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I had a great time working with you Saturday morning! Hope the strategies are useful for you. Remember to check education.wolftrap.org for more examples from artists using the elements of music, dance, drama and puppetry.

Here are those "Very Hungry Caterpillar" songs, plus the making bread chant for infants. Thanks for making the children's learning experiences so much fun!

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
Song Adaptations by Sue Trainor

To the tune of "Jingle Bells:"
Chorus:

            Caterpillar, caterpillar
            Hungry all the time
            Eat and grow and eat and grow
            Until it’s chrysalis time

Verse:

            Monday he ate a ____
            Tuesday he ate two ____
           Wednesday day he ate three _____
            And he was feeling great
           Thursday he ate four ____
           Friday he ate five _____
           Saturday he ate _____
           And got a tummyache!

           
To the tune of “Green Grass Grows All Around”
Song adaptation by Sue Trainor


In the garden    there was a leaf
The prettiest leaf     that you ever did see
Leaf in the garden and
The life cycle goes around and around
The life cycle goes around.

And on that leaf    there was an egg
The prettiest egg     that you ever did see
Egg on the leaf and the leaf in the garden and
The life cycle goes around and around
The life cycle goes around.

And in that egg   there was a caterpillar
The prettiest caterpillar     that you ever did see
Caterpillar in the egg and the
Egg on the leaf and the
Leaf in the garden and
The life cycle goes around and around
The life cycle goes around.

And on that caterpillar, there is a chrysalis
The prettiest chrysalis  that you ever did see
Chrysalis on the caterpillar and the
Caterpillar in the egg and the
Egg on the leaf and the
Leaf in the garden and
The life cycle goes around and around
The life cycle goes around.

And in the crysallis   there is a butterfly
The prettiest butterfly   that you ever did see
Butterfly in the chrysalis
Chrysalis on the caterpillar and the
Caterpillar in the egg and the
Egg on the leaf and the
Leaf in the garden and
The life cycle goes around and around
The life cycle goes around.

And in that butterfly    there is an egg
The prettiest egg    that you ever did see
Egg in the butterfly  and the
Butterfly in the chrysalis
Chrysalis on the caterpillar and the
Caterpillar in the egg and the
Egg on the leaf and the
Leaf in the garden and
The life cycle goes around and around
The life cycle goes around.

And what do you think happened to the egg in the butterfly?

 

 MAKING BREAD

Adaptation by Sue Trainor

Imagine the child is bread dough. Use each movement all over the body, front and back, limbs and head.  In steady beat:

  1. (Kneed it)  Squish squish squish squish  (repeat until entire body is touched)
  2. (Butter it) Spread, spread, spread, spread  (repeat until entire body is touched)
  3. (Flour it) Sprinkle sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle (repeat until entire body is touched)

All done!

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