Five Crabs – Count to the Number 5

Animal & Farm Rhymes

Five Crabs - Groovy Number 5

Counting has never been so much fun! Our number songs will get your kids counting in no time! Learn all about the number five with 5 crabs.

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Five Crabs – Count to the Number 5 Lyrics

1 2 3 4 5

Numbers 1 to 10 Gus would love to teach,
while he's having fun playing at the beach.
High five and do a little jive,
'cause ready it's the groovy number five!

Five crabs playing together in the sand.
Gus thinks the five crabs are in a band!
Especially when they click
their claws in time.
He wonders if they're playing a
nursery rhyme!
One, two, three, four, five crabs play
on a lovely warm summers day.
Five crabs playing together in the sand.
Gus thinks the five crabs are in a band!

Five Crabs – Count to the Number 5 Learning Activities


  • Intro: When you hear the numbers show your fingers to count along.
  • Divide children into groups of 5. Each member of the band chooses an instrument (rhythm sticks, maracas etc.) body percussion sound (slap knees, click fingers, clap hands etc.) or use a found sound (tap the floor, plastic bottles with fillers like rice, small pebbles, lentils etc.)
  • Play the song and play along to the beat (a steady pulse) or the rhythm (short and long sounds that fit over an underlying beat).


  • Ask children to put their hands behind their back and say "show me five fingers?"
  • Write the number 5
  • Write the word - five
  • Draw five objects


  • Explore the movements of a crab and build a dance vocabulary e.g. scuttling, clicking, snapping, scurrying, digging, and nipping etc.
  • Teacher beats a drum or claps hand, children show a crab move, when the teacher changes the tempo (the speed of the beat) children change their crab move.
  • Children need to be aware of their own 'space bubble.'


  • Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning "Do it, see it and hear it!"

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  • Read the song lyrics - ask children a variety of questions.
  • Re-read the song lyrics and ask children to join in.
  • Recognise and use a variety of punctuation when reading. " " ! ? . ,
  • Look at print and conventions (bold, italics).
  • Talk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean.
  • Word study - phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.
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