Caterpillar chant


(Traditional chant)

A caterpillar crawled to the top of a tree.
“I think I’ll take a nap,” said he.
So under the leaf he began to creep.
He spun a cocoon* and he fell asleep.
For a long time he slept in that cocoon* bed,
Till spring came along and said,
“Wake up, wake up, you sleepy head.”
Out of the leaf he did cry.
“Look, I am a butterfly.”

*Or substitute “chrysalis”


  • Crawl right index finger up the left arm like a caterpillar.
  • Wiggle right index finger.
  • Move right index finger under left hand.
  • Make fist around index finger.
  • Shake pointer. (wake up)
  • Hook thumbs and spread fingers to make a butterfly.

See also

  • Downloadable chant (PDF)

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