Moving and Shaking!

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.

 
A fun song that I have sung many times with shakers is “Bim Bam Razza Ma Tazz.” Here’s a video of me demonstrating the song. 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!

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