Hibernation Songs


Oh, sleepy bear. Oh, sleepy bear. He’s sleeping in his cave. Please be very quiet. Oh, so very quiet. Do not wake him. Do not wake him. Or he’s sure to GROWL!


Children are all curled up on the floor like bears in a cave. I sing (in a quiet voice):

Grizzly Bear oh Grizzly Bear is sleeping in his cave.
Grizzly Bear oh Grizzly Bear is sleeping in his cave.
Be so very quiet, oh so very quiet…if you shake him, if you wake him, (in a loud voice) HE WILL GET QUITE MAD!

Children come up, and making bear claws with their hands, all GRRRRROWL!


To the tune of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around

Big, brown bear Big, brown bear
Go into your cave
Big, brown bear Big, brown bear
Because that’s how you behave
Big, brown bear Big, brown bear
Go into Winter’s sleep
Big, brown bear Big, brown bear
Hibernate, and slumber deep


Hibernation Song (to tune of wheels on the bus)

The weather’s getting cold so bundle up, bundle up, bundle up
The weather’s getting cold so bundle up, winter’s coming soon.
The bears in the cave sleep all the time…………
The squirrels in the trees get lots of nuts……………
The frogs and toads go deep in mud…….
The ducks and the geese go flying south……..
The people in the town wear hats and gloves……….


Little Bear

(To the tune of Frere Jacques)

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Little bear, little bear.
You will sleep all winter, Through the long, cold winter,
Little bear, little bear.

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Little bear, little bear.
You will wake in springtime, In the warm, warm springtime,
Little bear, little bear.


Hibernation (sing to Allueta)

Hibernation, time for hibernation
Hibernation, time to go to sleep.

In the winter where’s the bear?
Sleeping in its’ log or lair.
Where’s the bear? Log or lair.

Oh……

Hibernation, time for hibernation
Hibernation, time to go to sleep


(Tune: Frere Jacques)

Bears are sleeping, bears are sleeping
In their caves, in their caves
Wonder when they’ll wake up? Wonder when they’ll wake up?
In the spring! In the spring!

Time to wake up, Time to wake up
Sleepy bears, sleepy bears
It is springtime, It is springtime
Wake up now! Wake up now!


This is a variation of “sleeping bunnies” but we tell the children at our preschool to climb into their caves with full little tummies and sleep all winter!

See the little bears, Sleeping until spring, Come with me and wake them, With a merry ring. Hush so still, Are they ill? Wake up! Wake up little bears, stretch your paws, Stretch your paws and growl – growl!


 

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