Use the Backyard Detective coloring activity sheet and have
children find the animals as they are sung in the song.
Variation 1. Sing the song, then go around
the circle of children and have each child name a backyard animal.
Variation 2. Place some backyard animals
in a bag or box ( they can be felt, plastic, stuffed, or anything else you
have in your collection). Pass the bag around the circle, sing the song, and
have children take turns pulling an animal out of the bag. Mix it up by
putting a few animals that arenít found in a backyard (like a dinosaur, or an
Use your imagination and the song for a jumping off
place for your own backyard activities!
You can be a backyard detective,
How many animals do you see?
Look down on the ground, up in the sky,
Under a rock or out in a tree.