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Summer Music and Movement Activities for Children

It’s summer and it’s time to map out summer music activities for children you can use at home, at summer school, music camp or the daycare.

SUMMER MUSIC AND MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

There’s lots of opportunities to make music during the summer months. One thing I’ve noticed is that children love to share their favorite activities.

This song “Summertime” is loaded with ways we can enjoy the summer. 

Sing this song, talk about the different things in the song, then have the children share one of their favorite activities.

You’ll love the literacy packet that has worksheets and coloring pages to use with the song. Available at the TpT store.

Use this fun Music and Movement activity to kick off your summer learning activities.

Summer Literacy and Action Song “Summertime, Summertime” Video

And it’s a great time to have music activities with outside!

In addition, the classroom setting may be more flexible, and you can do some integrated activities using movement!

so here are my ideas for summer music and movement activities.

USING THEMES IN SUMMER ACTIVITIES

I’m going to start with a themed summer activity idea.  Why not center all your activities about one big picture idea? 

I think that summertime is a great time to learn about Farm Animals!

You can use all these videos in your home or classroom and have a complete Farm Animal unit of activities.

Using these music activities, you’ll be able to connect learning animal names, sounds, the alphabet, counting and letter recognition through a variety of interactive songs, games, reading and writing and movement activities, reading and writing and.

I’d recommend creating a chart so you can write out your plan.

You might want to have a musical experience every day, or by the week.

Choose from a variety of activities that meet the needs of the whole child.  

For example:

Listening to music activity

  • SINGING MUSIC ACTIVITY
  • PLAYING MUSIC ACTIVITY
  • CREATING MUSIC ACTIVITY
  • MOVING TO MUSIC ACTIVITY
  • COLORING ACTIVITY
  • PRETEND PLAY ACTIVITY

I think that including a variety of activities will help the children in many ways. 

Try including these things in your weekly music activities for variety and experiencing music in different ways.

SUMMER SINGING ACTIVITIES

Let’s start with summer singing activities!

While I’ve listed these as sing along songs, they are also movement activities. But you can start by using them for the children to sing. Then add the movement component in later.

Since we’re doing Farm Animal theme, let’s use “Old Mac Donald Had A Farm” to kick off our farm animal unit.

I do like Catie’s Classroom sing alongs.

Be sure to use the captions so the students can read the words.

After you sing the song, you can tell the children it’s time to take a walk on the farm.

They can move and sing to “What Do the Farm Animals Say?” a farm action song.

You can purchase this song and the activities from our TpT store: Farm Animal Action Song Literacy, Movement Activities (Video) BUNDLE

Next, it’s time for a Farm Animals Action Song And Dance “Come on Down to the Barnyard Dance”

You can purchase this song and the activities from our TpT store: FARM ANIMALS ACTION SONG AND DANCE “Come on Down to the Barnyard Dance”

You can also find this song on APPLE MUSIC: COME ON DOWN TO THE BARNYARD DANCE

And, there’s a fun animal circle game where the children walk in a circle and get to take turns being farm animals.

You can purchase this song and the activities from our TpT store:

FARM ANIMALS GAME “The Animals in the Circle”

FARM ANIMAL GAME

Here’s a farm animal game for your summer music and movement activities.

Try playing this fun farm animal game with your students. Have everyone sit in a circle. Use the song “Old Mac Donald Had a Farm”.

You could use this book if needed. (You’ll go to Amazon using my affiliate link).

Old MacDonald had a Farm book

You may want to brainstorm all the farm animals and write them on the board.

Assign someone to be the “farmer”. The farmer stands in the middle of the circle.

Everyone pats their knees while singing “Old Mac Donald had a farm, eei,  eei oo! And on that farm he/she had a “fill in here with a farm animal”, eei,  eei oo! (The farmer must choose someone to be the animal before finishing that line-the sooner the better.)

Then the “animal” makes the sounds and acts like the animal.

You can have that person become the farmer and then the next chooser. This way, more students will get a chance to take a turn in the game.

If needed have the children repeat the animals. The goal is to give them the opportunity to dramatize and participate.

I’ve found that the children really love this type of game.

FARM ANIMAL RHYTHM ACTIVITIES

If you’re teaching music, or want to incorporate some music activities, here are some rhythm activity ideas.

FARM ANIMAL RHYTHM GAME

Try playing this fun farm animal rhythm game with your students. Use the directions above, except give everyone an instrument.

Assign an instrument to each animal you’re going to sing about.

Instead of the farmer standing in the middle, choose someone to be the beat keeper and play a steady beat.

Instruments are only played during the line when the animal is singing.

If you want to step up the game, then create specific rhythms for each animal.

You can group students by instruments and then they all play the same animal too.

Using this song as a rhythm activity is a wonderful way to help children make musical connections through singing, moving, playing (instruments) and purposeful “play”.

If you want some more rhythm practice you can check out our farm animal themed rhythm play along videos.

Not only do these resources come with a video, but you get flash cards, games, google drag and drop activity and google slides presentation.

Farm Animal Rhythm Play Along and Activities: LEVEL 2 (Sixteenth Notes) COMING SOON!

FARM ANIMAL ICONS RHYTHM PLAY ALONG

FARM ANIMALS QUARTER NOTE RHYTHM PLAY ALONG 

FARM ANIMALS QUARTER REST RHYTHM PLAY ALONG


There are lot’s of rhythm play alongs on the Sing Play Create YouTube Channel.

FARM ANIMAL MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES

You can use the songs as your movement activities too. They make great summer music and movement activities.

Be sure to encourage big moves, safe moves and cross body movement.

You can give the children a scarf and have them wave their scarves to any of the songs.

FARM SCARF ACTIVITY

Use scarves with “Old Mac Donald Had A Farm”

This activity is like the game.

Instead of passing out instruments, pass out scarves.

Each animal is a different color.

Have the children double up or take turns as needed.

Go through the song and establish the order of the animals.

Have the children practice their parts before singing along.

Set clear expectations about movement. Do you want them to also act like an animal? Do you want them to only use their scarf?

Sing and have fun!

FARM ANIMALS FREEZE DANCE

FARM ANIMALs SCARF ACTIVITY

FARM ANIMALS RUN GAME 

FARM ANIMALS WOULD YOU RATHER EXERCISE WORKOUT

MORE FARM ANIMAL LEARNING ACTIVITIES

Connect learning using these Farm animal materials.

FARM ANIMALS COUNT to 100

I’m hoping that you’ll find these summer music activities useful and fun. There are many different themes to choose from for successful summer music activities.

If you are doing an OCEAN THEME you may want to check out these activities on the SING PLAY CREATE YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

TEACHER TIPS

You may want to look at our Summer Movement Activity Bundle: Brain Breaks, Exercise, Song, Scarves available at the TpT store.

Summer music and movement activities for brain breaks, exercise, freeze dance, scarf and singing activities.

Make this summer special with a 14 minute long Exercise workout video, PLUS! “Summertime” Action song about all things summer, an ocean themed scarf movement, an ocean themed exercise move and freeze activity as well as summer movement task cards where students get to MOVE and SING about summer topics.

 Movement activities can help your students burn off energy and stay focused during the school day.

These activities will have your students’ waving scarves as well as dancing, exercising, singing a summer song and moving to music. Having your own set of summer music and movement activities and brain breaks gives you the freedom to use them as needed.

Whether teaching P.E., Music, Summer school, Summer Camp, or a Regular classroom, you will LOVE having this set of summer music and movement activities that blend perfectly with your summer lessons. Best for PreK-3rd Grade

FREEBIE

Finally, here’s a couple of tips to help you plan your for your summer music and movement activities.

Create a YouTube playlist of your “go to” activities.

Write the activities into your planner with links to the videos.

Create and insert these activities into a google slides document so that you have immediate access without the ads!

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Sandra from Sing Play Create
It’s summer and it’s time to map out summer music and movement activities for children you can use at home, at summer school, music camp or the daycare.
It’s summer and it’s time to map out summer music and movement activities for children you can use at home, at summer school, music camp or the daycare.

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