Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/10

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

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
I sing this book and often invite the kids to sing along with me. I also love the fact that book is a guessing game, teaches body parts, and has an almost inappropriate rhyme! (Sometimes I worry that parents will not like the almost “butt” said. But then I decide that the book is good enough to risk it because it is.)

Parachute! (WARNING: Measure your room before you buy a chute!! This one just fits in our large meeting space, but I almost bought the next size up based on the handles…)

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Head & Shoulders — Ella Jenkins
Hands Are for Clapping — Jim Gill
The Airplane Song — Laurie Berkner Band
Freeze! — Michael Plunkett
Popcorn — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
See the Sun — Eric Litwin and Michael Levine
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

The parachute is pure love. The kids loved both popping the paper popcorn I put on the chute by shaking and bouncing it AND “See the Sun” where once again I had the adults help me raise and lower the chute while the kids ran around underneath. (And by run, I mostly mean they walked around the edges until their static hair was making me laugh so hard I thought I would cry.

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

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