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Bear Claws

You live in a place where few people go,
High in the mountains of Idaho.

You've got sharp teeth and claws to match,
And like to chew and bite and scr-r-atch.

Bears like to claw, snarl, and growl,
Whenever they're feeling foul.

Pretend you're a big ol' g-r-rizzly bear-r;
You weight 1000 pounds and you're covered with hair.
All other animals better bewar-r-re.

You've got sharp teeth and claws to match,
And like to growl, claw and scr-r-atch.

All day long you walk around,
Scratching trees and smelling the g-g-r-r-ound.

Seeing other bear-r-rs makes you scowl,
So you stand up, show your claws, and gr-r-owl.

These mountains are your ter-r-ritory,
They're all yours, as far-r-r as you can see.

You look very tough,
And your voice is r-r-rough;
Your attitude is kind of gr-ruff.

It's just the way you have to be,
So reach up and claw the bark of a tree:
Let everyone know this is your territory.

All around the mountains you prowl,
If anyone is near you gr-r-rowl,

Butterfly Flutter-By

Beautiful butterfly flutter-by,
The most lovely thing in the sky.

Flap flutter, flutter by,
Flapping, fluttering butterfly.

Flapping and fluttering butterfly dance.
Through the air, on the wind you prance.
Pretend your arms are butterfly wings,
They are beautifully colorful things.

What colors would you like them to be?
Tell me the colors that you see.

Spread your wings, feel as light as a breeze;
Come fly with the butterflies, won't you please.

By gently flapping you easily fly
From flower to flower beneath the blue sky.

The smallest breeze gives you a lift:
Catch the wind and away we drift

Flap and flutter, give it a try:
Dance with the wind, come on and fly.

Beautiful butterfly what joy you bring,
As you flutter-by every spring.

All the flowers need to be kissed:
You must make sure that none are missed.

It's a job you share with the bees,
You can help the butterflies if you please.

Flap flutter, flutter by,
Flapping, fluttering butterfly.

Butterfly, sweet flowers' friend,
You are missed at summers end.

Flapping and fluttering, doing a butterfly dance:
Through the air, on the wind we prance.

Cheetah Chase

Cheetah Chase, run very fast:
When animals race, you're never last.

Cheetah run fast but not far;
You're kind of like a shooting star.

You are a cheetah, with spots on your fur;
Running so fast you look like a blur.

With sharp claws and a long tail,
No one will mistake you for a snail.

Your body is built for speed...
To catch antelope on which you feed.

Cheetah chase the wildebeest...
So your family can have a feast.

Cheetah chase the zebra too;
You're a cheetah, no animal can outrun you.

Cheetah run fast but not very far;
You're kind of like a shooting star.

You blaze along but get tired fast;
Like a falling star, you don't last.

Running fast is how you stay alive:
You must catch and eat other animals to survive.

Today you're going to practice your speed;
You've already eaten and don't need to feed.

You'll just be running to practice the chase;
Come along and we will race.

Be sure to warm up if you are smart;
Run in place for a minute before we start.

This type of running is called the sprint;
You move so fast you hardly leave a foot print.

As you blaze along...
Both your legs are growing strong.

Clam Up

Clams lie still and quietly,
Deep beneath the clear blue sea.

On the bottom of the ocean they lie,
As all the other sea creatures swim by.

Among the beautiful corral reefs they rest;
For peaceful relaxation the clams life is best.
Pretend you're a clam lying beneath the sea,
Resting quietly and comfortably.

Beautiful fish of every color and hue
Are slowly swimming all around you.

Your mouth is open but you are never heard,
Resting quietly without a word.

Being a clam may seem like a bore,
Just lying around on the ocean floor,

But it's very good for you,
Especially after your exercises are through.

Relaxation helps your body recuperate,
By slowing down your heart rate.

Breathe slowly and deeply, relax your mind,
And close your eyes because clams are blind.

Sway slowly from side to side;
Pretend you're being rocked by a gentle tide.

Clams don't get nervous or upset;
Living in the water you never sweat.

Clams lie still and quietly...
Here beneath the deep blue sea.

Relax-x-x, let the waves soothe your mind;
Relax-x-x, let your whole body unwind.

Relax-x-x and feel at peace with all...
And hear the gentle ocean's soothing call.

Upon the beautiful corral reefs you rest;
For peaceful relaxation the clams' life is best.


Daddy-longlegs walking tall;
You feel big even though you are small.

Harvestmen are good bugs to have around,
Creeping and crawling all over the ground,
Pretend you're a daddy-longlegs walking tall;
You feel big even though you are small.

Your legs hold your little round body high,
Walk on your hands and feet, give it a try.

Pretend you have eight legs and are 3" long,
Walking like a harvestman will make you strong.

Creeping and crawling all around,
You're so small you don't make a sound.

You like to catch other bugs to eat,
It's easy because you're fast on your feet.

Most people think that you're a pest:
In their homes you're an unwelcomed guest.

You really give humans the creeps,
Because you seek food while everyone sleeps.

You wander all over the place...
And sometimes crawl across someone's face.

But you eat other bugs that are bad,
So when they see you, they should be glad.

You really don't hurt anything at all,
Except for creepy crawly creatures that are small.

Humans should excuse you if you crawl across their bed,
Even if you wander, by mistake, across someone's head.

They should just leave you alone...
Not step on you or hit you with a stone.

If you're wandering where you shouldn't be,
They should take you outside and set you free.

Running Deer

Running deer, run fast, but carefully;
Your swift legs keep you alive and free.

On narrow pathways, in the forest green,
Running so swiftly, you can't be seen.

To run fast in the forest, you need to take care;
To stay safe, running deer must always beware.

Forest trails lead you on an adventurous game:
Running Deer is its name.

Start out walking as you pretend to be ...
A running deer living wild and free.

Breathe deeply, smell the fresh forest air:
Trees are what make the air smell so fair.

The forest is a wonderful place to play;
Deer, run and jump around all day.

Listen carefully as we begin to walk,
And you will hear the forest talk.

Hurry up, we are going to a fun spot:
To a meadow, walk faster, now trot.

The forest can be a dangerous place,
With lots of challenges that you must face.

Wolves, cougars and humans think it's ideal
To catch you, or shoot you, and make you a meal.

Running away is how you survive;
It's the best way for you to stay alive.

You are careful not to trip,
And watch where you step so you don't slip.

Sniff! Sniff! Is that a cougar you smell?
Sniff! Sniff! Or a wolf? You can't tell.

Listen, it's neither; now you can hear;
It's a hunter coming near.

Heads up, it's time to run;
This is not a good place to have fun.

You need to be careful and not get hurt;
Whenever you run, you are always alert.

Deer run so fast, all the hunter can see
Is a flash of your tail as you flee.

Running deer, run fast, but carefully;
Your swift legs keep you alive and free.

On narrow pathways, in the forest green;
Running so swiftly you can't be seen.

To run fast in the forest, you need to take care;
To stay safe, running deer must always beware.

It's good to run, unless you slip.
Never run down stairs, take care not to trip.

Catch your breath, now you can run slow;
Your running has brought you to the hidden meadow.

Play in the meadow, you don't need to run:
Trot then walk to cool down and have fun.

It's so beautiful here:
Especially since you have nothing to fear.

Green grass and flowers, surrounded by trees:
Fresh air blowing on a cool mountain breeze.

Everything that deer love,
With a rainbow up above.

One thing is certainly clear:
It's a great life being a deer.

Diving Dolphins

Swimming in the ocean, wild and free,
Dolphins live joyfully in the sea.

They are not fish, but small whales:
They have smooth warm skin, not cold slimy scales.

Dolphins live in large families,
Swimming together beneath the seas.

We are going to play an conditioning game:
Diving Dolphin is its name.

Pretend you are a dolphin sleek and trim;
Gliding through the ocean, you swim.

Put your hands on your chest, your arms are dorsal fins:
Now you can swim just like dolphins.

Your feet have become a broad flat tail;
You're a dolphin, a little whale.

Stretch your whole body from head to toe;
Dive in the ocean then leap and blow.

Be careful when you leap and dive:
Playing safe is how dolphins survive.

Breathe deep then dive, blow out to exhale;
Remember you are related to the great whale.

Feel the water stream past your face;
Dolphins love to race.

In our race no one looses or wins:
We just enjoy exercising our fins.

Swoosh, splash, swoosh and swim,
Through the water we dolphins skim.

Swoosh, splash, turn about,
Then blow a little dolphin spout.

Swoosh, splash, leap and dive,
It feels great to be alive.

Swoosh, Splash, look at me,
I love to swim beneath the sea.

Swoosh, splash, jump and spin,
Swimming always makes us grin.

Swimming in the ocean, wild and free.
We live joyfully in the sea,
Always full of energy.

Diving dolphins is so much fun.
Play until you’re tired, then you’re done.”

For sheer joy you leap in the air,
Twisting and turning without a care.

Race along with the bow of a ship,
Then leap in the air and do a flip.

Swimming in the ocean, wild and free:
Dolphins live joyfully in the sea,

The Elephant Nose Knows

The elephant has a very long nose,
That sniffs the air wherever it goes.

The elephant's nose is as big as a tree,
That's why it's called its trunk, you see.

The elephant has a very long nose,
In fact it looks like a fire hose.

They never get lost because they can always tell,
Where ever they've been by their sense of smell.

Their nose can smell water a long way away,
To get a cool drink on a very hot day.

The elephants nose is an amazing thing:
It can smell water in an underground spring.

Then their nose can dig a hole,
Until they reach our wet goal.

The elephant's nose knows things by their smell.

How many smells can your nose tell?

Your nose is important, too.
Do you know what breathing through your nose will do?
It cleans the air you breathe for you.

Your nose can smell what you can't see.
Play a guessing game of what different smells can be.

The air is full of different odors and smells,
Some are dangerous, like gasoline, glue, and other chemicals.

It's important to know what different smells mean,
In case you smell something dangerous like gasoline.

Your nose can help you to take care:
Then you can tell a grownup to beware.

Fish Fins

Fish fins can paddle or steer:
They have fins in the front and in the rear.

Fish come in every size and shape:
Some use fins to catch food, others to escape.
You are going to learn to swim like a fish,
How they glide through the water with a swish.

Pretend scales cover your skin,
And each of your arms is a fin,

What kind of fish would you like to be?
Would you live in a lake, a river or the sea?

Perhaps a brook or Rainbow trout;
In fast flowing streams you dart about.

Your fins push the water to help you swim:
Fighting the current keeps you fit and trim.

To move one way you push the other:
All your fins help one another.

Large mouth bass like warm lakes;
Where they can eat frogs and snakes.

Your fins paddle and push you all around ...
Through the water without making a sound.

When you see something good to eat,
You flap your tail and leap like an athlete

Would you like to be a shark?
Who swims in the ocean deep and dark.

Move your body like a snake to swim straight ahead;
Your fins don't paddle they guide you instead.

You move real fast straight ahead.
The sight of you fills other fish with dread.

Gaggle of Geese

A flock of geese is called a gaggle:
When they walk their tails waggle.

But when they fly it's another thing:
They are beautiful when they take wing.

In great V shaped lines they fly ...
Far and wide across the sky.
Every spring geese venture forth ...
To their summer homes in the far north.

Imagine you're a goose, take off and fly away,
And visit new waters every day.

A wise old goose always leads the way:
One who knows every river, lake and bay.

You travel to the northern lakes,
No matter how long it takes.

It is a long and dangerous quest ...
To find a just the right place to build a nest.

Your leader must know ...
If spring has come and melted the snow.

It's a big responsibility to lead:
You must be true of wing and deed.

You must always think about your flock,
And be true to natures clock.

Sometimes you travel late at night,
Depending on the full moon light.

You know that fall is about to begin,
So gather together to fly south again.

Once again the lead goose must care for you all,
And be especially careful in the fall.

In the fall you must fly high above the hunters guns,
But not too far or fast because of the young ones.

The lead goose is responsible to its friends:
On the leaders good sense, their life depends.

So watch for geese in the spring and fall,
And listen for their high flying call.

Honk, honk, honk, honk, honk, honk.
Geese are one of natures signs,
And always travel by natures designs.

Grasshopper Hop

Grasshoppers jump real high,
And flap their wings to fly.

Hopping and flying all around,
Flying high above the ground.
Pretend the grass in a field that once touched your knees,
Now stands above you as tall as trees.

You have legs that work like springs,
And your arms are grasshopper wings.

You love to munch and crunch on greens,
Eating lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and beans.

Bend your knees and spread your arms out:
You're a grasshopper, hop about.

Grasshoppers you can jump real high,
And flap your wings, you can fly.

Hop and fly all around,
Flying high above the ground.

Farmers think you're a pest.
Every year they do their best ...

To squash you and scare you away:
With airplanes they bomb you with spray.

Nothing works you just come back:
Every year, their gardens, you attack.

Fisher-folk love to use you for bait,
Which is a very unpleasant fate.

They catch you and put you on a hook;
Then drop you in a lake or brook.

So grasshoppers hop, jump and fly,
Whenever farmers or fisher-folk come by.

Hop along, then relax and munch some clover;
Hopping and flying has made you tired all over.

Hawk Eye

Hawk, sleek hunter of the skies.
Of all the animals, you have the best eyes.

Mice and rabbits fear your cry,
And keep a watch out for you in the sky.
Pretend your nose is a sharp curved beak,
And your eyes always seek;

Searching for mice on the ground,
Your keen eyes look all around.

Your body is covered with feathers and your feet are claws.
You can soar on the wind because,

You are a hawk, sleek hunter of the skies.
Of all the animals, you have the best eyes.

Hawk eye, what can you see,
Close by or far away, what can it be?

Start with your beak then look all about.
You're a hawk on the wing, keep a sharp look-out!

What can you see as you soar through the air,
Nothing escapes your hawk eye stare.

Tell me all the things you can see nearby,
Now pretend you're flying high in the sky.

What things do you see every day?
What can you see far away?

Look closely and carefully ...
At everything you can see.

How many different colors can you list?
Hawks don't need an optometrist.

Look at the shadows made by the light;
Hawk eye you have excellent eyesight.

Look for texture on the surface of things:
Some are they rough, others are smooth like the wind on your wings.

Hawk eye look all around:
Look up into the sky, and down at the ground.

Laughing Hyena

Hyena laugh when they are happy or sad,
When they're hungry or tired, even if they're mad.

Laughing is just how hyena speak;
You have to admit it's rather unique.

Come on and laugh along,
Laughing makes your funny bone strong.

You have long sharp teeth, and look like you'll bite.
Hyenas are a frightening sight.

Ha! Ha! Ha! He! He! He!

The animals that you like to chase ...
Know not to trust your smiling face.

If you laugh every time you have something to say ...
Your life is one big game that you play.

If your alone, or in a crowd,
Play hyena and laugh out loud,

Laughing will make you feel good:
It's one of the most important parts of childhood.

Do you know why hyenas laugh all day?
Because laughing is a fun way to play.

There is one rule to all this fun:
You should never laugh to hurt anyone.

There is only one time when laughing is bad:
That's when your laughing makes someone sad.

Laughing is good for your body and mind:
It's a great way to unwind.
It's always better to laugh than worry.
You can even laugh when you're in a hurry.

Let's see who can laugh the longest without a stop:
Of all you funny bones who's the top.
Let's all laugh until we drop.

Yes laughing is a contagious disease,
Some get the Ha! Has! others get the Te! He! He!.
You can laugh any way you please.

Laughing is like the common cold.
You can get the giggles if you are young or old.

Exercise your sense of humor every day,
And you'll have more fun whenever you play.

Kangaroo Hop

Hippity hoppity, kangaroo hop:
On two strong legs you hip hoppity hop.

Big hops, little hops, all day long,
This is how your legs grow strong.

Hippity hopping is how kangaroos run.
For children, hippity hopping is a whole lot of fun.

Pretend you're a kangaroo with some place to go.
To warm up start out hopping slow.

Your legs are big and strong,
And instead of walking you hop along.

Big hops, little hops, all day long,
This is how your legs grow strong.

Now try hopping faster if you feel fit;
When you feel tired stop and rest for a bit.

Kick up your heels you can really move;
As you practice your jumping will improve.

Your legs are springs, you can jump so high ...
It feels like you can almost fly.

Sit back, swing your arms and bound:
Jump as high and as far as you can all around,
Hip hopping across the ground.

Hippity hoppity, kangaroo hop,
On two strong legs you hip hoppity hop.

Kangaroo hop across their grasslands home:
Far a field you often roam.

Hippity hopping is how kangaroos run.
For children, hippity hopping is a whole lot of fun.

Lion Roar

R-r-r-o-a-r-r is how lions speak:
Lion talk is never meek.

Lions love to roar;
It's a sound no other animal can ignore.

Pretend you are the king of beasts;
On wildebeest and zebra, you love to feast.

You wander around Africa on the prowl;
When you see other lions you always growl.

To be a lion you must learn how to roar,
And make a sound no one can ignore.

R-R-R-O-O-A-A-R-R-R, is the sound you make;
The other animals are so scared they shake

Lions roar to let everyone know ...
They better watch out where they go.

You roar to protect our families,
And to claim our territories.

When you roar also snarl and growl:
Make a mean looking face and scowl.

You need to look real bad,
So pretend you are really mad.

Breathe as deeply as you can,
Being terribly ferocious is the plan.

Roar with all your might,
Filling all the other lions with fright.

Roar so loud you shake the trees;
Roar as often as you please.

Breathing deep helps you roar loud;
Puff out your chest, lions are proud.

Walk around with your head held high:
Lions are not the least bit shy.

Leaping Lizards

Leaping Lizards know how to beat the heat,
So they don't get tender feet.

Lizards know how to have fun,
So they don't get burned by the hot desert sun.
Your skin is colored like the sand;
Pretend you're a lizard, this is how you stand.

There is a trick you've learned ...
To keep your feet from getting burned.

It looks a little like a dance.
It will teach you good balance.

It's not that you have tender feet:
It's just a good way to beat the heat.

Your opposite front and back feet are lifted;
To keep your balance your weight has to be shifted.

Do it wrong and there is a chance ...
That you will loose your balance.

Try once, twice, or more,
Practice as much as you like; no one is keeping score.

Lift your right arm and left leg for number one.
These rocks are hot from the desert sun.

Do it again for number two; you're doing great.
Be sure to keep your back straight.

Switch sides for number three.
You make this game look easy.

You may quit after number four,
Or if you like you can practice some more.

Begin again for number five.
Exercise makes you feel alive.

Number six is a piece of cake,
But if you're tired take a break.

Switch sides for seven; are your muscles sore?
If so, you don't have to do any more.

Try something different for number eight.
Lift your arm and leg on the same side; you're doing great.

Now the other side for number nine.
You children are doing fine.

This game is over when ...
You lift all your arms and legs for number ten.

He! He! He! That was a lizard joke.
We like to trick you human folk.


Many legged millipede,
All your legs move at the same speed.

You've got a hundred legs or more;
Counting them can be quite a chore.
Millipedes like to travel at night:
That way you can easily keep out of sight.

Line up one after the other and play;
Pretend you are a millipede today.

Put your hands on the shoulders of the person in front,
'Till everyone's lined up for the millipede stunt.

You all need to keep your legs in line:
One after the other just like mine.

Left foot, right foot, follow along,
Singing the millipede song.

Clompity, clomp. Clompity, clomp.
Clompity, clomp. Stomp, stomp.

Left, right, left, right,
Keeping time is a delight.

Left, right, left, right,
Walking, talking, day and night.

You must keep in step as you move.
As we practice you will improve.

When you all learn to walk as one,
Then we will try something fun.

Let's try to walk real fast:
All together from first to last.

Concentrate on your feet;
Follow the rhythm of the beat.

Left foot, right foot, follow along,
Singing the millipede song.

Clompity, clomp. Clompity, clomp.
Clompity, clomp. Stomp, stomp.

Left, right, left, right,
Walking, talking, day and night.

Once walking fast is easy and fun,
I want you millipedes to run.

Left, right, left, right,
Running fast day and night.

Left, right, left, right,
Keep on running out of sight.

Play Opossum

Opossums are cute and furry.
They walk around never in a hurry.

They like to hang around in trees,
And spend time with their families.

Opossums like to sleep all day,
Then come out at night to play.

Opossums can climb trees with their feet,
To escape from animals who think they're good to eat.

Coyotes and bobcats would like to eat you.
If there's no tree close, you know what to do;
You don't fight or argue.

Predators love the chase,
And to catch their food after a race.

If you run away, you'd never last,
Because you can't run very fast.

It won't do any good for you to flee,
Lying still and quiet is the key.

So you curl up to protect your belly and head;
Then lie very still and play dead.

Relax-x-x, breathe slowly and lie still
Playing dead is your special skill.

Listen carefully so you can hear,
And know when it's all clear.

Play opossum pretend your asleep,
Don't make a sound not a peep.

Don't move, try not to twitch,
Don't even scratch an itch.

Relax-x-x don't move or make a sound,
Until you're sure no one is around.

Lying still and quiet is how you play
And it will keep you from being eaten today.

Prairie Dog Look See

Prairie dogs live in a prairie dog town,
All together beneath the ground.

It's the safest place to be,
When you live on the wide open prairie.

Prairie dog is always on patrol,
When ever you're not in your hole.

Prairie dog look see:
You always watch carefully.

Sometimes life for a prairie dog can be hard;
The first thing you must learn is to be on guard.

Hawks and coyotes think it's a treat ...
To catch a prairie dog to eat.

You must always keep an eye on the sky:
Look out a hawk is to flying by.

Make a loud barking sound,
And duck down beneath the ground.

When all is clear ...
Stand up straight without fear.

There's a coyote on the prowl,
Duck down and let out a howl.

When it's gone, stand up once more,
But watch out there are other dangers in store.

There are hunters who think it's fun ...
To shoot at you and make you run.

So once more on the double,
Duck down and out of trouble.

Prairie dogs have to be a careful bunch,
So you don't become someone's lunch.

Puppy Chase Your Tail

Puppy chase your tail around and around:
You look so funny, you're a round-about hound.

Your tail always one step ahead of your nose,
Around and around, your whole body goes.
Pretend you're a puppy who likes to have fun:
You like to keep going when everyone's done.

Your mom is busy and your friends are tired,
But instead of being mad, you become inspired.

You've learned to play all alone,
Instead of just lie around and chew on a bone.

You invented a game that's easy to play,
Now you turn circles every day.

You started out slowly and practice regularly,
So you can spin in circles happily.

You'll get dizzy if you turn too fast;
Please take it easy, so the fun will last.

Puppy chase your tail around and around:
You look so funny, you're a round-about hound.

Your tail always one step ahead of your nose,
Around and around, your whole body goes.

Pretty soon you'll be spinning like a top:
Around and around, you'll not want to stop.

Now everyone wants to play with you,
And you all have something fun to do.

Schooling Fish

Schooling fish swim like a cloud;
All together, closely they crowd.

Schooling fish beneath the sea,
Stay together when they flee.

Safety in numbers keeps them alive;
Staying together is how they survive.

Let's play together like a school of fish.
When you move make the sound, swish!

Like schooling fish, swim in a crowd,
Floating along like a cloud;

Swim close try to touch only your fins;
If you stay together everyone wins.

Shark on the left, turn right;
Keep swimming until it's out of sight.

A barracuda coming up from the rear;
Zig zag back and forth when it gets near.

Another shark is up above;
Duck and swim, please don't shove.

Safety in numbers keeps you alive:
Staying together is how you survive.

Watch out for the moray eel below;
Swim up to the surface and jump over you go.

Here comes a sword fish from the right;
Turn left, and stay together despite your fright.

Oh no! a killer whale straight ahead of you,
Turn around and swim away is what you need to do.

Schooling fish, stay together when you flea:
In a crowd you live safely.

Snake Stretch

Rattle s-s-snake-s like lying in the s-s-sun,
S-s-stretching out and warming up i-s-s fun.

Being friends with a rattle s-snake ...
Would probably be a mis-s-stake.

They s-shake their tail, saying s-stay away,
They might bite and don't like to play.
Pretend you're a rattle s-s-snake lying in the s-s-sun,
S-s-stretching out and warming up i-s-s fun.

Lie on your back and s-s-stretch out your arms-s and each hand.
Feel the heat of the warm des-s-sert s-s-sand.

Lie down like a rattle s-s-snake;
Stretch out in the sun to bake.

S-stretch out the mus-scles-s and bones-s in your back;
When you s-stretch you may hear a creak or a crack.

Rela-x-x while you s-stretch, let your cares-s fade away.
Exercis-se can be fun, once you learn how to play.

Stretch out your hips, your legs and your feet.
Feel the sun warm your whole body with its heat.

Stretch you stomach, chest, neck and head;
Lie still like your sleeping in your bed.

Cold blooded s-snakes-s, s-stretched out in the s-sun;
When you're warmed up you're all done.

Starfish Crawl

Imagine what kind of creature you are,
If in the ocean you are the star.

What animal would you be,
If you crawled across the bottom of the sea?

Hold hands and form a star:
A starfish is what you are.

What a funny fish with no fins and no tail:
You have no eyes and not one scale.

Star fish crawl across the ocean floor,
Sometimes you wash up on the shore.

Your legs all move the same way,
Working together is how you play.

Be careful so no one falls;
Moving slowly; the starfish crawls.

Some of you are clams or sea anemone:
You are what the starfish eats in the sea.

Starfish, starfish here we go,
Working together is how we grow.

First we'll play the game using our eyes to see,
It's easy finding food this way don't you agree.

Next we'll only use our ears to find something to eat,
You all must work together to accomplish this feat.

Close your eyes and move about,
While the anemone and clam children shout.

Work together to follow the sound;
Move together all around.

In fact, starfish can't see or hear;
They only eat what they can feel is near.

So close your eyes and move around;
You clams and anemones don't make a sound.

Starfish in search of a meal,
You have no eyes or ears, so you eat by feel.

If you were blind and deaf you would see,
What life is like if you were me.

Move around slowly and carefully,
Is it hard to find food when you can't hear or see?

Creeping and crawling catching only what you feel;
Growing bigger with every meal.

Cooperation gets you ahead:
If you work together you'll be fed.

You keep searching because you know;
The more you eat, the more you grow.

Always remember who you are:
In the ocean you are the star.

Next time your parents call you to eat,
I hope you jump up on your feet.

Then hurry to the table and be thankful for your meal,
And remember the starfish who can only eat what it can feel.

Wildebeest Walk

Wildebeest walk, across Africa you roam:
The Savannah grassland is your home.

Gnu is your name,
And walking is your game.

In large herds, you travel all year;
Ten thousand Gnus have little to fear.

You stay together wherever you go:
A river of wildebeests, across the Savannah, you flow,

Searching for cool water and sweet grass to eat;
If you were a human you'd be called an athlete.

Let's take a wildebeest walk,
It's a great time for us to have a talk.

Wildebeest do not stray,
Gnus follow each other to find their way:
Humans need to use a map to find our way.

Make sure everyone's parents know where you go,
Because they would worry if they didn't know.

Always have at least one grown-up with you,
It's even better to take along two.

Plan your day so nothing goes wrong.
It's good to take your grandparents along,
And it's fun if you all sing a song.

Be sure you have money for a bus or phone,
And never leave anyone alone.

Bring a jacket if it may rain,
And some band aids for cuts and an ace bandage for a sprain.

There are many wonderful places to explore,
Right out side your front door.

You might plan your walk to play in a park,
But always make sure your home before dark.

Visit your local river or lake,
And pack some water and food to take.

Keep a watch out for animals to see:
Don't try to pet them, they may not be friendly.

You should be safe if you stay in a crowd,
If you have any problems yell HELP!! real loud.

You can start a wildebeest walking troop,
Who walk together in a group.

Always walk with your friends,
And stay together until your walk ends.

You don't have lions or cheetah to fear,
But you need to watch out for other dangers that appear.

Like wild drivers, strangers or a big truck,
You need to be careful, don't depend on luck.

Walking is an excellent exercise for you,
It's something almost everyone can do.

Watch out for your friends along the way,
And walking can be a safe and fun way to play.