If You’re Happy and You Know It…

If You’re Happy and You Know It is a fun song to teach to bilingual and ESL kids. It’s easy to sing and that has actions to go along with it, so they love to sing it.  It’s also sung in many languages, so they also more or less know the meaning.

This is a really cute video for If You’re Happy and You Know It. It’s a twist on the classic version:

As always we have a little something to do:

How to Make a Paper Butterfly

Now that you have all those tie dyed pieces of paper, what can you do with them?


  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tie dyed paper (or scraps of wrapping paper, newspaper, magazines)
  • String (we used the type for cooking).
  • Something square and something round to trace (to make a square and circle shape). We used a book and a lid to a container.

    Step 1: Trace a square and a circle onto the paper, then cut it out.

Step 2: Fold both the square and circle in a fan fold (back and forth).

Step 3: Put a line of glue along the first fold of the circle and stack the square on top.

Step 4: Tie a piece of string in the middle of glued together pieces (the knot should be made at the top of the stack).

Step 5: Spread the wings of your butterfly out and you're done!

We tied ours to a popsicle stick to make a butterfly mobile

Per la versione italiana, clicca qui.

Tie Dyed Paper


  • Pens
  • Coffee filters (or cheap stiff paper towels might do the trick too)
  • Spray Bottle

Step 1: Scribble to your heart's content

Step 2: Spray with water.

Step 3: This is the fun part, watch the water spread the ink.

You can experiment and see what happens when you add more color or less color. What happens when you spray more water or less water? Or this could be turned into an experiment mixing colors – what happens with you put blue and red next to each other and you spray it with water?

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Let’s start off with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  It’s  a great ESL, EFL book because it  introduces various things from the life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly, lots of fun foods and the days of the week.

Great! Now you’ve read the book or seen the video now what????

Now you can print these out 2 times and make a memory game. We actually printed them out onto regular printer paper and then glued them onto colored construction paper b/c we have smarty pants kids that try to peek through the paper and see what’s underneath.

Regular old memory too boring for your kids? How about hooking on some paperclips and using some ‘fishing poles’ (either ones robbed from bought game or make them yourself-attach a short piece of string to a stick, chopstick, unsharpened pencil, popsicle stick and glue a magnet to the end).

Don’t like how we colored them?  We invite you to do a better job:

That’s all we have time for for our first entry.  You know Rome wasn’t built in a day.

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Bilingual and Multilingual Activities

We’ve noticed that everyone in Italy wants there kids to learn a second language-(mainly English) and lots advice on how to do it.  What we can’t find is support for it.  We’re going to try and put up some activities and things we’ve done with our kids.  Do us a solid and bounce some ideas back to us.