We're singing Mothers day songs right now. We have two songs that I really want them to have down, so we have to sing them over and over - for the repetition part of learning. Well, that's boring, and if i'm bored, I know the kids are bored. So I borrowed from Sister Webb's idea which is: do things while you sing so they don't notice. A few weeks ago she put activities to do in Easter eggs, and while they sang I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ they would also be doing the activity chosen from the egg. Easter is over, and I have this huge box sitting in my house so I printed out options and layered them three deep inside the page protectors so that as we did one I could pull it out and there would be a fresh choice underneath. Then the kids could gently roll the box down the aisle and we would do that activity while singing.
So here they are:
Hop on one foot, turn around slowly, sway side to side, close eyes, pat head/rub belly, flap arms, march in place, raise eyebrows, stand on tip toes, stacatto, legato, piano, forte, stand up/sit down, clap in rhythm, and wiggle thumbs.
They never complained about singing the same two songs over and over, and they asked if we could do this again with some new activities.
What do you do when you sing the same song over and over to keep the kids engaged?