Once in a while I get an inspiration while the children are standing in line waiting to leave at the end of class. If there are dawdlers, why penalize the ones who are in line? That’s how Foot Song came into being.
Foot Song is a way to keep children engaged during transitions such as the one I just described. It’s also a fun song to use at the start of a lesson on teaching parts of the body or to shake sillies out. You can be in any group formation to do it.
Here it is, with notation.
(to the tune of Old MacDonald) – key of F
F C D C A G F
I see feet that are standing on the floor, what can those feet do?
A A# C A C A# A# A
Can they jump, jump, jump? Can they jump and jump? Can they jump, jump,
G F (spoken or sung)
jump, jump, jump? STOP!
Repeat with tap, tip/toe/turn. Open it up to children’s suggestions: kick, hop, swing, etc.
(Note: The more more kinds of movement the children know, the more ideas they will suggest.)
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