Song of the Month

Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.

February 2009

B-I-N-G-O!

Listen to the whole song on H.U.M - Highly Usable Music, or hear it here:

This traditional song of unknown origin is a favorite with ALL the children with whom I work and play! Though it may be done as a clapping game, not vocalizing an additional letter each time and substituting a clap, here I offer it to you as a delightful circle game. From Toddlers to older children, there is a simple joy in holding hands, walking in a circle and singing! It is also a learned skill, so be prepared to practice walking in a circle many times before that nicely shaped formation becomes a natural thing. Remind children that we don't PULL the person next to us, we walk together. When children mush in toward the middle, often a simple reminder to "keep the circle big" is all they need. You might put the letters B-I-N-G-O on cards to show the children and explain that when you are saying them, you are spelling Bingo's name.

Don't be surprised if children begin to giggle as the circle starts moving! For a young child, it's very exciting to see everyone clearly before them, moving together – and SMILING! Once children have learned to dance as individuals in a group - circle dancing is the next step! For more on the Dancing Sequence, see "Dancing Feet."

Lyrics:

There was a farmer, had a dog
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o.
B - I - N - G - OOOOooooo!

Movements:

Children hold hands and walk in a circle while singing the first four lines. Then, as the speak the final spelling of B-I-N-G-O, they take one step toward the middle of the circle for each letter, and back out on OOOOooooo! Do it again!

Age Range: Toddler 2's through Kindergarteners – and First Graders still love it, too!

Purpose: Promote cooperative behavior, self control, and letter recognition.

Related Songs: Fun songs to couple with Bingo are "There's a Dog in School", and some of the other circle dances: "Looby Loo", "Jimmy Crack Corn", and "Sally Go 'Round the Sunshine" and "Mulberry Bush", both on my "Dancing Feet" cd.

Photo: Scarf Dance Blues

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