Let’s get moving and grooving!
Physical activity is an important part of your child’s overall well-being, and what better way to get up and moving than with music?? Physical activity can improve mental well-being, increase focus and attention, support sensory regulation, and more. In this season of online learning and staying at home more often than usual, it is so important to make time for regular movement breaks.
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Movement songs are an easy, fun way to encourage physical activity during the day. One of our music therapist’s favorites is, “I’m in the Mood,” by Raffi.
In this song, Raffi says that he is in the mood for singing, clapping, whistling, and stomping. After listening to the original song, this is a great opportunity to encourage your child’s leadership and choice-making skills! You can ask them, “What are you in the mood for?” Or, present choices, “Are you in the mood for skipping or running?”
You can also turn this song into a game for following two-step directions! Tell your child to listen carefully, and then change the words to include two movements. For example, “I’m in the mood to jump then clap!” Or, “I’m in the mood to spin around then stomp!”
The possibilities are endless, have fun!
Here are some of our music therapist’s other favorite movement songs:
- Shake Your Body Down (by The Laurie Berkner Band)
- Follow the Leader (by Ella Jenkins)
- Jump to the Beat (by Uncle Devin)
- Stop and Go (by Ella Jenkins)
- Shake My Sillies Out (by Raffi)
- The Airplane Song (by The Laurie Berkner Band)
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