Saturday, February 18, 2012

Hop Little Bunnies

This is our favorite, favorite song! We also use it with frogs, kangaroos, or any other animal that hops - and many that don't! "Flap little birds" works, but isn't as much fun as hopping.

There are a gazillion versions on Utube, but none of them are exactly the way we do it, which is the way I learned it at the Champaign Public Library, with gradual disintegration of the tune over time, as frequently happens to my songs. However, I'm personally fond of the British versions, even if they're not quite the same as ours. The one major difference is the way we do the transition...

(All the kids lie down. If you're not flexible and able to leap up and down multiple times and still belt out a tune, without stepping on anybody, don't lie down with the kids! Sing softly)
See the little bunnies sleeping 'till it's nearly noon
Shall we wake them with our merry tune?
They're so still, are they ill?

Then I ask "Are you sick little bunnies?" The kids, who are well-trained by now, all giggle and say "NO!" Then I yell, "Wake up little bunnies!" We all leap up and...

Hop little bunnies, hop hop hop
Hop little bunnies, hop hop hop
Hop little bunnies, hop hop hop
Hop little bunnies, hop (pause) and stop

Be prepared to do this at least three times in a row. My rule is we don't do songs more than three times, no matter how much they beg!

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