There are 8 of our favourite action songs in this pack (also available separately), with illustrations that the kids will enjoy.
Phonics Phase One Aspect 3: Body Percussion
The main purpose of this aspect is to continue to develop awareness of sounds and rhythms. Not only are these pre-reading skills, but singing and music is one of the first ways that we experience mathematics. Counting a beat and recognising patterns are both basic mathematic concepts.
- Action songs - singing songs should be an everyday activity when working with children in the early years as they need to build a wide repertoire of songs and rhymes. We have compiled the words to a selection of action songs and rhymes below, just in case you have forgotten them!
- Making noise through movement - Stamp, clap, slap your thighs - use your bodies to add a beat to the songs you sing or to create your own rhythms.
- Fast and slow - stamp fast, stamp slow, clap fast, clap slow ...
- Copy the beat - stamp your feet or clap your hands in a rhythm then ask the children to copy it.
- Pass the sound - sit the children in a circle and see if the children can "pass" a rhythm around the circle. You start, or ask one of the children to.
Our Phonics Phase One Aspect 3 Resources
This is always a favourite action song. Children lie "sleeping" quietly and love jumping UP and flip-flopping around!
This lovely song is not only fun for its actions, but useful for its "counting down" too. A useful song for the early learning classroom!
Heads, shoulders, knees and toes is a classic children's action song that never fails to please - and it gets the kids stretching too!
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands! This old children's favourite has simple actions which the kids will enjoy.
This old favourite has simple actions for younger children. It can also be sung as a "round" song with 4 voices.
The Grand Old Duke of York was one of my son's favourite "action songs". We marched up and down many hills! This illustrated printable provides the words.
The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round ... and the words from this song might go round and round in your head too! Here's a fun printable to remind you of the lyrics.