Song of the Month

Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.

December 2008

Ring Those Bells

Listen to the whole song on H.U.M. -- Highly Usable Music, or hear it here:

Did you know that those bells we ring weren't called jingle bells, but the term "jingle" was meant as an action verb! We were to jingle (shake the bell to make it ring) the bells, which became the noun, "jingle bells!" AND, the song "Jingle Bells" was written in 1857 as a Thanksgiving song! Which brings us to this month's Song of the Month: "Ring Those Bells". It's a perfect song to be sung as a companion to "Jingle Bells". The tune is familiar to many – "Jimmy Crack Corn" – and it's a zipper song! Just keep repeating the basic song, zipping in a new movement for each verse. Don't limit yourself to my ideas – use some of the movement skills your child(ren) are working to master. Use harder skills for older children. I sing this song at Family Concerts with participants of all ages. All you need are some bells to jingle!

Lyrics:

Ring those bells and turn around
Ring those bells and turn around
Ring those bells and turn around
For wintertime is here!

Additional verses:
2. Stamp your feet
3. Jump up high
4. Touch your toes
5. Turn around

Movements:

Do what the lyrics tell you to do. For added drama, in verse 3 start out with bells/hands near the floor and jump up high. In verse 4, start with bells/hands overhead and bend all the way down to your toes.

Age Range: 18 months – 7 years old

Purpose: coordination, rhythmic movement, prop handling, singing, exercise!

Extension Activity: for children 4 – 7, give them a 7" piece of round elastic and 4 – 5 jingle bells to string. Tie a double knot, and you've got wrist bells to jingle.

Note: I use sturdy quality bells on a velcro wristband (Item #811C) from Rhythm Band Inc. at www.rhythmband.com or hand-held bells (Item #RB839). Be careful when choosing bells for young children. No matter how many times you tell them not to put them in their mouths, they might try it. Choose well-made bells that will not come off and become a choking hazard!

Bells

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