Moving and Shaking!

During the COVID19 pandemic, Miss Liz’s music classes are moving online. You can see the first video “Musical Fun” class at this link. This post offers more info about the songs and activities for movement and instrument play.

Let’s get moving! This is the first of a series of articles about being active with songs and percussion instruments you can make at home. Check out my “Musical Fun” video to hear some of the songs mentioned in this post.

Have fun creating and decorating shakers using a variety of things you can find around your house, especially the recycling bin. I like this video about making a maraca out of a small plastic water bottle and an empty toilet paper roll. Experiment with different fillings, from beans to rice to small stones or bird seed, and compare the sounds.

Here are the lyrics to the shaker song I sing in my Musical Fun video.

A whole bunch of shakers have come to town

So shake, shake, shake them all around

Yeah, shake ‘em up, and shake ‘em down,

‘Cause a whole bunch of shakers have come to town.

A whole bunch of shakers are on the go

So shake by your head, and by your toe

Yeah, shake ‘em fast, and shake ‘em slow,

‘Cause a whole bunch of shakers are on the go.

A whole bunch of shakers come to a stop

So do not jump, do not hop

If you can, rest it right on top (try to balance it on your head!)

‘Cause a whole bunch of shakers come to a stop.

A whole bunch of shakers have come to town

So shake, shake, shake them all around

Yeah, shake ‘em up, and shake ‘em down,

‘Cause a whole bunch of shakers have come to town.

Another fun song that I have sung many times with shakers is “Bim Bam Razza Ma Tazz.” This is a “traditional” song that’s been around a long time. You can do this as a movement song without instruments. It’s also fun with rhythm sticks. If you don’t have rhythm sticks, look in your kitchen for wooden spoons or salad servers. These make a nice rhythm-stick sound. Here are the lyrics, and a video is below.

(Chorus) Bim Bam Bim Bam Razz-a-ma-tazz
Tish tosh tish tosh wally woo woo.
Bim Bam Bim Bam Razz-a-ma-tazz
Tish tosh tish tosh wally woo woo.

Shake it up high, shake it down low. (Repeat) Red light! And green light means … Go!  Chorus

Tap ‘em on your shoulders, tap ‘em on your head, tap ’em on your chest, and now on your tummy. Red light! and green light means … Go! Chorus

Shake ‘em really fast, and now shake ‘em slowly. (Repeat)
Red light! And green light means … Go!  Chorus

Here are some extra verses if you’re like more!


Elbows front, elbows back,
If you were a duck you’d “quack quack quack.” (Repeat)

Stand up, sit down, Stand up again and turn all around. (Repeat)

There are lots of versions of this song on the internet. Check out Kathy Reid-Naiman’s recording here!

Finally, I encourage everyone to practice their dance moves with Vanessa Trien’s “Every Day’s a Dancing Day,” (on my Musical Fun video) and check out all her music while you’re at it at https://www.vanessatrien.com/

“Dancing Day” is terrific for learning the days of the week, and also practicing the early literacy skill of listening for starting consonant sounds. Each of the verses in the song features a dance move that starts with the same letter as that day of the week. You can try the ones in the song, and then make up your own!

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