Song of the Month

Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.

July 2008

Goin' On A Picnic

by Lynn Freeman Olson ©Schmitt Music Centers

Listen to the whole song on H.U.M. - Highly Usable Music or hear it here:

Though you can have a picnic at any time of year, summer is best for the outdoor kind. I love this song because it invites children to contribute their ideas, and we can find that different kinds of foods and accompaniments can be brought on a picnic. Did you bring the blanket? Did you bring the bug spray? And there are many wonderful foods – from lemonade, watermelon and sandwiches to pizza or fried chicken!

This is also a memory building song – we have to remember what's on our list as we keep adding to it – as many as you can remember! Have fun changing the list each time you sing it. And have a picnic, too!


    Goin' on a picnic, leaving right away
    If it doesn't rain, be can stay all day!
    Did you bring the lemonade?
Children respond: Yes, we brought the lemonade!
    Goin' on a picnic, here we go!

Each time you sing, decide on an item you can add to the picnic before singing the verse, then add on follows:
    Did you bring the cookies?
Response: Yes, we brought the cookies!
    Did you bring the lemonade?
Response: Yes, we brought the lemonade!
    Goin' on a picnic, here we go!

Age Range: 3 - 8 years old – heck, adults enjoy this song, too!

Purpose: Memory, vocabulary, call/response singing

Extension Activities: Have a Teddy Bear Picnic! Spread a blanket or tablecloth on the floor, get some snacks and beverages, and bring Teddy Bears or stuffed animals – this can be done with one child or many! You can even do it with pretend food! There are wonderful recordings of "The Teddy Bear's Picnic" out there –- one of my favorites is by Ann Murray. Put on some music and dance with the bears. You could even do "The Hokey Pokey" with your bears – there's a very easy version at a nice tempo on my "Sticky Bubble Gum" cd! OR, as an art project, have kids cut out food pictures from magazines and glue them on a construction paper blanket. Children practicing cutting skills can fringe the ends of the "blanket".

Add-A-Song: Get the kids up and marching to "The Ants Go Marching" – because would it be a picnic without ants???


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