Children's Music and Movement Activities, and Ideas!

Let's Dance, Sing, and Play!

Music and Movement is probably one of the funnest ways to educate children in a variety of themes. You can use recorded music, make your own recorded music, and even use the sounds of your body to make music. Try popping your lips, or stomping on the ground. Any sound that can be created can be used for this. If you're feeling a bit creative why not make your own instruments. A simple one is shakers. By putting some rice, or beads in a toilet paper roll with plastic or paper taped to cover the ends you've created a cheap, and easy instrument that children will love. Children really have fun making noise, and the noisier you can make the activities, the more they'll enjoy it. In preschool children hear different songs all the time, and they might come home singing something you've never heard before. For parent's it's a great idea to ask your child's teacher for a copy of a few tunes, and use them to sing with your children when their getting a little restless on car rides, or impatient at the doctors office. Music is a great tool for building a child's confidence, and assertiveness. There are plenty of resources online, and in the library to build on a child's musical appreciation. One of the nice things about music is being able to include multiculturalism. A simple song like, "You are my sunshine" is shared in many different languages, and it's a great way to explore another culture. Children are very curious about other languages, and sometimes in my own class I'll sing a tune with the children on the deal that if everyone sings it as loud as they can, then I'll try to sing it in another language for them. This works every time, and the children love to hear it. Sometimes they'll even try and sing it along with me. You can use music for daily routines like clean-up, snack-time, nap-time, and even while washing your hands. I even like to use music while playing games as it helps to let a child know when their turn is finished, and it's time for someone else to have a turn now. Exploring music is a wonderful experience, and a great tool throughout the day.

Use anything to make music!

Explore your natural resources! Collect some rocks, and put them in a clear container. Have a half-full bottle of water. Collect a chunk of tree bark, and few twigs. Children will have lots of fun making noise with these objects.
Explore your natural resources! Collect some rocks, and put them in a clear container. Have a half-full bottle of water. Collect a chunk of tree bark, and few twigs. Children will have lots of fun making noise with these objects.
Grab some pots and pans, empty boxes, hollow tubes, sandpaper, and literally anything you can make a noise with, and invite the children to start tapping, pounding, and banging them together. March around, and have fun.
Grab some pots and pans, empty boxes, hollow tubes, sandpaper, and literally anything you can make a noise with, and invite the children to start tapping, pounding, and banging them together. March around, and have fun.

Some great activity ideas!

Musical Dice Game

Materials: Two large dice, a large area of pavement, and some chalk.

Procedure: Draw a grid on the ground. Number each square, and have a different color of chalk to draw arrows up, down, left, and right to make it similar to snakes and ladders. Invite the children to roll the dice, and while rolling the dice encourage them to sing a little song using the tune, "row, row, row your boat."

Roll the dice Roll, roll, roll, the dice.... Roll them on the floor.... Count the number on the dice, and move across the board.

This is a great game. You can use different movements to move across the grid, and the arrows will make it more challenging. Make sure you make the squares in the grid big enough to have 2-3 children stand in one square. This can be played with up to 10 children at a time.

Musical Syllables

Materials: Rhythm sticks, and a song to sing. You can also use spoons, twigs, straws, or anything else you can tap together.

Procedure: Invite the children to sing a tune and tap out the syllables in the tune. For example in using the song "I'm a little teapot." follow it like this:

I'm(tap) a(tap) little(tap-tap) teapot(tap-tap)
Short(tap) and(tap) stout(tap)
Here(tap) is(tap) my(tap) handle(tap-tap)
Here(tap) is(tap) my(tap) spout(tap)

Using the taps will help children to gain an understanding of the rhythm in words, and their pronunciation will improve a lot over time with this activity. You can even use this a different way by seeing if they can tap to the beat of a song instead of following the syllables in the words. This is always a fun way to explore rhythm. You can even do it without any instruments at all by simply clapping your hands.


Lyrics - You are my sunshine

(ENGLISH)
You Are My Sunshine, My only sunshine.
You make me happy , When skies are grey.
You'll never knows dear, How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.

(FRENCH)
tu es mon soleil, mon bon petite soleil,
je t'aime beaucoup et j'adore,
tu es mon soleil, mon bon petite soleil,
j'adore et je t'aime de beaucoup

(TURKISH)
Sen benim güneş ışığımsın sadece güneş ışığı
Gökyüzü gri olduğunda beni mutlu yaparsın
Seni nasıl bu kadar çok sevdiğimi asla bilemezsin
Lütfen güneş ışığımı alma


Great links for children's songs!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wonderful hub. I used to teach a Music and Movement class for the lower elementary aged kids. It was a blast. Welcome to HP

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