Way up high in the apple tree

Five* red apples looked down at me.

I shook that tree as hard as I could,

Down came an apple,

Mmm, it was good!


  • Substitute four, then three etc

Of course you can always change the color of the apple in the rhyme too. Think up actions you can do with your child to illustrate each line of the rhyme. You can also count the apples of your fingers before each verse. This will help your child with counting practice and one to one correspondence. Younger children may need help getting the right number of fingers ready to count.



Here is a poem I found about a caterpillar metamorphosing into a butterfly. I like it as it seems quite accurate as to what we can observe. I hope you will like it too, and say it with and for your children. When children have heard it several times they will begin to join in the recitation and even supply words if you pause on the rhyming words.

Click here to listen:

The Cocoon

I found a cocoon
That a caterpillar made,
Fastened to a leaf
Hanging in the shade.

He barely had room
To wiggle or wag,
Like me zipped up
In my sleeping bag.

I looked every day
That I passed his way,
But he never budged
Until just today.

Something happened!
He waggled and he wiggled
And then climbed out
And slowly, carefully jiggled.

Small wet wings
That grew as they dried.
He’d turned to a butterfly
While inside!





The information below is recorded on the mp3 audio file right here:

Giving children the opportunity to listen – focused listening – without distractions is excellent practice. Listen ing is a skill children need to learn!!


Did you know that not all caterpillars become butterflies? Some become moths. Here are some interesting facts about moths.

  • There are about ten times more moths in the world than butterflies, yet we are much more likely to see a butterfly. Do you know why? The answer has something to do with night and day and when we are awake and asleep. Can you guess?


  • Some moths are tiny, and some are huge. Put your hands flat on the table with your thumbs touching. From pinkie to pinkie shows how the big the wingspan of the Atlas moth is – about ten inches.


  • Some moths such as the Luna moth and Atlas moth do not have mouths and do not ever eat. They only live for about a week.


  • The Sphinx Hawk moth is the fastest moth in the world, and can reach speeds over 30 miles per hour. This might be faster than cars are allowed to go on the street where you live!


  • When a moth is resting, its wings lie flat. This is an easy way to tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly.


Perhaps you can see moths and butterflies where you live. Do you know which ones you are most likely to see at night time?



The wheels on the train go clickerty clack,

clickerty clack, clickerty clack,

The wheels on the train go clickerty clack,

All along the track.

Sing this song to the well-known tune The Wheels on the Bus. Here are some ideas for more verses. I’m sure you will think of some on your own. The accompanying mp3 file has the melody for you to sing along with.

  • The bell on the train goes ding, ding, ding
  • The guard on the train says all aboard
  • The whistle on the train goes whoo, whoo, whoo
  • The doors on the train go open and shut






Here is the engine on the track,

Here is the coal car just in back.

Here is the box car to carry freight,

Here is the mail car, don’t be late!

Way back here at the end of the train

Rides the caboose through the sun and rain.


You can do this rhyme as a finger play, pointing to different fingers with each part of the train.

You can also listen to the rhyme on the mp3 clip.







I gave my horse an apple,                         (pretend to give something)
And she gave me a neigh.                         (neigh)

I gave my horse a carrot,                         (pretend to give something)
And she moved her head this way.        (move head up and down)

I gave my horse a sugar lump,                 (pretend to give something)
She gave me a smile.                                  (give a big smile)

And then she took me for a ride,            (pretend to ride)
For more than half a mile


Listen to this rhyme on the MP3 audio file. You can use these action ideas, or make up your own.




Here is a rhyme that you can listen to on the mp3 audio file. I have given you some suggestions for actions you can do as you say the rhyme, but you can make up your own if you like.

I built a little snowman. (make circle with arms)
He had a carrot nose. (point to nose)
Along came a bunny, (hold up two bent fingers as bunny ears)
And what do you suppose? (hold hands palms up and shrug)
That hungry little bunny, ( make bunny again )
Looking for his lunch, ( hop bunny around )
Ate the snowman’s nose. ( pretend bunny is eating nose )
Nibble! Nibble! Crunch! ( pretend to be eating a carrot )