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.

October 2005

Stinky Cake

Watch the video, listen to the whole song on Stinky Cake, or hear it here:

What smells really bad? You'd be surprised – kids' sniffers are often a little different from adults! "Broccoli" squeaked a 3 year old, with her nose wrinkled tightly. "Dad's gymbag" said another, to which another child whispered "oh, I think that smells good!"

This song invites participation and imagination – and on occasion it invites "naughty" answers! I let kids know that this is the ONLY song where we can say stuff like poop – not on the playground, in the family car, or at Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma's. But we can have fun with it in class, or at home! Ask the child to become aware of what smells yucky – and accept even answers with which you personally disagree – like onions. I love the smell of onions! But it goes in the cake if Johnny says so!

My thanks to the writers of "Stinky Cake" for permission to record their song: Give it up for Tommy Patten and his side-kick Kitt Cox. It was actually Kitt that brought the song to my attention when we first met at a Children's Music Network Conference in Massachusetts. We talked for about 10 minutes after my workshop presentation, and he said, "I think I have a song that you'll REALLY like!" Now, how'd he know "Stinky Cake" was a perfect Miss Carole song?!?!? Thanks, guys – you've got a hit! For more info about CMN, go to www.cmnonline.org.

"Stinky Cake" is a "zipper song" – you just zip in a new smelly item for each verse. If you use my recording, after my 3 choices, there's a "blank verse" to insert your own stinky something! That wonderful instrument you hear with the conga drum, bass and guitar is the steel drum – for a little island flavor!

Lyrics:

We're going to make a stinky cake
We're going to make a stinky cake 
We're going to make a stinky cake 
We're going to bake it all night long.

v.2 What' cha gonna put in the stinky cake? 
v.3 dirty socks 
v.4 moldy fish 
v.5 baby diapers 
v.6 YOU CHOOSE SOMETHING REALLY SMELLY

Age Range: 3 - 8 years old

Purpose: vocabulary, imagination, humor!

Extension Activity - make some "Smelly Dough" and let make your own "Stinky Cake" while you sing! This is a cooked playdough, so an adult must do the cooking. Cool til you can comfortably touch it – slightly warm smelly dough is a sensory sensation! Use a rolling pin to flatten some, cut rounds with a can or donut cutter, and pile them up into layers! Or make a free-form cake! When you're done, store in plastic zipper bags or a lidded container – it will keep at least a week or longer! You can even make chocolate smelling dough by adding chocolate pudding instead of kool-aid – but be careful they don't eat too much!

Smelly Dough Receipe:

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar (in the herbs/spices isle of your grocery store)
1 envelope unsweetened Kool-aid (if you use the color-changing kind, the kids will want to watch it happen!)

Mix dry ingredients in medium saucepan, add water. Cook and stir over low heat until dough pulls off side of pan and makes a ball. If it is too sticky, cook a little longer. Too dry, add a LITTLE water. Cool. Turn out on waxed paper and kneed – it feels great!

NOTE: Children with un-healed cuts on their hands may find the salt stings, and shouldn't use this playdough if they're uncomfortable.

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