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Apples & Bananas

What you need

  • Your best singing voices
  • Your child’s favourite cosy space at home
  • The link to the apples and bananas song which can be found here
  • Optional extras:  Explore the sounds and letters in the song with an alphabet book.

Benefits

The ‘apples and bananas’ song is such fun for learning and practicing letter sounds of vowels. The song starts with ‘I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas’ – as you go through the song, the first vowel sound transitions into a different vowel sound, until you’re singing about ‘oo-ples’ and ‘boo-noo-noos’. It’s also quite silly so gets extra points for the laughter factor!

The experience

Listen to the apples and bananas song with your child and have a go at singing along together. 

 

Lyrics:

I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas 

 

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I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays
I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays 

I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees
I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees 

I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys
I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys 

I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos
I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos 

I like to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos 

I like to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos

Extension exercises

Literacy exercise:

Make large letter signs e.g. an O written on an A4 page, and hold up during the song whilst singing ‘o-pples and bo-no-nos’. Continue this with all letters until your child can identify the letters independently.

Afterwards, encourage your child to have a go at drawing the letters.

 

Expressive arts and design exercise:

Make apples and banana props using found material e.g. old cereal boxes, colouring pencils. Use the props to make a puppet show and dance along to the song with. Get imaginative with it – start changing the words to other things e.g. ‘I like to eat, eat, eat cheese and spaghetti’ etc. 

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