Fly Little Bird
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In teaching my Mother Goose
Guitar class, I realized there aren’t enough interactive children’s
songs in minor keys. Children are drawn to their sad, plaintive sound. I
also wanted a song that would be easy for beginning guitarists, and this one
only has two chords! So if you play guitar, even a little, this is a good
one for you. The children will be busy acting out the song, so it’s a good
one for self-conscious beginning guitarists. You can also play along with
the recording. Just have fun! (Don’t forget, the guitar chords are always
on the sheet music).
Fly Little Bird - lyrics
Fly little bird across the mountains,
Fly out over the sea
Come home little bird , you must be tired
And I have food for thee.
(Click here for Bird Graphics to use with these
Have children seated in a line or a circle (if in a circle, leave an
opening for birds to fly in and out).
Choose one or more child to be a bird, and have the other children cup
their hands as if holding food for the birds. Sing or play the song, and
have the first bird(s) fly around the room until the last line, when they
come back to the circle or line. They choose “food” from one of the
children, and trade places with them while they become the next bird to fly.
The song is sung four times on the recording, so you may plan accordingly.
For example, if you have 12 children in your class, begin with 3, and by
the end of the song every bird will have flown! Of course you can sing the
song without using the recording, and sing as long as you like!
Variations and more ideas:
1. Give the children scarves to use for wings as they fly around.
2. Have returning birds lie down to “rest” as the lyrics indicate
3. Use 4 different colors of birds, and give each child one color. Then
change the lyrics to say “Fly little
bluebird,” Change the color each verse.
3. Print out pictures of different kinds of birds, and change the lyrics
to say “Fly little robin,” or whatever bird you are using. Use birds
indigenous to your area, and children can learn about their own birds.
4. Talk about birds before singing this song– where they live, and what
they eat, and where they go. Visit the web site below for information and
activities, or check out simple non-fiction books from your library. Or you
may wish to use this song after reading a story about a bird. Two of my
favorites are The Best Nest, and
Are You My Mother? Both are by P.D
Websites for bird pictures