So, anyone who’s even been an 8 year old knows “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Here’s a quick and fun variation for your toddler or preschool group that uses some easily built props.
Take different sized boxes (such as cereal boxes, cartons etc) and cover them with paper. Be sure to tape all the edges down, otherwise it’ll look like everyone’s opening presents for their birthday at once. You can even make the blocks different colors and use them for a color recognition game later on. Each child gets a block, then you sing this song…
Do the actions with them so they can follow along.
If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it, lift your block,
If you’re happy and you know it, lift your block
If you’re happy and you know it
and you face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, lift your block.
… lay it down.
… swing your block.
… hug your block.
… tap your block.
… drum your block.
Get chords for the above song here.
On the last variation of “… drum you block” you can drum longer than the song would normally go on for each time – saying “stop!” to stop the drumming and resume the song.