Caterpillar Songs


The Lazy Caterpillar

” A lazy caterpillar
I want to be forever”
She said to herself,
” I’m lazy, but clever
On this leafy tree
I want to live
A butterfly I don’t want to be!”
A friend of hers appeared
And said to her very clear,
“A butterfly you have to be my dear
A little cocoon you will build pretty soon, And for a few days, You will sleep in that room.”
The lazy caterpillar
For a few days slept on her bed
And when she woke up,
Two wings she had instead.
She looked at her and what a surprise,
Now she can flight!
And was delighted with her colors so bright.
Very hungry she flew,
Showing her colors yellow, red and blue.


This is a wonderful caterpillar song that my Mom sang with me when I was small. I teach it to my preschool kids every year and they LOVE it.

Fuzzy caterpillar,
(wiggle both index fingers)
Wiggled up a tree.
(wiggle them up to the air)
He wiggled long, wiggled short, then wiggled right at me.
(wiggle fingers with arms outstretched, then about 6 inches apart, then very close to your face) Hi there! (spoken, wave hello) I put him in a box.
(clap hands together)
Don’t go away I said.
(shake finger as if scolding)
But when I opened up the box,
(open hands slowly)
There was a butterfly instead!
(cross hands at wrists and “flutter” your butterfly high over your head)


I made up this song to go with our butterfly unit. I had the kids make a caterpillar out of green pom poms glued to a tongue compressor stick, its chrysalis was a small paper lunch sack, twisted at the top to represent the silk attached to a tree. After placing the caterpillar into its chrysalis and stapling it to a tree, we sang this song:

A Caterpillar’s Nap
Little caterpillar sitting all alone, we need to find you a nice warm home. Spin your silk and hold on tight, it’s time to tell the day, “Goodnight!” The days are many, the days are long, hold on caterpillar you must be strong. Oh (pause) Wait a minute! (pause) What do I see, a beautiful butterfly looking at me!


Caterpillar song from recording:
“When I Was A Child.” co. 2000 www.annamoo.com
Caterpillar, Caterpillar,
moving up and moving down.
Caterpillar, Caterpillar, shake your hairy legs around.
Caterpillar, Caterpillar,
are you going into town?
Caterpillar, Caterpillar,
are you going to buy some shoes?
Caterpillar, Caterpillar
they must cost a lot for you!
Caterpillar, Caterpillar,
tell me what you’re going to do?
(bridge)
You’re so fuzzy, you’re so slow,
I’m just a wondering – where you’re gonna go?
Caterpillar, Caterpillar,
are you hungry for some lunch?
Caterpillar, Caterpillar,
here’s a pretty leaf to munch.
Caterpillar, Caterpillar,
If you’re hungry here’s a bunch!
Caterpillar, Caterpillar –
moving up and moving down.
Caterpillar, Caterpillar
shake your hairy legs around.
Caterpillar, Caterpillar,
you’re the coolest ‘Cat’ in town!
Oh ya!


(To the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
Little Arabella Miller had a fuzzy caterpillar First it climbed up on her mother Then upon her baby brother They said Arabella Miller put away your caterpillar!


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Song
(sung to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
On Sunday, 1 little egg, on Sunday 1 little egg, on Sunday 1 little egg, out comes a caterpillar.
On Monday, 1 red apple, on Monday 1 red apple, on Monday 1 red apple, that’s what the caterpillar eats.
On Tuesday, 2 yellow pears, on Tuesday 2 yellow pears, on Tuesday 2 yellow pears, that’s what the caterpillar eats.
On Wednesday, 3 purple plums, on Wednesday 3 purple plums, on Wednesday 3 purple plums, that’s what the caterpillar eats.
On Thursday, 4 red strawberries, on Thursday, 4 red strawberries, on Thursday, 4 red strawberries, that’s what the caterpillar eats.
On Friday, 5 oranges, on Friday 5 oranges, on Friday 5 oranges, that’s what the caterpillar eats.
On Saturday, too much food, on Saturday, too much food, on Saturday, too much food, that’s what the caterpillar eats.
On Sunday, 1 green leaf, on Sunday, 1 green leaf, on Sunday, 1 green leaf, that’s what the caterpillar eats.
In his cocoon, he goes to sleep, in his cocoon, he goes to sleep, in his cocoon, he goes to sleep, that’s what the caterpillar does.
Out comes a butterfly, out comes a butterfly, out comes a butterfly, isn’t that a great surprise!


This is a song my nursery class love to do when we have read the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle,
There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle,
There’s a tiny caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle. (children do wiggling action for this verse)

There’s a big fat caterpillar on a leaf, munch, munch, etc (munching action)


Provide each child with a scarf. The children lay down on their scarves and then wriggle around like caterpillars trying to keep the scarf under them.
Teacher sings: (Wheels on the Bus melody)
The caterpillars are wriggling around, wriggling around, wriggling around. The caterpillars are wriggling around, all around the yard.
(children roll into a ball and cover their heads with scarf) The caterpillars are building a cocoon, building a cocoon, building a cocoon. The caterpillars are building a cocoon all around the yard.


 

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