Learn to teach the popular counting down song “Six In The Bed” from Super Simple Songs! Join Caitie as she demonstrates some activity ideas that you can use to teach this fun and classic nursery rhyme for kids.
Try some of these ideas in the classroom or at home!
- This is a great song to do with groups big or small. You can do the actions sitting down or you can have your students stand up and act it out, spinning around in place as they sing “roll over, roll over!”
- You can act out the song in other ways too, you can use stuffed animals or dolls, or cut out paper dolls and draw a picture of a bed to bring the song to life. Try drawing a big picture of a bed on your board and place the paper dolls on top and count them as a class. You can start with six, and then add more!
- This song is great for introducing the concept of subtraction to young students. Once they are familiar with the song, try asking in between verses, “what is six minus one? Five! There are five in the bed!”
- Try having your students act out the song at the front of the class: put six chairs next to each other and each verse, one student pretends to fall out of the chair and goes back to their seat. At the end of the song there will be one student left sitting on the chairs. Allow them to come up with something different to say at the end – see what they come up with!