Wiggly Waggly Happy Me
To learn and practise song actions and to consider the meaning of the song
by Gordon and Ronni Lamont
Suitable for Key Stage 1
To learn and practise song actions and to consider the meaning of the song.
Preparation and materials
- You will need 'The Wiggly Waggly Song', Come and Praise Beginning, 34.
- The words displayed on an OHP, or for the children to have learned the song in advance.
- Introduce the song and sing it through.
Ask for suggestions for an action to accompany each of the animals in the song: worm, bug, slug, buzzy thing, porcupine, kangaroo, frog, hog, monkey.
Take a look at the ideas and pick one action for each animal, asking the inventor of the action to come to the front. Look for clear and distinctive movements in each case that are easy to learn and remember.
- One by one the children at the front teach their action to everyone. Be prepared for this to take some time!
- Practise the song with the new actions and repeat as often as you like while the children are still enjoying it.
- Ask the children what 'I'm happy that I'm me' means. This is quite a hard question for young children, so value all responses, then say that they will have a final chance to sing the song again after they have listened to something. Move into the Time for reflection, asking the children to close their eyes and concentrate on the words.
Time for reflection
I'm me, that's who I am.
It's fun to be me.
And it's fun to pretend to be other people, sometimes,
To pretend to be an astronaut,
or an animal or a grown-up
or anything at all;
in a game it's fun to pretend.
But when I stop pretending, I'm me
And that's the best to be - to be me.
I'm me and there's only one of me - I'm so special.
'Wiggly Waggly Song' (Come and Praise, 34)
Publication date: May 2004 (Vol.6 No.5) Published by SPCK, London, UK.