March 2008 Song of the Month


Celebrating Holi
(Hindu Spring Celebration)
Copyright 2008 Nancy Stewart











































CLICK HERE for the printable words & instructions (PDF)
CLICK HERE for the printable Sheet Music   (PDF)
DOWNLOAD as an 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: has great fish pictures!
Patterns for Felt Fish

Holi is the Hindu Festival of Colors.

Held over several days in early March, the festival celebrates the coming of spring and is known for “merrymaking and mischief.” This year, (2008) Holi is celebrated around March 22nd. This song is intended simply as an introduction to the holiday, and not meant to be comprehensive.

Traditionally, on the third day, friends and neighbors gather together in the streets and colored powders are thrown in the air and then smeared on faces and bodies. More recently, safer and more environmentally friendly ways have been found to celebrate. For this song, children will simply be introduced to the holiday, and celebrate with colors.

Read through the suggestions below, and use which ever ideas seem appropriate for your age group. Traditions from other cultures offer us a wonderful way to learn about each other, and in a way that children can appreciate and understand.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Holi.

Before You Use this Song…
SHOW children on a map or globe, where India is.

CHECK OUT an easy-nonfiction book from your library on India, and share some of the pictures and information with the children, depending on their ages.

ASK children if anyone has a relative who comes from India. You might ask that relative to come in and share their memories of Holi celebrations.

Ideas for Using this Song
Use sign language for the words in green, below. Depending on the ages of your children,
you can use just a few or all of the suggested sign. Sign descriptions can be found at the bottom of the page.
2. Give children scarves, and have them dance to the song. Talk about the colors we see in spring
3. After you sing the song a couple of times, have the children make up a simple dance to do with the
scarves. For example, they might dance in a circle waving the scarves during the verses, and kneel
down and wave the scarves like rainbows during the chorus.



Celebrating Holi

 Children in India, celebrating Holi
    Celebrating Holi, and the coming of spring
    Families in India gather with their
    Celebrating Holi and the coming of spring

Dancing and singing, and sweets made for eating
Laughing and welcoming the
coming of spring

Painted in the
colors, the colors of the rainbow
Dancing in the
colors, the colors of spring.




ASL Signs

Fist held up making circles as if holding flags
Downturned hand moves across in front of body as if patting children on their heads

Fingertips of the right hand palm facing body, are placed against the chin and wiggle back and forth.
Natural sign. hand beckons

Dancing :
Downturned index and middle fingers of right “V” hand swing rhythmically back and forth over upturned left palm
Closed right hand moves to mouth as if eating, repeat
Use the sign for friends; index finger of left hand over index finger of right, cross, then reverse
Right hand, palm facing signer, arcs in the air from left to right (as if tracing the colors in the sky)
Right “5” hand palm facing left, is waved back and forth next to the left hand, as if conducting
Right hand fingers pointed up, come up through left fist as if “growing” spread fingers as they emerge