# Song Guide Based on “Un Elefante se Balanceaba”

Explore math while singing and moving to the music.

## Activity Summary

We know spiders build strong webs. But are they strong enough to hold an elephant?

Un elefante se balanceaba*
sobre la tela de una araña.
Como veía que resistía,
fue a llamar a otro elefante.

Dos elefantes se balanceaban,
sobre la tela de una araña.
Como veían que resistían,
fueron a llamar a otro elefante.

Tres elefantes se balanceaban…
Cuatro elefantes se balanceaban…
Cinco elefantes se balanceaban…

*Mexican families may sing “columpiaba” instead of “balanceaba.” Both mean “to sway or swing.”

English Translation:

An elephant was swinging
on a spider web.
Since it saw the web was strong,
it went to call another elephant

Two elephants were swinging
on a spider web.
Since they saw the web was strong,
they went to call another elephant

Three elephants were swinging…
Four elephants were swinging…
Five elephants were swinging…

• Count and add one more.
• Count forward to show the number of elephants: un(o), dos, tres, cuatro, cinco. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
• One more elephant is added to the spider web each time.
• Describe how objects move in space.
• Balancear and columpiar mean to swing or sway or rock.

#### Math Sing and Play

Sing the song with your child until they know it. Then emphasize the math in the song.

• Act out the song with your hands. Use fingers to show different numbers of elephants. Start by holding up one finger to show one elephant, then add a finger every round. Swing your hand back and forth to show the elephants  swinging on the spider web.
• Pretend to be elephants. Put down a blanket or pick   a spot to be the spider web. One person can be the first elephant and call another elephant over. Keep adding as many elephants as there are people.
• Continue the song, counting even higher. Add one elephant each time: seis (6) elefantes, siete (7) elefantes, … as high as you can count!

You can keep the learning going by making spider web art.

• Take a circular paper plate or cut out a circle from cardboard. Cut 10-15 small slits around the edge of the plate or cardboard.
• Draw a spider on the plate. Be sure to give it eight legs!
• Cut a long piece of yarn or string and tape one end to the back of the plate.
• Weave the yarn across and around the slits to make the spider web.  Then tape the other end of the yarn to the back of the plate.