ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Movement and Music--Skeletons/body!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Movement and Music--Skeletons/body!

Today we are going to explore some Movement and Music with our Skeletons.  

Hi, this is Jedda from This Little Project.  I always like to do some body awareness for my kids at this time of year when skeletons are hanging all over the place.  When my kids realized that they have skeletons and that they were part of the body that made it moved they weren't so scary :)  Below are movies and activities to help you experience and learn about the bones in your body.

This little movie will get you started at looking at where your bones are:

If you want to learn the "real" names of the bones, my niece sings a song with the different bones ( to the tune of Macarena) that will help you can learn some of the real names of the bones.  Click Here and it will take you to the movie.  She doesn't point to each bone in the movie--but you can while you sing it!

This next music piece (In the Hall of the Mountain King) is fun to dance to at this time of year.  The first part of the music is so quiet that you can hardly hear it.  Start with everyone in a circle and tip toe your skeletons around as close to the ground as you can.  As the music grows louder and faster you can grow taller and walk faster and faster around the circle.  

In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg (from Peer Gynt).    
Kids LOVE this game and it's a great way to teach about dynamics and tempo in music as well as a fun way to explore the idea of their bones moving while they dance/run around.

This song is about skeletons dancing around.  What kinds of shapes can you make with your skeletons while you dance around?
Dance Macabre by Saint-Saens, a french composer:

Fun songs for learning about bones:
Use the hokey pokey with the names of the bone instead.

("You put your right phalanges in...")


Use the "Head, shoulders, knees, and toes" song:

(Skull, clavicle, patella, tarsals, patella tarsals, patella, tarsals....)

This is a fun dress up activity.  What covers your bones?
Thanks for joining in with me today for some great music and movement! 
I hope that you find joy learning about music and movement and dance with your children and students!

 If you would like more ideas on what you can do to learn and share music with kids, come visit my blog, This Little Project. The first Monday of the month is always about music!

If you missed the past countries in this Music and Movement series, here are the links for the other countries we have explored together: MexicoChinaIreland USA,  France, and Scotland!


  1. I love this post Jedda. Thanks for the time you put in to sharing your knowledge and talents. My kids will enjoy trying some of your ideas here.

  2. Excelente entrada!! si quieres visitar y seguir mis bogs, te invito!!

    Mariela Parma