Storytime: Jungle


“Monkey Truck” by Michael Slack
“If I Were a Jungle Animal” by Tom & Amanda Ellery

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed (hold up 5 fingers)
One fell off and bumped his head (tap head)
Mama called the doctor (pretend to hold phone to ear)
And the doctor said “No more monkeys jumping on the bed” (shake finger)

(count down)

Funky Spunky Monkey (Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider)

The funky spunky monkey climbed up the coconut tree (climbing motion)
Down came the coconut and bonked him on his knee (wave hand down and slap knee)
Along came his mama and kissed away his pain (blow a kiss)
So the funky spunky monkey climbed up the tree again (climbing motion)

Source: Jbrary

Five Elephants in the Bathtub

One elephant in the bathtub
Going for a swim (swimming motion)
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
Come on in (motion come in)

(count up)

Five elephants in the bathtub
Going for a swim
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
They all fall in (raise arms)

I Went to the Jungle One Day (Tune: London Bridge)

This is a great song to use puppets with, the kids get really excited when you pull out a puppet.

I went to the jungle one day,
Jungle one day, jungle one day
I saw a lion on the way
And this is what he said… ROAR

(repeat with other animals)

How it Went: The books didn’t go over very well and I ended up shortening them both but the songs were all big hits! I was asked to sing the Funky Spunky Monkey several times.

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