Farmer Brown Had Five Green Apples (and variations)

This mathematical harvest song was requested by my colleague Kate, the author of the pumpkin variation below. I’ve made a couple simple felts to use alongside, as a visual aid is particularly helpful when adding or subtracting with little ones (or reminding distracted adults whereabouts in the song we are). My friend Francesca encourages discussion and emotional awareness when she sings this, asking the children how else they might eat their apples (excitedly, quickly, sadly, etc).

If you’d like to de-Halloween the pumpkin version, sing “cooked” instead of “carved.” Then generate a little thought by asking what that pumpkin might be cooked into. You can listen to it via our song inspiration, Sharon Lois and Bram.

Farmer Brown
Farmer Brown Had Five Green Apples
C                                  G7           C

Farmer Brown had five green apples hanging on a tree
                                   G7           C

Farmer Brown had five green apples hanging on a tree
           F           C             G7           C

Then s/he plucked one apple and s/he ate it hungrily
                           G7             C

Leaving four green apples hanging on the tree...



Farmer Brown Had Three Orange Pumpkins
Farmer Brown Has Three Orange Pumpkins
C                                       G7          C

Farmer Brown has three orange pumpkins sittin’ by a tree
                                        G7          C

Farmer Brown has three orange pumpkins sittin’ by a tree
         F           C                G7        C

So s/he grabbed one pumpkin and s/he carved it happily
                               G7             C

Leaving two orange pumpkins a sittin’ by the tree...





For more storytime felting ideas, see this week’s Flannel Friday roundup at One for the Books

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More Halloween Songs

Last year I collected a great big round up of slightly spooky songs, and I’ve come across a few more fun ones that I wanted to share.

For all these songs, you can click the song titles to see my sources. I altered the first song a little (green ghosts didn’t match my felts, and kids seem more rambunctious than delicious). Scroll down to the bottom for more about the felts.


5-grey-and-spooky-ghosts
Five Grey and Spooky Ghosts
Tune: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
G

Five grey and spooky ghosts
C

Doing what they love most
G                              D

Scaring some most rambunctious kids (Boo! Boo!)
G

One flew into the sky
C

Where it was nice and dry
G              D                G

Now there are four grey spooky ghosts (Boo! Boo!)

4... 3... 2... 1...


Flap Flap Flap Little Bats
Tune: Ten Little…
C

Flap, flap, flap little bats
G7

Flap, flap, flap little bats
C

Flap, flap, flap little bats
G7           C  

Early in the evening

Verses
Dance...
Wiggle...
Soar...
Sleep... early in the morning



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Old MacDonald Had a Haunted House
Tune: Old MacDonald
C                   F       C              G7      C

Old MacDonald had a haunted house, E - I - E - I - Boo!
                        F     C            G7      C

And in that house there was a bat, E - I - E - I - Boo!
C

With a flap flap here, and a flap flap there
C

Here a flap, there a flap, everywhere a flap flap
                    F       C              G7      C

Old MacDonald had a haunted house, E - I - E - I - Boo!

Verses
Owl... hoot...
Mouse... squeak...
Spider... creep...
Cat... meow...
Ghost... boo...



The Spooky Pokey
Tune: The Hokey Pokey
              C

You put your foot bones in, you take your foot bones out
                                                    G7

You put your foot bones in, and you shake them all about
G7

You do the spooky pokey, and you turn yourself around
                      C

That’s what it’s all about!

Verses
Hand bones...
Funny bone (elbow)...
Back bones...
Neck bones...
Skeleton...



Felt Story Extensions
The ghost felts are borrowed from my Ten Little Ghosts set, while Old MacDonald is an extension of the Old MacDonald guessing game. Owl, bat, and mouse templates are from Pattern Universe. I’d like to make a set of haunted houses as well, but for now we’ll sing it as “haunted barn.”

You can also use the barn/animal set with the rhyme, “Little ghost playing hide and seek… Are you in the orange barn? Let’s take a peek.”

For more Halloween felt ideas, check out this week’s Flannel Friday round-up over at Thrive After Three.

Love Me Tender (and variations)

Love Me Tender isn’t one of my usual storytime songs, but it would be a fun one to try. And I do have two sweet variations on the tune. Dennis Lee‘s Rock Me Easy is one of my favourite lullabies for babytime. When I sing it, it soothes me too.

I’ve only recently learned You’re My Rainbow from my colleague Kelly, and I patterned most of my felt story on hers (which she in turn received from another children’s librarian [thanks Tess!]). The pie and rainbow are the exceptions, based on Open Clipart images.

Love Me Tender is by Elvis Presley and Ken Darby (who is sometimes credited as Vera Matson), and I’ve found the chords in a number of different keys. C was the easiest for me this time, and although I’ve simplified it slightly it’s still a little trickier than most of the songs I post here due to the key change in the middle. If you don’t like that E7, you might want to try playing in F (as posted on Doctor Uke).


Love Me Tender
C                D7

Love me tender, love me sweet
G7           C

Never let me go
C                 D7

You have made my life complete
G7             C

and I love you so

E7              C

Love me tender love me true
F              C

All my dreams fulfilled
            D7

For my darling I love you
G7           C

And I always will



Rock Me Easy
C             D7
Rock me easy, rock me slow
G7                 C

Rock me where the robins go
                    D7

Rock the branch and rock the bough
G7             C

Rock the baby robins now
E7              C

Rock me up and rock me down
F               C

Rock me off to sleepy town
               D7

Rock me gently up the stairs
   G7              C

To snuggle with my teddy bears
               D7

Rock me easy, rock me slow
G7                C

Rock me where the robins go



You're My Rainbow

You’re My Rainbow
C                  D7

You’re my rainbow, you’re my star
G7                    C

You’re my bright red cookie jar
                     D7

You’re my goldfish, you’re my pie
G7                C

You’re the apple of my eye

E7                  C

You’re my rainbow, you’re my star
F                     C

You’re my bright red cookie jar
                  D7

You’re my daisy, you’re my vine
G7                  C

You’re my own true Valentine



Ukulele Love Songs
This is the third in a series of love-the-littles songs.

Jingle Bells

If you only sing one holiday song at your storytime, it’s likely to be Jingle Bells, so here’s a nice simple version that I expect will be getting a lot of play in my own programs this month. If you prefer to play your songs with 3 chords or less, you can skip the D7. I assure you, the kids won’t notice.

And if you’re feeling playful, try Walter Minkel’s delightfully silly Jungle Bells. I’ve been meaning to play this one at my own storytimes for ages, and this might just be the year for it.

Jingle Bells is such a perennial favourite that we often forget to credit it, but I’d like to note that this was written in the 1850’s by James Lord Pierpont.


Jingle Bells
C                                              F
Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh
                   G7                   C

O'er the fields we go laughing all the way
                                        F

Bells on bob tails ring making spirits bright
                   G7                                 C

What fun it is to laugh and sing a sleighing song tonight

G7   C                                      

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells jingle all the way
F               C              (D7)              G7

Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh
C                                          

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
F                C               G7              C

Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh



Jungle Bells
C                                         F
Dashing down the river, dashing down the Nile
                   G7                           C

Dashing down that river, on the back of a crocodile
                                   F

Hear hyenas laugh, hearing lions roar
                                G7                                  C

When you ride for a while on a crocodile, you’ll want to ride some more

G7    C                                       

Oh,  Jungle bells, jungle bells, jungle all the way
F               C               (D7)        G7

Oh, what fun it is to ride on a crocodile today (hey!)
C                                          

Jungle bells, jungle bells, jungle all the way
F              C                G7          C

Oh what fun it is to ride on a crocodile today

Must Be Santa

For a few reasons (program timing, inclination, community) I don’t sing a lot of Christmas songs in my library. But if you do, this one is a fun cumulative, call and response that can also be extended with a felt story.

The songwriters are Hal Moore and Bill Fredericks, and it was first recorded in 1960, although if you’re a storytimer you’re probably more familiar with Raffi’s recording. This is a slightly simplified version (no bridge, fewer transitions), and I’ve transposed it into an easy ukulele key. If you like to sing/play in G, try it as G/D/C.


Must Be Santa
C                         G7

Who's got a beard that's long and white?
                           C

Santa's got a beard that's long and white
                       G7

Who comes around on a special night
                        C

Santa comes around on a special night
C

Special night, beard that's white
F                C

Must be Santa, must be Santa,
G7                    C
Must be Santa, Santa Claus

Verses
Who wears boots and a suit of red / long cap on his head...
Who's got a big red cherry nose / laughs this way HO HO HO...
Who very soon will come our way / eight little reindeer pull his sleigh...



Felt Story Extension
Here are a couple photos of my version (complete Santa, and component pieces). I used clip-art for the sleigh, and my colleague Linda’s reindeer pattern, but otherwise it’s original. The base Santa is adapted from a paper doll pattern.

Must Be Santa Felt

Must Be Santa all pieces

This week’s Flannel Friday is hosted at What Happens in Storytime, so check them out for more winter and holiday ideas.

Halloween Ukulele Songs

Rather than the usual single-song-plus-piggyback variations, I’ve selected a handful of Halloween-related ukulele songs appropriate for preschool and toddler storytimes.  Most of the songs I’ve included are played to those same familiar tunes that I’ve already posted on this blog, and lyrics that are new-to-me are linked to sources on Tell Me a Story.


Flutter Flutter Little Bat
Previously posted in: Twinkle Twinkle/Baa Baa/ABC


The Haunted House
Tune: Wheels on the Bus
C
The ghost in the house goes, Boo! Boo! Boo! 
G7

Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo!
C
The ghost in the house goes, Boo! Boo! Boo!  
G7               C

All through the night.

Verses
Skeletons... clatter...
Werewolf... awoooo...
Witch... hee hee hee...



Horns and Fangs
Tune: London Bridge
F
Horns and fangs, knees and claws 
C7               F

Knees and claws, knees and claws

Horns and fangs, knees and claws
C7           F

Eyes, ears, tail and paws



If You Ever See a Monster
Tune: Did You Ever See A Lassie
C                            G7        C

If you ever see a monster, a big ugly monster
                                 G7             C

If you ever see a monster, then here’s what you do
      G7               C                G7               C

Make this face... And this face... And this face... And this face...
                               G7           C

If you ever see a monster… be sure to shout BOO!



If You’re A Monster
Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It
            C                                   G7

If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms
                                                C

If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms
             F                                C

If you’re a monster and you know it, and you really want to show it 
             G7                                 C

If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms


Verses
... show your fangs...
... stomp your feet...
... growl out loud...



Once I Had A Pumpkin

Once I Had a Pumpkin
Tune: Did You Ever See A Lassie
     C                       G7         C

Oh, once I had a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin
                              G7          C

Oh, once I had a pumpkin with no face at all
     G7          C           G7           C

With no eyes and no nose and no mouth and no teeth
                              G7          C

Oh, once I had a pumpkin with no face at all

C                            G7              C

So I made a jack-o-lantern, jack-o-lantern, jack-o-lantern
                             G7              C

So I made a jack-o-lantern with a big funny face
      G7            C              G7            C

With big eyes and a big nose and a big mouth and big teeth
                            G7               C

So I made a jack-o-lantern with a big funny face



Pumpkin on the Ground
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
C                F      C

Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground
F          C     G7          C

How’d you get so big and round?
C        F      C        G7

Once you were a seed so small 
C       F      C         G7

Now you are a great big ball
C                 F      C

Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground
F         C      G7       C

How’d you get so big and round?



Spider on the Floor
Previously posted in: If You’re Happy and You Know It


Ten Little Ghosts

Ten Little Ghosts
Tune: Ten Little…
C

One little, two little, three little, ghosts
G7

Four little, five little, six little, ghosts
C

Seven little, eight little, nine little, ghosts
G7                      C

Ten little ghosts can’t scare me. BOO!



Other Halloween Songs Include
The More We Boo Together (Tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie)
The Roly Poly Pumpkin (Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider)
Sometimes I Like to Walk in the Dark (Tune: Pop Goes the Weasel)


Felt Story Notes
The ghosts are all cut freehand, and the pumpkin is based on one my wonderful colleague Kelly made. The jack-o-lantern’s face is not glued on. Sing the first verse with the plain pumpkin, then add its face before the second verse (if you’re strumming while you sing).

For more Halloween felt story ideas, see the rest of this week’s Flannel Friday roundup. Happy Halloweening!