The Tree Song

This is a very silly song where the children can be physically active while learning some very important musical concepts!

The Tree Song

by David Oh

G        D           G
We grow, and grow, and grow
G        D           G
We grow, and grow, and grow
G
Doot doot doot doot
D
Doot doot doot doot
G
Doot doot doot doot
C
Doot doot doot doot
G
Doot doot doot doot
D        G     D7
Doot, we grow!

G     D     G     C
Tree! Tree! Tree! Tree!
G     D     G     C
Tree! Tree! Tree! Tree!
G     D     G     C
Tree! Tree! Tree! Tree!
D  G
We grow.

Age: 18 months – 5 years

Objective:

  1. Sing a short phrase of music.
  2. Move and also stop moving when prescribed by music.
  3. Move in a personal space.
  4. Improvise one sung note at a time
  5. Improvise movement.

Duration: 2 minutes

Materials:

  1. None
  2. Guitar or Piano optional.

Procedure:

The children will be standing for this song. Make sure that every child has their own area where they can move freely without touching each other. Start the song by telling the children that they are making baby trees. Children should crouch down. At the beginning of the song, the children can start to slowly rise from their crouching positions. At the part of the music where the lyrics are: “Doot doot doot doot” the children can slowly bring out their “branches” using their arms to imitate their branches.

During the “Tree!” chorus, have the children make a tree pose and freeze. The next time you say “Tree!” the children should switch their poses into a different type of tree.

Repeat the song again using flowers, vegetables, or any other type of plant you wish.

Notes:

You can preface this activity by doing a freeze dance activity where the children can learn how to stop movement when there is no sound.

This song can be incorporated into units about trees or plants, in general. This song illustrates that every tree is unique and different and that there are many different kinds of trees in the world.

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