|Babies||Walkers to 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
Children will be using their voices in a rhythmic chant. The chants will also be teaching them to remember the sequences of the movements relating to the words of the chant. The Wiggly Worm Chant also teaches the children spatial concepts helping them to understand the words to describe physical location using positional movements with their hands. The Body Rap Chant focuses more on rhythm and getting each part of their body to move in time to a beat. The chants help the children to use their voices in a rhythmic way without having to worry about pitch.
- Your choice of chant
Do each chant for two to three weeks to give the children a chance to learn it.
How it works
This activity encourages children to control their voices in a slightly different way, by chanting, along with a rhythm rather than music.
Choose one of the chants from the two below.
• Wiggly Wiggly Worm
• Body Rap
What to do in the class
Set the scene, explain to the children in simple terms what the chant is about before you begin and also say a few words to the parents as to the benefits of this exercise. Follow the choreography described.
Adaptations for older/younger children
What to do in a nursery setting
No adaptation necessary.