Hey Elephant Song
Zoo Trips always make me think about this fun elephant song. Visuals are a fun additional to singing songs with little ones. Counting songs like Hey Elephant offer young children an opportunity to practice counting with one to one correspondence in a fun way. Below are directions for preparing your own visuals and lyrics with hand motions to one of our favorite animal songs.
Prepare elephants visuals.
Cut out photos of 5 elephants.
Cover in contact paper and cut them out again.
If you have a felt board, attach velcro to the back.
Sing the song together. You can use the visuals in a few different ways.
1. Hand an elephant out to each child (or a few out to each kid) and have them put them on the felt board as you add an elephant to the song. If you don't have a felt board, feel free to lay them in the middle of a table or draw a spider web on a piece of paper.
2. Hand out elephants and then have them passed back to you as you add elephants so you can count together.
3. Start with the adult holding all of the elephants. Hand one out as you add them and then count them as each child holds up their elephant.
One Elephant went out to play (use fingers to show how many elephants)
Out on a spider's web one day (bounce finger up and down)
He had such ENORMOUS fun (spread arms out wide)
That he called for another elephant to come
Hey Elephant….. (cup mouth and call this out loudly. Then pat hands on lap to imitate an elephant running over to join)
Five Elephants went out to play
Out on a spider's web one day
They had such ENORMOUS fun
It broke! Oh no!
Store elephants in a basket near the felt board for independent use or in a ziploc bag for later use.
Photos of Elephants (5 Copies)
*Check out the Crafting Connections Explore Sound issue for tons of creative sound ideas.
*Watch the elephants at the zoo. Listen to your child's thoughts and questions - see where they take you.
*What is your favorite animal song?
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