How To Teach Super Simple Songs

How to Teach There’s A Monster In My Tummy

Caitie is sharing helpful tips for learning in the classroom or at home using the song There’s A Monster In My Tummy from Super Simple Songs! She sings the song and shows us gestures for the key vocabulary words, too! This song is a wonderful way to introduce food vocabulary and the feeling of hunger. It also can bring some playfulness to meal time, which can often lead to greater cooperation!

Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!

  • Use this song to approach mealtime in a fun and lighthearted way. If getting your child to eat is a struggle, this simple and playful song can hopefully encourage them to take another bite.
  • Instead of asking the simple question, do you want a snack? You can ask a playful question… does the monster in your tummy want a snack? Playfulness offers a connection and can often leads to more cooperation.
  • We often talk about hunger as a feeling or even as an emotional experience. It can make people of all ages feel irritable, including children. Use this song as an introduction to that feeling to help little ones recognize it and better manage those big feelings.
  • This is a great song to introduce different food vocabulary! In the song we sing about carrots, bananas, soup, and orange juice, but once you are familiar with the song, you can add in any food you like! Try showing your students real-life food items to introduce them, or food flashcards.
  • At home, try referencing specific foods that are on the plate. If you have a picky eater, you might be able to entice them to try something by singing about it in the song.
  • At the end of the song, there is a chorus featuring a fed and happy monster. It’s a fun way to wrap up snack time at school or mealtime at home. Instead of asking your little one if they are finished, try asking if their monster is happy to continue to keep it light and playful, and to celebrate successful eating!

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