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Going on a Lion Hunt (lyrics only)

Version 1 (or, try Version 2 instead)

(Start this chant with alternate hand clapping and slapping them on our thighs. Do this through the refrain.)

Going on a lion hunt,
Gonna catch a big one.
I'm not scared.
Look at all the flowers.
Nice day.

Oh, Oh.
Tall tree ahead.
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Might as well go round it.

Going on a lion hunt,
Gonna catch a big one.
I'm not scared.
Look at all the flowers.
Nice day.

Oh, Oh.
Pond ahead.
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Better swim around it.

Going on a lion hunt,
Gonna catch a big one.
I'm not scared.
Look at all the flowers.
Nice day.

Oh, Oh.
Tall grass ahead.
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Best we crawl through it.

Going on a lion hunt,
Gonna catch a big one.
I'm not scared.
Look at all the flowers.
Nice day.

Oh, Oh.
Cave ahead.
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Guess we have to into it.

It's dark in here.
I see two shining lights.
I feel something furry.
I feel a c-c-c-cold nose.
I feel s-s-s-sharp teeth.
It's a lion!!!

Run out of the cave!
Crawl through the grass!
Swim across the pond!
Run around the tree!
Run into the house!
Close the door!
Run up the front stairs!
Crawl under mom's bed!

Let's catch butterflies next time.

Version 2 

(Audience echos each line and sets up clap/lap-slapping rhythm).

Goin to catch a big one.
I'm not afraid.
Look, what's up ahead?

Mud!
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Can't go around it.
Gotta go through it. [Make sloshing sounds and move hands as if slogging]

Goin' on a lion hunt.
Goin to catch a big one.
I'm not afraid.
Look, what's up ahead?

Sticks!
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Can't go around it.
Gotta go through it. [Snap fingers]

Goin' on a lion hunt.
Goin to catch a big one.
I'm not afraid.
Look, what's up ahead?

Trees!
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Can't go around it.
Gotta go through it. [Make gestures climbing up and down.]

Goin' on a lion hunt.
Goin to catch a big one.
I'm not afraid.
Look, what's up ahead?

Gate!
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Can't go around it.
Gotta go through it. [Make gate-opening gestures.]

Goin' on a lion hunt.
Goin to catch a big one.
I'm not afraid.
Look, what's up ahead?

River!
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Can't go around it.
Gotta go through it. [make swimming gestures]

Goin' on a lion hunt.
Goin to catch a big one.
I'm not afraid.
Look, what's up ahead?

Grass!
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Can't go around it.
Gotta go through it. Grass [move hands together and apart]

Goin' on a lion hunt.
Goin to catch a big one.
I'm not afraid.
Look, what's up ahead?

Cave!
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Can't go around it.
Gotta go through it. [act like you are feeling your way in a dark cave]

Feel yourself along the wall.
Oh, oh What's this?
Something funny.
With a long soft thing on it's end!
With two sharp things!
Two big gleaming sharp things!
A LION!!!
Run for your life!

Run out of the cave!
Crawl through the grass!
Swim across the river!
Run through the gate!
Run around the trees!
Jump over the sticks!
Slosh through the mud!
Run into the house!
Close the door!
Run up the front stairs!
Crawl under mom's bed!

For parents
You won’t come across an African lion in the wild in the U.S., but it is possible that you may see a mountain lion in some areas of the country. What should you do if you see one on a hike? Follow these safety suggestions from the National Park Service.
For kids
A habitat is the place where an animal or plant naturally lives and grows. It is great to see lions at the zoo. But their habitat is in Africa and a small part of India. Lions like open plains, thick brush, and dry thorn forests. They don’t like moist tropical forests. Read more about the world's most social felines.
cartoon lion runnng through field on a summer day
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