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Purple People Eater Theme

July 25, 2010 17:30 by Barbara Shelby

 

 

Of course-play the song 'Purple People Eater' and then have fun with one or more of the following ideas...

1. Discuss whether a 'Purple People Eater' is a purple creature who eats people or a creature who eats purple people. Let's hope it's the latter (unless you happen to be purple!

2. Can you say 'Purple People Eate'r fast 'seven times' in a row? How about more???

3. Have small groups act out different verses of the song. (See lyrics below) Put it together for a neat play!

4. Using the purple theme, introduce the theory of monochromatic painting and have each child produce one. (There are other purple-art/craft ideas in the Purple Color Theme.

5. Put out a variety of craft and recycled items (toilet paper tubes, pom-poms, paint, markers, google eyes, pipe cleaners, yarn, etc.) and have the children create their own craft version of a "Purple People Eater" Put these on display. 

The kids could also write stories or a paragraph about their creation. 

6. Challenge children to come up with a drawing of the 'Purple People Eater'.

This could also be extended to working in 2 or 3 person teams and creating a large 'Purple People Eater' from recycled materials--using boxes, paint, foil, etc. and a great deal of imagination! Be sure to display creations for all to see!

7. Imagine and discuss 'The Purple People Eater' coming into your program, classroom or home.

• How would you make him feel welcome?
• Have you ever known somebody very different from you who at first you were wary of but then became your friend?
• How was that person different and how did you learn to appreciate those differences?
Ideas inspired by reboprecords.com

8. DRESS IN A PURPLE PEOPLE EATER - COSTUME
Dress in purple sweats; jell child’s hair so it stands up in a "horn"; draw an "eye" in the middle of child’s forehead with make-up. Top it off with a necklace made of a plastic fork, knife and spoon; tie these on long yarn around the neck .

9. Hold an event and invite parents and families. Use some of the above ideas!

  • Put on a skit
  • Put together a gallery of all art, crafts, and creations...
  • Serve snacks from the 'PURPLE COLOR THEME'.
  • Post stories written by your group
  • Invite all to come dressed as "Purple People Eaters" or wearing a shade of purple...

...A fun time for all! This theme would also mix well with KA's Purple Power-Purplicious Theme!

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SONG LYRICS OF 'PURPLE PEOPLE EATER' Lyrics by Sheb Wooley
Well, I saw the thing comin' out of the sky
It had the one long horn, one big eye.
I commenced to shakin' and I said "ooh-eee"
It looks like a purple people eater to me.

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater.
(one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater)
A one-eyed one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me. (one eye?)

Well, he came down to earth and lit in a tree
I said, "Mr. Purple People Eater don't eat me"
I heard him say in a voice so gruff
"I wouldn't eat you, cuz you're so tough"

It was a one-eyed, one-horned flyin' purple people eater
one-eyed, one-horned flyin' purple people eater
one-eyed, one-horned flyin' purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me. (one horn?)

I said, "Mr. Purple People Eater, what's your line?"
He said it's eatin' purple people and it sure is fine
But that's not the reason that I came to land
I wanna get a job in a rock and roll band

Well, bless my soul, rock and roll, flying purple
people eater. Pigeon-toed, undergrowed, flyin'
purple people eater (we wear short shorts)
Flyin' purple people eater
sure looks strange to me.

And then he swung from the tree and lit on the
ground. He started to rock, really rockin' around
It was a crazy little ditty with a swingin' tune
(sing aboop boop aboopa lopa lum bam boom)

Well, bless my soul, rock and roll, flyin' purple people eater
Pigeon-toed, undergrowed, flyin' purple people eater
I like short shorts
Flyin' little people eater
Sure looks strange to me (Purple People?)

And then he went on his way, and then what do ya know
I saw him last night on a TV show
He was blowing it out, a'really knockin' em dead
Playin' rock and roll music through the horn in his head

A Clarinet solo

This novelty song was #1 for six weeks in 1958. 

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If you want to familiarize yourself with the song...You Tube has a 'Purple People Eater' Video...It's silly and for kids--from a kids' program. One viewer's 'comment' uses profanity-so caution in allowing children to read comments if you are not the parent.

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