Pre-K Music Activity Plan- Animal Actions

Animal Actions

Curriculum Area: Music and Creative Movement

Title of Activity: Animal Actions

Specific Age: 3 year olds

Goal of the Activity: The goal of this activity is to give the children the opportunity to express their creativity through music and movement.


· Children will show improved gross motor skills by dancing and moving their bodies to the music.

· Children will demonstrate creativity by showing ways to act like various animals.

· Children will demonstrate their awareness of rhythm by moving to the beat of the music.

· Children will show their knowledge of animals by acting like animals in the song and suggesting other animals to add to the song.

Rationale for the Activity: This music and creative movement activity provides the opportunity for preschoolers to explore movements and discover what their bodies are able to do (DAP, p.98). This activity also provides a context where toddlers can learn and practice motor skills as well as make lots of noise (DAP, p.66).

Learning Standards:

Georgia Early Learning Standard S3SE: The child will begin to engage in self- expression (Indicator S3E31: Expresses self creatively through art and music)

Amount of Time Needed for Activity:5-10 minutes

Materials Needed:

· CD player with speakers or MP3 player with speakers

· A CD or MP3 of the song “The Monkey Dance” by The Wiggles

Space Needed: A large carpeted area with enough room for the children to dance and jump around without hurting themselves or one another.

Detailed Procedure:

  1. Invite the children to gather in the large carpeted area and make a circle.

How can we make a circle? I have an idea! Let’s hold hands and move backward to make a big circle so that we can see all of our friends. We’re going to do the Monkey Dance together!

  1. Turn on the song and dance with the children. Act out each of the animals and give cues to any children who have a hard time coming up with animal movements. Encourage each child’s effort.

What does a tiger do? That’s great Sarah! I like how you made a tiger growl!

Sam, what does an elephant’s nose look like? Very good! You have a trunk!

  1. When the song is over, ask the children to list animals that aren’t in the song. Have the child demonstrate what the animal does. Give cues when needed.

What about a dog? Can you dance like a dog? What sound does a frog make?

  1. Explain to the children that you are going to add these animals to the song.

Now we’re going to dance to the song again but this time, we’re going to add our own animal dances to the end.

  1. Play the song again and when it ends, cue the children with the animals they listed. Encourage them to create their own movements.

Do the dog! Woof, woof, woof, woof. (get on hands and knees and wag tail)

Do the frog! Ribbet, ribbet, ribbet, ribbet. (jump like a frog)

  1. Clap and encourage the children when the song is over.

You all did a great job moving like the animals! You moved your bodies to the music in so many different ways! I liked how you added new animals and dances to the song to make it your own!

Adaptations and Extensions:

- For a class with a child in a wheelchair, have all of the children sit for a portion of the song and only use their hands and heads to dance. The disabled child won’t feel left out and the other children will demonstrate creativity by dancing without their feet and legs.

- To practice gross motor skills, following directions, and body awareness, show the children the music video of The Monkey Dance on Youtube and help them dance like the children on the video.

- For a class with a child with a hearing impairment, beat the rhythm of the song on a drum or on the floor so that they can feel the beat. Have another teacher or a child hold up flashcards or sign (ASL) each animal so they know what animal to dance like.

- To integrate dance and creative movement in another topic or lesson, keep the structure and tune of the song but change the lyrics to fit. For example: do the car, do the airplane, and do the tugboat.

- For children who cannot jump and dance around in the classroom or hospital setting, let them act out each animal by manipulating a doll. The child can move the doll to the beat and move it in various animal motions.


This activity was created by K. McMichael, CHFD 5130 student, University of Georgia.

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs from Birth through Age 8 (3d ed)- By Carol Copple & Sue Bredekamp, eds.

The Wiggles (2009). The Monkey Dance [Recorded by The Wiggles]. On Hot Potatoes! The Best of The Wiggles [CD]. Australia: ABC Music.

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munirahmadmughal 5 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan.

"Pre-K-Music Activity Plan"

With culture wise reservation, to develop the creativity of the children both physically and mentally and create among them a confidence that they can do any thing with full security is certainly a step which has its merit.

Morning prayer, drill, recitation from the Holy Book, singing of the national anthum,different kinds of plays and sports are all healthy ways to improve the potentials of the children on all sides. They remain fresh and do not feel bored.

In our culture dancing in the definitive sense is not included.

The hub is useful and also beautiful.

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