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Dance, Rattle & Roll (Fall Session 3)

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Book: Stretch by Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin


Rhyming book about a little dog who loves to stretch. Perfect intro to our cool down activity which I’ll go into later!

Welcome Song: Good Morning by Old Town School of Folk Music

SongClap Your Hands by Old Town School of Folk Music

Song: Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill

This one was really fun to do. They especially loved dancing really, really fast.


I laid out a big container of instruments: cymbals, drums, shakers, etc.

Song: Going to the Zoo by Raffi

I gathered up the instruments and we went into our dance break.

Song: Hurry, Hurry Drive the Firetruck by The Kiboomers

In honor of Fire Safety Week we danced to this song.

Song: Run Baby Run by Caspar Babypants

One of my toddlers decided she wanted to be held by Miss Elena for this song so I did the whole thing with an 18-month-old on my hip. 🙂 She wasn’t too happy when grandma took her back again. Much like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes …

Song: Marching Medley by Ralph’s World

Medley of The Ants are Marching, The Noble Duke of York, and Walking, Walking (just the Marching, Marching verse). I was a sweaty mess by the end! So much fun …


Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

On our last verse where we see a crocodile and scream we lifted the parachute over our heads and screamed underneath of it.

Song: The Grand Old Duke of York

First we did the song with the kids sitting on the ground using the parachute. Then I had everyone stand up and we did it again.

Song: Colors (to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
Pink, orange, green and blue, green and blue,
Pink, orange, green and blue, green and blue,
Oh, I see colors, how about you?
Pink, orange, green and blue, green and blue.

We shook the parachute and sang slowly at first. Then we sang it twice more getting faster and faster each time.

Song: Go Round and Round the Circle (to the tune of In and Out the Window)
Go round and round the circle, (all hold parachute; move around in a circle)
Go round and round the circle,
Go round and round the circle,
As we have done before.

Go in and out the window (in and out with hands) //
Climb up and down the staircase (up and down with parachute) //
Shake hands with the parachute (shake parachute)
Source: Momstown Brampton

Song: Come Under My Umbrella (to the tune of The More We Get Together)
Come under my umbrella, umbrella, umbrella,
Come under my umbrella, it’s starting to storm!
There’s thunder and lightning and wind and rain,
Come under my umbrella it’s starting to storm!
Source: Read Sing Play

After we were done with our last song, the adults and I counted to three, I had them all let go and I gathered up the parachute.

Song: The Goldfish by Laurie Berkner

Cool Down Song: Rainbow Connection by Weezer and Hayley Williams

For Rainbow Connection I tried something a little different. I dimmed the lights and called it a cool down song. I put a picture of kids yoga poses on the PowerPoint and did a few with them while we listened. Some of the kids posed with me, others lay on the floor or with their grown up and got their breath back again.

I think I’ll definitely do this again. It was a nice transition to our goodbye song and didn’t make it so abrupt.

Goodbye Song: Goodbye by Old Town School of Folk Music

Dance, Rattle & Roll — Fall Session 1

Dance, Rattle & Roll — Fall Session 2

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