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Welcome to Rocking the Playroom!

Here you'll find songs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers that you can sing whenever you feel like it.

There are also more structured Playschool Activities that parents or teachers could do as a playtime activity.

And finally, there are the Playschool Lessons, which group a few Playschool Activities together and follow the themes that the kids are doing at my local playschool.

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Lesson: BIG Shapes

Lesson: BIG Shapes

Every week, I share a music lesson I've done with the kids at playschool. Parents can do these lessons at home as a fun musical activity, and preschool/playschool teachers can use them for their music rings.

This week, the kids are learning about different shapes. We're going to learn about the different shapes with a fun tapping activity, and there are lots more musical activities to help the kids learn their basic shapes.

Welcome Song

Sing the Rocking the Playroom Welcome Song.

Movement: Parachute Fun

Sing the Parachute Shapes Song and do the activity.

Rhythm and Singing: If you're happy and you know it, make a shape

Sing "If you're happy and you know it", with these new words. For each verse, get the children to "draw" the shape in the air with their fingers.

If you're happy and you know it
Make a circle
If you're happy and you know it
Make a circle
If you're happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you're happy and you know it
Make a circle

Repeat the song, making a square, rectangle and triangle

Dance/Parachute: The Circle of Life

Get the children to hold the circular parachute. Play The Circle of Life from the Lion King Soundtrack. Do the following movements with the parachute:

  • Introduction: lift up and down
  • Verse 1: shake up and down lightly
  • Verse 2: shake side to side lightly
  • Chorus A: walk to the left in a circle
  • Instrumental: lift up and down
  • Chorus B: walk to the right
  • End: sit down on last drum beat

Singing: Our God is a Great Big God

We've been making BIG shapes today, and we worship a Great Big God! So let's sing Our God is a Great Big God.

Singing: Uthando Lwake

Sing Uthando Lwakhe (from last week's lesson).

Parallel Activities

  • Sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • Dance to "The Circle of Life"
  • Shake the Shape Shakers (shakers shaped in a circle, square, and triangle)
  • Lightly shake a small parachute (or table cloth). Try getting the little ones to walk in a circle, holding the parachute.

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Autumn Leaves (Parachute) Activity

Autumn Leaves (Parachute) Activity

Parachute Shapes

Parachute Shapes