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Seven Steps

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Counting from 1-7 forwards and backwards.

Seven Steps Lyrics and Actions

♫ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 [Everyone sings and walks forward together.]
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 [Everyone sings and walks backward together.]
1, 2, 3 [Forward.]
1, 2, 3 [Backward.]
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 [Forward.]

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 [Everyone sings and walks forward together.]
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 [Everyone sings and walks backward together.]
1, 2, 3 [Forward.]
1, 2, 3 [Backward.]
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 [Forward.]
1, 2, 3 [Forward.]
1, 2, 3 [Backward.]
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 [Forward.]

Now let's go backwards, OK?

7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 [Everyone sings and walks backward together.]
7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 [Everyone sings and walks forward together.]
7, 6, 5 [Backward.]
7, 6, 5 [Forward.]
7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 [Backward.]

7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 [Everyone sings and walks backward together.]
7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 [Everyone sings and walks forward together.]
7, 6, 5 [Backward.]
7, 6, 5 [Forward.]
7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 [Backward.]
7, 6, 5 [Backward.]
7, 6, 5 [Forward.]
7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 [Backward.]

Caution

CAUTION: Kids can get carried away with this, or any song, in which they are running/jumping/marching around the classroom. It's very important to set the tone the first time you use this song. Everybody moves in the same direction. No pushing. This is a great opportunity to help children learn to channel their excitement. If kids start to get too wild, turn it into a freeze game by stopping the music, then start it again when everyone has become motionless.

Classroom Benefits

Kids love "Seven Steps," and it definitely qualifies as a Super Simple Song! It's a great active song to use anytime to get the wiggles out. For this version, we added a backwards verse to get the kids moving and counting in the other direction.

Activity Ideas

This is a very versatile song the you can use in many ways. The easiest is simply to march around the room as you sing along with the song. For variation, try marching with pom-poms, batons, tambourines, or maracas. 1

Instead of marching, call out different commands like "Jump!" "Skip!" "Gallop!" "Tiptoe!" "Hop!" etc. Changing the actions you do with the song will keep it interesting for the kids, and it's great fun to try hopping or skipping backwards! 2

This is a great song to use for freeze games. When you stop the music, everybody must stop marching (or jumping or skipping) and freeze! Anybody who is moving gets a playful tap on the head with a squeaky toy or some other harmless and fun "penalty" (it's no fun when kids are "out" and have to sit out while others participate). To make it more challenging, while the kids are "frozen," they must continue singing as if the music didn't stop! 3

Sing the song sitting down. Count fingers, toes, bean bags, marbles…anything! 4

Instead of marching in a circle, have everyone line up holding hands and facing the same direction as they sing and march. If you have parents in the class, try having them stand facing the kids. As the kids move forward, the parents (or teacher) move back. When the kids move backward, the parents move forward (as if chasing the kids). It's a lot of fun. 5

Instead of forward and backward, try up and down or right and left. Or try alternating hopping on your left foot and then your right foot. 6

With children under 2, this is a great song for them to "bounce" to. Or the caretaker can count the child's fingers and toes, or walk his/her fingers up and down the child's arms and legs. 7

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