “Superhero”  (play the whole album while kids doing craft later).

Open with discussion: “how do superheroes get around?”  Many fly, but some have other transportation – anyone know any?  --  Batman’s “Batmobile”  Wonder Woman’s “Invisible Plane”  --  ask “if they were making a SuperMobile, what would they have it do?”

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Read: If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen (has a great dedication! kid designs car with built in swimming pool, snack bar, robot driver, boat/sub/plane options)  Optional: Read/Show: Fast Food by Saxton Freymann and/or Mama Zooms by Jane Cowen-Fletcher, Batmobiles and Batcycles: The Engineering Behind Batman’s Vehicles by Tammy Enz (741.5973 ENZ)

Craft: Design a “SuperVehicle!”   (supplies: 12x18” light cardboard or card stock, scissors, markers, hole punches, construction paper (including pre-cut circles which made great spinning wheels), paper fasteners, pipe cleaners, glue sticks, tape, pencils, staplers, scrap paper).  Kids were given free rein to design any vehicle they wished…and they did very creatively -- some just used markers, others cut things out and made 3-dimensional designs.

6.15

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pre-School Storytime–Bathtime!

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A fun interactive storytime for ages 3-6 celebrating bathers (both reluctant & enthusiastic!) 
Includes aspects of phonemic awareness, around the body tour, sharing a Caldecott-winning title, an old camp song, and everyone’s favorite pigeon!

 

 

Entering Music: "Splish Splash" from the Sesame Street CD "The Best of Elmo" and/or "Rubber Duckie" from  CD "Sesame Street Platinum"

 

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Book: Where’s Jenna by Margaret Miller (children enjoy finding Jenna in each picture) or The Amazing Adventures of Bathman! by Andrew T. Pelletier (tongue in cheek takeoff on superhero adventuring)

 

Action Rhyme: (Suit actions to words, substitute “Bathman” for Jenna, if using that title)

*Jenna, Jenna hop in the tub.

  Jenna, Jenna scrub, scrub, scrub

  Jenna, Jenna clean your toes

  Jenna, Jenna wash your nose

  Jenna, Jenna float your tug

  Jenna, Jenna hop on the rug

  Jenna, Jenna dry off so

  Jenna, Jenna sit down slow.

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Book: To Bathe a Boa by C. Imbior Kudrna (amusing rhyming tale of a kid trying every possible ruse to bathe his snake, until ultimately both get wet!)  If not available, use: Big Red Tub by Julia Jarman

 

Action Song (Snake Puppet): "I'm Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor" (phonemic awareness, rhyming clues to parts of the body -- we do this twice, the first time with me and the puppet; the second time through they use their arm & hand as the boa and swallow their own toes etc.)

I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor,

I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor -- and I don't like it very very much!

Oh no, he's swallowed my toe!

Oh rankle, he's up to my ankle!

Oh fee, he's reached my knee!

Oh sigh, he's up to my thigh!

Oh fiddle, he's reached my middle!

Oh heck, he's up to my neck!

Oh dread, he's swallowed my (gulp!)

 

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Flannel:  Pet Wash based on the book by Dayle Ann Dodds

Step right up! Get in line.  We’ll wash your pets and make them shine.

We’ll rub.  We’ll scrub.  We’re Wally and Gene.

There’s not a pet that we can’t clean.

 

Wash your Cat?  We can do that!  Spic and span in no time flat.

Wash your Bear?  With loving care.  We’ll even style and curl his hair.

Wash your Eel?  It’s no big deal.  We’ll dry him on our eel-mobile.

Wash your Raccoon?  He’ll shine like the moon.

Wash your Kangaroo?  With mint shampoo.

Wash your Crocodile?  With a smile.

Wash your Tiny Ant?  Who says we can’t?

Wash your Seal?  It’s a deal.

Wash your Rhino?  That will be fine-o.

Wash your Hippo?  We can do that in a zippo!

Big or small or in between, nothing’s too hard for Wally and Gene.

Excuse me! Can you wash my…

Baby Brother?

(Remove Wally & Gene)

Sorry! We’re Closed!

 

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Great lead in to...
Max's Bath
by Rosemary Wells  (In this delightful board book, Max needs a bath because, as his sister Ruby points out, his lunch is all over him...but Max has the last laugh in the surprise ending.)

"Who has little sisters, brothers, cousins? Can you tell what they've eaten by what they're wearing?!"

 

Action Song: "Ravioli" (traditional camp song-- tune:  Alouette)--great movement song 

Ravioli, ravi, ravioli-- Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.
Do you have it on your pants?   -  Yes I have it on my pants.
On your pants?  On my pants.  Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Ravioli, ravi, ravioli-- Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.

Do you have it on your sleeve? -- Yes I have it on my sleeve.
On your sleeve?  On my sleeve.
On your pants?  On my pants.  Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Ravioli, ravioli, ravioli-- Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.
Do you have it in your lap? on your shoe?… 
(chin, hair, ears,  etc. )

 

"One way to keep from having a mess when you eat...eat in the bathtub!"

 

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Book: King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood (Caldecott Honor Book Big Book available -- allows kids to see the wonderful detailed silliness!)

 

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Song: "Take me Out of the Bathtub" from book by the same name by Alan Katz

 

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Book: The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems (kids love this -- and notice the one switched picture on the back end-paper!)

 

Song: "Wash Your Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" (same as original except add washing motions)

 

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Pop-Up Book: Bathtime Piggy Wiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox (piggy's imagination takes him from his bath to around the world adventures!)  Alternative: Bubble Bath Pirates! By Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Casey in the Bath by Cynthia DeFelice (longer for ages 4-5+)

 

 

Song: I'm Gonna Wash that Dirt Right Out of my Hair

I’m gonna wash that dirt right out of my hair (3x)
…and send it on its way.
 

Continue with ears, toes, belly button...

last verse: I’m gonna rinse that soap right out of my eyes! (3x)

...and go outside to play!

 

Optional Video: Let’s give Kitty a Bath  (or use Reading Rainbow DVD: The Piggy in the Puddle)

 

Hand-stamping music – same as entering music.

 

More book possibilities:

Dad’s Car Wash by Harry A. Sutherland,  Big Smelly Bear by BrittaTeckentrup, Tub Toys by Terry Miller Shannon,  No Bath Tonight by Jane Yolen, No More Water in the Tub by Tedd Arnold

 

 

BWL 3/07  3/10 3/11  5/13 5/15 (also St. B.)

See also: Messy and Clean

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sing Spring–Happy Earthday!

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A family singalong – there is a lot of material here so I pick and choose depending on the age and attention span of the group and whether or not not I am doing separate spring and Earth Day programs.. I did a shortened version for our sensory-sensitive patrons with just the * items.

 

Tom Chapin’s Album “This Pretty Planet” playing as children arrive.

 

*You’ll Sing a Song (traditional)

You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song and we’ll sing a song together.

You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song in warm or wintry weather.

Continue with suggestions: “clap hands” “stomp feet” “turn around” “flap our wings” “jump up and down” etc. till “sit right down”

 

*And the Green Grass Grew all Around (flannel)

Song on Rachel Buchman’s “Sing a Song of Seasons” (Children echo words in italics)

 

In the woods, there was a hole (there was a hole)

The prettiest hole (the prettiest hole)

That you ever did see (that you ever did see),

Oh a hole in the woods, a hole in the ground,

And the green grass grew all around, all around

And the green grass grew all around.

 

And in that hole (and in that hole)

There was a root (there was a root)

The prettiest root (the prettiest root)

That you ever did see (that you ever did see)

Oh a root in hole and a hole in the ground

And the green grass grew all around, all around

And the green grass grew all around.

Continue with:

tree  -- tree on a root, root in the hole, hole in the ground, and the green grass grew…

branch – branch on a tree, tree on a root,
root in the hole, hole in the ground…

nestnest on a branch…

eggegg on a nest…

birdbird in the egg…

 

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*Take a Walk Outside (from Pick Me Up, Fun Songs for Learning Signs – played the song from the album as we “danced with our hands”)

 

*A Wiggly Worm (flannel http://ccplonline.org/kids/songs4tots/wigglyworm.html)

Tune: “Boom! Boom! Ain’t it Great to be Crazy!” 

Chorus:

  Yum! Yum! Don’t you know I love apples?

  Yum! Yum! Don’t you know I love apples?

  Red and Green and yellow, too…

  Yum! Yum! Don’t you know I love apples?

 

Way up high in an apple tree,

I saw two eyes look at me.

I reached for an apple, it started to squirm --

Ooops! I found a wiggly worm!  Chorus

 

That wiggly worm is a friend of mine. 

We eat apples all the time.

I let him crawl back to that tree –

Hey!  That worm is looking at me! Chorus

 

 

 

*In My Garden

Song on Raffi’s “One Light, One Sun”

 

Digging, digging, this is how we dig the ground,

In our garden, in our garden.

Digging, digging, this is how we dig the ground,

Early in the morning.

Hoeing, hoeing, this is how we hoe the weeds…

Planting, planting, this is how we plant the seeds…

Growing, growing, this is how the seeds will grow…

Shining, shining, this is how the sun will shine…

Raining, raining, this is how the rain will fall…

Picking, picking, this is how we’ll pick the peas…

Eating, eating, this is how we’ll eat the peas…

 

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The Garden Song by David Mallett  (book)

Song on “A Child’s Celebration of Folk Music”

Parody: http://trefftzs.org/Jeff/Music/GardenSong-Tab.pdf

clip_image004[4]Chorus: Inch by inch, row by row
                Gonna make this garden grow
                All it takes is a rake and a hoe
                And a piece of fertile ground
                Inch by inch, row by row
                Please bless these seeds I sow
                Please keep them safe below
                'Til the rain comes tumbling down

Pulling weeds and pickin' stones
We are made from dreams and bones
Need a place to call my own
'Cause the time is near at hand
Grain for grain, sun and rain
Find my way through nature's chain
Tune my body and my brain
To the music of the land   Chorus

Plant your rows straight and long
Season with a cheerful song
Mother Earth will make you strong
If you give her love and care
Old crow sitting in a tree
She’s got her hungry eye on me
In my garden I'm as free
As that feathered thief up there!  Chorus
Repeat:  'Til the rain comes tumbling down

 

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This is the Way we Put on Our… to Play Outside in the Rain Tune: “Mulberry Bush”

 


This is the way we put on our raincoat, put on our raincoat, put on our raincoat,

This is the way we put on our raincoat,

To play outside in the rain.

Continue with: galoshes, umbrella, feel the rain on our face, splash through a puddle, squish through the mud, taste raindrops on our tongue, sail a boat, come inside...


 


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Five Little Freckled Frogs (glove puppet)

Song on Raffi’s “Singable Songs for the Very Young”

 

Five little freckled frogs

Sitting on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs (yum, yum)

One jumped into a pool

Where it was nice and cool

Then there were four green freckled frogs (Glug, glug) continue 4, 3, 2,1…no freckled frogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

clip_image010[4]Five Little Ducks (glove puppet)

Song on Raffi’s “Singable Songs for the Very Young”

 

Five little ducks went out to play

Over the hills and far away

Mother Duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack"

And four little ducks came running back.

repeat, counting down until:

One little duck went out to play…

…No little ducks came running back.

Sad Mother Duck went out one day

Over the hills and far away.

Mother Duck said "Quack, quack, quack, quack!" (have the kids say this as loud as possible)

And five little ducks came running back!

 

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider  (mentioned Joe Scruggs has a delightful variation on his album “Deep in the Jungle)

The Itsy Bitsy spider climbed up the water-spout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out;

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain;

And the Itsy Bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

 

Variation: BIG FAT SPIDER (sung with deep voice)

 

One Little Elephant

Song on Sharon, Lois, & Bram’s “One Little Elephant Went Out to Play”

 
One little elephant went out to play

On a spider’s web one day


She had such enormous fun


That she called for another elephant to come.


Continue with 2,3,4,etc. forming chain of children



 


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A House is a House for Me (flannel or book  by Mary Ann Hoberman, sung by Fred Penner on his album A House for Me, or view Youtube here: https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/a-house-is-a-house-for-me-a-singable-picture-book/ – the book is long so I clip together some of the pages to abridge it)


 


 


*We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands


(Song on “Sing Along with Bob” & others)


clip_image002[4]We've got the whole world in our hands
We've got the whole wide world in our hands
We've got the whole world in our hands
We've got the whole world in our hands
Continue with:
We've got our mamas and our daddies…
We've got our brothers and our sisters…
We've got a little bitty baby…
We've got the birds in the air…
We've got whales in the sea…


We’ve got you and we’ve got me…


 


Walk the World Now, Children by John Forster, Michael Mark & Tom Chapin on “Some Assembly Required” (love to do this with sign language)


Walk the world now, children. Walk it now with me.


Walk the world now, children. Walk it now with me.


Walk the world now, children. Treat it lovingly.


And the world will last forever and a day.


 


Drink the water, children…


Breathe the air now, children…


Work the land now, children…


Walk the world now, children…


 


 


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What a Wonderful World (book by Bob Thiele based on song sung by Louis Armstrong)


 


This Pretty Planet


by Tom Chapin and John Forster on “This Pretty Planet”


This pretty planet


Spinning through space,


You’re a garden,


You’re a harbor,


You’re a holy place.


Golden sun going down,


Gentle blue giant


Spin us around.


All through the night,


Safe ‘til the morning light.


 


 


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Sing by Joe Raposo on same-titled album, also on “Sesame Street Platinum” and others
(Gather everyone in one circle holding hands, Start singing quietly:)


 


Sing, Sing a song --


Sing out loud –


Sing out strong --


Sing of good things, not bad --


Sing of happy, not sad --


 


Sing, Sing a song --


Make it simple to last your whole life long --


Don't worry that it’s not good enough --


For anyone else to hear --


Just Sing, Sing a song!


 


La, La, La, La, La


La, La, La, La, La


La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La


 


(On the La, La’s –  bring everyone in the circle to the center and then out again.  –then repeat the whole song…louder and stronger!)


 


Hand Stamping to  a recording of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” or  more from Tom Chapin’s “This Pretty Planet”


 


Additional materials – mix and match depending on whether I do separate spring and Earthday programs.


 


More Books to Sing:


Earth Day Birthday – Schnetzler


Earthsong – Rogers


Everything Grows – Raffi 


Like Me and You – Raffi


One Light, One Sun – Raffi


Rise and Shine – Raffi


This Little Light of Mine –Raffi


Five Little Ducks – various authors


Itsy Bitsy Spider – various authors (Iza Trapani has an extended version)


Over in the Meadow – various authors
Sitting on the Farm – Bob King


Inch by Inch: Garden Song – David Mallet


A House is a House for Me – Mary Ann Hoberman


Look Up Look Down, See the Birdie Flying, Let’s Take a Little Walk-- sign language songs from “Pick Me Up”



 


 



 




Mr. Sun (action)


Song on Raffi’s “Singable Songs for the Very Young”


 


clip_image014[6]Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun
Won't you please shine down on me
Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun
Hiding behind the tree
These little children are asking you
To please come out so they can play with you
Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun
Won't you please shine down on
Please shine down on, please shine down on me!



 


May There Always Be Sunshine


Song on: Raffi’s “Let’s Play”


clip_image006[9]May there always be sunshine


May there always be blue skies


May there always be mama


May there always be me.


 


 


 



 


Thanks a lot 


Song on Raffi’s “Baby Beluga”


Thanks a lot, Thanks for the sun in the sky.


Thanks a lot, Thanks for the clouds so high.


Thanks a lot, Thanks for the whispering wind.


Thanks a lot, Thanks for the birds in the spring.


Thanks a lot, Thanks for the moonlit night.


Thanks a lot, Thanks for the stars so bright.


Thanks a lot, Thanks for the wonder in me.


Thanks a lot, Thanks for the way I feel.


Thanks for the animals, thanks for the land,


Thanks for the people everywhere.


Thanks a lot,


Thanks for all I've got.


Thanks for all I've got.


 


 


Sing a Whale Song  (video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOzxSTK3rd4)


Song by Tom Chapin and John Forster on their album “Moonboat”(have children make whale song sounds each time you sing “sing a whale song”)


 


On a fateful day in the month of May


I was sitting catching fish


When a magic whale swam up to the rail


And said, “Please make a wish.”


So I said,”Well gee, I’d love to be – like you – a giant whale.”


Next thing I knew,


I was grayish-blue -- and I had a two-ton tail!


   Sing a whale song. Sing a whale song.


   Sing a whale song.


   As the flounder said to the oyster bed,


  “Sing a whale song.”


With a mighty leap I dove down deep
And swam out through the cove.
Then I raced to the top, did a belly-flop and down again I dove.
From the Arctic to the Baltic to the far off Hebrides,
Like a sub-ma-rine -- through the deep blue-green,
I swam the seven seas.
And sang a whale song. Sing a whale song.
Sing a whale song.
As the dogfish barked to the Great White Shark: "Sing a whale song."


clip_image002[7]But there were some things I wish I could forget,
Like that garbage scow off of Cur-a-cao
Or that oil spill below Brazil
Or getting caught in that giant net
And I couldn't get out and oh, was I upset!


So I had to hail that magic whale
Who changed me back once more,
Saying, "Now that you know the Great Below
We need your help on shore
To tell your tale of being a whale and all you've seen and done.
Then wet and dry,  will un-i-fy,  and all the world as one
Will sing a whale song. Sing a whale song. Sing a whale song.
From the smallest ant to the tallest tree,
From the highest peak to the deepest sea,
All the world will ring in harmony
And sing a whale song!


 


Shakey Eggs: Song of the Earth/Happy Earth Day medley  on Tom Chapin’s This Pretty Planet


SING!



 


We’ve got the whole World in our Hands -- Alternate version-- from Pam Schiller Bountiful Earth  p.69


 


Let’s reduce our trash…to take care of our world…


Let’s reuse all we can…to take care of our world…


Let’s recycle every can…to take care of our world…


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…we’ll take care of our world…


We’ve got the whole world in our hands!


 


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Tune:  "Farmer in the Dell"


 


The farmer plants the seeds,                            


(stoop and pretend to plant the seeds)


The farmer plants the seeds,            


Heigh-ho the cherry-o,


The farmer plants the seeds.            


The sun comes out to shine..            


(make large circle with arms)          


The rain begins to fall…


(flutter fingers down to the ground)


The seeds begin to grow…


 (children squat down, then stand up and reach up)


The farmer cuts them down…                               (move arms to imitate a mower)


He binds them into sheaves…


(encircle sheaves in arms)


And now we'll have some bread…


(pretend to eat)


 


clip_image018[4]Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow  


Song on Raffi’s “Baby Beluga”


 


clip_image014[7]Chorus:
Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow,
Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow,
Can you or I or anyone know
How oats, peas, beans, and barley grow?

First the farmer sows his seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands. Chorus

Next the farmer waters the seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.  Chorus

Next the farmer hoes the weeds,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands. Chorus

Last the farmer harvests his seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.  Chorus


 


Six Little Ducks


Song on Raffi’s “More Singable Songs”


   


1.  Six little ducks that I once knew,


    Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too,


Chorus:                     


But the one little duck with the feather on his back,


He led the others with his Quack, Quack, Quack.


Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack,


He led the others with his Quack Quack Quack.


 


2.  Down to the river they would go,


    wibble wobble wibble wobble to and fro, but the...
   
(Chorus)


 


3.  Home from the river they would come,


    wibble wobble wibble wobble ho hum hum, but
    the...
(Chorus)   (Repeat first verse.)


 


It's Raining, It's Pouring
Song on the album “Children’s Favorites”

It's raining, it's pouring;
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and he
Bumped his head
And he couldn't get up in the morning.


 


 


The Anti-Garden Song  (Parody of Dave Mallet's "The Garden Song")


((c)1982, Eric Kilburn)


 


CHO: Slug by slug, weed by weed,


     My garden's got me really teed


     All the insects love to feed upon my tomato plants


     Sunburned face, scratched-up knees


     My kitchen's choked with zucchinis


     I'm shopping at the A & P next time I get a chance.


 


The crabgrass grows, the ragweed thrives,


The broccoli has long since died.


The only things left still alive are some radishes and beans.


My carrot plants are dead and gone,


Hear the rabbits sing a happy song


Until you've weeded all day long


You don't know what boredom means


Chorus


 


You get up early, work till late


Watch moles and mice get overweight


They eat their dinners on a plate from the hard work you have done


As ye sow so shall ye reap,


But I smell like a compost heap


I'm gonna get that lousy creep


Who said gardening was fun!


Chorus


 













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