Musical Games, Fingerplays and Rhythmic Activities


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Musical Games, Fingerplays and Rhythmic Activities for Early Childhood
By Marion Wirth, Verna Stassevitch, Rita Shotwell and Pat Stemmler
Ages 2 - 10
224 pages

132 activities for young children, including musical singing games, chants, fingerplays and rhythmic activities; all include some kind of action. The activities in the book were chosen for their popularity and appeal with children, as well as their abilities to help build important organizational, expressive and memory skills. Each activity gives the recommended age range, benefits, any materials needed, directions and variations and/or other comments. Songs show the notation of the melody line with the first verse of lyrics; most songs also show chord letters. The melodies have been notated in a range comfortable for both children and adults. Both traditional folk songs and original songs are included.  


Singing Activities:
Musical Fingergames: 5 Little Chickadees, The Acorn Song, Billy Boy, Do Your Ears Hang Low, Inky Dinky Doo, Jack in the Box, Roll Over, Tiny Tim.

Active Musical Games: Chatter with the Angels, The Cobbler Song, Dilly-Dilly, Hello How Are You (2 versions), I'm a Little Dutch Child, Jenny Crack Corn, Jim Along Josie, A Letter A Letter, Little Red Caboose, Pop Goes the Weasel, Miss Polly Hada Dolly, My Dolly, The Old Grey Cats Are Sleeping, Old Joe Clark, Old MacDonald Had a Band, Row Your Boat, A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea, The Shoemaker, The Snail, 10 Little Indians, The Thread Follows the Needle, What Shall We Do When We All Go Out, Ring Around the Rosy.

Circle Games: Blue Bird, Bow Belinda, Rock Candy, Fair Rosa, Old Brass Wagon, Ol' King Glory, Rig-a-Jig-Jig, Rise Sugar Rise, Shake Them 'Simmons Down, Shoo Fly, Somebody Waitin for Me, Tzena-Tzena, Wild Bird, Super-Boy.

Camp & Folk Songs: Aiken Drum, The Ants Go Marching, Chicken Soup, Kumbaya, Hush Little Baby, I Have a Car, I Love School Yes I Do, The Man and the Goat, Navajo Happy Song, A Peanut Was Sitting on a Railroad Track, The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, On Top of Spaghetti, Oonie-Koonie-Cha, Saturday Night, Scary Old Skeleton, She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain, Train Song, A Rum Sum Sum.

Follow the Leader & Echo Games: Fooey, Join in the Game, Kye-Kye Kola, My Aunt Came Back, This Is What I Can Do.

Finger Game Chants:
Ali Baba 40 Thieves, Aunt Dinah's Gone, Criss-Cross Applesauce, The Finger Band, 5 Little Soldiers, The Little Red Box, Miss Sue, Mother's Knives & Forks, Oh Say Have You Heard About Harry, Old Mother Hobble Gobble, On My Head, 2 Little Birds, Peanut Butter & Jelly, 2 Little Apples.

Active Chants: Cadence Chant, Ann, Another St. Pat's, The Cookie Jar Chant, 5 Little Bunnies, Dr. Knickerbocker, Counting Out Rhyme, Engine Engine, Georgy Porgy, Ghost of Tom, Heaven Chant, Jack Be Nimble, I Have a Cat, Ooey Gooey, Noble Duke of York, Piggly-Wiggly, Rose Rose, St. Patrick's Day Chant, Teddy Bear, Valentine Rhythms, Soda Chant.

??Games For Auditory and Listening Skills: Bear Hunt, Bean Bag Game, Bouncing Bubbles, Happy and Sad Faces, If You're Happy, Miss Mary Mack, Peas Porridge Hot, Pussy Willow, Rainy Day Fun, 2 Rainy Day Songs, Movement with Colors, Red and White, Resting Game, Sounds of the Seasons, Stop & Go/Fast & Slow, Siren Story, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Who Has a Red Dress, Vocal Punctuation.? ?


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