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Jun 21

Adding to the Original

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 11:27 AM by Christina Stuck

These past few weeks, I have had my friends in story time add to the songs we sing. I like to do this audience participation for many reasons, mostly because it is an engaging way to gauge what a child knows and add to his or her knowledge about a subject.

We sang last week "The Waves at the Beach" to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus." It is very simple:

The waves on the sea go up and down, up and down, up and down.
The waves on the sea go up and down all day long.

We sang about sharks going snap, fish going swish, and boats going toot. I then asked them what other animals live in the sea and what sound or movement should it make. We thought up jellyfish wibbling, sea turtles swimming, and even a crab pinching.

This week we are focusing on Australian Animals. We sang "Kookaburra." An old favorite, but I didn't want to just sing it. So we did different claps and taps during the song. The repetition of movements while singing is really challenging and fun.

So, if your child likes a particular song a lot, then add spice to it by changing a few words or motions. Even better, ask them what to add or switch!