If you’re old enough, you remember when the gym teacher would take out a big Califone turntable and a crate of albums, and the whole class would do activities along with the music. We can’t recall for certain if one of the records we imagined, moved or danced to was a Hap Palmer, but his albums on Educational Activities Records make us feel like kids again.
The last time we posted one of these was a few years ago, but maybe some of you found the activities so enjoyable you’ve gone back and done them again and again. Witches’ Brew is not as awesome an album as Movin’, but its pretty good.
Line “dead leaves, seaweed…”
Movement: Children pretend to throw ingredients in cauldron
Line: “Stir them in my witches’ brew”
Movement: Children do stirring motion
Line: “I got magic, Alakazamakazoo”
Movement: Make any sudden, scary movement
Fill in the blanks: “If you were making a witches’ brew, what would you put in it?”
List on the board the pairs of things that go together from the lyric. Children read and sing each pair along with the record. The singing is simple, since the pairs are all sung on one note.
Fill in the blank: “Can you think of some other things that go together?”
Variation: Think of some body movements that go together, such as swing and sway, wiggle and jiggle, etc. Then use these to fill in the blanks. Movements are performed as they are sung. And two movements the children want to do are fine.