on “Too-da-la” CD by Kindermusik
available on iTunes
This old favorite is a very easy movement song which
I’ve used successfully with toddlers through kinder- garteners. There are three verses with different movements on the words “ret-set-set” – clapping, patting thighs, and stamping feet. It includes a “surprise ending” which is not difficult for even the youngest children, but is interesting enough to intrigue the older ones.
“Sarasponda” also lends itself nicely to improvisation. With threes, fours, and fives, after the group learns the song, you can ask them for other ideas for movements to do on “ret-set-set.” These might include jumping, kicking, tapping shoulders, or any short simple movement. The great thing is that children learn this song so easily, they can start improvising on it right away.