Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/17

For the first time in our library’s history, we ran our own summer reading program — Make Some Noise! What better opportunity to do a bi-weekly music and movement dance party? This program was advertised for ages 0-7 and their families.


The Plan

How Can You Dance? by Rick Walton
I liked that this book talked about dancing in different ways: tree waving in the breeze, leading/marching in a band, etc. It gave the kids new ideas on how to move and really increased their participation. I also liked that the illustrations were diverse.

Activity Scarves!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Clap Your Hands — They Might Be Giants
Jumping & Counting — Jim Gill
We Are the Dinosaurs — Laurie Berkner Band
Wave Your Ribbons in the Air — The Wiggles
Twist & Shout — Old Town School of Folk Music
Let’s Go Fly a Kite — Georgiana Stewart
Very, Very Tall — Old Town School of Folk Music
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

For the first time in my life, “We Are the Dinosaurs” was a flop. The kids weren’t really into marching and I led a very small parade of only ten or so kids around the room. Luckily, the kids loved the scarves and I found that the parents really enjoyed “Twist and Shout”! My favorite memory of the day is three of my little girls shaking hands together during the closing song. Absolutely adorable!

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

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