April 2008 Song of the Month



The Birthday Train
Copyright 2008 Nancy Stewart




































CLICK HERE for the printable words & instructions
CLICK HERE for the train pattern
CLICK HERE for the printable Sheet Music   (PDF)
MP3   (How to do it)

Text Box: This has been the number one favorite felt board song for years!  Be sure to use “different “ voices as I do on the recording. Children LOVE this, as it appeals to their very unique sense of humor!
Use the patterns below to maket five felt fish in different shapes and colors, to match words in song. 
There are so many fishies in the deep blue sea. What color fishy do you see?
Red, red, this one's red. This little fishy is red 
(Repeat with other colors)
There are so many fishies in the deep blue sea. Can you count the fishies with me...1,2,3,4,5,
There are so many fishies in the deep blue sea
What color is the biggest fish you see?
There are so many fishies in the deep blue sea
What color is the smallest fishies you see.
Variation: Find clipart of different kinds of fish, and change the words to “What kind of fishy do you see?” - A great way to learn about different salt or fresh water species. You can laminate the clipart and place a small piece of  the loop side of Velcro on each fish so it will stick to the felt board. Or glue felt to the back. This is a quick easy way to make colorful detailed felt board shapes for many songs. 
Hint: EnchantedLearning.com has great fish pictures!
Patterns for Felt Fish


Children love trains, and this song is a fun way to combine that with a birthday celebration!

Let the birthday child be the engineer and lead the other children around the room. As children become familiar with the song, they can sing along.



Purchase an engineer cap for the birthday child to wear,
or make a paper crown with a train on it for the birthday child to wear and keep.


You can find a train pattern HERE.
Sing the Felt Board Train and let the birthday child place the train pieces on the board

Have your child lead party guests around the room! Make felt trains for party favors at your child’s birthday party. Package them in sandwich bags along with a CD of the Felt Board Train Song.

The Birthday Train


Hop on board the Birthday Train,
We’re goin’ for a ride
You can make the wheels go round and round
As on the tracks we glide
We all love the birthday train
'Cause we can make it go
So hop on board the birthday train,
It goes fast or slow

And it goes chug, chug-a-lug
Chug-a-lug, chug-a-lug-a-chug
It goes chug, chug-a-lug chug-a-lug-a-chug,
Chug-a-lug, chug-a-lug-a-chug

Ridin’ on the Birthday Train
Is an easy thing to do
You can be the engineer,
I’ll ride the caboose
We can ride most anywhere
'Cause we don’t even need a track
And when our birthday ride is done
We’ll take the train on back