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Old Mr. Rabbit

Old Mr Rabbit

Game Directions:  Two children make a bridge with their arms raised. All the other children walk in a line through the bridge. On the word “cabbage” the gate comes down trapping “Mister Rabbit.” “Mister Rabbit” joins with the teacher to make a new bridge. The next child trapped joins the first “Mister Rabbit.” Continue making bridges until there are only a few children left.

Teaching Process/Suggested Activities: Tell the story to the children, having them sing each time the song occurs. Have a discussion about why it’s important to eat vegetables with the children. The story also touches on the them of “sharing.” Have the children think of times when they might share something with someone else.

Why include the story?  The more children do something, the better they will get at it.  Repetition of a simple song will help children to learn the lyrics, the melody and to be able to sing it in tune.   Playing the game is a great way to get many repetitions of the song.  However, it may not be possible in every teaching situation to play the game.  Using the song in the story gives an alternate way to repeat the song several times.  Kinesthetic learners will respond to the game.  Aural learners may respond better to the story.

Musicplay Digital Resources: In the Musicplay Digital resources, the PowerPoint includes the music notation for the teacher, and

the lyrics are illustrated with large, colorful photos. The movie includes the illustrated song lyrics.  If you have Musicplay teacher’s guides and would like to add the digital resources, grants are available to assist with purchase.  Download application forms at www.musicplay.ca

Old Mr. Rabbit Story

Old Mr. Rabbit lived in the meadow near Farmer Brown’s farm. Old Mr. Rabbit loved to eat lettuce, carrots, and cabbage from Farmer Brown’s garden.

Farmer Brown knew he had to eat a lot of vegetables to stay

healthy. He wasn’t happy when Old Mr. Rabbit came and ate all his cabbage!

Old Mr. Rabbit, you’ve got a might habit   Of hopping in my garden, and eating all my cabbage.

Farmer Brown built a very high fence around his garden. He hoped that the fence would keep Old Mr. Rabbit out of his garden. But Old Mr. Rabbit dug a hole under the fence, and helped himself to some lettuce, carrots and cabbage.

Old Mr. Rabbit, you’ve got a might habit Of hopping in my garden, and eating all my cabbage.

Farmer Brown thought that maybe a dog would scare away Old Mr. Rabbit. He got a new puppy named Sam.But Sam liked rabbits. When Old Mr. Rabbit came in the garden, Sam the puppy wanted to play with him.  Farmer Brown was not happy.

Old Mr. Rabbit, you’ve got a might habit   Of hopping in my garden, and eating all my cabbage.

Farmer Brown didn’t know what to do.

Mrs. Brown liked Old Mr. Rabbit. She said to Farmer Brown “Why don’t you plant a bigger garden? You could plant an extra row of lettuce, carrots and cabbage for our rabbit.” So Farmer Brown did.

Old Mr. Rabbit, you’ve got a might habit  Of hopping in my garden, and eating all my cabbage.

Old Mr. Rabbit left lots of vegetables in the garden for Farmer and Mrs. Brown. They all enjoyed their lettuce, carrots and cabbage and they all stayed healthy.