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Yes, I Can!

Language FocusOther songs about: action verbs, animals & insects

"Yes, I can." "I can _____." "No, I can't." "I can't _______." Animals (bird, elephant, fish, gorilla, buffalo).
Action verbs (clap, fly, stomp, swim, climb, run, sing, dance).

Yes, I Can! Lyrics and Actions

Key gestures:
Bird - Open and close your index finger and thumb in front of your mouth, imitating a bird's beak.
Elephant - Move your hand downward away from your nose in a wavy motion, representing an elephant's trunk.
Fish - Make one hand "swim" forward like a fish.
Gorilla - beat your chest with both hands
Buffalo - Hunch your back and put your arms to the floor, as if they were front legs.

♫ Little bird, little bird, can you clap? [Bird gesture. Shrug your shoulders. Clap.]
No, I can't. No, I can't. I can't clap. [Shake your head "no." Thumbs down.]
Little bird, little bird, can you fly? [Bird gesture. Shrug your shoulders. Flap your arms.]
Yes, I can. Yes, I can. I can fly. [Nod your head "yes." Thumbs up! Fly around.]

Elephant, elephant, can you fly? [Elephant gesture. Shrug your shoulders. Flap your wings.]
No, I can't. No, I can't. I can't fly. [Shake your head "no." Thumbs down.]
Elephant, elephant, can you stomp? [Elephant gesture. Shrug your shoulders. Stomp your feet.]
Yes, I can. Yes, I can. I can stomp. [Nod your head "yes." Thumbs up! Stomp around.]

Little fish, little fish, can you stomp? [Fish gesture. Shrug your shoulders. Stomp your feet.]
No, I can't. No, I can't. I can't stomp. [Shake your head "no." Thumbs down.]
Little fish, little fish, can you swim? [Fish gesture. Shrug your shoulders. Swim.]
Yes, I can. Yes, I can. I can swim. [Nod your head "yes." Thumbs up! Swim around.]

Gorilla, gorilla, can you swim? [Gorilla gesture. Shrug your shoulders. Swim.]
No, I can't. No, I can't. I can't swim. [Shake your head "no." Thumbs down.]
Gorilla, gorilla, can you climb? [Gorilla gesture. Shrug your shoulders. Climb.]
Yes, I can. Yes, I can. I can climb. [Nod your head "yes." Thumbs up! Climb around.]

Buffalo, buffalo, can you climb? [Buffalo gesture. Shrug your shoulders. Climb.]
No, I can't. No, I can't. I can't climb. [Shake your head "no." Thumbs down.]
Buffalo, buffalo, can you run? [Buffalo gesture. Shrug your shoulders. Run.]
Yes, I can. Yes, I can. I can run. [Nod your head "yes." Thumbs up! Run around.]

Boy and girls, boys and girls, can you sing? [Point to boys and girls. Shrug your shoulders. Sing.]
Yes, we can. Yes, we can. We can sing. [Nod your head "yes". Thumbs up! Sing.]
Boys and girls, boys and girls, can you dance? [Point to boys and girls. Shrug your shoulders. Dance.]
Yes, we can. Yes, we can. We can dance. [Nod your head "yes." Thumbs up! Dance.]
We can sing. We can dance. Yes, we can. [Sing and dance. Thumbs up!]
We can sing. We can dance. Yes, we can.
Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can.
Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can.
Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. ♫

Classroom Benefits

This song combines very practical language with creative play, allowing young learners to explore actions and abilities while having fun acting as their favorite animals.

Activity Ideas

Play, "I can. Can you?" Place all of the animal picture cards in a pile on the table or floor. Pick up the top card. Look at the card and say, "I'm an elephant. I can stomp." Stomp around the room. Ask your child, "Can you stomp?" and encourage him/her to stomp around the room. Go through each animal, identifying their abilities and deciding if you can do it or not. 1

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