Wednesday, March 7, 2012


This blog is going to be about a song called “Pizza Hut.”

Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut, Pizza Hut,         (Arms out in a circle.)
Kentucky Fried Chicken     (Flap arms like a chicken.)
And Pizza Hut.
Pizza Hut, Pizza Hut,
Kentucky Fried Chicken
And Pizza Hut.
MacDonald’s, MacDonald’s,  (Hands together in front and then up and
Kentucky Fried Chicken           over like an arch.)
And Pizza Hut.
MacDonald’s, MacDonald’s,
Kentucky Fried Chicken
And Pizza Hut.

Burger King and Taco Bell   (Make crown with hands on “King,” and
                                    shake head on “Bell.”)

Dairy Queen and Arby’s    (Pretend to milk a cow on “Dairy Queen” and
                                    twirl hand in the air like a lasso on “Arby’s”.)
Red Lobster and Wendy’s  (Hands like pincers on “Lobster” and pretend
                                    to make a hamburger patty for “Wendy’s.”)

When I sing the song with children I use it as a “teachable moment” to talk about making good food choices.  I say, “Boys and girls, this is a silly song, but I want to tell you the truth about fast food restaurants.  It’s not good to eat that food all the time because it’s got a lot of fat, sodium, and chemicals in it.  What are some good healthy foods that we can eat all the time?”  After they name some foods I say, “Well, I’ve got a great song with lots of healthy foods called ‘The Banana Dance.’”

Last night a mother from Canada called and asked what the point was of singing “Pizza Hut.”  I explained that it was just a silly song that the kids loved.  We cross the midline and use it as a brain break to reduce stress.  Her point was that it was very commercial.  It is.  That’s the world we live in.  I suggested that she talk to her child’s teacher and ask her not to sing the song. 

I’m telling you this story because as teachers you’ve probably heard similar comments from parents.  It is so easy to criticize.  In fact, you could probably find something wrong with every book, every song, every story, every rhyme….  The bottom line is that if you don’t like a song or if a parent complains, you don’t have to sing it.  Let it go. 

Silly songs are meant to make children smile.  In the crazy world we live in sometimes you just have to shut your door and SING LOUD!