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 2012

The Shaker Hop!

Listen to the whole song on Dancing Feet, or hear it here:

Nothing like shaking the Winter Blahs away! Or you can shake whatever you like for Mardi Gras! I'm going to shake maracas, eggs, bottle-shakers – anything I can get my hands on! If you use homemade containers as shakers, be sure they are securely glued, taped or otherwise tightly put together to avoid spillage, choking hazard, and mess issues.

Now, let's get shaking! Children from Toddler to Early Elementary enjoy this one – and a few Senior Citizens have been known to shake it up, too!

Lyrics:

Put your shaker in, put your shaker out
Do the shaker hop, HOP HOP HOP
Put your shaker in, put your shaker out
Do the shaker hop, HOP HOP HOP
Put your shaker in, put your shaker out
Do the shaker hop, HOP HOP HOP
Spoken: Let's dance! (or march!)

Repeat sequence again, ending with one last in/out segment.

Movements:

It's easy! Do what the song says! A loose circle works well, with everyone putting their shakers into the middle. When you move your shaker out of the circle, be sure to be careful not to hit the person next to you – younger children will need to try it a few times before adding the music.

During the dance breaks, I sometimes march, sometimes free-dance. With my 4's and older, we march BACKWARD! Have fun – be creative. And keep shaking on the beat!

Age Range: If you can shake, you can do this song! I begin with my Toddlers and just keep shaking older and older!

Purpose: Gross-motor movement skills, keeping a steady beat, following directions, and moving in opposite directions.

Wanna shake some more? Try shaking to "We're Going to Kentucky", the Song of the month in July '11. You'll find the directions for making bottle shakers there, too! Shaker warning: DO NOT use plastic Easter eggs taped or glued together – if they break, they produce very sharp shards which can hurt a child quickly. Old film cans, yogurt containers or bottles are MUCH safer.

Want to invest in EGG SHAKERS? I buy mine from Rhythm Band or West Music for $1.50 ea and up. Yes, Oriental Trading has shaker eggs for less, but they have to watched carefully as they tend to split open with use. You will get many years of use out of a good quality shaker.


Miss Carole puts her shaker in - at a teacher workshop.


Now everyone wants to make a bottle shaker!


making newspaper handles


wrapping handle on bottle
with duck tape


NOW we're shaking
- AND HOPPING!


a true tape-artiste!

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