Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/19

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

Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
This has been a favorite book of mine since my last library. I love that it’s a guessing game and it was very fun to have the kids make the feet noises with me. I did have a few preschoolers who were trying so hard to answer before everyone else though. I had to ask them to let the littler kids have a chance too!


The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Jump Up, Turn Around — Jim Gill
The Goldfish — Laurie Berkner Band
Dance Around — Ralph Covert
All You Pretty Babies — Caspar Babypants
I Love to Hear the Sounds — Kathy Reid-Naiman
Sunny Day — Elizabeth Mitchell
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

The kids LOVED “The Goldfish” and “Jump Up, Turn Around” — the definite favorites of the day. We played with hand bells during “Dance Around”, “All You Pretty Babies”, and “I Love to Hear the Sounds”. The bells were not a super big hit in terms of the props. I don’t know if it’s because I saved the bells as the last introduction and the competition (shakers/parachute/scarves) were the better draw. “Sunny Day” didn’t really work as a cool-down song but has had great success in our weekly evening storytimes.

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

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