This month I am giving you an extra reason
to download the MP3 files for this song, and burn them to a CD - which you can
then use in your CD player! I recorded a vocal and also an instrumental version, so you can use
it to accompany your voice. Stop it at the end of the song, get another
puppet, and play it again! You can hear both versions streaming
now, and in the Real Audio file, but the MP3's are downloadable
separately. If you don’t know how to download the MP3 files,
you can follow the directions HERE (or just ask any teenager!). While you’re
at it, download all of the other songs of the month, and you will have a nice
collection to use in the classroom!
You Nod Your Head?
I wrote this short and simple song many years ago, and it
remains a favorite with children 2-5 years old. Use your favorite animal
puppets, and manipulate them as the song indicates. Children follow along. I
sing the song four times through with different puppets, inviting the children
to sing along. About the third time you can tell the children the next animal
is really tricky. Pause before you say the last word “down”, and tell the
children to listen VERY carefully, and not sit down until you say “down”. They
love the element of surprise, and will want to do it again and again.
Alternate: You can also give each child a
puppet, and all of the puppets can do the movements ( in that case, you could
change the lyric of “kitty cat” to “my friend.”
You will notice that the recorded song is fairly slow. That is to allow young
children enough time to follow the movements. There is also a little extra
time built in so younger children have enough time to stand up. So you should
be able to use the recording and have the children join in. If you are singing
a cappella, be sure to follow their lead, and sing slowly enough for their
physical ability level.
Note: You can learn the song and sing it a cappella, use the recorded vocal
version, or sing along with the instrumental version, using a different puppet
Can you nod your head like kitty cat
Can you nod, nod, nod your head
Can you wag your tail like kitty cat, wag your tail
Can you wiggle wiggle, wiggle like kitty cat,
can you wiggle wiggle, wiggle all around
Can you stand up just like kitty cat, and then fall down!
for Sheet Music
Vocal MP3 and
Download the Real Audio Vocal
and Real Audio
for all on the Instructions Page