This is a fun little movement song I put together recently that seems to be a hit with the young children I teach. I like it because it can be as short or as long an activity as you want or need it to be.
“If You Really Like to Clap”
Children should be standing in a circle. Sing to the tune of “Popeye, the Sailor Man”:
If you really like to clap (clap clap) If you really like to clap (clap clap) Then turn all around (turn around) And jump up and down (jump) If you really like to clap (clap clap)!
Then repeat, using “stomp” (stomp one foot) instead of “clap.” The ask the children what other movements they could do in the song.
Some classes stick to pretty basic movements like kick, nod, twist, and so on, and that’s fine. But one kindergarten group came up with some wild ideas, usually combining two movements, like spinning while clapping your hands over your head, or hopping on one foot while leaning your head back! It was quite a workout!