Singing Games for Children

| September 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sing Games – Why? Children’s singing Games

Singing Games are fun!

–Children love them.

– Source of interaction for children.

–Excellent eye/hand/body coordination.

–Cross-lateral patterns that lend to thinking skills.

singing games

Child’s Singing Game

Most singing games were created by children. The words often related to what was going on in the time period the game was conceived.  It was a good way for children to cope with what was going on around them.

Some singing games were composed by adults. The singing games adults created lent to learning a topic of some sort. Music has been used over and over again for lyrics teachingmath, reading, ABC’s,rhyming, etc.

Last week in my music class I introduced to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders the children’s singing game, “Billy”.

“Billy” does several things aiding in a child’s development.

  1. Verses go numerical 1 through 12.
  2. There is a rhyming word for each number.
  3. In each verse the number and rhyming word are rhythmically held longer.
  4. Each verse begins with a cross-lateral position, pat, then clap.
  5. The two longer words have a different pattern, setting them apart.
  6. Eye/hand/body coordination are challenged.
  7. Children are socially working together by pairs, and with an odd number of children they can creatively think of a way to do the pattern in a group of three.
  8. A big beat is being internalized by the playing of the game.

While teaching a singing game I break it down in parts allowing the children to be successful before moving on. I started by singing the song and writing on the board the verses with the number and rhyming word.

After the class learned the song they practiced the cross-lateral, pat, and clap pattern with the words: “Cross down when”.

When students were successful with that pattern, I introduced the pattern that accompanied the long number and the rhyming word: Clap partners hand twice, then the back hand of partner twice.

The rest of the pattern is: clap own hand, partners right, clap own hand, partners left. That pattern is fit in between the long notes of each verse.

A 5th grade boy last week challenged me. As I was teaching the song and the first part of the game he crossed his arms against his body with a scowl on his face. I approached him and asked what the problem was.

He replied, “Why are you teaching a baby song to us, we are 5th graders?”

The class was waiting and wondering how I was going to react and what sort of answer was I going to give. I paused a moment, “Yes, this is a song I teach in 2nd grade. There is a game that is played with this song that 2nd graders are not yet able to do, however. 5th graders are coordinated enough to accomplish this task. Do you think you are able to?”

He smirked, “Of course I can.”

“All right.” I answered. “Let me see what you have.”

After teaching the game the class divided into partners and this young man became my partner. He was getting a little frustrated. Not loud enough for his friends to hear I remarked to him, “You don’t like this game because it is too difficult for you. It’s all right, you can always change the pattern to fit what you can do. Just allow yourself to have fun.”

The next week, this class came in again and we began the period by playing “Billy”. This young man partnered up with his friend, played the game, did not complain, and seemed to enjoy himself.

Experience has taught me that 5th graders enjoy the same singing games 1st graders have fun with. Rules need to be adapted a little for the grade levels, but games are fun no matter what age. I always encourage the students to play the games on the play ground when they go outside.

Sing games are fun!

I love going to work to sing, dance and play knowing I can make a difference in a child’s life

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