“John the Leprechaun” St. Patrick’s Day music therapy idea for kids

Goal Area: Receptive and Expressive language
Objective: Children will vocalize during the chorus and discuss the absurdities in the lyrics.
Materials: The Leprechaun adapted from the verses of “Old Dan Tucker”  (Check out the melody on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEQshqLxTss 
Method: Sing. Discuss.
Adaptations: (optional) If March 17 is not near, then change the name to anything you want. Have the children write new lyrics with their own absurdities. Have pictures available.
The chorus is good for oro-motor skills and vocalization and the verses for language.
Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie La Bella of musictherapytunes.com
Lyrics,chords, music, solfege…:

C                  G            C
Chorus: Ya, ha, hah. Eyo, ho, ho. (repeat)
mi sol sol      mi    re    do
C                     F            C                                      G               C
Verses 1. John, John the leprechaun. Went to school with one shoe on. (to chorus.)
1. He went to bed in a coffee can. He washed his face in a frying pan.
2. He combed his hair with a wheel. He got a headache in his heel.
3. He took a bath in a lake. He brushed this teeth with a rake.
4. He wore his socks on his head. He washed his clothes in his bed.
5. He played outside on a chair. He washed the table with his hair.

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