Tip: 126 March 2019 – Musical Singing Games
Website Educational Tip for Physical Development
Young people of all ages love rhymes and rhythms.Our heritage is rich with
children’s games and rhymes that have survived the years and are still
loved in our contemporary world. When we sing together a special bond is
formed, and tears and fears are soon forgotten. We can appreciate singing
games even more by realizing that, beyond enjoyment, children are
developing many skills. Included here are singing and movement games to
strengthen their coordination, rhythm, singing, and creative imagination.
Singing is not only terrific fun, but it is also one of the most powerful
skills that young children can posses.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
“Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream.”
Infants should be sitting in the lap of their caregiver on the floor. The
caregiver should be holding their hands, and in a rocking motion move
backwards and forwards singing the song while pretending to row the boat
with their hands.
If You’re Happy and You Know It
“If you’re happy and you know it tap your head,
If you’re happy and you know it tap your head.
If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it,
If you’re happy and you know it tap your head.”
Have the toddlers tapother parts of their body, tummy, knees, shoulders, elbows, feet, and fingers. This
is a really good song for body awareness of toddlers.
When the Children Go Marching In
(Tune: When the Saints Go Marching In)
“When the children go marching in, oh when the children go marching in,
I want to be in that number, when the children go marching in.”
: This is a marching band singing game with pots and pans or other musical
instruments. It also should be enhanced by adding activities to the song.
Have the children skipping, hopping, jumping, tip-toeing, swimming, flying…
instead of just marching.
Teach children songs, and you will provide them with a pathway to
creativity and joy. (Liz Seelhoff Byrum)