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The Bean Bag
Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
Hap Palmer

    
This song is available on Hap Palmer's Can A Jumbo Jet Sing the Alphabet?


Skills and Concepts:
- Identifying body parts
- Developing eye hand coordination
- Improving rhythmic awareness

Vocabulary:
head, shoulder, elbow, knee, back, stomach, finger, foot, arm

Activity:
Each participant holds a bean bag and responds to the directions given in the song. Bean bags can be purchased commercially or homemade with uncooked dry rice or beans inside a sock.*

 

Chorus:
Throw the bean bag and catch
Turn around, turn around, stamp, stamp, stamp
Throw the bean bag and catch
Turn around, turn around, stamp, stamp, stamp

Put it on your head and walk around the room
Put it on your head and walk around the room

Repeat Chorus

Put it on your head and walk around the room
Put it on your head and walk around the room

Put it on your shoulder
Put it on your elbow
Put it on your knee
Put it on your back now

Put it on your stomach
Put it on your finger
Put it on your foot
Put it on your arm now

Put it on your head and walk around the room
Put it on your head and walk around the room

Repeat Chorus

 

Variation:
- Children work together and share a bean bag with a partner. They throw and catch with each other then take turns placing the bean bag on different body parts.

Follow up:
Stimulate further exploration by asking questions and giving challenges, for example:

- "In your own time, put the bean bag on all the body parts you remember hearing
in this song."

- "Can you put the bean bag on parts of your body that were not named in this
song? examples: spine, pelvis, chest, chin, hips, fore arm, calf, shin."

- "Put your bean bag on your head. As I play the drum, move around the room.
Walk faster when I play the drum faster. If your bean bag falls on the floor, stop
moving and freeze by your bean bag.

- "Can you find other ways to move with the bean bag?" examples:
Put it on your spine and crawl around the room
Put it in your palm and hop around the room
Put it in your wrist and run around the room
Drop it on the floor and run around the bag

- "Sing this song again using your ideas. "

*For hints on making bean bags, visit www.happalmer.com and click on "Making Teaching Materials."

 

 

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Many thanks to Hap Palmer for permission to display these lyrics.
© Hap Palmer. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 

 
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