Music and Movement

This blog is designed to help students plan for music experiences with young children.

Transition songs

Songs – Transition

 

 

Jack be Nimble

 

Jack be nimble

Jack be quick

Jack jump over the candle stick.

 

(Chn. jump over a safe item (eg chalk line, ribbon, small teddy) as they leave to wash hands)

 

 

If You’re Wearing Red Today
(Tune:  Muffin Man)

If you’re wearing red today,
Red today, red today,
If you’re wearing red today,
Stand up and say “Hoo-ray!”

Repeat: for other colours

 

Where Is Linda
(tune:  Frere Jacques)
A morning song or for circle time.

Teacher:  Where is Linda?  Where is Linda?
Linda:       Here I am, Here I am.
Teacher:  How are you this morning:
Linda:       Very well, I thank you.
Teacher:   Hop away. Hop away.
                (Linda hops away)
Repeat using other children.  Also vary the final action:  walk, skip, or jump away, etc.

 

 

Jimmy Through the Forest  


Improvise a tune

Soft-ly on his tip-tip-toes
Jimmy through the for-est goes. Sh! Sh! Sh! (repeat)
substitute  the children’s names.

 

5 Little Sausages

 

5 little sausages frying in a pan.

All of a sudden, one went BAM!
Four little sausages frying in a pan………three…….two……..one……
 
 

 

(5 children stand in middle of circle, or on large pan shape cut out of
black butcher paper. Each child, in turn, is a sizzling sausage that
goes BAM. That child then moves to next activity.)

 

If your ready for a story


Tune:  “If You’re Happy And You Know It”

If you’re ready for a story, come sit down.
If you’re ready for a story, come sit down.
Let’s all gather near, so everyone can hear.
If you’re ready for a story, come sit down.
                                Jean Warren

 

 

 

Willabee Wallabee Wee

 

This is great song to use to help move children from one activity to another. When they

hear their name, for example, they might move from group time to go wash their hands or

out to recess. At home, it is a good song to grab a child’s attention when you finish up

one activity like reading a book, then getting into bed.

 

 

Willabee Wallabee Wee

An elephant sat on me

Willabee Wallabee Woo

An elephant sat on you

Willabe wallabee wam

An elephant sat on Sam

Willabee wallabee Wobin

An elephant sat on Robin

 

 

Mary Wore Her Red Dress

 

Start out with the first verse then add children’s names and an item of clothing. In a group setting, the child whose name is called can skip around the inside or the outside of the circle, then return to his or her spot in the circle.

To move from one activity to another, change all day long to “off to lunch”.

For a listening exercise, leave out the child’s name and just do the item of clothing. The children will have to pay attention to pick up their clue.

Be sure to sing everybody’s name in the group, or you will have tears.

 

 

Mary wore her red dress, red dress red dress

Mary wore her red dress, all day long

Johnny wore his blue jeans, blue jeans blue jeans

Johnny wore his blue jeans, out to play

Hum – hum wore her overalls, overalls, overalls

Hum – hum wore her overalls, home from school

 

 

The Spiders Are Creeping

 

Use hand movements with your fingers walking up your arm, then use your fingers to

make the Sh! motion.

 

The spiders are creeping, Sh! Sh!

The spiders are creeping, Sh! Sh!

They don’t make a sound as their feet touch the ground

The spiders are creeping, Sh! Sh!

The mice are creeping, Sh! Sh!

The mice are creeping, Sh! Sh!

They don’t make a sound as their feet touch the ground

The mice are creeping, Sh! Sh!

Sara, what did you see creeping? A cat!

The cat is creeping, Sh! Sh!

The cat is creeping, Sh! Sh!

She doesn’t make a sound as her feet touch the ground

The cat is creeping, Sh! Sh!

 

 

The Name Sound Song

 

This is a good song to help gather a group. Be sure to sing everybody’s name, twice.

 

Alice, Alice, a, a, a

Alice, Alice, a, a, a

Jim, Jim, j, j, j

Jim, Jim, j, j, j

Tiffany, Tiffany, t, t, t,

Tiffany, Tiffany, t, t, t

Alexander, Alexander, a, a, a,

Alexander, Alexander, a, a, a

Sharon, Sharon, sh, sh, sh

Sharon, Sharon, sh, sh, sh

 

Twelve Little Rabbits

Twelve little rabbits in a rabbit pen;
Two hopped away and then there were ten. (hold up 10 fingers)
Ten little rabbits with ears up straight;
Two hopped away and then there were eight.  (bend down two fingers)
Eight little rabbits doing funny tricks;
Two hopped away and then there were six.  (bend down two fingers)
Two little rabbits found a new friend;
They hopped away, and that is the end





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