Body Percussion

 

 

 

 

 

The human body is the original musical instrument!

 

What is Body Percussion?

It is simply using the body to make percussive sounds in any way you can.

 

Examples of body percussion:

Clapping hands; foot stamping; thigh slapping; finger  clicking; kissing sound with lips; tongue clicking; humming; grunting;  toe tapping; fairy clapping (two fingers); fairy tapping (index finger on table top); click fingers and whistle.

 

Body percussion challenges:

  • Use combinations of sounds e.g. clap hands and cluck tongue; whistle and slap thighs; click fingers and stamp feet. How many body percussion sounds can you make at once?
  • Try alternating body percussion sounds e.g. clap hands, stamp feet, clap hands, stamp feet; kissing sound with lips, cluck tongue, kissing sound with lips, cluck tongue – definitely challenging! Make up your own alternating body percussion sounds!
  • Create body percussion duets or a body percussion orchestra with a group; don’t forget to use a body percussion conductor!
  • Make variations of body percussion sounds e.g. clap your hands in different ways or use different techniques like cupping your hands as you clap – listen for a varying pitch and resonance.
  • Here’s a real challenge for older kids or for adults entertaining younger ones – make arm pit music; beat box and rhythmic breathing.

 

When do you start percussion?

  • Encourage babies not only to clap but to clap to the beat of a song. Most songs have a beat of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 1, 2, 3. The beat is the steady pulse.
  • Play a song, feel the beat, count and clap e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4. Count and play other body percussive sounds e.g. stamp feet, slap thighs. Children will have an added bonus of learning how to count and how to feel the beat in music! Statistics are clearly showing the correlation between music and making kids smarter!

 

Body Percussion Activities with little ones:

Body percussion Poem

I can hear my hands go clap, clap, clap.
And I can hear my feet go stamp, stamp, stamp.
And I can hear my legs go slap, slap, slap.
But I can’t hear my eyes go blink, blink, blink.

I can hear my knees go knock, knock, knock.
And I can hear my tongue go cluck, cluck, cluck.
I can hear my fingers go snap, snap, snap.
But I can’t hear my head go nod, nod, nod.

Freebie:
Body percussion Poem

Body percussion poem

Body percussion poem

Clap the Star

Twinkle, twinkle Little Star
Can you clap the word ‘star’ instead of singing…

Twinkle, twinkle little clap
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little clap
How I wonder what you are.

 

Body percussion Activities for older children:

  • BINGO – substitute a body percussion sound for the letters
  • Little Peter Rabbit – substitute a body percussion sound for each animal
  • My Hat – substitute vocal sounds for summer, (breath out loudly), autumn (scratching vocal sound), winter (brrr vocal sound) and spring (click tongue).
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas – on merry clap hands twice # # (# represents a clap); Christmas slap thighs twice * * (* represents slapping thigh).

 

Write a Body Percussion Graphic Grid

Choose a child to be a conductor – they will need to point to each word (use a sparkle stick or pointer) at an even pace. Start pointing at the top words and then start again pointing at the bottom words.

# = clap

*= stamp

– = rest

Baa

#

one

Baa

#

for the

black

*

mas

sheep

*

ster and

Have you

#

one

any

#

for the

wool

*

dame

*

and

yes

#

one

sir

#

for the

yes

*

little

sir

*

boy who

three

#

lives

bags

#

down the

full

*

lane.

When you are confident with the graphic grid make your own using well known nursery rhymes or a favorite song.

Stuck on Finding a Christmas Song to perform?

Stuck on Finding a Christmas Song to perform at School, Preschool or Kindergarten? Well look no further!

Here is a great selection of kids Christmas Songs and Carols guaranteed to give the WOW factor at your Christmas concert. Children will love to sing and dance to the upbeat, action Christmas songs.

 

Check out:

Christmas is a Season of Love

Christmas is a season of love,
A time for being with the people you really love,
So open your heart and let the giving begin,
For then you may know the true meaning of Christmas.

Let’s join hands around the world,
And sing together in peace and harmony,
We’ll open our hearts and let the giving begin,
For then we may know the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Song for Kids Plus Activities

As a teacher or parent there are SO many ways to extend this Christmas song ‘Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney.’

To help boost a child’s confidence invite a child or children to perform the song with the actions. It doesn’t matter if the performance is in front of 1 or many! Remember for the child to take a bow at the end of their performance and for the audience to clap!

Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney:

Free Lyric Download

*Santa got stuck up the chimney,

“Oh, I don’t know what to do!”

So he wiggled and he wobbled

And he wobbled and he wiggled

And we pushed and we pushed

Till he popped right through.

Now everyone can have a Merry Christmas!

Repeat *

Teaching Activities:

Music

Listen to the song. Ask children to suggest ideas for actions to go with the words of the song. Creating movement helps children to express themselves.
Children then view the video song and compare the actions with their own ideas.
Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version also great for concerts and performances!

Visual ArtChimney

Construct a chimney from a card board box. Paint on the bricks!

Drama

Work in small groups. Tell a story about what happened when “Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney”. Act out the story
Watch this video that tells the story about Santa getting stuck in the chimney.

Literacy

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).
alk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean.
Word study – phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.

Video Links:

Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney Little Action Kids

Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney Love to Sing (original)

Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney Love to Sing (latest)

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Curriculum Links

Each free download song featured in our Love to Sing website lends itself to learning opportunities in other areas of the curriculum e.g. The Arts which includes Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Art; Literacy; Numeracy; Science; Health and Topics of interest. Just click the activity tab!

The suggested free activities have been made to encourage educators to think creatively about learning opportunities which may arise from each song.

Music

Objective: Through listening, singing, playing, moving and reading children will learn the elements of music.

“I don’t sing because I’m happy, I’m happy because I sing” William James

This quote pretty well sums me up! Since I was very young I’ve always sung, hence my passion for inspiring parents and teachers to sing a song a day!

Music helps children to build cognitive, emotional, physical and social skills.

Every free download song includes a learning music activity. Check out some of our free kids music activities:

Dance

Objective: Through dance children will explore how to move (time and energy or dynamics), where to move (space), what to move (body) and with who to move (relationships).

“Dance is a way to find yourself and lose yourself…all at the same time”.

Dancing gives us a sense of self awareness, our bodies can become an instrument of expression and communication.

Dance is one of the oldest art forms known to mankind, dance has been passed down through the ages and through many different cultures – it defines who we are!

Check out some of our free kids dance activities:

Beat and Rhythm Songs

Drama

Objective: To explore and learn the elements of drama – role; time and space; action, tension and focus.

“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand.” Chinese proverb.

Drama creates an environment that is safe, non-judgemental, trusting and nurturing – children will feel accepted for who they are and will be able to express themselves as individuals.

Check out some of our free kids drama learning activities:

Visual Art

Objective: To explore the media of drawing, painting and sculpting so children can symbolise what they know and feel.

“Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” Pablo Picasso

Creating visual art allows children to use many different mediums and helps them to transform creative ideas into expressive works that communicate meanings.

Check out some of our free visual art learning activities:

Literacy

Objective: For children to understand and use English and to create oral, written and visual texts enabling children to listen, speak, write and read.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn the more places you’ll go!” Dr Seuss

Literacy in English is all about learning the language, learning through the language and learning about the language. Language can be communicated orally, visually and in writing.

Check out some of our free kids literacy learning activities:

Numeracy

Objective: For children to make sense of numbers and algebra, geometry and measurement and statistics.

“Pure mathematics is in its way, the poetry of logical ideas”. Albert Einstein

Through numeracy children can explore and use patterns and relationships in quantities, space and time; children can then investigate, interpret, explain and help to make sense of the world they live in.

Check out some of our free kids numeracy activities:

Science

Objective: For children to develop an understanding of the world and the universe based on current scientific theories.

“There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere”. Isaac Asimov

Science is a way of investigating, understanding, and explaining our natural, physical world and the wider universe.

Check out some of our free kids science activities:

Health

Objective: To help children understand “what helps to make me feel healthy?”

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”. Mahatma Gandhi

Teaching children about health and overall wellbeing will allow them to live a healthy and happy life.

Check out some free kids health activities:

7 Benefits of Music in the Classroom

  1. Music creates a positive learning environment. It is a great way to develop rapport! Music can both calm and stimulate, it offers one of the quickest ways to influence the mood of a group. When people sing together they feel an increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavor.
  2. Brain breaks energize learning activities and help to increase attention and concentration. By integrating music you are facilitating multi-sensory learning.
  3. Music is a fantastic way to promote individuality and gives children the opportunity for self-expression, creativity and imagination. Music is inclusive – everyone can be involved at their own level.Earth is my friend
  4. Through singing, both our left and right side of our brain is activated. Music helps you relax, activates your right-brain to receive new information plus helps move information into your long term memory storage bank. That’s why a song never leaves your long term memory.
  5. Children enjoy singing, they aren’t self-conscious about their ability and are eager to let their voices ROAR!
  6. Group work encourages team work and cohesiveness.
  7. Music provides a way of understanding different cultures.

Deck the Hall or Deck the Halls?

Deck the Hall or Deck the Halls?

Actually it can be both. The alteration of the first line to “Deck the halls” (plural) is found as early as the 1930s:[7] both “hall” and “halls” are found today. (ref Wikipedia)

Both children and adults love our upbeat version – the super catchy introduction immediately hooks listeners in to the song. Millions of listeners tune into childrenlovetosing and littleactionkids YouTube channels.

Deck the Halls childrenlovetosing video version has sing along lyrics only, great for schools and choirs. Deck the Hall by Little Action Kids video version is a choreographed, stage production 3D animation; perfect for kids to learn the moves of the song enabling them to perform the song at a concert or at home!

Here are some great learning activities for kids:

Music

  • Listen to the song, can children find a repeated rhythm pattern in the song?
  • Play the song again, children sing along and clap the rhythm pattern “Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la, la”
  • Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version – great for performances, school concerts and choirs.

Visual Art

  • View the video version of the song.
  • Make your own Christmas card or Christmas decoration.

Dance

  • Create dance moves to go with the song.
  • Watch the Little Action Kids video version and compare moves?

Literacy

  • 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.