We sang to the tune "Itsy, Bitsy Spider":
The great big elephant went out one day to play.
Down came the rain and then he couldn’t stay.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
Then the great big elephant played in the mud all day!
The great big rhinoceros...
The great big hippo...
so we tried picking up peanuts.
An elephant goes like this and like that
(Use arm and swing as a trunk)
He’s very big and he’s very fat
(Reach up high; Hands and arms out in front of body as in “fat”)
He has big ears, and he’s got toes,
(wiggle fingers by ears then point to toes)
And he has a very long nose!
(Swing arm way out in front)We read Hippo Goes Bananas by Margorie Dennis Murray and Kevin O’Malley,
and then we played a game called "River Jump". We lined up two jump ropes and pretended it was a river with hippos swimming in it. We had to jump over the river without stepping in it, because hippos can be very aggressive and they might bite. As we mastered the task, we moved the jump ropes further apart.
We had a spider web in which to play!
We stretched a long piece of yarn or string between the fence and the tree to be like a spider web. We pretended to be elephants as we sang to the tune of “Five Little Ducks”:
One elephant went out to play
Upon a spider’s web one day
He (She) had such enormous fun
He (She) called for another elephant to come.
We read, "Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” by Patricia Thomas and Wallace Tripp,
and then we went on a safari in Africa to look for Elephants, Rhinos and Hippos. We had binoculars to see them up close.
They were hidden throughout our play yard.
The Jungle Edition of If You’re Happy and You Know It by James Warhola, is such an entertaining book. We not only read it, but we followed along with all of the animal actions as well.
Our trip to the zoo was loads of fun.
We saw some elephants, hippos and rhinos.