It’s time to get up and move! You don’t have to be the best singer to have fun. Sometimes, your actions may take your whole body, but action songs can also include fingerplays and sign language.
1. Tunes and actions.
Before you can teach it, you need to know it. You can find videos and instructions online to help you learn songs or refresh your memory. A few links can be found in “Sites to Explore” to start your adventure. To help your search, check out the Enrichment Project song supplements listed below. They include both the actions and the songs.
2. Song list.
If you are working an event, meeting or class, make sure you have a song list ready to go. To determine your song list, review these factors:
- Age of audience
- Attention span of audience
- Length of time you need to fill
- Area you have to move in
You will also want to choose slower songs at the beginning and end to warm up and cool down. The middle should feature really moving tunes!
Practice the songs / movements with your list or note cards. This will help you when you’re in front of an audience and become nervous.
Your first song should be something most, if not all, of your audience knows. Starting out with a success boosts their confidence. They’ll be more willing to try new songs if they’re already on their feet and enjoying themselves.
Create signals to stand up, start singing, etc. People who are not paying close attention or are too far away to see your subtle physical clues will appreciate you raising your hands above your head to ask them to stand up.
6. Mix it up.
You’ll want to mix old favorites with new songs. This might include songs that have a new take on an old version. You can help your audience by preparing song sheets to distribute at the event so they can follow along.
7. Add actions.
Sometimes teaching a new song is difficult. Adding a few actions can help be a memory trigger. At this point, you’re now creating an action for a song that didn’t have one before. As you listen to songs, think about what actions you could add to help share the song.
8. Share the lead.
If someone on the spot wants to lead an action song that’s on your list, be gracious and let them. It will give you a bit to rest. Record their presentation or request a copy of the song and actions so you can add it to your own songbook for future events.
9. Find a partner.
If you’re uncomfortable doing action songs or you are doing a very large event, find a partner(s) may be the answer. Often, young people will volunteer to help you teach others songs. Placing additional volunteers in different areas will allow you to work with a larger audience. Remember, if you have partners, you’ll need to practice even more so you’re all doing the same thing.
After the event, offer to email any handouts or song lists to your attendees. This helps them share the songs with others who couldn’t attend and may actually encourage them to do their own action song event!
- Avery 2.5” round label printable, 12 up
- Badge checklist
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- How to find songs on the Web
SUPP_Song Fun_A Ram Sam Sam_larajla
- Song Fun: A Ram Sam Sam
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- Song Fun: Ali Baba’s Camel
SUPP_Song Fun_Alligator Song_larajla
- Song Fun: Alligator Song
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- Song Fun: Ankles, Elbows, Feet and Seat
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- Song Fun: Baby Bumblebee
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- Song Fun: Bear Hunt
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- Song Fun: Beaver Song
- Song Fun: BINGO
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- Song Fun: Boom Chicka Boom
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- Song Fun: Brownie Smile Song
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- Song Fun: If You’re Cheering for the Girl Scouts
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- Song Fun: Da Moose
- Song Fun: DADDY
- Song Fun: DAISY
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- Song Fun: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
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- Song Fun: Little Green Frog
SUPP_Song Fun_Mister Alligator_larajla
- Song Fun: Mister Alligator
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- Song Fun: Have You Ever Seen a Penguin Come to Tea?
SUPP_Song Fun_Pirate Song_larajla
- Song Fun: Pirate Song
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- Song Fun: Princess Pat
- Song Fun: SANTA
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- Song Fun: Singing in the Rain
- Song Fun: SPLAT
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- Song Fun: Strut Miss Lucy
- Song Fun: TAPS, Short Version
- Song Fun: Tarzan
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- Song Fun: She Waded in the Water
Sites to Explore
- www.youtube.com (search for “action songs for children with lyrics”)
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