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Module #2: Fitness & Exercise

Step By Step Instructions:
1. Before you present this material to your students, prepare by watching the videos and practicing the movements and choreography that go with each song and activity.
2. Read along with the lyrics on the song cards to learn how to sing along with each song.
3. When you are ready, gather the children in the group space. Have your audio player ready with the music. Have the song cards ready to guide you with the Instructions, Introduction (what you say to the children to introduce the song before starting the audio) and the Song Lyrics.
4. Introduce the first song then start the audio track and model the movements to show the children how to move their bodies.

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Tap Tap Tap Your Toes

Tap Tap Tap Your Toes Audio:

Tap Tap Tap Your Toes Video:

Instructions:
Have the children sit on the edge of the rug facing toward the center. Say, “Now we are going to tap our toes.” Model the action of tapping your toes. Ask the children to do the same. As the song plays model the movements as the song directs you.

Intro:
Now we are going to tap our toes like this. Show me how you tap your toes on the floor!

Lyrics:                  chords: B7 G B7 Em / C D G Am
Tap tap tap, tap your toes
Side to side is how it goes
Tap your toes all in a row
Tap tap tap, tap your toes

Now stand up!

Clap clap clap your hands
Jump and clap and clap your hands
Jump up high and clap your hands
Jump and clap and clap your hands

(CH) X2 Touch the sky
Touch the ground
Turn and turn and turn around

stretch stretch stretch up high
see if you can touch the sky
take a breath and give a sigh
stretch stretch to the sky

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Stand On One Foot

Stand On One Foot Audio:

Stand On One Foot Video:

Instructions:
With everyone now standing on the edge of the rug and facing to the center, tell the children “Now we are going to stand on one foot like this.” Model standing on one foot for the children and Start Track #2. Go through the activities with the children as directed by the CD.

Intro:
This is a song about standing on one foot. Show me how you can stand on one foot!

Lyrics:                                chords: D A D G A D
Stand on one foot, stand up tall, keep your balance steady and true
Now start hopping on that foot, I know what you can do
Hop and hop, turn around till you face forward and then
Raise your hands up to the sky and put both feet down again

Now switch to the other leg!

Stand on one foot, stand up tall, keep your balance steady and true
Now start hopping on that foot, I know what you can do
Hop and hop, turn around till you face forward and then
Raise your hands up to the sky and put both feet down again

Now I know your tired
I know you want to sleep
So, lay down on the floor
Pretty soon you’re fast asleep
And you start to snore… (snore)
Before you know it
The morning sun
Is shining in your window
Everyone jump up get back to work
Ready set here we go!

Stand on one foot, stand up tall, keep your balance steady and true
Now start hopping on that foot, I know what you can do
Hop and hop, turn around till you face forward and then
Raise your hands up to the sky and put both feet down again

 

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Scuttle Song

Instructions:
During this song, the children will be crawling, swimming and flapping their flippers around the group space. Make a point about the “Invisible Bubble” in your introduction and be alert for any bumping or pushing during the song. When children do bump or push their friends, gently remind them to move where there is room for their body.

Intro:
Tell the children, “This is a song about animals that live in the ocean. The first one is a crab crawling at the beach. You can do the backwards crab crawl or a frontward crawl. But first, put your invisible bubble around your whole body. That means that your body will not bump or touch your friends body. Make sure that you move your body where there is room to go without bumping your friends.”

Lyrics:         chords: A E A E B D A E, E A G E G A X2

Scuttle like a crab from side to side
In between the rocks you will hide
You really have no time to talk
Use your claws to pick food from the rocks

The ocean is deep
The ocean is wide
Care for the ocean
The ocean is alive

Swim like a shark,
Move your body side to side
When you come
the other fishy try to hide
Sharks can smell things
from far a way
They hunt in the night
but not into day

CH

Move like a sea lion use your flippers to swim
Moving them up and down again
Sea lions are agile and quick
They like to play and do all kids of tricks

CH

Scuttle like a crab from side to side
In between the rocks you will hide
You really have no time to talk
Use your claws to pick food from the rocks

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Super Kid, Super Kid Jump

Instructions:
This is actually two songs; Super Kids and Super Kid Jump. These are high energy songs that the children will LOVE! Be sure to remind them to put on their Invisible Bubble to use their Walking Feet. In the first part, they will be flying around the group space in a circle. Try to have them all going in the same direction to avoid bumping.

Intro:
Tell the children; “This is a song about Super Kids! I see all the Super Kids that are here today in our music group! Show me your super muscles. Show me how you can fly like Super Kid. Now everyone say, in a big voice, “super, super, super kid!” When the song says “She can fly…” have the children begin flying around the group space.

Super Kid Lyrics: chords: G B C D, C D G E

Super super super kid
Super super super kid
Super super super kid
Super super super kid

She can fly
across the sky
she’s much stronger
than I

He can fly
across the sea
he can jump higher
than me

She’s a hero
she can save a plane
it’s just fine
he’s  a hero
stop the bad guys
every time

Super super super kid
Super super super kid
Super super super kid
Super super super kid

Super Kid Jump Lyrics: chords: A E E7 A A7 D D7 A E A

Come on friends jump like Super Kid
Come on friends jump like Super Kid
I know that’s what were gonna do
Jumping so high like Super Kid can do
Come on friends jump like Super Kid
Come on friends do super pushups today
Come on friends do super pushups today
I know that’s what were gonna do
Super pushups like Super Kid can do
Come on friends super pushups today
Come on friends walk on you elbows today
Come on friends walk on you elbows today
I know that’s what were gonna do
Walk on your elbows like Super Kid can do
Come on friends walk on you elbows today
Come on friends jumping jacks today
Come on friends jumping jacks today
I know that’s what were gonna do
Doin’ jumping jacks like Super Kid can do
Come on friends jumping jacks today

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I Love To Be A Tree

Instructions:
In this song, the children will grow roots, branches and leaves and feel what it’s like to be a tree. Model the movements by squatting down, planting your fingers (roots) in the ground and slowly growing and stretching out your arms (branches) and fingers (leaves) up to the sun. Once you learn the song, you may want to lead the children on your own.

Intro:
This is a song about a tree growing in the earth. Bend your knees and get down low. Put your roots in the ground just like a tree does.

Lyrics:
Roots (touch the floor), Trunk (touch your torso),
Branches (arms raised with hands closed), Leaves (wiggle your fingers)

Here come the clouds
Here comes the rain
Watering the ground
Thank you for the rain

Here comes the sun
Warming up the earth
Shining on my leaves
Thank you for the sun

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Sansa Kroma

Instructions:
Start with all the children standing on the edge of the rug and facing the center. First, sing the song as an echo to help the children become familiar with the lyrics. Tell the children “I will say it first and you say it after me.” Speak each line of the song and allow the group to echo you. Then, demonstrate the body movements. “Tap each foot two times, tap, tap, tap, tap. Now spread out your wings.” Then begin to sing the song while tapping each foot two times and gently flapping your wings to the rhythm of the song. After you sing the song this way, say “Now we are going to fly around the sky, hunting for our dinner.” Begin to fly around the group space with the children while singing the song, tapping each foot two times and gently flapping your wings. After singing the song this way one time, say “Now I am going to slow down and I want to hear all my friends sing the song with me with big voices.” Slow the song to half speed and continue to sing, fly and dance as the children sing and move with you.
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The audio is optional for this activity. Once you learn the song you may want to lead the children on your own.

Intro:
This is a song from Africa called Sansa Kroma. The word Sansa means hawk. A hawk is a big hunting bird with a sharp beak and sharp nails called talons. A hawk flies high in the sky and looks down at the ground with it’s very sharp eyes to find something for it’s dinner. Spread out your wings and tap each foot two times as we fly across the sky.

Lyrics:
Sansa Kroma
Nee nay Wo o
Chay chay
Koh-koh mah

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Soft, Steady, Quiet & Slow

Instructions:
This is a fun instrument song that helps the children learn the sounds and names of various instruments. Each instrument gets it own turn, then they all come together at the end. During the song, help the children remember when it is their turn to play and when to let another instrument have a turn. It can take a while for them to learn this, so the first few times it’s ok for them to play even when it’s not their turn.

Intro:
This is a song about all our instruments. Let me hear you play soft, steady, quiet and slow.

Lyrics:                 chords: F C G7 C F
Soft, steady, quiet and slow
Slow, steady, quiet and soft

Let me hear the shaker, the shaker, the shaker
Let me hear the shaker, the shaker right now

Let me hear the scraper, the scraper, the scraper
Let me hear the scraper, the scraper right now

Now the triangle, triangle, let me hear the triangle
Let me hear the triangle, triangle now

Now the bells, the bells, let me hear the bells
Let me hear the bells, the bells right now

Now the drum, the drum, let me hear the drum
Let me hear the drum, the drum right now

Now all of the instruments, all of the instruments
All of the instruments, instruments now

Soft, steady, quiet and slow
Shakers, scrapers, triangles, bells, drums
Everybody play!

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Rhythm Sounds

Instructions:
Today we are going to focus on Ta and Ti-ti and the rhythms that they form when we put them together. Take out your Rhythm Sound Cards and practice playing Ta and then Ti-ti separately so the children are familiar with the sounds. Then put Ta and Ti-ti together to make a rhythm and have the children play Ta, Ti-ti with their instruments, repeating the pattern over and over.

Intro:
Now it’s time for Rhythm Sounds. The first sound is called Ta. How many dots does Ta have?

The Sounds:
Ta: One dot. It gets one sound from the instruments.

Ti-ti: Two dots. It gets two sounds from the instruments.

Digidigi: Four dots. It gets four sounds from the instruments.

To-o: One dot. It gets one long sound from the instruments.

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Grouchy Monster Story

Instructions:
This is an interactive musical story. The children use percussion instruments to create the music, sounds and atmosphere as the instructor gives the narration. The drums make the sound of the monster stomping it’s feet. The shakers, triangles, bells and scrapers make the sound of the monster shaking the branches of the tree. The children can play along with the music as well. At certain points in the story, the children all say, “No, on the forest!”

Intro:
This is a story about a grouchy monster that lives in a forest. The drums are the sound of the monster stomping it’s feet. The shakers, triangles, bells and scrapers are the sound of the monster shaking the branches of the tree.

The Story:

One upon a time there was a grouchy monster that lived in a forest, behind a big old tree. Anytime someone came walking down the pathway and passed by the big old tree, the monster would jump out, stomp it’s feet, shake the branches of the tree and growl! Have the children stomp, play the instruments and growl like a monster. Everyone that lived in the village nearby was afraid to go into the forest, except for these friends in our music group today. They were not afraid of the monster!

So, one day they decided to have a picnic… in the forest. They got their picnic basket and they walked to the bakery. They were choosing some fresh, hot bread for their picnic when the Baker asked them, “Are you going to have a picnic at the beach?” The friends said, “No, in the forest.” The baker said, “Don’t go into the forest! It’s too scary!” But they were not afraid, so they walked to the grocery store. They were walking up and down the aisles picking out all kinds of yummy, delicious food that makes your body grow big and strong. Now I need your help to find out what kinds of foods they chose for their picnic. At this point in the story ask each child to suggest a food that that they like to eat that makes your body grow big and strong.

When they were buying the groceries the grocer asked, “Are you having a picnic in the park today?” The friends said, “No, in the forest.” The grocer said, “Don’t go in the forest! There’s a Grouchy Monster there!” But they were not afraid. So they carried their heavy picnic basket, full of all the yummy food and walked to the forest.

They walked down the pathway, past the big old tree. Out jumped the monster and he stomped his feet, shook the branches and growled! (children play instruments and growl!) But they were not afraid. So the Monster growled even louder! (children play instruments and growl!) They were still not afraid. The friends asked the monster; “Don’t you have any friends?” The Monster said, “No, and all I have to eat are yucky bugs!” So the friends said “Why don’t you have a picnic with us?” and the Monster said ”Ok.”

So, they all sat down and took out the food for their picnic. Here you can go back and mention all the foods that the children chose in the grocery store. They ate up all the food. They had plenty to share with the monster and after he had a full tummy of yummy, delicious food that makes your body grow big and strong, something magical happened. The monster’s grouchy face suddenly grew a big, friendly smile! The friends all said “Yay!” After that day the monster had a lot of friends and no one was afraid to go into the forest ever again.

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Let Me See the Colors

Instructions:
We end the group with a song about colors. When the children hear a color that they are wearing on their clothes, they stand up and clap their hands.

Intro:
Let’s all notice what colors we are wearing on our clothes today!

The Lyrics:   chords: C F G x4 F G C F G x5 C

Let me see all the colors you’re wearing
Let me see all the colors you have
When I say the color you’re wearing
Please stand up and clap your hands

Clap if you have Blue
Clap if you have Pink
Green, red, orange clap
yellow, purple, white and black
All my friends stand up and clap, clap, clap