Kookaburra puppet

Here is a simple idea to extend your music or group times. The children can make puppets and collect a fallen gum branch for the tree.

This is a great example of the song with kookaburra sounds and with the song sung in a round which is good fun to try.

Here are the lyrics of the famous song Kookaburra, written by Marion Sinclair.

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Gay your life must be

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gum drops he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
Leave some there for me

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
That’s not a monkey that’s me

Here are some alternatives that have been created over the years.
Kookaburra sits on a rusty nail,
He gets a sore in his tail.
Cry, Kookaburra, cry, Kookaburra,
How cruel life can be!
Kookaburra sits on electric wire,
Jumping up and down with his tail on fire.
Ouch, Kookaburra, ouch! Kookaburra,
Hot your tail must be!

This is a great opportunity to name the parts of the Kookaburra. I’ve just learnt they have a bill not a beak! I wonder if that is because they are part of the fish eating Kingfisher family?

See the source image

You can find the above diagram and a lot more information at What When How


One thought on “Kookaburra puppet

  1. Another favourite song! I remember my son learning this at kindy. Kookaburras visit our garden daily here, you hear them laughing and chortling together after one sets them off. They love to come and sit on the fence whenever I am working in the garden, waiting for tasty morsels! Meg:)


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