Movement Songs for preschoolers and toddlers

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If you work with kids at all you know that after you read a book and sometimes even in the middle of a book, they’ll start to get a bit antsy and need to stretch their little legs and arms. Here’s a list of some of my favorite songs, with (usually) an example on where to find it.

GRANDMA MOSE WAS STUCK IN BED

Grandma Mose was stuck in bed
She called the doctor & the doctor said:
“Grandma Mose, you’re not sick!
All you need is a cinnamon stick!”
Shake it up, shake, shake, shake, shake
Shake it down, shake, shake, shake, shake
Turn around, shake, shake, shake, shake
Get out of town, shake, shake, shake, shake

[Ask kids “What other kinds of sticks can we use?” Examples include hockey sticks, doggie stick, backyard stick… this usually ends in the ridiculous]

From JBrary’s Shaker Song list

HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES & TOES

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes!
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes!
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes!

JOHNNY WORKS WITH ONE HAMMER

Johnny works with one hammer, one hammer, one hammer,
Johnny works with one hammer, then he works with two!
Verses:

Just count up to five!

I first heard this song as a child on Barney, but my coworker reminded me of it a few months ago. There’s a rockin’ version of this song on YouTube on the Wiggles channel.

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR

Teddy bear, Teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, touch the ground
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, reach up high
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, touch the sky
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, touch your nose
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, touch your toes
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, grab your knees
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, sit down please!

From childhood.

TONY CHESTNUT

Tony Chestnut knows I love you
Tony knows, Tony knows.
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
That’s what Tony knows.

From The Learning Station YouTube channel.

I’ll try to update this list as I explore and discover new songs.

Do you have any movement songs and chants that you absolutely love? Share your Go-To in the comments below. 

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