Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 8/16

This was a special August edition of Shake, Shimmy, and Dance to help draw a crowd for our first ever Preschool Fair. I hosted this event outside using our portable CD player because our meeting room was set-up for the Fair that started immediately afterwards.

shakeshimmyanddance

The Plan

ifyourehappyandyouknowit
Book
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera
If you really want caregivers to participate, you need to bring out this book. The grown-ups were dancing around and helping me build suspense as I prepared to turn each page. The movements vary from large to small and kids love guessing what each animal will do.

Props
Shaker Eggs!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Can’t Wait to Celebrate — Jim Gill
The Wheels on the Bus — Mr. Jon and Friends
Freeze Dance — Joanie Leeds
Music Keeps Me Movin’ — Fresh Beat Band
I Can Shake My Shaker Egg — The Learning Groove
I Know a Chicken — Laurie Berkner
Give a Hug — Bari Koral Family Band
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

This was a really fun experiment and I’m glad that I tried it! It was a little weird being outside and not having an enclosed space, but I asked caregivers to have their eyes on their kiddos at all times. There was only one time that a kid left the grass area and their caregiver was immediately on it.

(For an example of the Powerpoint (although this outdoors version did not have Powerpoint!) and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

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