Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “10 Monsters In The Bed” in the classroom and at home for lots of fun learning with little ones. She has lots of great ideas! And she’ll lead us through the song using gestures – an excellent way to introduce a song to children. “10 Monsters In The Bed” is a great song to practice or review numbers and counting down, and it has super fun and simple actions to go along with it.
Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!
- This is a great song to sing at Halloween for numbers practice. If you have sung the song Ten In The Bed before, this is a great way to revisit that song in a fun, new way.
- You can do the actions to this song sitting or standing up. You can roll your hands if you’re sitting down (like Wheels On The Bus) or turn your body around if you’re standing up.
- Your students might like to dress up as monsters to help celebrate the Halloween season. You can make monster masks or print our monster masks printable to act out the song and pretend to be monsters!
- You can also act out the song in other ways too. Try cutting out different pictures of monsters and draw a big picture of a bed on the board. Place ten monsters on the bed and as you sing each verse, remove a monster until there is only the little one left. For more counting review, place a bunch of the cut out monsters on the drawing of the bed and ask your students, how many monsters are in the bed? Count them together and write the number on the board.
- This song is great for Halloween, but it can also be used year round. In the recorded version of this song, there is no mention of monsters or Halloween in the words of the song, just in the spooky feeling we get from the music, so you could sing it any time of year. The number vocabulary in this song is very helpful for young learners, and hearing it in different ways and in different songs gives them lots of opportunities to practice.