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10 Movement Songs for Kids

by Stephanie Leavell

Sometimes, kids just need to move. At school, at home, in music therapy… giving them an opportunity to move can help regulate their sensory systems so they’re better prepared for learning, listening, getting along with their peers, working on their goals, etc. (Read more HERE….)


All The Fish

All The Fish is a very catchy song by Caspbar Babypants that was just begging to be adapted to a longer movement song.

All The Fish

By Caspbar Babypants

C    B    C    B

C

All the fish are swimming in the water

F

Swimming in the water

Fm

Swimming in the water

C

All the fish are swimming in the water

G

Bubble, bubble, bubble, POP!


Just Dance

by Stephanie Leavell

Get the lyrics HERE.

Find the downloadable mp3 below!


Little Baby Octopus

by Stephanie Leavell

C C G G x2

C G

Little baby octopus swimming in the sea

C F C

Eight little legs are swimming toward me

C F G C G C

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 little legs are swimming toward me

(Change action!)

F C G

So jump right in and swim swim swim

F C G

To the other side of the ocean

F C G

So jump right in and swim swim swim

Am G C Am G C

In the deep blue ocean, in the deep blue ocean


Move It, Move It!

by Stephanie Leavell

This is my most popular movement song and it’s tons of fun in groups and 1:1.

Find the chords HERE.

The downloadable mp3 is available below.


Move To The Beat (the sitting movement song)

by Stephanie Leavell

This movement song is designed to be a sitting movement song. It’s the perfect song to use when kids have a high energy level but you’re worried that a standing movement song will be too stimulating. They can get their wiggles out in a more structured way.

This song also uses my favorite trick for kids ages 3-6… when they’re talking a lot and not engaged in what you’re doing, do a song that requires them to wiggle their eyebrows! It’s AMAZING to watch a whole group of 25 kids go completely silent as they try to do so.

Find the chords HERE.

The downloadable mp3 is available below.


 Peel Banana

Peel Banana is an adaptation of a little banana ditty I heard on TV in the UK. It was so catchy that I turned it into its own movement song!

Check out the “Lesson Plan” section for our Banana Lesson Plan!


Silly Dance Contest

Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill (I say Raffi in the video— oops!!!) is one of my favorites. I think it’s even more effective in a group with this simple B section to change things up and shift the focus before returning back to the theme.

B section:

F C

Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle

F C

Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle

F C

Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle

G

FREEZE (x2)


This A Way, That A Way

This A Way, That A Way is a fantastic movement song by Ladybug Music. It’s a definite favorite in my preschool-2nd grade groups!


Walk Walk Walk

by Stephanie Leavell

Walk, Walk, Walk is a great transitional movement song. In other words, it’s great to use immediately following a more active movement song to help kids transition to a less active activity. This is probably the most useful song in my toolbox!

Find the lyrics HERE.

The downloadable mp3 is available below.


Wiggle A Lot

Wiggle A Lot is a medium-speed movement song that has a nice groove and a cool chord progression.

Find the chords HERE.

The downloadable mp3 is available below.


Yoga Song

by Stephanie Leavell

Get the guitar chords HERE.