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There Once was a Turtle Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of words in this chant. The kids will catch on, and enjoy it as you do. Be sure to articulate key words such as “snapped” and “caught.”

There once was a turtle Make a fist with one hand, and hold it horizontally
Who lived in a box. Cover fist with other hand
He swam in the water Make small breast stroke swimming motion
And climbed on the rocks. Make one fist, walk fingers up that arm to fist

He snapped at the mosquito; Make puppet mouth with the right hand, and “bite” away from the body
He snapped at the flea; Make puppet mouth with left hand, and “bite” away from the body
He snapped at the minnow; Right hand bites again away from the body
And he snapped at me! Left hand bites towards self

He caught the mosquito; Clap hands once on “caught”
He caught the flea; Clap hands on “caught”
He caught the minnow; Clap hands on “caught”
But he didn’t catch me! Point to self and shake head