Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “The Pinocchio” 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. “The Pinocchio” is a super fun active song that teaches parts-of-the-body vocabulary as well as left and right.
Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!
- This is a great song to teach and review parts-of-the-body vocabulary. In this song, we focus on the right and left arm, the right and left leg, and our chin. This song uses very clear gestures and lots of repetition, so you don’t need to pre-teach the vocabulary…just gather your students in a circle, press play, and dance along.
- Use this song to practice and review left and right.
- Left and right is an opposite pair, as is in and out, which we also sing about in this song as everyone moves in and out of the circle. For more opposites practice, pair this song with the Super Simple versions of Open Shut Them.
- Once your students are familiar with the song try playing a game of Puppet Master. Pick a student to be the Puppet Master who says a part of the body and lifts it for the rest of the class to follow.
- This is a great song to sing any time your students need an active break. It’s a great way to move some energy around to wake everyone up or to burn some energy off. This song ends with everybody sitting down, so after their big movements, they will be seated and ready for what comes next.