Friday, May 13, 2011

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Songs

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic book for children.  It has beautiful pictures and a presentation of the story that is engaging.  You can use this book to teach many different things: Life cycle of the butterfly, days of the week, food categories, healthy eating habits, counting and many more.


Hello Sunshine Sung to "Goodnight Ladies"
Hello Sunshine
Hello Sunshine
Hello Sunshine
I'm glad that you are here

Children pretend they were just born and are seeing things in the world for the first time.  Children take turns naming things to say hello to.

I'm a little egg Sung to "Pop Goes the Weasel"
A little egg lay on a leaf
In the light of the moon
It wiggled and wiggled 
What will it be? 
Pop! A caterpillar

Think of other animals that are born from eggs and put them in the story.  Change the leaf to nest, sand, grass, etc...:  A baby bluebird, A baby turtle, A baby chick, A baby snake, A baby duck, A baby Ostrich

Recommended Reading:
1. Chicks Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller

Today is Monday
Today is Monday, Today is Monday
Monday one apple
Hungry caterpillar, come and eat it up

Today is Tuesday, Today is Tuesday
Tuesday two pears
Monday one apple
Hungry caterpillar, come and eat it up

Today is Wednesday, Today is Wednesday
Wednesday three plums
Tuesday two pears
Monday one apple
Hungry caterpillar, come and eat it up!

Today is Thursday, Today is Thursday
Thursday four strawberries
Wednesday three plums
Tuesday two pears
Monday one apple
Hungry caterpillar, come and eat it up!

Today is Friday, Today if Friday
Friday five oranges
Thursday four strawberries
Wednesday three plums
Tuesday two pears
Monday one apple
Hungry caterpillar, come and eat it up!

Today is Saturday, Today is Saturday
Saturday too much food
Friday five oranges
Thursday four strawberries
Wednesday three plums
Tuesday two pears
Monday one apple
Hungry caterpillar, come and eat it up!


Today is Sunday, Today is Sunday
Sunday one green leaf
Saturday too much food
Friday five oranges
Thursday four strawberries
Wednesday three plums
Tuesday two pears
Monday one apple
Hungry caterpillar, come and eat it up!

Fruits are Very Good For Me Sung to "Old Mac Donald"
Fruits are very good for me
EE- I- EE - I - OOOH
And so I eat them happily
EE- I- EE - I - OOOH
With an apple here, and an apple there
Here an apple, there and apple, everywhere an apple, apple
Fruits are very good for me
EE- I- EE - I - OOOH

Substitute other fruits in the song.

Recommended Reading
1. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

The Caterpillar is Growing Sung to "If you're happy and you know it"
I'm a tiny caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)
I'm a tiny caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)
I am tiny and I'm small watch me crawl on the wall
I'm a tiny caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)

I'm a medium caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)
I'm a medium caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)
I'm not to big and I'm not to small
I'm a medium caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)

I'm a big caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)
I'm a big caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)
I ate too much food, now I have to make a cocoon
I'm a big caterpillar just for you (munch, munch)


Teaching Ideas:
1. Have a green ribbon or string represent the caterpillar.  Shorten and lengthen it according to the size.  Give each student one to practice with.  You can tie a red bead to the end of the string for the caterpillar's head.
2. Use your voice to change from a teeny tiny caterpillar to a big fat caterpillar.  The children love using a high squeaky voice and a big, low voice.

Caterpillar/ Butterfly Song Sung to "The Wheels on the Bus"
The caterpillars are wiggling around
Wiggling around, wiggling around
The caterpillars are wiggling around
All around the yard

The caterpillars are munching and a crunching
Munching and a crunching
The caterpillars are munching and a crunching
All around the yard

The caterpillars are building a cocoon
Building a cocoon, Building a cocoon
The caterpillars are building a cocoon
All around the yard

The butterflies are flying around
Flying around, flying around
The butterflies are flying around
All around the yard.

Teaching Idea:
1. Have a scarf for each student and use that in the song.  Wiggle it around, cover yourself in a cocoon and flap it up down for the butterfly.


The Life Of A Butterfly  Sung to: "Skip to My Lou"
I'm a caterpillar, wiggle with me,
I'm a caterpillar, wiggle with me,
I'm a caterpillar, wiggle with me,
What'll I be, my darlin'?

A chrysalis, now sleep like me.....
What'll I be, my darlin'?

A butterfly, come fly with me...
Come fly with me my darlin'.

Now all together, lets do all three.
A caterpillar, a chrysalis, a butterfly -- three.
Move your body like this with me.
The life of a butterfly, darlin'.
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