Camping Songs


Boa Constrictor

I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor, I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor, I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor, And I don’t like it very much.

Oh no, he swallowed my toe,
Oh gee, he’s up to my knee,
Oh fiddle he’s up to my middle,
Oh heck, he’s up to my neck,
Oh dread, he swallowed my head.

This song can be acted out by having a child stand in the center of a sleeping bag and pulling the sleeping bag up to each of the underlined words in the song.


Going on a Bear Hunt

(children repeat after you)

Goin on a bear hunt(repeat)

I’m not afraid (repeat)

Got a real good friend (repeat)

By my side (repeat)

Oh, Oh,

What do I see?

Oh look! It’s some tall grass!

Can’t go over it

Can’t go under it

Can’t go around it

Got to go through it

(make sounds of swoohing)

Then you repeat the whole thing over seeing a tall tree that you climb, then a wide river you swim across, each time changing the Can’t go …. to what every fits that item.

Final verse

Goin on a bear hunt

I’m not afraid

Got a real good friend

By my side

Oh, Oh!

What do I see?

Oh look! A deep dark cave.

Can’t go over it

Can’t go under it

Can’t go through it

Got to go in it

Oh, oh! It’s dark in here.

I feel something

It has lots of hair!

It has sharp teeth!

It’s a bear!!

(At this point, increase the speed of your thigh slapping and swim back through the river, back up and down the tree, back through the tall grass, till you get safely home and lock the door.)

I’m not afraid.


A Camping We Will Go

A camping we will go
A camping we will go
Hi Ho to the forest we’ll go
A camping we will go

*additional verses: We’ll pitch the tent right here… We’ll sleep in a sleeping bag… We’ll hike in a field of grass… We’ll roast hotdogs by the fire…


Campfire Pokey

You put your marshmallow in, You take your marshmallow out, You put your marshmallow in and you shake it all about, You do the campfire pokey, and you turn yourself about, And that’s what it’s all about, hey!

Substitute “marshmallow” with hot dog, potato, apple, popcorn, and anything else that you can roast over the campfire.

At the end, use the phrase: You put your whole dinner in, You take your whole dinner out, You put your whole dinner in, and you shake it all about, You do the campfire pokey, and you turn yourself about, And that’s what its all about, yum, yum!


“There were 10 fat sausages frying in a pan, 10 fat sausages frying in a pan. One went ‘pop’ and the other went ‘bang’ There were 8 fat sausages frying in a pan…” (sing until there are no fat sausages frying in a pan)

Make a prop: cut a frying pan shape out of cardboard and cover in aluminum foil. Put 10 long-shaped slightly blown up on the pan, and let 2 children come up when you sing “pop” and “bang”, and pop them, and 2 more until there are no more balloons left. To keep with the camping theme, you could pretend to be cooking them over an open fire made from paper towel rolls painted brown for logs, and tissue paper fire.


Camping

We sat around a Campfire
On a chilly night (hug self)
Telling spooky stories (ooooh) In the Pale Moonlight (flash a light up to the ceiling)
Then we add some more logs (make pretend logs out of newspaper and paint brown) (Children can make pretend fire)
And sang some favorite camp songs
Together with all our might (extend arms outward)
And when the fire flickered
And ambers began to form.
We snuggled in our sleeping bags All cozy tired and warm.

(Have a tent set up and read this story inside sitting on a warm sleeping bag) (Lie on the sleeping bag and hug self and close your eyes)


 

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.