Many educators will tell you that active participation is key to learning, and that’s 100% true especially when it comes to children. Action Songs are songs for kids which can be sung while making funny motions with your hands and the entire body, clapping, jumping up and down or moving around the space you are in. In fact, the best thing to do while singing action songs is to follow the song lyrics miming the ‘plot’ and moving your body parts accordingly.
This collection of the best action songs contains big “hits” for kids – no wonder why they would be used to excite children.
1. Here We Go Looby Loo
“Here We Go Looby Loo” is an action song with lyrics to follow word-by-word: “You put your right hand in, you take your right hand out, you give your right hand a shake, shake, shake, and turn yourself about!”.
2. Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow
On “Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow” we follow the moves of a farmer sowing seeds: “He stamps his foot and claps his hands, And turns around to view his lands”.
3. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
On “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” we follow the repetitive lyrics where the parts of the body slowly disappear from the verses and substituted by sounds, calling us to remember them.
4. If You’re Happy and You Know it
“If You’re Happy and You Know It” asks for a number of body moves while the song goes on. You can find great teaching ideas at the end of this article.
5. I’m a Little Teapot
On “I’m a Little Teapot”, you have to imitate a teapot with your body: an arm for the handle, the other arm for the spout. Now tilt to pour out the tea, and go back to the initial position.
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