Great Nature Songs with Toddlers and Preschoolers

I work with a great bunch of families with the goal of connecting children to nature. I thought it helpful to post some of our songs used. They are listed with a general topic or activity. Enjoy!

Berry Picking

1. Pop, goes the Berry!

All around the blackberry (or other) bush,

We picked some juicy berries,
We brought them home and washed them off,

Pop! Go the Berries!

(Kids jump up when we sing Pop)

2. (Tune: Clemintine)

Picked a blackberry (or other), picked a blackberry

That was growing in the sun.

Then, I washed it and I ate it,

And I picked another one.

Butterflies and Caterpillars

1. (Tune: Itsy Bitsy spider)

The fuzzy caterpillar eating a green leaf.
Makes himself a chrysalis then falls fast asleep.
Dreaming of flying, the days passing by,
The chrysalis breaks open and he’s a butterfly!

Apples

1. Picking Apples (can be sung to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Picking apples, picking apples,
‘Til we’re done, ’til we’re done,
Picking all the apples,
Picking all the apples,
‘Til we’re done, ’til we’re done.

Climb a ladder, climb a ladder,
In a tree, in a tree
Hello, everybody;
Hello, everybody,
Look at me, look at me.

Making applesauce, making applesauce
Swich, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish
Pouring the applesauce,
Pouring the applesauce
In a dish, in a dish.

Eating applesauce, eating applesauce,
Yum, yum, yum; yum, yum, yum.
Eating all the applesauce,
Eating all the applesauce.
Now we’re done, now we’re done.

Seashells and Ocean

1. Five Little Shells Fingerplay

5 little shells lying on the shore,
Crash went the waves and then their was 4.
4 little shells down by the sea,
Crash went the waves! then there was 3.
3 little shells, smooth as new,
Crash went the waves! Then there was 2.
2 little shells, sparking in the sun,
Crash went the waves! Then there was 1.
1 little shell, left by itself,
I took it home, and put it on my shelf.

2.Waves at the Beach (Tune: Wheels on the bus)

The waves at the beach go up and down, up and down, up and down,
the waves at the beach go up and down, all day long.

The crabs at the beach, crawl back and forth, back and forth, back and forth,
The crabs at the beach, crawl back and forth, all day long.

The lobsters at the beach go, snap, snap, snap; snap, snap, snap, snap
The lobsters at the beach go snap snap snap, all day long

The clams at the beach will open and shut, open and shut, open and shut,
The clams at the beach will open and shut, all day long.

The jelly fish go wibble, wobble, wibble; wibble, wobble, wibble; wibble wobble, wibble
The jelly fish go wibble wobble wibble all day long.

Fall

1. (Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Little leaves are falling down
Red, yellow, orange and brown
Whirling whirling round and round
Quietly falling without a sound
Little leaves are falling down
Red, yellow, orange and brown.

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Felting Creations

Felting Creations

Recently we went to a local fair and were excited to come home with some colorful wool. I gave Charlie a quick lesson on using a felting needle. He came up with this great idea! A felted Book Worm to use as a bookmark. Another great example of what comes out of giving kids good materials and the freedom to imagine and create. Easy too!
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Paddle to the Sea -Vacation mixed with learning

Paddle to the Sea
Vacation mixed with learning!

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The great thing about vacation is that it is an easy way to feed curiosity and give it a little excitement to learning. Once you get into the habit of looking for the opportunity in what is around, it also requires less planning Everything that we did this summer seemed to have some kind of link to a book that we enjoyed together the previous spring. You will know the classic book, Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling.

We had a wonderful drive to Michigan for great grandma’s 90th birthday. It was easy to find connections to something Charles has been thinking about since reading Paddle to the Sea. I thought it worth posting to share that it is very easy to simply notice the relevant things around when you find the place of curiosity for your child. Charles was very intrigued by water systems and the Great Lakes. I will not give every detail of our summer and this topic, but highlights to share how easy it was to make vacation a fun way to discover interest. I feel that we could have found connections in our home state as well. The vacation just helped and brought some excitement to the topic.

1. We found a great stop at one of the many Erie Canal locks. We were able to watch it in progress and the man on post was very helpful giving us a tour and explanation!

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2. We stopped at Niagara Falls! Charles wanted to find the whirlpool that Paddle was stuck in for a while.

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3. One sunny day at the end of the summer, we decided to make our own version of Paddles journey to the sea. He was particularily interested in replicating the Niagara Falls.
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4. We had some fun carving our own paddle out of ivory soap!
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