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The Pinocchio

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Language Focus Other songs about: left/right, parts of the body

Actions (in/out, turn around, shout!), parts of the body (arms, legs, chin), right and left.

The Pinocchio Lyrics and Actions

♫ (Make a big circle.)
Everybody in. [Move forward.] Everybody out. [Move back.]
Everybody turn around. [Turn around.] Everybody shout, "Hey!" [Jump up and shout, "Hey!"]
Everybody ready? Here we go. [Put your hands on your hips and sway side to side.]
Let's do The Pinocchio. [Make a Pinocchio nose by putting two fists in front of your nose, and then make it "grow" by moving one hand forward.]
Right arm! [Hold up your right arm as if it were a puppet's arm.]

[Keep your right arm up as you dance in and out.]
Everybody in. Everybody out.
Everybody turn around. Everybody shout, "Hey!"
Everybody ready? Here we go.
Let's do The Pinocchio.
Right arm! [Hold up your right arm.]
Left arm! [Hold up your left arm.]

[Keep your right and left arms up as you dance in and out.]
Everybody in. Everybody out.
Everybody turn around. Everybody shout, "Hey!"
Everybody ready? Here we go.
Let's do The Pinocchio.
Right arm! [Hold up your right arm.]
Left arm! [Hold up your left arm.]
Right leg! [Hold up your right leg.]

[Keep your right and left arms up and kick your right leg as you dance in and out.]
Everybody in. Everybody out.
Everybody turn around. Everybody shout, "Hey!"
Everybody ready? Here we go.
Let's do The Pinocchio.
Right arm! [Hold up your right arm.]
Left arm! [Hold up your left arm.]
Right leg! [Kick your right leg.]
Left leg! [Kick your left leg.]

[Keep your right and left arms up and kick your legs as you dance in and out.]
Everybody in. Everybody out.
Everybody turn around. Everybody shout, "Hey!"
Everybody ready? Here we go.
Let's do The Pinocchio.
Right arm! [Hold up your right arm.]
Left arm! [Hold up your left arm.]
Right leg! [Kick your right leg.]
Left leg! [Kick your left leg.]
Chin up! [Nod your head up and down.]

[Keep your right and left arms up, kick your legs and nod your head as you dance in and out.]
Everybody in. Everybody out.
Everybody turn around. Everybody shout, "Hey!"
Everybody ready? Here we go.
Let's do The Pinocchio.
Right arm! [Hold up your right arm.]
Left arm! [Hold up your left arm.]
Right leg! [Kick your right leg.]
Left leg! [Kick your left leg.]
Chin up! [Nod your head up and down.]
Turn around! [Spin.]

[Keep your right and left arms up, kick your legs, nod your head and turn around as you dance in and out.]
Everybody in. Everybody out.
Everybody turn around. Everybody shout, "Hey!"
Everybody ready? Here we go.
Let's do The Pinocchio.
Right arm! [Hold up your right arm.]
Left arm! [Hold up your left arm.]
Right leg! [Kick your right leg.]
Left leg! [Kick your left leg.]
Chin up! [Nod your head up and down.]
Turn around! [Spin.]
Sit down! [Sit down.]

Classroom Benefits

"The Pinocchio" is a great song for practicing parts of the body in a fun and active way. It's a good transition song between activities to give students a chance to get up and move, but ends with kids seated and ready for the next part of the lesson.

With the addition of right and left, it's a little more advanced than the "Hokey Pokey Shake," making it a great song to use with older students.

Activity Ideas

Read a storytime book about Pinocchio, a little wooden puppet that magically comes to life. Every time he lies, his nose grows longer. This will help students understand why we make our nose "grow" in this song. 1

Before singing the song, put a stamp or sticker on student's right hand and emphasize right vs left. If they are having a difficulty knowing which hand to raise first, call out, "Sticker hand!" 2

Make a simple Pinocchio costume for students to wear in class or at a parent performance. 3

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