Take a music & movement break: Videos & activities for early learners

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris

Music is a valuable way for kids to learn! Songs can help kids hear how words are made, listen better to instructions, and take important movement breaks. All of these things will support kids when they are learning in school.

Caregivers can use slow songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to help kids slow down and feel calm, and fast songs like “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” to get kids moving. Moving their bodies helps kids to increase their energy and their focus on their activities.

Spend time enjoying music and movement together with the videos and online resources below.

Watch these videos

In this video, Miss Jenny and Miss Shelley share their favorite ways to use songs: finding books to sing or listen to, and using songs to narrate routines and activities.

Here, Miss Jenny shows kids how to go bananas with a lot of movements and silly dancing.

Try these activities

Looking for fun ways to take movement breaks? Check out these resources!

Shelley Harris

About Shelley

Shelley is a children’s librarian with a passion for early literacy, serving and celebrating the disability community, and exploring technology. She can often be found practicing storytime songs with her black lab, Bingo.

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