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Activity: The Healthy Song

Activity: The Healthy Song

Everyone loves singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", so I thought I'd use the tune for a song about being healthy, which is our theme this week. To add some rhythm, we'll use shakers as we pretend to brush our teeth, put on sunhats and get some exercise.

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Start by talking about the importance of being healthy and all the things we need to do to look after our bodies.

Sing the first verse (eating breakfast) so that the children get to know the tune.

Eat our breakfast, we’ll eat our breakfast
To stay healthy and strong
Eat our breakfast, we’ll eat our breakfast
Let’s sing our healthy song

Eat our breakfast, we’ll eat our breakfast
Eat our breakfast, we’ll eat our breakfast
(Repeat)

Hand out the shakers as you sing the "breakfast" verse again. Tell the children to pretend to be eating breakfast - scoop the shaker up towards the mouth as if using a spoon. Try to get them to "eat" to the rhythm of the song.

Then sing the next verses of the song. At the start of each verse, pause very quickly to show the children how to shake the shaker:

  • Drink our water, we'll drink our water (tip the shaker as if drinking water from a bottle)
  • Wear our sunhats, we'll wear our sunhats (pretend to be pulling a cap over head, shaking the shaker as you pull)
  • Exercise, we'll exercise (run on the spot while shaking the shaker)
  • Wash our hands, we'll wash our hands (rub shaker against hands)
  • Have a bath, we'll have a bath (rub shaker on arms and legs)
  • Brush our teeth, we'll brush our teeth (shake shaker in front of mouth, with teeth bared)
  • Go to bed, we'll go to bed (stretch up and yawn and then lie on the shaker as if asleep)

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