Song of the Month

Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.

April 2008

Popcorn Chant (rhythmicly spoken – no tune)

Listen to the whole song on Stinky Cake or hear it here:

Have you ever watched as children get a rhythm in their bodies – and do it over and over and over again? It feels good! I've put the accented words in bold type below – but if it works differently for you – use your version. This is an old rhyme – perhaps at one time a jumping rope chant, where the POP! meant turn the rope as fast as you can, or "pepper!" This chant can also be done faster each time it's repeated. Be sure to check the "Extension Activity" below - it's a goodie!

A note about our changing times – when I ask children how they make popcorn, the answer always includes pressing buttons on the microwave. SO, to introduce the idea of stove-top popcorn, I tell them that in the OLDEN DAYS (when Miss Carole was a kid!) we made popcorn on the STOVE – because microwaves hadn't been invented yet! They can't believe I lived with the dinosaurs! Yup! SO, we had to put 2 things in the pot – OIL, and POPCORN SEEDS! Then they can act it out!


You put the oil in the pot
And you make it real hot
You put the popcorn in
And begin to grin!

Sizzle sizzle, sizzle sizzle, sizzle sizzle, POP!

Movements: Hold 1 "bottle" in each hand – one oil, one popcorn. Pretend to pour in oil, then wiggle your bottom as if shaking the pot. Add the popcorn, and point with both pointer fingers to your smiling mouth. Then shimmy your whole body downward (the sizzles) and jump up on POP! Repeat chant, going a little faster each time!

Age Range: 2 – 8 years old

Purpose: Movement, tempo changes, FUN!

Extension Activity #1: Put a parachute or bedsheet in a large, open space. Children hold onto the edges. Tell them you'll put some "popcorn" on the sheet – but they can't pop it until the music starts. Place some net bath scrubbies (about 20 is great) on the sheet, turn on some lively music and let them pop (shake) the sheet until all the "popcorn" has popped off! Re-load, and do it again! This is a VERY physical activity – keep it 2 minutes or less!

Extension Activity #2: This is not for the faint of heart! BUT, if you're very careful, it's VERY fun! Lay a plastic cloth or bedsheet in the middle of an open space. Put a popcorn popper with oil and popcorn seeds in it in the middle of the sheet. ALL THE CHILDREN MUST PUT A HAND ON A WALL – or somewhere far enough away to not get hurt by flying hot popcorn! They must know that they cannot remove their hands from the wall until you tell them it's safe!

Plug in the popper, and don't put the cover on! Popcorn will fly! Kids will laugh! When it's all popped, ceremoniously remove the popper (kids still hands on wall), giving the corn a minute to cool. THEN, invite them to eat what's on the sheet! NOTE: If you have a lot of children, or older children, have them each write their name on a piece of paper. Scatter the name-papers around the popper. Then, after the corn has cooled, they can eat what landed on their name!



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