Rhymes and Songs

Note: If the copyright/public domain status of a rhyme could not be confirmed, a link is provided to access the lyrics.

Nursery Rhymes

Most nursery rhymes contain elements of poetry. They rhyme or the words follow a specific rhythm. Say favorite rhymes together. Switch out words to play with them to further explore poetry. A simple example is “This Little Piggie.” Instead of following the traditional rhyme, make up new things for the “piggies” to do.

The Rhythm of Nature

Play some of the sounds that Daniel may hear in the book. Can you create a dance or movement to go along with the sound? Examples of sources for sounds:

  • Crisp leaves crunching: A static picture of fall leaves on the ground with the sound of rustling leaves. (6 minutes 9 seconds long)
  • Chipmunk chirp:  Part of a National Geographic article, scroll down to find a sound clip below the map and above “Fast Facts.”
  • Frog songs: Compiled by the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, the site has sounds for a variety of different frogs. Some of the recordings are only two seconds long. You may want to pick one of the longer ones for this activity.
  • Cricket songs: Compiled by the University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department. Click on the fall field cricket link to hear a 20 second clip of its calling song. This cricket is common to Pennsylvania.
  • Owl hoots: Presented by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This is a one minute 41 second clip that shows images of four different types of owls while playing their calls.

“I Am Going to the Park Today” from The Neighborhood by Junior Jukebox. ASIN: B000A7X2V2.
Daniel finds poetry on his visits to the park. This two-minute song suggests other activities that can be fun to do in a park including: playing on the swings, playing on the slide, flying a kite, running around the trees, and feeding the birds and ducks.

A E I O U in the Park

(Tune: Old MacDonald)
Adapted by Micha Archer

Monday morning in the park, A E I O U
We met a spider in her web, A E I O U
With a spin spin here, and a spin spin there,
here a spin,
there a spin,
everywhere a spin spin
Monday morning in the park, A E I O U

Tuesday morning in the park, A E I O U
We met a squirrel down in the leaves, A E I O U
With a crunch crunch here, and crunch crunch there,
here a crunch,
there a crunch,
everywhere a crunch crunch
Tuesday morning in the park, A E I O U

Wednesday morning in the park, A E I O U
We met a chipmunk on the wall, A E I O U
With a hop hop here , and a hop hop there,
here a hop,
there a hop,
everywhere a hop hop
Wednesday morning in the park, A E I O U

Thursday morning in the park, A E I O U
We met a frog down by the pond, A E I O U
With a swim swim here, and a swim swim there,
here a swim,
there a swim,
everywhere a swim swim
Thursday morning in the park, A E I O U

Friday morning in the park, A E I O U
We met a turtle in the sand, A E I O U
With a dig dig here, and a dig dig there,
here a dig,
there a dig,
everywhere a dig dig
Friday morning in the park, A E I O U

Saturday evening in the park, A E I O U
We met a cricket in the grass, A E I O U
With a chirp chirp here, and a chirp chirp there,
here a chirp,
there a chirp,
everywhere a chirp chirp
On Saturday evening in the park, A E I O U

Sunday morning early in the park, A E I O U
We met an owl in the dark, A E I O U
With a whoo whoo here, and a whoo whoo there,
here a whoo,
there a whoo,
everywhere a whoo whoo
Sunday morning in the park, A E I O U

The Animals in the Park

(Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)
Adapted by Micha Archer

The spider on her web goes spin spin spin
Spin spin spin
Spin spin spin
The spider on her web goes spin spin spin
All through the day

The squirrel in the leaves goes crunch crunch crunch
Crunch crunch crunch
Crunch crunch crunch
The squirrel in the leaves goes crunch crunch crunch
All through the day

The chipmunk on the wall goes hop hop hop
Hop hop hop
Hop hop hop
The chipmunk on the wall goes hop hop hop
All through the day

The frog in the pond goes swim swim swim
Swim swim swim
Swim swim swim
The frog in the pond goes swim swim swim
All through the day

The turtle in the sand goes dig dig dig
Dig dig dig
Dig dig dig
The turtle in the sand goes dig dig dig

All through the day

The cricket in the grass goes chirp chirp chirp
Chirp chirp chirp
Chirp chirp chirp
The cricket in the grass goes chirp chirp chirp
All through the day

The owl in the night goes who who who
Who who who
Who who who
The owl in the night goes who who who
All through the day

Where Is Daniel?

(Tune: Where Is Thumbkin?)
Adapted by Micha Archer

Where is Daniel? Where is Daniel?
In the park, in the park.
How are you today sir?
Very well I thank you.
Run away, run away

Where is Spider? Where is Spider?
On her web, on her web.
How are you today ma’am?
Very well I thank you.
Run away, run away

Where is Squirrel? Where is Squirrel?
In the tree, in the tree.
How are you today sir?
Very well I thank you.
Run away, run away

Where is Chipmunk?
In the wall…

Where is Frog?
In the pond…

Where is Turtle?
On the sand…

Where is Cricket?
In the grass…

Where is Owl?
In the air…

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and
Washed the spider out
Out came the sun and
Dried up all the rain and
The itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again
Use this link to enjoy a version of the song in English, Hebrew, and Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuO_nJCwVGw 

Star Light, Star Bright

(Oral tradition)
Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.

Five Little Speckled Frogs

Cartoon version on YouTube. This particular version was chosen because it focuses on the remaining frogs in between each verse. Count the frogs as a group each time to reinforce numbers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF32P24lUCA 

I Had a Little Turtle

JBrary song version with movements: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpPXl7OTdwU 

There Was a Little Turtle

YouTube video with movements: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9bMjZboMnY 

The Squirrel (Whisky Frisky Hippity Hop)

https://www.scrapbook.com/poems/doc/1777.html