Ready for our next new song? It’s all about parts of the body! In this all-new video for our song “Todo mi cuerpo,” a boy decides to dance and swim with his whole body.
Like the English song “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” this new Calico Spanish song helps children can learn how to talk about the parts of the body with fun music. Here are some ideas for working with this song in ways that get kids hearing and using communicative language (not to mention repeating without being repetitive).
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Get ’em moving!
“Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” is not a song kids sing sitting down, and neither is “Todo mi cuerpo”! Ask children to stand and touch the parts of the body while they sing. All elementary children enjoy songs with movements, but kids in preschool and kindergarten especially benefit from all the kinesthetic movement in this type of song.
Draw the body.
As an at-home activity (if you’re limited on time) or in class, have children create their own basic song sheet by drawing and labeling a body outline. This way, they can sing it at home, showing their parents what they’re learning in class. Send home the link to the video while you’re at it!
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Change it up.
Singing the same song over and over can get boring, but there are many ways to get kids excited about repeating song. How about singing as fast as they can – or as slow as they can? How about singing it in an opera voice, or in a whisper?
Make up new verses.
In our song, the boy uses his body to dance and swim. What else do your learners do to stay active? Perhaps they want to sing a verse about skiing, playing baseball, or climbing at the playground.
Several of these tips work for any song; try them today. Share other tips with us in the comments below; what activities do you use to get kids moving and singing in Spanish?
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Ready to give the song a listen?
Ah yes- and if you missed the first in this series of new music releases, be sure to check out “Así me gusta a mí.”
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