Five Grey Elephants

All Ages Activity
Letters and Numbers

Why?

Through this musical experience children gain valuable early exposure to counting in a fun and creative way. When children use music in their play it helps them to learn about rhythm and beat, and develop coordination skills. This activity offers the opportunity to learn and practice counting skills while singing, and can improve their gross motor skills through balancing.

What you need?

  • One long piece of string
  • Parachute

Instructions

1. Open up the parachute and place it down on the floor.

2. Trail the string around the outside edge of the parachute to make a circle.

3. Line one child up on the piece of string or on the edge of the parachute and encourage them to slowly walk around it singing:

     One grey elephant balancing

     step by step on a piece of string

     thought it was such a wonderful stunt

     they called for another elephant.

4. Add another child to the piece of string or parachute and sing:

     Two grey elephants balancing

     step by step on a piece of string

     thought it was such a wonderful stunt

     they called for another elephant.

5. Continue to add more children while counting and sing:

     All of a sudden, the piece of string broke and…

6. Encourage the children to think about what happens when the string breaks – “what do you think happened next?”

     …down came all the elephant folk.

Five Grey Elephants

Tip

Introduce musical instruments while balancing and singing.