Ballin’ The Jack

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Children will love to sing and dance along with this fun action song! Great brain break or circle time song.

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Ballin’ The Jack Lyrics

First you put your two
knees close up tight.
You swing them to the left
and then you swing
them to the right.
You step around the floor
kind of nice and light
and then you twist around
and twist around
with all of your might.

Stretch your loving arms way out in space.
You do the eagle rock with
such style and grace.
You swing your foot way out
and you swing it back.
That's what I call Ballin' the Jack!

Repeat x2

That's what I call Ballin' the Jack!

Ballin’ The Jack Learning Activities


  • Tempo is the speed of the beat. Listen to 'Ballin' the Jack' and ask the children if they can recognize in which section of the song the tempo speeds up? Children choose an instrument or found sound, play the song again and see if they can match the speed of the beat.


  • Ask children if they can match the moves to the words of the song.
  • Children then view the video song on YouTube and compare the actions with their own ideas.
  • Create a dance vocabulary listing different dance pathways e.g. left, right, straight, zig zag


  • 'Facial Expression Tag' Choose a partner. The leader walks around with the partner following behind pulling faces behind the leaders back. If the leader turns around and catches the partner pulling a face they swap roles.


  • Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning 'Do it, see it and hear it!'

Print out the song PDF

  • Read the song lyrics - ask children a variety of questions.
  • Re-read the song lyrics and ask children to join in.
  • Recognise and use a variety of punctuation when reading. " " ! ? . ,
  • Look at print and conventions (bold, italics).
  • Talk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean.
  • Word study - phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.
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