Walking in a Winter Wonderland (Music and Movement)

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I went a little overboard this week for music and movement, but it was the last one of the year, plus there are so many good holiday songs!

Our music and movement programs always begin with the stretchy bands and Jim Gill’s “My Bonnie.” I also used the Georgiana Stewart version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” which is an instrumental, with the stretchy bands. For this song we tried to go up or down everytime she said “do.” This was not the easiest, as she says “do do do do” a lot throughout the song, but it’s fun for the kids to just fling the band up and down.

Next, to get all warmed up, we did “The Freeze” by Greg & Steve. This is a super fun freeze dance, and a great way to get everybody moving and dancing.

To get ready for our story, we did a part of “Snowflake, Snowflake” by Carole Peterson.

Snowflake, snowflake dance around

Snowflake, snowflake touch the ground

Snowflake landing on my nose

Snowflake landing on my toes

Snowflake, snowflake dance around

Snowflake, snowflake touch the ground

I chose to do If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman for this weeks story as I was going for a winter/snow theme. The book does have a few to many verses for this kind of storytime, so I skipped a few pages, but it was fun to do the unique actions (especially “taste a flake”).

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After the story, we went right into some major winter dancing. We started with the jingle bells, and danced around jingling to Laurie Berkner’s “Jingle Bells” and “Jingle Bell Rock” by the cast of Glee.

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We did some ice skating next! I cut up squares of wax paper that the kids then can stand on and glide all around the room (which is carpeted). This was really fun for them, and a new experience for most. The was done to the tune of “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Gauraldi and The Drifters’ “White Christmas.”

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Finally, we pulled out the parachute and some “snowballs,” that we could make fly around using the parachute. I used “Let It Snow” by Disney’s Lucas Grabeel and Leon Redbone’s version of “Winter Wonderland.” Using two longer songs gave them plenty of time to fling around snowballs, and also crawl around under the parachute (the world’s best activity).

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It all ended by taking a breather and watching the “stars” (projector and disco ball created), while listening to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” This program was a fantastic way to end this years Music and Movement session, and have a little holiday season fun.

 

 

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