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Language Focus Other songs about: action verbs

Simple action verbs (walking, hop, running, stop, tiptoe, jump, swimming, sleep.)

Walking Walking Lyrics and Actions

♫ Walking walking. Walking walking.
Hop hop hop. Hop hop hop.
Running running running. Running running running.
Now let's stop. Now let's stop. [Place both hands out in front of you, palms facing forward.]

Walking walking. Walking walking.
Hop hop hop. Hop hop hop.
Running running running. Running running running.
Now let's stop. Now let's stop.

Tiptoe tiptoe. Tiptoe tiptoe. [Walk on your toes.]
Jump jump jump. Jump jump jump.
Swimming swimming swimming. [Make a swimming motion.]
Now let's sleep. Now let's sleep. [Rest your head against your hands or lie down on the ground and pretend to sleep.]

Wake up! [Eyes open! Look alert!]
It's time to go! [Look at your watch.]
Are you ready to go fast? [Run in place quickly.]
Okay!

Walking walking. Walking walking.
Hop hop hop. Hop hop hop.
Running running running. Running running running.
Now let's stop. Now let's stop.

Walking walking. Walking walking.
Hop hop hop. Hop hop hop.
Running running running. Running running running.
Now let's stop. Now let's stop.
Whew! [Wipe your brow with your forearm.]

Caution

CAUTION: Once children become familiar with this song, they may become very excited and simply start running. One way to stop this is to pause the music and have everyone freeze. Re-start the music when they have all stopped. Or use your stoplight (see Song Tip #3 below) to practice stop and go while the song is playing. This is a great opportunity to help children learn to channel their excitement.

Note

When using this song with children under 3 years old, you may find that some children become frustrated because they can't hop. Make sure to praise ALL of the children for good hopping, even if they are just jumping. Hold the hands of the children who have not developed the motor skills to hop yet. Or, if you prefer, instead of "hop, hop, hop," sing "jump, jump, jump" with your toddler classes. Most kids want to try to hop though. They just need praise, encouragement, a little bit of assistance, and some practice.

Preparation

This song works great with some pre-teaching to introduce the verbs before the music starts. Gather students in a circle and jump, jump, jump. Now hop, swim, tiptoe, walk and run in place. Because kids can get carried away with this song, or any song in which they are running or jumping around the classroom, it's very important to set the tone the first time you use this song. As you practice the song, be sure to emphasize that everybody moves in the same direction. No pushing and stay in the circle. That way, everyone can have fun!

Classroom Benefits

This song is one of our classroom staples. Kids love it and will ask for it again and again. Use it when your students have a little extra energy and need to get the wiggles out, or when they are feeling sluggish and need a boost. Because this song ends with a bang, kids will be a little tuckered out when it's over, so it's perfect before starting a quiet activity or storytime. We've added some additional actions (tiptoe, jump, swim, sleep) to spice up the traditional version.

Activity Ideas

For variation, or if you don't have a large enough space, have the students do the song sitting down. Use you fingers to walk, run, jump and swim up and down their own legs and arms. 1

Try it with puppets, finger puppets or stuffed animals. 2

For a simple craft to go with this song, make stop lights. Fold a piece of black construction paper in half. Draw three circles in a row on each side. On one side, put a red circle in the top one. On the other side, put a green circle in the bottom one. Tape a straw or chopstick in the middle and tape it shut. Practice stop and go with the two sides. When the song says, "Now let's stop," hold up the red light. Then flip the signal over and hold up the green light when it's time to walk again. Have students practice stop and go with each other. 3

After you sing "Now let's sleep," pretend to fall asleep and have the children wake you up by shouting "WAKE UP!" It's a hit every time. 4

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