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The Jellyfish Song

This song is more chanted then sung. It is a repeat-after-me song, where the leader sings a line, and the group repeats it back.

Actions are written in brackets (-) next to each line.

Arms up! (raise arms above head)
Wrists together! (make claws with your hands and touch the inside of your wrists together)
A jellyfish, A jellyfish, A jellyfish, A jellyfish. (stretch your clawed fingers in and out and bob your arms up and down in rhythm)

The following italicized lines are then added each time the song is repeated after the first. All previous lines are sung, and a new one added.

Arms up! (raise arms above head)
Wrists together! (make claws with your hands and touch the inside of your wrists together)
Elbows together! (add elbows touching)
Knees together! (add knees touching)

Toes together! (add bringing your feet together)
Bum out! (add leaning over so your bum sticks out)
Chin up! (add raising your chin)
Tongue out! (add sticking out your tongue)
A jellyfish, A jellyfish, A jellyfish, A jellyfish. (stretch your clawed fingers in and out and bob your arms up and down in rhythm)

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The Penguin Song

Actions are written in brackets (-) next to each line.

The lines in the last verse are added each time the song is repeated, starting with “Right flipper!” then repeating and singing “Right flipper! Left flipper!” etc. until you reach the end. The actions are done simultaneously for the last verse each time you add a new action.

Have you ever seen, (point to eyes)
A penguin come to tea? (mimic drinking tea with your pinkie up)
Take a look at me, (point to self)
A penguin you will see.

Penguins attention! (jump to attention)
Penguin salute! (salute)

Right flipper! (flop your right arm at your side)
Left flipper! (flop your left arm at your side)
Right foot! (swing right foot out the side and back in)
Left foot! (swing left foot out to the side and back in so you waddle in place)
Bum out! (bend over so your bum sticks out)
Chin Up! (raise your chin to the sky)

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

 This song has actions. They are in italics and brackets (.) next to the lyrics.

Chorus:
Little rabbit Foo Foo, hopping through the forest, (Jump up and down with your hands bent like paws)
Scooping up the field mice, and bopping them on the head. (Make a scooping action with your hand, then hit the side of your fist with your opposite palm to “bop their heads”)
And down came the good fairy, and she said,
“Little rabbit Foo Foo, I don’t want to see you, (Wag your finger back and forth)
Scooping up the field mice, and bopping them on the head.” (Same as above)

“I’ll give you three chances, And then I’ll turn you into a goon.” But the very next day…

Chorus

“I’ll give you two more chances, And then I’ll turn you into a goon.” But the very next day…

Chorus

“I’ll give you one more chance, And then I’ll turn you into a goon.” But the very next day…

Chorus

“I gave you three chances, So now I’ll turn you into a goon.” – Zap!

The moral of the story is: “Hare today; goon tomorrow!”

Alouette

 Firstly, please excuse my terrible French. I tried my best and it’s not my first language.

Traditionally, this song is sung as a repeat-after-me type of song, as shown below. However, it can also simply be sung all together as a group.

This song is sung by adding a new part of the body each time. The place to replace the body part is bolded, with a list of all potential body parts below the lyrics (also listed in English for convenience). Each time the song is sung and a body part is added, each previous body part is also repeated in reverse order.

It sounds complicated, but is quite simple. It’s like a french version of “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”

This song also has actions, where you touch the part of your body mentioned each time it is sung.

All: Alouette, Gentille Alouette
Alouette, Je te plumerai

Leader: Je te plumerai la tête
All: Je te plumerai la tête
Leader: Et la tête
All: Et la tête
Leader: Alouette
All: Alouette
Oh, oh, oh, oh…

All: Alouette, Gentille Alouette
Alouette, Je te plumerai

Je te plumerai les yeux
All: Je te plumerai les yeux
Leader: Et les yeux
All: Et les yeux
Leader: Et la tête
All: Et la tête
Leader: Alouette
All: Alouette
Oh, oh, oh, oh…

Other body parts:
La tête – head
Les yeux – eyes
Le nez – nose
Les oreilles – ears
La bouche – mouth
Le cou – neck
Les mains – hands
Les bras – arms
Le dos – back
Les pattes – legs
Les pieds – feet
Les orteilles – toes

I’se the B’y

 This song can be made into an action song by having girls make pairs and then have them link arms and spin in a circle during the chorus.

I’se the b’y that builds the boat
And I’se the b’y that sails her!
I’se the b’y that catches the fish
And takes ‘em home to Lizer.

Chorus:
Hip yer partner, Sally Tibbo!
Hip yer partner, Sally Brown!
Fogo, Twillingate, Moreton’s Harbour,
All around the circle.

Sods and rinds to cover yer flake
Cake and tea for supper,
Cod-fish in the spring o’ the year
Fried in maggoty butter.

Chorus

I don’t want your maggoty fish,
That’s no good for winter,
I could buy as good as that
Down in Bonavista.

Chorus

I took Lizer to a dance,
And faith but she could travel
And every step that she did take
Was up to her knees in gravel.

Chorus

My Bonnie

 This song can be sung as an action song by alternating sitting and standing each time a word starting with “B” is sung.

My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
My Bonnie lies over the sea,
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me.

Bring back, bring back,
Bring back my Bonnie to me, to me,
Bring back, bring back,
Bring back my Bonnie to me.

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