|This song is for my new
friends in Australia, and was inspired by the National Simultaneous
Storytime 2010. On Wednesday, May 26th, librarians across
Australia will be reading Little White Dogs Can’t Jump, by Bruce
Whatley and Rosie Smith. I hope this song can be used to promote this
wonderful literary event, and provide a little jumping music for the
rest of us! Though the event isn’t until May, as you know, librarians
like to get a jump on upcoming events (sorry, but I couldn’t resist),
so feel free to jump in!
- As always, I recommend you
review the lyrics and practice all of the activities with children
before playing the song (jumping backwards and forwards, etc).
Print out the pages with “stop” and “jump” on them, and mount on
cardboard. Talk with children about the letters and words, and have
them practice jumping and stopping when each sign is held up.
- Also let them know you will
be showing pictures of different animals during the middle of the
song, and they are only to jump if the animal shown jumps. I have
provided pictures of 12 animals, along with their printed names. Mix
them up and use different ones each time you play the song. Younger
children will need more time (less animals) to process and respond,
and older children will enjoy the challenge of having more animals
shown. Modify according to your children’s ability. And of course
with younger children, you’ll want to show the animals and talk
about them before you play the song. As you show each picture ask,
“can this animal jump?” This is a fun activity even without use of
- Print out the letters and
animal pages, and cut the animal pages in half on the dotted lines.
You may want to mount them on card stock or laminate them since you
will be handling them a lot.
- Use the jump and stop signs
to give children a break from jumping, and to practice reading and
following directions. If it works with your group of kids, choose a
child to be in charge of the signs and direct his or her classmates.
Have fun and do what works for your group!
U M P, jump, J U M P, jump
Can you do like a kangaroo and J U M P Jump
(repeat first and last time)
1. It doesn’t matter if your
legs are short of if they’re long
legs will do to join the jumping in this song
2. When you jump on one
foot then it’s really called a hop
can you jump on one foot, can you hop and can you stop
3.You can jump and go nowhere or backwards for a time
take your jumping forward as I sing this little rhyme
Now watch the animals, do as they do.
If they don’t jump, DON’T, if they do jump, DO!
(Show pictures of animals as instrumental chorus plays twice)
4. Once I knew a little dog who
jumped around the park
every time that he jumped you know
that little dog would bark