"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature can not do without." ~Confucius

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Peanut Butter and JELLY!!

Lunchtime sometimes is a bit hectic because K and J and M all have inner hunger-alarms that go off around 12:00ish... So, if lunch is delayed, it's just loud, nonstop, hunger-induced fussiness.... no, that's too mild of a word..... out-leashing of hunger vengeance. Yes, that's better.

I was reminded of this little song/chant recently, and the boys love it... So, it's worth sharing/reminding with you all, who very well may already know the chant. It helps give us all something sequence and song-oriented to do (to distract from complaining) while assembling the oft-encountered lunch of PB & J.

Here's a link to hear a sample of the song: Click Here!

We kind of do a shortened version, and we kind of go nuts on the word "Jelly" by throwing our hands up and saying the word in a high-pitched silly voice....
So, this is our version, feel free to adapt your own!
We do motions with each 'verse' for the words crush, spread, smoosh, bite, etc...


Peanut, Peanut butter and JELLEEEEE!!!
Peanut, Peanut butter and JELLEEEEE!!!

First you take the peanuts and you crush 'em, you crush 'em,
you crush 'em, crush 'em, crush 'em.
Then you spread 'em, you spread 'em,
you spread 'em, spread 'em, spread 'em.

 Peanut, Peanut butter and JELLEEEEE!!!
Peanut, Peanut butter and JELLEEEEE!!!

Then you take the berries and you smoosh 'em, you smoosh 'em, 
you smoosh 'em, smoosh 'em, smoosh 'em. 
Then you spread 'em,  you spread 'em, 
you spread 'em, spread 'em, spread 'em. 

Peanut, Peanut butter and JELLEEEEE!!!
Peanut, Peanut butter and JELLEEEEE!!!

Then you take the sandwich and you bite it, you bite it, 
you bite it, bite, it, bite it. 
Then you chew it, you chew it, 
you chew it, chew it, chew it. 
Then you swallow, you swallow, 
you swallow, swallow, swallow. 

Oops.... excuse me. 

Peanut, Peanut butter and JELLEEEEE!!!
Peanut, Peanut butter and JELLEEEEE!!!   Weeeee!!!

So, here's to singing and fun at lunchtime! 
Have fun! 


  1. As soon as I saw your post title I started singing the song. :) But I only know the short "refrain" part of it, not the verses -- I'll definitely have to start including those at lunchtime! My 2 year old loves pbj -- and so do I!

  2. I had forgotten about this chant. Thank you for reminding me so that we can add it to our sandwich making experience. I love your description: out-leashing of hunger vengeance. That is funny! I am sure the babies will love this catchy chant and the motions that go along with it. Thank you for sharing it on Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

    : 0 ) Theresa

  3. I love that song! I had forgotten about it. I'll have to sing it with my daughter next time we have sandwiches, which is fairly often.

  4. Hi, Marji, this is my first visit to your blog. Being the Mom of four boys, I totally relate to the chaos that ensues when food is not ready at the right time! How creative you are to use singing at that crucial time. I love it!

    This song is always a popular one at my storytimes. I'll have to recommend that my storytime Moms follow your advise and use it like you did here. Thanks for sharing the idea!

    I look forward to taking a peek at your other posts. I am excited to have found you!

    I hope you can stop by and visit me at my blog, Storytime ABC'S (Activities, Books, Crafts, and Snacks). You will find songs mentioned in quite a few of my storytime posts. Here is a link to the blog: http://librarystorytimeabcs.blogspot.com

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend with your boys. Take care!
    ~ K ~

  5. Continue to love your posts. Just nominated your blog for The Versatile Blogger Award. Take a look, and pass it along when you can. Thanks for sharing!