How To Teach Super Simple Songs

How To Teach What Do You Like To Do?

Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “What Do You Like To Do?” 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. “What Do You Like To Do?” is a silly song that explores expressing the likes and dislikes of different activities.

Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!

  • This song explores answers to the question “what do you like to do?” When you are singing the song, have your students give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to show whether they like something or they don’t like something.
  • Try coming up with things your students like to do that aren’t in the song. You can go around the circle and give everyone a chance to say something they like to do, and then encourage them to twist it and come up with a silly version of the activity that they don’t like to do. Be sure they use the vocabulary ‘I like’ and ‘I don’t like’ in their sentences.
  • Have your students draw pictures of the silly activities in the song, like dancing with a bear or painting in a tree. Let them pick their favorite to illustrate and see what they come up with!
  • For a fun memory challenge try playing this circle time game. Have your students sit in a circle and pick one student to start the game. That student starts by saying something they like to do, for example, they can say “I like singing”. The student next to them has to say what the first student said and then add on another thing they like to do. For example, “I like singing and I like riding my bike.” Then the next student would say “I like singing and I like riding my bike and I like eating ice cream” Keep going around the circle and adding new items until it becomes too long to remember. If students are struggling, the other students can give them hints or help them out if they need it.