Kids have so much fun singing this song, Two Big Lemons, which is a piggyback song to the tune of This Old Man.
There are some wonderful actions that can go along with this song.
Here are they lyrics:
Way up high, in a tree,
Two big lemons smiled at me.
So I shook that tree with all my power.
Down came the lemons, whoa they’re sour!
This song is featured in my food-themed lesson plan.
To sing this song with actions, it’s fun to have to small yellow balls to represent lemons. I use tennis balls with my class.
Have one student be the “tree” and hold the 2 balls up high in the air as you sing. When the lyrics say “shook that tree” the other students can pretend to shake a tree. I make a point to tell them to pretend to shake a tree from their place and to not really touch their classmate who is holding the tennis balls.
The student who is the tree can drop the balls as you sing “down came the lemons”. The students love seeing the “lemons” fall to the ground. The song is short enough that you can quickly let students take turn being the tree and holding the balls.
In my class, the bouncy tennis balls worked well and the kids liked the surprise element of the balls bouncing around unpredictably. However, I could see the bouncing also seeming a bit chaotic, so something softer like large yellow pom-poms would also be a good option.
You can get free sheet music for Two Big Lemons below.
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