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.
Listen to the whole song on Tiny Tunes or hear it here:
Back to School or just finding a cheerful little ditty for the morning – this song is a wonderful alternative to Old MacDonald when it comes to animal sounds. Once you learn it, turn off the cd and let your child/ren put whatever animals they like in each verse. Older children may choose to put people from other countries in the song, by singing "when Africans get up in the morning...they say Jambo! Jambo! That's how they say good day!" Be creative! Be sure to have visuals for the children to see what they're singing about – pictures, puppets, felt board shapes, etc
When cows get up in the morning
(do more verses with other animals, and end with "When kids get up in the morning... they say, "Good morning, Mom, Good morning, Dad" It's nicer than Hey, when's breakfast?!?)
For the final verse – kids – I put one hand out to the side for "good morning, Mom" and repeat with the other hand for "good morning, Dad."
Age Range: 2 - 5 years old
Purpose: Animal identification and the sounds they make, good manners, just singing!
Extension Activity: Cut out pictures of a variety of animals and mount them on craft sticks – let the children pick a stick to determine the next verse!
Songs to couple with this one: Wake Up, You Lazy Bones! on Tiny Tunes is a great companion song, as well as Ella Jenkins' "Did You Feed My Cow?" For 4 - 5 year olds, "Many Cows" by Bev Bos is a fun, rhythmic challenge.