Songs with actions are fun to learn, fun to sing and a great way to engage one child or a group of children!
I’m going to share a few of my go-to action songs that I use in my music and movement classes. These action songs are good at keeping children of all ages interested and focussed while they are singing and learning.
Let’s start with one of my most popular and most widely downloaded songs: “Everybody Clap”, from “The Seasons”. It’s the first song I always sing with any age group because it immediately sets the stage for following along and having fun in an easy, catchy way.
Once you know the musical formula, you can make up any actions you want!
Another super easy song to follow along with is “Side To Side”, from “The Seasons”. Just follow the actions in the lyrics. Once you pick up on the pattern of this song, you can go faster, slower, use different parts of your body, instruments…the possibilities are endless.
Ready to get your whole body moving “around and around”, “in and out”, “up and down” and more? Try getting your little ones lying on their backs with their legs up in the air for “Bicycle”, from “The Seasons”. You can make it more complex by getting their arms following what their legs are doing!
Grab two spoons, sticks or any prop you can “tap” together and follow along with the rhythm in “Tap Two Together”, from “I Am A Tree”. How many different things can YOU think of tappping together? This is a great song for teaching little ones about percussion instruments and the different sounds they make.
Get those fingers exercising while you develop focus, anticipation and direction following skills with “These Are My Fingers”, from “I Am A Tree”! At the end of this song, show me something YOUR fingers can do!
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You can download/stream all of these songs on any platform: Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube Music…or buy the CDs here! So many of my songs are action-focussed and designed to reinforce what you’re already teaching in your early learning environment!