Music & Movement

I ran this program four different ti,es to let as many children be able to attend. This is a complete movement and music class, though I do have some quieter songs to get a cool down. I found some of the ideas from this book:

I began the class by handing everyone a paper plate. I let them know we were about to become cars. I used the song “Life is a Highway” from the “Cars” soundtrack. We “drove” around the room, went up hills, down hills, sped, braked, and drove slow. Of course, once we were done, it was time for a car wash. You can always add crepe paper streamers to the bottom of a table for this, but I have an amazing co-worker who built a car wash for another program that I happily borrowed. Here’s a picture:

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This was made from PVC pipes and pool noodles. Isn’t it amazing???

After we drove around, we used our “wheels” to sing “Wheels on the Bus” for a brief quiet time.

Afterwards, it was time to play spy. Using the Piano Guys version of the “Mission Impossible” theme songs, we crawled, tip toed, ducked to the ground, shimmied on our bellies, and more to get the piece we wanted. At the end, we climbed a ladder, rappelled down, and made a run for it!

We cooled down with “Where is Thumbkin?” before doing a freeze dance to the song “Skinnamarink.”

It was now time to be jungle animals. We walked through the jungle and I asked the children what animals we would see (I let them know they could pick any animal they wanted) and we all pretended to be that animal.

We had a nice song break of: “Ants Go Marching,” “I Can Wiggle,” and “Shake My Sillies.”

Lastly, we acted out the seasons.  We started being curled up as seeds before slowly growing into trees. When fall came, we moves and blew with the wind. We acted out a leaf falling off twirling and flying through the sky. It was then time to rake the leaves and of course, once you had a pile, pretend to jump in the pile of leaves. At winter time, we shook off all our leaves and went to sleep.

We then did some Ring Around the Rosie before doing our goodbye song.

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