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The planet Earth is a beautiful place. It has many different ecosystems, each more fascinating than the other. Among these, there’s the Savannah, a vast habitat that includes a wide variety of animals and plants that are typical to this region. In the “Savannah Song”, your little one will get to learn more about several of these animals. At the same time, he or she will put into practice some important English language skills while singing!

In this children’s song, Lisa the Cat goes on a tour around the savannah in a lovely orange helicopter. There, she’s seen taking a look at some of the most amazing animals that roam around this region. Lisa learns a bit more about their daily habits and the sounds they make. First, surrounded by beautiful trees and bushes, there are some fierce lions. Lions usually hunt for food and making «roar» sounds around their preys. Then, there are some cheetahs. Cheetahs are spotted felines that run very fast, and that emits a «growl». Deeper into the savannah, Lisa sees some zebras. Zebras eat leaves and grass, and the sound they make sounds like a «yip». Finally, at the end of the trip, Lisa sees some giraffes. Giraffes are really tall animals, and usually, they eat from tall trees and make a «hum» sound.

Learning about these animals turns out to be a very interesting activity for children. Not only they get to learn more about nature, but they also get to know distant parts of the world. Additionally, for the youngest children, discovering animal names and their sounds tends to be a great introduction to languages. Babies and toddlers need to exercise their imagination and memory, and an early way to do this is memorizing the animal sounds. Recognizing these sounds and repeating them is a way of improving speech in children that don’t speak yet.

Apart from strengthening language skills, this nursery rhyme for kids will help your little one experience learning in a fun environment. You can encourage your little one to repeat the sounds and mimic the expressions of the animals while watching the video. This way, your child will work as well on his or her motor skills. Also, by singing along, your child will likely improve his or her listening skills, an ability needed to make communication easier, especially when learning English as a second language or when studying English as a foreign language.

Once your little one has mastered the lyrics of the song, you can use the video to introduce more vocabulary in English. For example, explain to your little one that male lions can be identified since they have a “mane” around their necks, which varies in color depending on the species and the age. Also, explain to your little one that lions on the video are hiding in order to hunt for their food. Cheetahs, on the other hand, have short fur and their fur usually has a spotted pattern all over.

As an extra practice, you can also try to make some questions in English to your little one so he or she can practice answering them in English. First, try to repeat the questions that appear in the song, ask “What does the zebra do?”, and your little one should reply “They eat leaves and grass.” Once you’ve covered the questions in the lyrics, try making up your own questions such as “What colors do the giraffes have?” or you can even ask “Do the zebras have stripes or spots?”. The idea is to make the most out of the video and help your little one boost his or her vocabulary.

“Savannah Song” Lyrics:

What does a lion do?
Hunt for food.
What does a lion say?
Roar. Roar.
What does a lion do?
Hunt for food.
What does a lion say?
Roar. Roar. Roar.

What does a cheetah do?
Run very fast.
What does a cheetah say?
Growl. Growl,
What does a cheetah do?
Run very fast.
What does a cheetah say?
Growl. Growl. Growl.

What does a zebra do?
Eat leaves and grass.
What does a zebra say?
Yip. Yip.
What does a zebra do?
Eat leaves and grass.
What does a zebra say?
Yip. Yip. Yip.

What does a giraffe do?
Eat from tall trees.
What does a giraffe say?
Hum. Hum.
What does a giraffe do?
Eat from tall trees.
What does a zebra say?
Hum. Hum. Hum.

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