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Count Down And Move

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Language Focus Other songs about: counting

Counting down from 20 to 1.

Count Down And Move Lyrics and Actions

Let’s count down from twenty!
Are you ready?
Here we go!
Twenty!
Nineteen!
Eighteen!
Seventeen!
Sixteen!
Fifteen!
Fourteen!
Thirteen!
Twelve!
Eleven!
Ten!
Nine!

[The music quiets down here, sing quietly or whisper. If you are marching, start tip-toeing.]

Eight.
Seven.
Six.
Five.
Four!
Three!
Two!
One!
Yay!
We did it!

Classroom Benefits

"Count Down And Move" is a high-energy counting song that practices counting backwards from 20 to 1. We've kept it super simple so that you can use it in a variety of ways such as marching, passing a ball, counting objects, English aerobics, or other ideas.

It's a great warm up song to start class, for a break between more quiet activities, or to finish up class as a bookend to “Count And Move.” Get kids up, moving, and counting! Yay!!

It’s also a great song to use near New Year’s Eve to get kids ready for the New Year’s countdown.

Activity Ideas

The simplest way to use this song is to make a line, or circle, and march. Take a step as each number is said. Or, for more of a challenge, try taking a step backwards. Count on the beat, or do a call-and-response, repeating each number in the song. 1

Try marching with tambourines, rattles or other noise making instruments. 2

Give each child a number card. When their number comes up in the song, they hold up their card and shout their number. It can be a bit tricky going backwards, and might take some practice! 3

Make a special Marching Hat. Each time you sing the song, have a different child be the leader and wear the hat and be at the beginning (or end, if you are marching backwards) of the line. Give them a baton or whistle to make it extra special. 4

Use this song to count objects. Give each student marbles, straws, pom poms, bean bags, etc. (be sure to supervise young children carefully with small objects) and have them count down the objects along with the song. Use two bowls and transfer the objects from one bowl to the other while you sing and count. 5

Do English aerobics! Do push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, etc. It's a great way to get students excited. Thanks to Kim from Aichi, Japan for this idea. 6

Line up number flashcards 20 to 1 on the whiteboard. Point to the numbers in order as you sing in a call-and-response fashion. Next, mix up the numbers and try it again. Listen, find, point, sing! Thanks to Laurie from Hiroshima, Japan for this idea. 7

Practice counting down with other songs, like “Five Little Monkeys” and “Ten In The Bed.” 8

See our Pinterest Board for more counting ideas. 9

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