For days when you’re in need of an action song, and the children are going to be restless, and you need something quick to grab. This is perfect for those stormy seasons we dread. It’s also one the children don’t get sick of.
I have found a fantastic picture of a boy (thanks abcteach.com for your wonderful resources). I put together a few simple wordstrips of body parts so you can change the words around – and label him with the words you wish to use.
I’m going to start with the usual, then change a few at a time because I just know I’m going to get extremely confuzzled!
To print out the graphic and cards to this fun song, click here: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Note: I did print out the boy in ‘Poster’ form, and the cards in ‘normal’ print. The PDF is normal though in case you want to print the boy out on A4 paper, and make the cards smaller. This could be fun for Nursery too!
Our little sunbeams seem to sing better and sit still when they have visuals in front of them. We hold Opening Exercises in the Chapel, so they need to be fairly reverent – and we are singing this for Opening Exercises tomorrow
Since I was having a ‘star’ week, doing star flash cards as general knowledge for my Preliminary Grade piano students, I thought I could do one more giant star, and add the words of this song.
I set my printer to print it out in Poster form (on 4 pieces of paper) so it could easily be seen up the front. My original is not automatically set that way through.
To print out a copy, click here: I am like a star with words
I have also created a page of smaller versions of this, to use with Nursery. I used the bigger star I used for Opening Exercises in Nursery, and the kids just LOVED the star. I am going to laminate little ones. They will probably point to the star, and hold it above their heads while they learn the words. Repetition and building up repertoire in Nursery is the way to go! To print out smaller stars, click here: I am like a star Nursery prop
There is a song in the LDS Children’s Songbook called “Fun to Do” on page 253 (can also be found here: ‘Singing a Song is Fun to Do’ lyrics and mp3)
The lyrics are:-
Sing-ing a song is fun to do,
Fun to do, to do, to do!
Sing-ing a song is fun to do,
To do, to do to do!
Definitely not hard for young children to learn – the lyrics are not difficult at all and the tune is quite catchy.
I taught it to our Primary last week, and promised that if they sang it well, I would bring along some percussion instruments to play along with the song today.
They sang well, and today I brought along a bag full of percussion intruments. I had 4 children up the front at a time and gave two children one instrument (e.g. bells) and the other two a different kind (e.g. claves), and we sang the song through twice singing “Playing the bells is fun to do” etc. The children had an absolute ball doing this, and they all got a turn of different instruments.
Whilst those children up the front were using the percussion instruments, I showed the children sitting down how to ‘air play’ percussion instruments. Ie. bells are a closed fist facing down, and you tap with your other hand. Cymbals are clapping your hands together. The triangle is your thumb extended and index finger pointing up, and tap with the index finger of your other hand. Claves involves tapping both your index fingers. The kids loved participating this way too.
I went and did a similar thing in Nursery today and the littlies just loved the instruments coming out of the bag. I think it was the most attention I’ve ever been paid by 18 month olds! I’m even more amazed that they banged/clanged/whacked perfectly in time!!!
Now, you don’t have to be in an LDS Primary to use this song or this idea. If you teach littles in a group, this would be a perfect attention grabber song for them. The bottom of the link above has some other actions the children can do if you choose.