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.
(verses by Carole Stephens © 2010)
Listen to the whole song on Baloney!, or hear it here:
This wonderful old song is fun to sing sitting down, or even better – standing up! It can be done with a partner, or as individual dancers in a group! Or you can make up your own movements – especially if you're a child! The music is infectious – and ya gotta love that soprano sax! I first heard this song when my daughter was little, and Raffi was her main man for music. Though there are many different versions – here's mine!
(repeat chorus before each verse and bridge)
Individual dance: Wave arms in the air during the chorus. Use a "looking hand" above your forehead for the verse, switching hands for the second "looked 'round the corner". For the bridge, jump front, back, side, side, side – repeat.
Partner dance: Face your partner, holding both hands. Sway together in the same direction for the chorus. For the verse, use your "looking hand" to look past your partner, switching directions for the second 2 lines. Hold hands again for the bridge – seesaw arms: one child pulls right elbow back while their partner lets their left arm go forward. Reverse. Count it by 1, 2, 345, or right, left, switch switch switch. You may choose to change partners after the children know the dance well – there's time in the music. OR, have the children do a 2-hands circle in one direction and reverse at the end of the phrase.
Age Range: 2 - 6 years old as an individual dance, 4 - 7 years old as a partner dance
Purpose: As with most dances, we hope to promote pattern and sequence to help the brain get organized! This one also requires the children to listen to the changes in the rhythmic pattern of the song in order to follow the beat.You might teach this first as an individual dance, then give them the partner variation.
Extended Activities: Get out a large map of the US, and find the states mentioned in the song. Where are they in relation to your location? OR, make up your own verse – this one's fairly easy to find rhymes for. Example:
I looked 'round the corner, what did I see?
A friend of mine with a yummy cookie!
Looked 'round the corner, what do you know?
Now I've got an O-RE-O!