Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “Put On Your Boots” 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. “Put On Your Boots” focuses on getting ready to go outside and is great for roleplaying!
Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!
- This song teaches some really simple, useful language that parents and teachers can use with their children right away. It’s a great song to play anytime little ones are getting ready to go outside during the colder months. Play it at the end of the day when everyone is getting ready to go home, or at home at the beginning of the day while getting ready for school.
- Many little ones might put up a struggle when they have to put on their heavy winter gear like mittens and coats. Singing a song while getting ready can make it feel much more fun! You can play it in the background, or sing the verse for whatever item they are putting on.
- Once your students understand the language ‘put on your…’ you can use the phrase for many other things not sung in the song, like mittens or snow pants.
- This is also a great song for role playing. You can act out the song with gestures or use real clothes items as props!
- Try using the children’s own items that they wear to school and put them in a pile in front of each student. As the song plays, have them find that item and put it on. Challenge them to have the item of clothing on by the time the verse ends. This is great practice for them to get ready and then they’ll be able to do it in record time when it’s time to get ready in real life.
- You can also have your students dress up dolls or paper dolls for the winter weather. Give each student a piece of paper with a stick figure on it. Using crayons or markers, have them draw boots, a coat, a scarf and a hat onto the stick figure to get them all ready to go outside.