Tuesday, December 07, 2010

What else can I do in storytime? Music!

This is my 2nd post in my series called What else can I do in storytime? (Previous posts: Parachute Play!)

It's always fun to just get out the instruments and bang away, but if you're looking for some more structured activities, I highly recommend 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children. You can use tambourines, triangles, and rhythm sticks just to name a few. I like to use egg shakers and here are some songs you can use:

Butter Boogie
Shake it up,
Shake it down,
Shake it, shake it all around.
Shake it high,
Shake it low,
Shake it, shake it to and fro.
Shake it over,
Shake it under,
Pretty soon we will have butter!

I Know a Chicken by Laurie Berkner (Off her Whaddaya Think of That CD)
(The kids will echo these lines)
Well, I know a chicken.
And she laid an egg.
Oh I know a chicken.
And she laid an egg.
Oh my goodness.
It's a shaky egg.
Shake 'em fast! (Repeat with different shaking directions/Slow/Up and Down/All around/Soft/Loud)

Alabama, Mississippi by Jim Gill (Off his Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes)
Alabama, Mississippi
Alabama, New Orleans.
Alabama, Mississippi
Shake it on down to New Orleans.
Shake, shake, shake, shake it baby (repeat 3x)
Shake it on down to New Orleans

Goin' to Kentucky
We're going to Kentucky, we're going to the fair
To see the senorita with the flower in her hair
Shake it shake it shake it,
Shake it like you care,
Shake it like a milkshake,
And shake it everywhere.
Shake it to the bottom,
Shake it to the top.
Now turn around and turn around
Until you make it stop.

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