Music & Movement
Music & Movement plays an
important part of every early childhood environment.
Some programs choose to have
an interest area or center dedicated to music and movement others make it
a part of their daily routine. However you use music and movement activities
in your program the are a wealth of resources out there to enhance
children's learning and development. Here are a few of our favorites.
Dr. Jean has a fabulous website filled with resources for teachers!
We absolutely love all of the Dr. Jean CD's! They are so fun and the
kids love them too!
DR. JEAN AND FRIENDS CD
DR. JEAN SINGS SILLY SONGS CD
Dr. Jean - Just for Fun!
OLE! OLE! OLE! CD
Dr. Jean Nursery Rhymes & Good Ol Times C
Dr. Jean Happy Everything 2 CD Set
One of our favorite songs to do is:
"My Mother is a Baker" (Dr. Jean
"My mother is a baker, she always goes
like this - yum, yum" - we rub our tummies.
- This song is so cute and we made up
actions to go along with each part of the song. They are very
self explanatory but I will list the ones we do...
"My father is a trash man, he always goes like this, P-U!" - we
hold our noses.
"My sister is a singer, she always goes like this, tra la la la"
- we hold our hands up to our mouths like he are holding a microphone.
"My brother is a cowboy, he always goes like this, Yahoo" - we
pretend to swing a lasso over our heads.
"My doggy is a licker, he always goes like this, slurp slurp"
-we stick out our tongues and make a slurping sound.
"My kitty is a scratcher, she always goes like this, scratch,
scratch" - we put our hands in front of us like claws and pretend to
scratch down like a cat would.
"My baby is a whiner, he always goes like this, whaaaaaaaaa" -
we make fists with our hands and pretend to rub our eyes while we all say
"My grandpa is an engineer, he always goes like this, toot,
toot" - we pretend to pull a string like a train would have for it's
"My grandma is a tickler, she always goes like this, tickle
tickle" - we pretend to tickle each other.
*Before the song I talk to the boys and
girls about pretending to scratch and tickle so no one gets hurt.
Other Dr. Jean Resources:
Greg & Steve
Greg & Steve has tons of great songs
and CD's too.
Kids In Action
We All Live Together, Vol. 2
We All Live Together, Vol. 4
We especially like Kids in Motion !
Here is a fun activity we do with the song
"The Freeze," from Kids in Motion .
Ribbon Dancing to "The
With this song I give each
child a Rainbow Rhythm Ribbon. We talk about how the ribbons are for
dancing with, not hitting people. If they are used to hit
another person then they have to be put away. In this song there are
musical breaks, and that is where the children must "freeze"
until they hear the music start again. It is explained in the
song but I always go over it too before we start. Then we play
the music and the kids can use the ribbons and dance how ever they
like. I always dance with them so I can demonstrate the
*You could use any type of
music with this activity, only you would have to pause the music yourself.
You can also do the same activity with or without ribbons.
Hap Palmer is a classic when it comes
to music in the early childhood environment!
Learning Basic Skills Through Music Vol. 1
Early Childhood Classics - Old Favorites With A New Twist
One Little Sound - Fun With Phonics And Numbers
Learning Basic Skills Through Music Volume 2
Another great music resource! I use his CD's all
Language Play and Listening Fun for Everyone! Jack Hartmann
Hip-Hop AlphaBop Jack Hartmann
Math All Around
Me: Making Early Childhood Math Fun Through Music 'N' Movement
They have a fun interactive website, with games, color
sheets, and more.
The Wiggles have a lot of fun CD's
the kids love too. Here are some of our favorites. We love to make up
actions to them with the kids!
The Wiggles - Toot Toot!
Other Music Resources
Many links to Classic Kids
- Contributed by Amy!
Going on a Bear Hunt:
This song has been
recorded many times. We love to use this song during Bear
Themes, but basically the idea is to either sit in place or march
around the room doing actions to the song such as climb a mountain,
the kids pretend to climb a mountain... swim across the river, the
kids pretend to swim across the river etc. I like to use a bear
puppet who accompanies us on the Bear Hunt. You can use the song
with or without a recording. Basically you chant "We're
going on a bear hunt" and the children echo you. Then you
come up to all kinds of obstacles... "There is a tall
Mountain" ... "We can't go over it, we can't go under
it, we can't go around it, so we will have to climb up it.... reach,
reach, reach..." "Look there's a wide
river"...."We can't go over it, we can't go under it, we
can't go around it, so we will have to swim across it... swim, splash,
stroke..." The key is repeating the part about we
can't go over it etc. Then after all your obstacles you come to
the Cave. The Deep Dark Cave.... You tip toe into the
cave..... "I see two eyes, I see a nose.... " Then
yell "it's a bear!" Then everyone has to do the
reverse off all the actions you have done to get to the cave....
Go back out of the cave, swim across the river, up and down the
mountain... back home! Other obstacles you can add: Tall Grass
(swish swish swish) , A Storm (Whooooooo) , Mud! (glop, glop, glop)
There is also a book called We're Going on a Bear Hunt that is super to use
with this activity too!
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