Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/24

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

Color Dance by Ann Jonas
For this book, I had a set of scarves tucked in a box on the table. I pulled out each color as I read its page and walked around the kids with the scarf trailing behind me. It was a very exciting experience for them because they loved the surprise of what color was coming out of the box. Lots of the kids cheered for their favorite color.

Activity Scarves!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing — The Wiggles
Hands Are for Clapping — Jim Gill
Loud & Quiet — Caspar Babypants
Flitter Flutter — Johnette Downing
Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes — Eric Litwin and Michael Levine
Wave Your Ribbons In the Air — The Wiggles
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

“You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” was a great kick-off song! I thought that it was an original song until a parent let me know it was a cover of a Bee Gees song. (Whoops!) I thought that the kids struggled dancing to “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes” today and I’m not sure exactly why. I didn’t think the tempo was too fast when I previewed the track, but it was too fast in actuality.

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

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