When I was little, my Mom would read aloud a picture book titled, Night Noises and Other Mole and Troll Stories. It was one of my favorites because Mom always did Troll’s voice with the perfect amount of frenzied hysteria. In the story “Night Noises,” Troll gets irrationally scared at the chirping of crickets and other noises one hears at nighttime. Mole is the steadying influence that explains all the racket.
I think about that story a lot because I now live in a little house in a rural area–and between the crickets, katydids, frogs, and other random creatures, nighttime is an out-of-tune symphony of chirps, squeaks, and croaks. Night noises, indeed!
It always fascinates me how the tiniest creatures can make such incredibly loud noises! Here is a song to help little ones understand how crickets chirp. This song is a bonus from The Mailbox Gold. Go Gold to get The Mailbox® monthly magazine and complete access to our online library of over 40,000 ideas and printables. Click here for a free trial.
(sung to the tune of “This Old Man”)
Wings just right.
That is how they chirp at night.
With a cheep, cheep, cheep,
They sing to the moonlight.
Their wings just right.