Musical Games For Preschool Children

Preschool children love to sing songs, move around, and play games. So why not combine the three? There are plenty of musical games children can play, ranging from The Hokey Pokey to sing-a-longs. The games will help children learn about music and get the exercise they need! On top of all of that, musical games are just fun! Here are a few musical games for preschool children.

The Hokey Pokey.
The Hokey Pokey is a fun musical game that requires a lot of movement from preschoolers! They love to shake and move around, spin, and clap their hands! This musical game does not just stop at singing and dancing. They will also learn about different parts of their body, as well as their left from their right. Here is an example of how this song goes:

“You put your left foot in.
You put your left foot out.
You put your left foot in.
And you shake it all about!
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!”

You can also do this for the right foot, arms, elbows, head, hips, backside, and your whole self!

You can find the full lyrics and song to “The Hokey Pokey” by clicking here.

London Bridge is Falling Down.
London Bridge is another fun musical game that requires a little movement. To play this game, you and a fellow parent or child care worker will stand across from each other with your arms straight out, holding hands. Leave space for the children to run or skip under your arms. As the children move under your arms (taking turns of course, you can line them up if need be), everyone will sing the following:

“London Bridge is falling down.
Falling down, falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady!”

For the next part, drop your arms and capture the child moving under your arms between your arms. Gently move them back and forth as everyone sings:

“Build it up with iron bars,
Iron bars, iron bars.
Build it up with iron bars,
My fair lady!

Iron bars will bend and break,
Bend and break, bend and break.
Iron bars will bend and break,
My fair lady!”

After everyone sings those lyrics, release the child and continue to go until the next part of the song that suggests building the bridge up.

You can find the full lyrics and song to “London Bridge is Falling Down” by clicking here.

Ring Around The Rosie.
To play “Ring Around The Rosie”, the children should all hold hands in a circle. Once everyone is holding hands, they can move around in a circle. You do not have to run, just walking in a circle while holding hands is fine. As you all walk around, sing the following:

“Ring around the rosies
A pocket full of posies;
Ashes, Ashes
We all fall down.”

When you get to “Ashes, ashes, we all fall down.”, everyone can drop to the floor or ground in a sitting position.

There is a full song of “Ring Around The Rosie”, and you can find the full lyrics and song by clicking here.

You can also sit the children down to relax with a sing-a-long. There are many songs to sing together! The songs include “Hickory Dickory Dock”, “I’m a Little Teapot”, “B-I-N-G-O”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”, “The Alphabet Song”, and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. Some songs may require a little movement while the children can sing others sitting still. Whether you are moving or sitting, sing-a-longs can be a lot of fun!

You can find lists of children’s songs and the lyrics by clicking here.

Musical games for preschool children are great for both learning and play time! You can also use the musical game to help break the ice between preschoolers who are just meeting for the first time. Play the games in child care centers and play groups, school classrooms, music class, and at parties (such as birthday and holiday parties). You can even play the games at home with your own children and their friends! Musical games are a great way to exercise, play, and just sing out loud!

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