At Ellemnopy Preschool & Playhouse, we believe that music is not just an entertaining pastime; it’s a powerful tool for learning and development. One of our favorite songs that children love to sing and dance to is “Mr. Alligator.” With its catchy tune and playful lyrics, it’s a hit among our preschoolers. Let’s dive into the world of “Mr. Alligator” and explore why it’s become such a beloved song at our school.

The Song That Gets Everyone Moving

“Mr. Alligator” is more than just a song; it’s an interactive experience that gets children moving and engaged. The lyrics go like this:

“Three little monkeys swinging in a tree, Teasing Mr. Alligator, you can’t catch me, you can’t catch me. Along came Mr. Alligator, and SNAP!”

The Catchy Tune That Sticks with You

From the moment children hear the first notes of “Mr. Alligator,” they’re hooked. The melody is simple yet catchy, making it easy for even the youngest preschoolers to sing along. It’s a tune that sticks with you, and you’ll often catch children humming or singing it during playtime.

Learning Through Play and Imagination

What makes “Mr. Alligator” so special is its ability to blend learning with play and imagination. As children sing the song, they engage in a fun and educational activity without even realizing it. Let’s break down some of the valuable lessons hidden within the song:

  1. Counting: The song starts with “Three little monkeys,” introducing the concept of counting in a playful way. It’s a great opportunity for children to practice their counting skills.
  2. Rhyming: The song incorporates rhyming words like “tree” and “me,” helping children develop phonological awareness, a crucial skill for early literacy.
  3. Creativity: The song encourages children to use their imagination as they picture three mischievous monkeys swinging in a tree and a friendly, yet hungry, Mr. Alligator.
  4. Physical Activity: When the song reaches “SNAP,” children can act out the alligator’s snap, adding a physical element to the song that keeps them active and engaged.

Building Language Skills

“Mr. Alligator” is not just about singing; it’s also about language development. As children sing along, they’re exposed to new vocabulary and sentence structures. The repetitive nature of the song helps reinforce language patterns, enhancing their language skills as they play.

A Bonding Experience

One of the best things about “Mr. Alligator” is that it’s a group activity. When children sing this song together, it fosters a sense of community and belonging. They learn to take turns, cooperate, and enjoy the camaraderie of singing and dancing with their friends.


“Mr. Alligator” is more than just a song; it’s a valuable learning tool that combines music, movement, and imagination. At Ellemnopy Preschool & Playhouse, we recognize the power of music to engage young minds and make learning a joyful experience. We’ll keep singing “Mr. Alligator” and many more songs that inspire creativity and a love of learning in our preschoolers.

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