What We Did in Our Preschool Dance Party Yesterday and How It Worked Out

We’re doing our preschool dance parties at the library once a month now, and it’s become one of my favorite programs. It’s a half hour of jumping around and dancing and laughing and singing, all things I’m happy to do for free in my spare time, and it’s a workout besides. We’re getting huge crowds, too–over 60 kids yesterday plus their adults. Here’s what we did:

“If You’re Happy and You Know It” by the Big Kidz Band on Indian Elephant Tea
Indian Elephant Tea is one of the best kids’ CDs ever, and we’ve done this song in all of our dance parties so far. What the Big Kidz Band did so well on this CD is evident here: they took something familiar and made it new and fresh and even more engaging.

“Go Crazy Remix” by Weird Science on Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Is Awesome!
This is a song where you dance and then freeze and then dance and then freeze. Totally fun, and I think Yo Gabba Gabba has been responsible for most of the best kids’ music to come out in the last several years. I have a bunch of songs from this show on my iPod, for me. That’s how much I love them.

“The Tempo Marches On” by Jim Gill on Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi On His Toe Leg Knee
Jim Gill rocks, of course. Buy all his CDs for your library and/or children.

“The Hokey Pokey” by Dan Zanes & Friends on Family Dance
I like Zanes, and his version of the Hokey Pokey is as good a one as I’ve heard.

“No More Monkeys” by Asheba on No More Monkeys
A Caribbean spin on “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.” Love it.

“Rock and Roll Freeze Dance” by Hap Palmer on So Big
I’m meh about a lot of Hap Palmer’s music, but this song is fantastic good fun. Another one where you dance and then freeze, dance and then freeze.

“Clap Your Hands” by They Might Be Giants on No!
Obvious winner. We do this every dance party.

“The Irrational Anthem” by Jim Gill on The Irrational Anthem
I like this song, but I told Jason that we can’t do it at our dance parties anymore because it’s too hard.

“Father Abraham” by Lisa Loeb on Camp Lisa
A nice version of a traditional song. Camp Lisa is one winning song after another. One of my favorite kids’ CDs.

“Jumping and Counting” by Jim Gill on The Irrational Anthem
For us, this has become a classic.

“The Mack Chicken Dance” by Greg & Steve on Big Fun
I know I’ve written about this song here before, as it’s long been one of my favorites. I love watching the kids try to keep up with it, and it’s one of those songs that makes you want to get up and move.

“Biz’s Beat of the Day #1″ by Biz Markie on Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Is Awesome!
This is super-short and extremely hilarious. Buy all the Yo Gabba Gabba CDs now.

5 thoughts on “What We Did in Our Preschool Dance Party Yesterday and How It Worked Out

  1. This is great! We just had our first preschool dance party this week and I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout. I don’t know that I’m up to doing it once a month yet, but it’s definitely something I’ll start doing at least a few times a year.

  2. Rosemary, We were surprised at the turnout when we started them, too. I was expecting a handful, and we wound up with a crowd.

    When we first started out, we did four weeks in a row, and that was way too much. It’s forcing us to get more familiar with our music collection, too, since we’re often listening to CDs to find new things to add to our playlists.

  3. Love this! Such a fun idea. We just started a music and movement storytime and it has been well received. This sounds like something I’d like to try. :) Thanks for sharing!

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