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The Little Turtle

Action Song for Young Children
Actions and Photos from Hugh Hanley

This chant, with actions and photographs, is from Hugh Hanley's Circle of Songs.


I had a little turtle.
Cup your hand slightly to make a shell.

He lived inside a box.
Cover the shell with your other hand.

He swam in the water.
Move both arms as if swimming.
And he climbed on the rocks.
Move both arms as if climbing.



He snapped at a mosquito.
Make a snapping motion with one hand.
He snapped at a flea.
Snap again.
He snapped at a minnow.
Snap again.
And he snapped at me.
Snap again.


He caught the mosquito.
Snatch the imaginary bug and eat it.
He caught the flea.
Same as above.
He caught the minnow.
But he didn't catch me.
Shake your head and wag your finger.


 Hugh Hanley's Circle of Songs CD/Songbook sets were developed to promote adult/child interactive singing either in pairs or small groups. Children also enjoy singing these songs by themselves. Each set contains songs and activities that are appropriate and great fun for children ages two to seven years and for adults who would like to sing with them. The songs and activities are presented slowly and simply on the recording to help participants learn the songs and to invite participation.
     Early childhood educators know that the music that speaks to the heart of the young child is presented slowly and simply. Their favorite songs are the ones that they can join in on and make their own; songs that are so simple and so much fun that even a grown-up can sing them.

See more of our Fingerplays for Young Children and Preschool, Early Childhood, and Kindergarten Songs

Many thanks to Hugh Hanley for permission to display his fingerplay lyrics, actions, and photographs.
© Yatunes. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
For information about Hugh Hanley and his work, please visit www.hughhanley.com.



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