This popular song is ideal for when you need a mood boost or a break from home schooling. It’s fun and active, and good for dissipating any tension. The words are appealing and alliterative too, so it can be used as a segue into a literacy activity.
Listening and learning
Start off by listening to other versions such as this one sung by Raffi and another by The Wiggles. Then play the Sing Up performance track – it’s easy to pick up. Notice that Verse 4 is set at a slower tempo (pace) to match the sleepy mood, but the song picks up speed for the final verse.
Next, watch Beccy Owen’s video and follow along as she teaches the song line by line. You could either take it in turns with someone to sing alternate lines and then all join in on ‘and wiggles my waggles away’ or all sing the whole thing. Be sure to do the actions as you sing, (you could perform them on the beat), whether it’s a shake, clap or jump.
‘I’ve got to ... shake, shake, shake my maracas ... tap, tap, tap my tambourine ... ring, ring, ring my bells ... and make up some music today!’
Use the actions from the song and those newly invented to choreography a dance sequence. Each dancer could choose four linked movements to perform. They could perform these to someone at home or teach them someone else and then perform them together. You could create a longer sequence by adding together your sequence to someone else’s.