The Elephant

Child with stuffed elephant

Gross Motor: To strengthen balance and large muscles through this action song activity that will get your toddler active.

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Overview

Action songs are awesome to get toddlers moving around like an elephant. If you don’t know the tune to this action song …just make up your own…they won’t notice. They will be busy having fun, as they enjoy Nurture, Explore, and Share time with you!

You will need:

  • Space to extend arms and legs (indoors or outdoors both work)
  • The elephant action song (below under Directions)
  • A smile and laugh

Directions

  1. Find an open space such as a large living room or backyard with enough room to extend hands out
  2. Stand in front of your toddler and get ready to move and laugh to the song (below).
  3. Move your body like an elephant (i.e. roll, arms out, wide legs) to get your toddler started. Observe and intimate your toddler’s movements.
  4. Be sure to make facial expressions, this adds to the laughter too!

The elephant goes like this and that,
This and that, this and that
(walk heavily and stamp your feet)

The elephant goes like this and that
Cause he’s so big and he’s so fat.
(puff up cheeks and stretch out arms)

He has no fingers and he has no toes
(wiggle fingers, wiggle toes)

Has no fingers and has no toes
He has no fingers and he has no toes
(wiggle fingers, wiggle toes)

But goodness, gracious, what a nose!
(pull hands out from face to make a trunk)

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Nurture

  • Moving and having fun with your child through singing
  • Enjoy your presence in moving their own body to the song

Explore

  • Model moving like an elephant with sounds and body movements
  • Continue to develop body awareness (i.e. nose, fingers, toes) and strengthen large muscle areas (i.e. arms, legs)
  • Add new elephant movements (i.e. gallop)
  • Extend awareness in using body to produce other actions (i.e. gallop)

Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments

  • Extend your toddler’s body awareness in being active by adding new elephant movements such as galloping. See below:

The elephant gallops like this and that
This and that, this and that
(gallop with a heavy stomp)

The elephant gallops like this and that
Cause he’s so big and he’s so fat.
(puff up cheeks and stretch out arms)

Recommended Reading

  • That’s Not My Elephant by Fiona Watt [touchy-feely book about elephant with repetitive text]
  • How Elephants Lost their Wings by Lesley Sims and Katie Lovell [Indian folktale and imagination]

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