Making Christmas memories with songs, rhymes and activities
Do you remember the songs you sang or heard as a young child? Give the children in your care something special by making Christmas memories through musical activities this year. This post tells you what activities are in our 45 minute preschool music Lesson Plan – Christmas is Coming. You can save yourself hours of preparation by purchasing it from our website. (Christmas is Coming.)
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat,
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat,
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny then God bless you.
Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Nursery rhymes are always a good idea for young children but they are especially charged with meaning at Christmas time when emotions are heightened. It’s then that these little poetic gems go deep into memory and there they stay for a lifetime. Christmas is Coming is one of our “story songs”.
This is the list of songs and activities for the lesson we teach to kids 3-5 years-old in the early part of the Christmas season. These songs and accompanying activities are about preparing for the main event with allusions to Christmas trees; kindness and sharing; Santa and gifts; Mary and her Baby; and singing angels.
Body Percussion- Five Little Christmas Trees (funky rhythm with a hand jive pattern).
Finger Play – Here is the Chimney (funny ending).
Memory Song (number) – Angel Band (also good for instrument playing)
Rhythm Instruments – I Saw Three Ships (traditional – a lovely melody)
Melody and Harmony instruments – Mary Had a Baby (traditional – an easy melody)
Drama and Movement (locomotor) – I Want to Go to the North Pole (a little bit different and so much fun)
Drama and Movement (props) – I’ll Sing You a Song (traditional – a great song for talking about kindness)
Games and Dances – Here We Come a’Wassailing (traditional – a jaunty rhythm and rare intriguing words)
Story Songs – Christmas is Coming and Santa Claus (thoughtful lyrics – a good way to end the lesson)
Music at Christmas – there’s nothing quite like it! And to get this prepared lesson plan go to Christmas is Coming.