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Zoo Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays

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Two little monkeys, jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped his head.
We took him to the doctor and the doctor said:
That's what you get for jumping on the bed!


(Sung to the tune of "Skip to My Lou")

Verse 1:
I went to the city zoo,
Saw a camel and a gnu,
Saw an anaconda, too!
Animals are so charming.

Zoo, zoo, trip to the zoo,
Zoo, zoo, trip to the zoo,
Zoo, zoo, trip to the zoo,
Animals are so charming.

Verse 2:
I looked at the tall giraffe;
Watched a hippo take a bath;
And the monkeys made me laugh.
Animal are so charming.

(Repeat chorus.)

Verse 3:
The gorilla had some swings;
Penguins flapped their funny wings;
And the seals swam through some rings.
Animals are so charming.

(Repeat chorus.)

Verse 4:
Polar bears gave me a fright!
Zebras' coats were black and white.
Elephants stood at great height.
Animals are so charming.

(Repeat chorus again)


(Sung to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell")

We're going to the zoo,
We'll see a kangeroo
And a cockatoo.
So how 'bout you?
We're going to the zoo.

Lions roar and play,
With tigers so they say.
Elephants spray
And zebras neigh
At the zoo all day.



Ten little penguins,
Standing on the ice.
All of them are smiling,
They seem so very nice.
They play out in the snow,
All the winter long,
They eat a lot of fish,
Which makes them big and strong.



The big gray elephant slowly walks.
She doesn't make a sound.
She swings her trunk from left to right
When she puts her feet on the ground.
Swing, swing, left and right,
She doesn't make a sound.



"Who is the animal baggy and gray,
(Circle both arms.)
That walks in the forest with a sway?
(Sway both arms.)
Who runs around on big, big toes,
(Point to toes.)
And feeds himself with his nose?
(Point to nose.)
The elephant!"
(Clap hands 1 time.)



Of all the animals in the zoo,
I am the tallest. That is true.
Who am I? I am the giraffe.
I am brown and white with a little red,
And I have two knobs on the top of my head.
Who am I? I am a giraffe.
My neck is long, I am very tall,
But I don't have very much voice at all.
Who am I? I am a giraffe.
I have one big ear on each side of my head.
High up in the air is where I am fed.
Who am I? I am a giraffe.
I walk right up to the tallest tree.
And I eat the leaves that are good for me.
Who am I? I am a giraffe.


The Zoo

This is the way the elephant goes
(clasp hands and move arms back and forth dangling)
With curly trunk instead of nose
The buffalo all shaggy and fat
Has two sharp horns in place of hat
(point fingers out from forehead)
The hippo with his mouth so wide
Lets you see what is inside
(open and close hands to make mouth movements)
The wiggly snake upon the ground
Crawls along without a sound
(weave hands back and forth)
But the monkey see and monkey do
Is the funniest animal in the zoo
(put thumbs in ears and wiggle hands)


The Elephant

He's ever so big and ever so fat, (hold hands high and then apart)
He has no hands, he has no toes, (shake finger and head for no)
But goodness gracious, (hands on cheeks)
Such a nose! (put right fist on nose and go down, making an imaginary trunk)


The Kangaroo

It is a curious thing that you
don't wish to be a kangaroo,
to hop hop hop
and never stop
the whole day long and the whole night, too!

to hop across Australian plains
with tails that sweep behind like trains
and small front paws
and pointed jaws
and pale neat coats to shed the rains.

If skies be blue, if skies be gray,
they bound in the same graceful way
into dim space
at such a pace
that where they go there's none to say!

~Elizabeth Coatsworth~


Martha sent this great poem. Thanks, Martha!

If I Were Lost

If I were lost inside a zoo
I think that this is what I'd do,
I'd say "Giraffe, please look around,
your head so high above the ground.
Will you point out to me the place
where you can see my father's face."

~Louis E. Simpson~

I have taught this to my preschool children and we have made flannel board cut outs to go with it. My preschoolers are 2 and 3 years old.


Charlotte sent this great song. Thanks, Charlotte!

Daddy's taking us to the zoo tomorrow

Daddy's taking us to the zoo tomorrow
the zoo tomorrow
the zoo tomorrow
Daddy's taking us to the zoo tomorrow
hip, hip, hip.u.r.a!!

We're going to the
zoo, zoo, zoo
how about
you, you, you
you can come
too, too, too
wer'e going to the
zoo, zoo, zoo


Viviam writes, "I write Bilingual Poems Spanish and English. Since poetry cannot be traslated verbatim, I try to write the same concept in both languages. By doing this, the children are able to share in the experience regardless of their dominant language." Thanks, Viviam!

At the Zoo

I see elephants with heavy legs,
Eating bacon and eggs
I see giraffes with very long necks
Playing with the horses around a deck.
I see zebras wearing black and white,
Running freely under the sunlight.
I see monkeys, making funny tricks
Eating bananas, and playing with sticks.
I see the seals swimming in the pool
And sitting with grace on a wood stool.
I see children holding colorful balloons,
Next to a cage where I can see raccoons!
I see people walking around,
Listening to the foxes making their
Wow, wow sound.

En el Zoologico
Veo un elefante,
Comiendo huevos con picante.
Veo una zebra corriendo hacia el barranco.
Vistiendo un traje negro y blanco.
Veo jirafas jugando al sol,
Con sus cuellos largos, comiendo un girasol.
Veo un mono haciendo acrobacias,
Comiendo bananas y haciendo gracias.
Veo las focas nadando en la piscina,
Y sentadas en sillas comiendo golosinas.
Veo los mapaches corriendo solos,
Veo un hombre vendiendo gladilos,
Veo ninos jugando con globos,
Mirando asombrados la jaula de los lobos!


David writes, "I wrote this for a group of Chinese pre-schoolers in Hong Kong. I like the idea of taking familiar tunes and putting relevant words to them." Thanks, David!

Going to the Zoo
(tune of The Wheels on the Bus)

1. Oh, we are going to the zoo.
Oo-oo-oo Oo-oo-oo
Oh, we are going to the zoo
But what about you?

2. Oh, we will see some lions there,
Lions there, lions there.
Oh, we will see some lions there.
They have lots of hair.

3. Oh, we will see some tigers there,
Tigers there, tigers there.
Oh, we will see some tigers there.
Their stripes are everywhere.

4. Oh, we will see some monkeys there,
Monkeys there, monkeys there.
Oh, we will see some monkeys there
Climbing everywhere.

5. Oh, we are going to the zoo.
Oo-oo-oo Oo-oo-oo
Oh, we are going to the zoo
So, won't you come too?


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