“The Turtle Song” music therapy song for toddlers and preschoolers

-Realm: Music for Speech therapy songs / aims.
-Age: 0 to 5 plus
-Goal Area: Expressive language
-Name of Activity: You can’t make a turtle come out.
-Objective: To elicit language
-Materials: A puppet turtle works wonders. I pair this with the following song often.
-Method: Crunch puppet together to simulate a turtle. Have the children shout “come out!” several times to coax  the shy turtle.  How long can they stretch their sentences.  Sometimes I even get  “Come out of your shell right now!”  But, he only comes out when he hears the word “please?” You can work out a whole routine. Ask the children their names, or to say hello. This is a great motivator for eliciting exp. Language.
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-Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
Melody: Popeye the sailor man
Chords:           C                      F                  C              
Lyrics:  You can’t make a turtle come out. 
            F                   G                    C
You can’t make a turtle come out.
                                F                                    C                                                                     
            You can shake him all over or tickle or shout, 
                C                        G7                 C      G7      C
but you can’t make a turtle come out.  Come out!!
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