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Favorite summer songs and activities

Posted by teachcreativity on June 13, 2013 at 3:25 PM

I'm finishing up planning my summer lessons and I thought I'd share some of my favorite (and my students' favorite) musical activities for this time of year:

1. "Jump Over the River." I put two long lines of masking tape on the floor about a foot apart and the children take turns "jumping over the river." I like to put on a musical recording for accompaniment - my favorite is "Row, row, row" from Brent Lewis's all-percussion CD "A Tisket, A Tasket, A Child's Rhythm Basket." This game is so simple, but kids LOVE it. If it's easy the first time, I make the "river" wider.

2. "Listen to the Water." Fun song with actions. There are many versions - my favorite is by Peter and Ellen Allard. It's very bouncy and happy.

3. "Una Sardina." This is Charlotte Diamond's Spanish translation of her song "Slippery Fish." One by one, the fish in the song get eaten by bigger fish, until a whale gets eaten by a mysterious creature who has a great big burp! I actually like the Spanish version better, it's amazing how quickly even four-year-olds pick up on the Spanish words.

4. "The Very Quiet Cricket" (story) by Eric Carle. Nice for when you want a calm activity - and there's a very cute surprise at the end.

5. "Old MacDonald's Bugs." We just play and sing "Old MacDonald," but with a twist - all the animals are bugs - grasshoppers, worms, ants, butterflies, etc. - which the children act out. This one is always a hit!

What are your favorite summer music activities?

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Reply teachcreativity
5:20 PM on June 17, 2013 
I like the Are You Sleeping idea - kids could keep coming up with new ideas for movements. Thanks, Ruth!
Reply Ruth
9:42 AM on June 14, 2013 
Thank you for sharing. I'm doing a different program this summer with a 3&4 year old camp and I was looking for new ideas. I always love to do songs like 5 green speckled frogs and 5 Little Monkeys.....anything the kids can act out. The jumping over the river is great for a large movement activity, I'm definitely going to steal that idea. I was thinking I use the tune Are You Sleeping and change words to something like (walking, walking, walking walking, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop, jump over the river, jump over the river, one more time, now turn around and do it all over again. That's just the first thing that come to mind.