Language: Rhymes / Fingerplays
- Jungle Safari Vest: Cut armholes and a head hole in the bag. Decorate it with the paint to make great jungle attire.
- Jungle Animal Masks: Cut eye holes out of the center of a paper plate. Use construction paper scraps, yarn bits, pipe cleaners, etc. to make jungle animal faces. Attach a craft stick to the back (at the bottom of the face) so that the mask can be held in front of the face.
- Safari Hat: Cut the center out of a paper plate so that the rim of the plate becomes a “doughnut” shape. Attach the rim of the paper plate to an upside down paper bowl. Add enough yarn on either side of the bowl so that the hat can be tied securely under the chin. Paint and decorate each hat and take them on safari!
- Make paper plate snakes. (Use the center of the paper plate that was left over from Safari Hat!)
- Color / fingerpaint “jungle" coloring pages.
- Jungle Animals: This is the way the elephant goes (clasp hands together , extend arms, move back and forth) / With a curly trunk instead of a nose / The rhino all hairy and fat / Has a sharp horn in place of a hat / The hippo with his mouth so wide / Let's see whats inside (hands together and open wide and close them) / The wiggly snake upon the ground / Crawls along without a sound (weave hands back and forth) / But monkey see monkey do / is the funniest animal I ever knew! (place thumbs in ears and wiggle fingers)
- Five Little Monkeys in a Tree: Five little monkeys swinging in a tree, / Teasing Mr. Alligator “You can’t catch me, you can’t catch me! / (Whisper)Along came a alligator quiet as can be / (Loudly and clap hands together on “snapped”)And he snapped that monkey right out of that tree! / (Repeat, each time losing one monkey) No more monkeys swinging in a tree, / Teasing Mr. Alligator, “You can’t catch me, you can’t catch me!” / Along comes Mr. Alligator, fat and happy as can be / Singing “That’s what you get for teasing me!”
- Alligator Noise: (Softly) Alligator / Looking for some food in the morning (Make alligator mouth with fingers) / (Louder) Alligator / Looking for some food at lunch (Make alligator mouth with hands) / (Louder) Alligator / Looking for some food in the morning (Make alligator mouth with arms) / (Louder still) Alligator / Munch, munch, munch! (Clap hands loudly together to punctuate each “munch”)
- Monkey See, Monkey Do: The monkey claps, claps, claps his hands ( clap hands) / The monkey claps, claps, claps his hands ( clap hands) / Monkey see, monkey do / The monkey does the same as you! (point to children) ...Repeat, changing motions (monkey stomps his feet, covers his eyes, sits down, stands up, etc
- The Elephant: The elephant has a great big trunk / That goes swinging to and fro. (Clasp hands to make trunk swing.) / And he has tiny, tiny eyes / That show him where to go. (Put hands to eyes.) / His great big ears go flopping (Put hands to ears.) / While his great big feet go stomping, stomping, stomping on the ground (Stomp feet on the ground.)
Math / Science
- I Went to the Jungle One Day (Sung To: "London Bridge"): I went to the jungle one-day, jungle one day, jungle one-day / I saw a monkey on the way and this is what he said, "oh-oh-oh-oh" / 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" / went to the jungle one-day, jungle one day, jungle one-day / I saw a snake on the way and this is what he said, "hiss"...
- Do You Know the Jungle Animals (Sung to: "The Muffin Man"): Do you know the slimy snake, the slimy snake, the slimy snake / Oh do you know the slimy snake that lives deep in the jungle? / Do you know the chimpanzee, the chimpanzee, the chimpanzee / Oh do you know the chimpanzee that lives deep in the jungle? / Do you know the wildebeest, the wildebeest, the wildebeest / Oh do you know the wildebeest that lives deep in the jungle? / Do you know the crocodile, the crocodile, the crocodile / Oh do you know the crocodile that lives deep in the jungle...
- I'm A Little Tree Frog (Sung to: "I'm A Little Teapot"): I'm a little tree frog / Oh, so green / With great big eyes and a big mouth in between / I jump and climb with my sticky toes / Look out! I might stick to your nose!
- I've Been Working in the Rainforest (Sung to: "I've Been Working on the Railroad"): I've been working in the rainforest, / All among the trees. / I've been working in the rainforest, / Where I saw the bats and bees. / Parrots, butterflies and toucans, / Monkeys and hummingbirds galore, / Frogs and snakes and spotted leopards / On the rainforest floor! / I've been working in the rainforest, / All among the green. / I've been working in the rainforest, / Where the plant life must be seen! / Ferns and mosses and lianas, / Orchids and honeysuckle, too./ Oh, how special is the rainforest, / A magic place come true!
- One Elephant Went Out To Play: One elephant went out to play / On a spider’s web one day. / He had such enormous fun; / He called for another elephant to come.
Gross Motor: Active Play
- Identifying Shapes, Matching: Trace jungle animal shapes from stencils or cookie cutters, laminate and cut out. Match up each laminated shapes with its stencil / cookie cutter.
- Meaningful Counting: Draw 5 tiger faces without whiskers. Write a number onto each cat 1 through 5. Provide the children with 15 pipe cleaners and together place the appropriate number of whiskers onto each face.
- Matching, Comparing & Classifying: Sort pictures of jungle animals according to similarities (four legs, has a tail, lives in the trees, has feathers, etc.)
- Spatial Relationships: Create jungle scenes using these templates. Talk about where the different jungle animals are in relation to other items in the scene. (The elephant is behind the tree; the toucan is on the branch, etc)
- Comparing & Classifying, Size, Measuring, Seriation / Order: Sort jungle animal figures (or pictures print outs) by size.
- Jungle Safari: Draw different jungle animals on a large piece of cardboard. Make binoculars (two toilet paper tubes) and go on a jungle safari. For an added effect have them make jungle vest (see art) and wear on their safari.
- Safari Maps: Talk about how a map is used, then create your own map. Use a few obvious landmarks (I'd start with no more than 3) in your own house / backyard and practice following the map to get from one spot to another.
- Elephant’s Spider Web: Use jump ropes or masking tape to create a spider’s web on the ground. Practice balancing carefully on the lines, pretending to be the elephants playing on the spider’s web in the song.
- Feed the Elephant: Make an elephant by painting and decorating a box. Cut out a mouth hole and throw peanuts (still in the hull) into the elephants mouth to feed the elephant. For younger children, use beanbags instead of peanuts.
- Play follow the leader and imitate the movements, sounds, and activities of jungle animals.