Camp Chants Cha-Cha-Cha

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Happy Top 10 Tuesday everyone!  Today’s blog is a repost from a year ago.  My daughter just left for summer camp yesterday, and I am imagining her there this morning standing at the morning meeting place screaming her head off to the silly camp chants and crazy dancing.  It is such a fun and happy part of camp, so I decided I would share this blog with all of you again today and get you all in the spirit for overnight summer camp.  Enjoy!

Here’s the blog:

We are smack dab in the middle of summer camp season, and with each of the camps I’ve attended recently, silly camp chants are a big part of the day.  Kids love them, and they are an excellent way to boost camp spirit and energy.  Below, I’ve listed a couple of my favorites.  Camp chants are also great for emphasizing beat and rhythm.  Chants lend themselves to this musical concept, so let’s take it one step further today with our Top 10 Tuesday musical activity and add unpitched rhythmic instruments to the chants.  From our Top 10 Tuesday list of instruments (click HERE for the complete list), the instruments below are good unpitched instruments to use.

With each chant, have your child try using an unpitched rhythm instrument as they recite the chant.  If they are non-readers, you recite the chant for them as your child keeps the beat with an instrument.  This will be a goofy activity, but that’s what camp chants are all about.  Have fun with it!

Rhythm Sticks:  Click HERE to check them out on Amazon.com

RythymSticks

Shaker Eggs:  Click HERE to check them out on Amazon.com

Shaker Eggs

A Guiro:  Click HERE to check it out on Amazon.com

Guiro

A Hand Drum:  Click HERE to check it out on Amazon.com

HandDrum

Chiquita Banana

Chiquita Bananas Unite
Peel banana, peel peel banana
Peel banana, peel peel banana
Eat banana, eat eat banana
Eat banana, eat eat banana
Swallow banana, swallow swallow banana
Swallow banana, swallow swallow banana
Hurl banana, hurl hurl banana
Hurl banana, hurl hurl banana
Go bananas, go go bananas
Go bananas, go go bananas

Shoot the Moon

Leader:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Everybody shoot the moon
All: What did you say?
I said everybody shoot the moon
All: What did you day?
I said (All) shoot the moon, shoot shoot the moon
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Everybody bend and snap
All: What did you say?
I said everybody bend and snap
All: What did you say?
I said bend and snap bend bend and snap

Repeat using (Alligator, Fax machine, Moon the moon, etc…)

Flea Fly!

Flea!
Flea!
Flea fly!
Flea fly!
Flea fly mosquito!
Flea fly mosquito!
Oh, no, no, no more mosquito
Oh, no, no, no more mosquito
Itchy itchy scratchy scratchy(scratch arms)
Itchy itchy scratchy scratchy
Ooo I got one on my backy (scratch back)
Ooo I got one on my backy
Beat that big bad bug with the bugspray(move finger back and forth as if to say “no”)
Beat that big bad bug with the bugspray
Shhhhhhhhhh(pretend to spray bug spray)

 

Wha Daten Chu

Wha daten chu
Wha daten chu

Bo doe ska deeten daten
Wha daten chu
Bo doe ska deeten daten
Wha daten chu

It skiddly oaten doten
Bo doe ska deeten daten
Wha daten chu
It skiddly oaten doten
Bo doe ska deeten daten
Wha daten chu

Oaten doten little boaten
It skiddly oaten doten
Bo doe ska deeten daten
Wha daten chu
Oaten doten little boaten
It skiddly oaten doten
Bo doe ska deeten daten
What daten chu

Itten mitten little kitten
Oaten doten little boaten
It skiddly oaten doten
Bo doe ska deeten daten
Wha daten chu
Itten mitten little kitten
Oaten doten little boaten
It skiddly oaten doten
Bo doe ska deeten daten
Wha daten chu

(Your camp’s name)
Wha daten chu
HUH!
(Your camp’s name)
What daten chu
HUH!

Princess Pat

*Repeat Each Line*

The princess Pat
Lived in a tree
And she sailed across
The seven seas
And she sailed across
The seven seas
And she sailed across
The channel too.
And she brought with her:
A ricka bamboo

A ricka bamboo
Now what is that?
It´s something made
By the princess Pat
It´s red and gold
And purple too
That´s why it´s called:
A ricka bamboo

Now the Captain Jack
Had a mighty fine crew
and they sailed across
the channel too
His ship did sink
And so will you
If you don´t take
A ricka bamboo
A ricka bamboo
Now what is that?
It ´s something made
By the princess Pat
It´s red and gold
And purple too
That´s why it´s called:
A ricka bamboo

Wizard
*Repeat each line and get louder each time*

Oh, once there was a wizard
Who came from Africa
Went to China
To go and pet the panda
The panda
The panda bibbley
The panda bibbley bibbley bibbley

Add verses each time:
*Went to Oxford
To go and learn some manners
*Went to Australia
To go and see the dingos
*Went to Brooklyn
To go and see the Dodgers
*Went to Antartica
To go and see the penguins
*Went to India
To go and see the snakes
*Went to Camp Wildcat
To learn to have some spirit

Funky Chicken
Left, left, left, right, left
I say, let me see your funky chicken
(What´s that you say?)
I said, let me see your funky chicken
(What´s that you say?)
I said,
oo-ah-ah-ah oo-ah-ah-ah oo-ah- ah-ah
One more time now:
oo-ah-ah-ah oo-ah-ah-ah oo-ah-ah-ah

Other Verses:
*I say, let me see your Frankenstein
*I say, let me see your funky cockroach
*I say, let me see your Pee Wee Herman

Hermie the Worm
Sitting on a fencepost chewing my bubblegum
*smack smack smack* (of gum)
When along came Hermie the worm
And he was this big (hands about a foot apart)
I said, “Hermie, what happened?”
“I ate my breakfast.”

Sitting on a fencepost chewing my bubblegum
*smack smack smack* (of gum)
When along came Hermie the worm
And he was this big (hands farther apart)
I said, “Hermie, what happened?”
“I ate my lunch.”

Sitting on a fencepost chewing my bubblegum
*smack smack smack* (of gum)
When along came Hermie the worm
And he was this big (hands farther apart)
I said, “Hermie, what happened?”
“I ate my dinner.”

Sitting on a fencepost chewing my bubblegum
*smack smack smack* (of gum)
When along came Hermie the worm
And he was this big (hands farther apart)
I said, “Hermie, what happened?”
“I ate my dessert.”

Sitting on a fencepost chewing my bubblegum
*smack smack smack* (of gum)
When along came Hermie the worm
And he was this big (thumb and first finger close together)
I said, “Hermie, what happened?”
“I burped.”

I hope you have enjoyed today’s Top 10 Tuesday activity.  For all previous music activities, check out the Top 10 Tuesday activity archive by clicking HERE.  Don’t forget to check back every Tuesday for a new activity, and until next week, play on!

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