Song and dance

We plan a singing and dancing session every day here at Knutsford Childminding. The children make sure the floor is clear of toys so they can move around safely – or we take ourselves into the garden where we can move around freely. We try to include a mixture of different songs so children are offered a range of experiences.

Here are some of our current favourite songs and rhymes…

Our 5 favourite movement songs are –

  • Sleeping rabbits
  • Dr Knickerbocker – The Wiggles
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Rock a bye your bear – The Wiggles
  • Teddy bear, teddy bear

Our 5 favourite sitting down songs are –

  • The wheels on the bus
  • Wind the bobbin up
  • Teasing Mr Crocodile
  • Old MacDonald’s farm
  • Baa baa black sheep

Our 5 favourite number songs are –

  • 5 currant buns
  • 5 little ducks went swimming
  • 5 little monkeys
  • 5 little leaves so bright and gay
  • 5 little men in a flying saucer

Our 5 favourite songs with instruments are –

  • This old man (drum)
  • Twinkle, twinkle little star (triangle)
  • If you’re happy and you know it (shake your shaker, bang your drum)
  • Frere Jacques (bells)
  • Hickory dickory dock (sticks)

Our 5 favourite songs to listen to –

  • Anything from the film ‘Frozen’
  • Ant and Dec ‘Get ready to rumble’
  • Holst Planet suites – especially ‘Mars’
  • Songs linked to our themed activities
  • Dance music

Music and dancing is an holistic activity which links to all areas of the EYFS –

  • Communication and language – listening, developing vocabulary
  • Physical development – fine and gross motor development
  • PSED – expressing emotions through music and movement
  • Literacy – movement promotes muscle development necessary for writing
  • Maths – number songs; understanding of rhythm is essential for learning maths
  • Understanding the world – learn about people, communities, the world and technology
  • Art and design – explore media and materials and develop imagination

Plan a music and movement session every day… and enjoy some of our favourites with your children! You can find more music and movement activity ideas in e-book 7 ‘Songs and rhymes’ from Knutsford Childminding.

Chat soon, Sarah


2 thoughts on “Song and dance

  1. Mandy shiel says:

    we do daily singalongs and the children love singing the 3little pigs, goldilocks and the 3 bears the gingerbread man. Handas surprise and the three billy goat gruffs etc their on a cd and brilliantly made.
    Thanks for sharing Sarah


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