The Magic Circle
Activity Songs and Singing Games for Children
By Isabel Carley
87 pages ?
Songs and games for beat, body awareness, motor skill development, dramatic play, singing games with set forms and partner games. Songs and games are best done with minimal or no accompaniment. Only a few accompanying chords or instrumental patterns have been suggested.
For preschool to grade 2
Part 1: GAMES TO ESTABLISH A STEADY BEAT
Roll Catch, En Roulant Ma Boule Roulant, Postman Postman, I Got a Letter, Engine Engine, Page's Train, Get On Board, When the Train Comes Along, When Billy Boy Was One, Do Oh Do Oh, See-saw Sacra Down, Zuni Corn Dance Song, Winnebago Medicine Chante, This Old Man.
Part 2: MULTIPLE ACTIVITY SONGS FOR BODY AWARENESS AND MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
Johnny Mr. Brown, Nanny Goat, Jim Along Josie (New England), Jim Along Josie (Oklahoma), Jimmy Rose, What Shall We Do When We All Go Out?, Jinny Go Round, Mary Came A-Running, Old Joe Clarke, Toodala, Hey Betty Martin, Hop Up My Ladies.
Part 3: DRAMATIC PLAY
A) Songs and games with no set form: Black Snake, The Old Gray Cat Is Sleeping, Creep Mouse Creep, The Little Gray Ponies, Hinx Minx, John the Rabbit, Savez-Vous Planter les Choux?, Big-eye Rabbit, Over In the Meadow.
B) Games in circles or other forms: Old Roger Is Dead, 3 Times Around, Rosita (Sleeping Beauty), Ambo Hato.
Part 4: SINGING GAMES WITH SET FORMS
A) Circle games with no solos, no rights and lefts, no partners: Jeremiah, Sally Go Round the Moon, Sally Go Round the Sun, Santy Maloney, Loop De Loo, Green Gravel, Alison's Camel, The Little Red Wagon, When I Was a Young Girl, When I Was One, Jigga Nanny.
B) Line games with solo assignments: After John We Go, Can You Follow the Leader?, The Thread Follows the Needle.
C) Circle games with solo assignments: Ring On a String, Punchinello 1 and 2, Can You Follow Me? This Is What I Can Do, Here Comes a Bluebird, Mazoo, The Farmer In the Dell, Feel It, The Muffin Man.
Part 5: PARTNER GAMES
A) Circle games: Shoo Fly, 2 In a Boat, The Old Brass Wagon, Goin' Round The Mountain.
B) Longways sets: Willowbee, The Paw Paw Patch, Cobbler's Dance, The Duke of York.
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