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Mary Had A Kangaroo

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Language FocusOther songs about: animals & insects

Adjectives (long, sharp, warm,round). Animals and their distinctive features (lamb/fleece, giraffe/neck, rhinoceros/horn, kangaroo/pouch, camel/hump).

Mary Had A Kangaroo Lyrics and Actions

Key Gestures:
Lamb - Pretend to pet a lamb.
Giraffe - Hold your arm up high as if it is a giraffe's neck.
Rhinoceros - Make a fist and hold it against your nose. Stick out your pinky to represent the horn.
Kangaroo - Put both hands in front of your chest and jump.
Camel - Draw the shape of a camel's hump with one hand.

♫ Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb. [Lamb gesture.]
Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow. [Lamb gesture. Pretend to squeeze soft fleece.]

Mary had a little lamb, and a big giraffe?
Mary had a big giraffe, big giraffe, big giraffe. [Giraffe gesture.]
Mary had a big giraffe whose neck was very long. [Giraffe gesture. Bring your arm down, and then extend it up.]
Long, long, long, long.
Long, long, long, long.
Very very very long. [Slowly extend your arm straight up.]

And a rhinoceros.
Mary had a rhinoceros, rhinoceros, rhinoceros. [Rhinoceros gesture.]
Mary had a rhinoceros whose horn was very sharp. [Rhinoceros gesture. Touch the tip of the pinky finger with the other index finger, acting as though the finger is very sharp.]
Sharp, sharp, sharp, sharp.
Sharp, sharp, sharp, sharp.
Very very very sharp.

A kangaroo, too?
Mary had a kangaroo, kangaroo, kangaroo. [Kangaroo gesture.]
Mary had a kangaroo, whose pouch was very warm. [Kangaroo gesture. Pull your arms up to your chest as if snuggling under a blanket.]
Warm, warm, warm, warm.
Warm, warm, warm, warm.
Very very very warm.

And a camel.
Mary had a camel, camel, camel. [Camel gesture.]
Mary had a camel. Whose hump was very round. [Camel gesture. Draw a BIG camel hump with your hand.]
Round, round, round, round.
Round, round, round, round.
Very very very round. ♫

Classroom Benefits

This silly version of the classic nursery rhyme Mary Had A Little Lamb teaches young learners about the distinctive features of different animals.

Activity Ideas

Sing the song using your child's name instead of Mary. As you sing, the child can pretend to take her pet for a walk. 1

Make up new verses for the Sing-Along version. Talk about other animals and something special about them. Then, add in your own lyrics. 2

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