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Create a monkey prop to sing "Pop Goes the Weasel."
Create a monkey prop to sing "Pop Goes the Weasel."
Tania Cowling

Many children love to use some kind of prop when singing or dancing to music. Props help to tell the story of a song, aids in the flow of movement to the song's tempo, makes a child feel less self-conscious when singing with a group and just plain fun.

Below are a few traditional songs and props to create with your children that makes singing fun.


There was a farmer had a dog,

and Bingo was his name-o.

B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O

and Bingo was his name-o.

Make a Paper Cup Dog as a prop: Poke a hole large enough for the child's index finger in the side of a foam paper cup. This will represent the dog's tongue when the child places his finger through the hole. At the top of the cup, draw in facial features (nose and eyes on each side). Glue on two floppy ears made from construction paper or felt. As the child sings this song, the dogs tongue (finger) will be moving and singing along.

Pop Goes the Weasel

All around the cobbler's bench,

the monkey chased the weasel.

The monkey thought it was all in fun,

POP! goes the weasel.

Make a Monkey Puppet for a fun prop: Use a lunch bag as the body of the puppet. Draw a monkey face on construction paper, as well as a mouth piece. Glue the head piece on the bottom flap of the bag and the mouth piece under the flap. Add a felt hat. After it's dry, the child can place his hand inside the bag to manipulate the puppet pretending to chase the weasel while singing this song.

Eentsy Weentsy Spider

The eentsy weensty spider,

climbed up the water spout.

Down came the rain

and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun

and dried up all the rain.

So, the eentsy weensty spider

climbed up the spout again.

Stuffed Spiders make fun props: Cut two circles from black construction paper, the size of a lunch plate. Place the two circles together and staple or glue the edges together, leaving a small opening to stuff. Use Polyester filling or facial tissues for the stuffing. Finish sealing the circle. Make accordian pleat strips of black paper and attach eight legs around the body of the spider. Cut out two white circles or glue on cotton balls for the eyes. Children can hold their spiders while they sing.

It's fun to weave crafts and games into traditional music we sing. No matter what age, music lightens the spirit!

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