Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Signs of Our Faith: A Program about Being UU Every Day for Grades 2-3

Activity 2: "The Magic Penny Song"

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Obtain a recording of "The Magic Penny Song." You can download a version from many music sites. Begin with this site devoted to Malvina Reynolds. Test music player and cue music.
  • Copy the handout for children to share, and/or write the lyrics on newsprint, and post.
  • Optional: Invite a musical volunteer to help teach the song to the children.

Description of Activity

Say, in these words or your own:

There is a song about giving something away and ending up with more of it. Let's learn "The Magic Penny Song."

Teach the song, using the lyrics from Handout 1 and playing a recording. Say that the songwriter, Malvina Reynolds, was a Unitarian Universalist.

Including All Participants

In Alternate Activity 4, children learn to sing the song, or its chorus, using sign language.