Five Little Dragons
Five little dragons went out to play
Over the hills and far away
Mother dragon said, “It’s time for your snack.”
But only 4 little dragons came back
(repeat with 4, 3, 2, 1,)
Worried mother dragon began to breathe fire
But the tears she shed made the fire expire
Mother dragon said, “It’s a VERY good snack!”
And all of the five little dragons came back.
Make an accordion book prop to use as you
sing the song. It’s a wonderful way to let children see how numbers get
smaller, and bigger. Children will love it because it will be a very long
book when opened! You will need to use helpers to hold it!
To make the Accordion Book you will need :
11 8X10 pieces of cardboard (available at most office or packaging
supply stores, they are used for shipping photos). You want good thick
cardboard. Or of course, you can cut your own.
Clear packing tape
Print out the six pages of the book included here.
Glue those pages to 8 1/2 X 11 pieces of cardboard.
Lay a blank piece of cardboard next to the cardboard with the cover page,
and place a piece of clear packing tape across their edges. Leave about 1/8”
of space between the two pieces so they will hinge easily. Then flip them
over, and place tape on the other side. Your first two pages should hinge
both ways. Then add dragon number “1” using the tape again on both sides,
and leaving a bit of space between the pages. Your blank page will be
between the title and dragon “1”. Keep alternating dragons and blank, until
you have all five dragons.
When the book is closed, you won’t see anything but the title. Before you
sing the song, ask the children to help you count the dragons. You can count
as you open the book.
Sing the song, closing the book to take away one dragon each verse. At the
end of the song, sing the last line slowly as you open the book to show all
Use the pattern for paper simpler folding books and let each child make one
to take home.
If you don’t have the time or inclination to make the accordion book, you
can simply copy the dragon pattern and use it to make dragons for use on
your felt board. You can either make felt dragons, or to save time copy and
laminate five dragons. Put a piece of sticky back Velcro on each dragon so
they will stick to the felt board.
Make an accordion book for the Five Little Ducks* also!