“Who has wiggle-waggle toes?
Who has flip-flop feet?
The highlight of my long-ago coursework in early childhood education was a class in Music and Movement. There is such joy in participating in, and sharing, new and traditional songs, dances, and fingerplays with young children who are developing their gross motor and fine motor skills.
I just looked up a few of my old favorites:
There’s a sample here of the music I used for “The Shoemaker’s Dance”:
and here’s a video of the movements I was taught and passed on to a
generation of preschoolers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
This is almost the same as the version of “Doctor Dingle” that was shared
with me by classmates in the Music and Movement class:
And this is pretty much the same as “my” version of “Oats Peas Beans and
Barley Grow”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Of course, there’s always Raffi helping us “Shake Your Sillies Out”:
WHO HAS WIGGLE-WAGGLE TOES? combines fine- and gross motor movements into a call-and-response movement activity. There’s great rhythm. There are fun mixed-media illustrations with predominantly white backgrounds, making it easy for children to see the multicultural cast of kids engaged in the same movements as they themselves can do during circle time.
“Can you flap your out-there elbows?
Yes, I can flap my out-there elbows.
Can you hide your peekaboo hands?
Yes, I can hide my peekaboo hands.”
There are not nearly enough movement-related books like this, one that every preschool program, kindergarten class, and home daycare program can make great use of on a regular basis. I recommend that you get a copy.
And in conclusion,
I must disclose,
That this reviewer
Has wiggle-waggle toes.
40 pages 978-0-8234-3864-8 Ages 2-5
Recommended by: Richie Partington, MLIS, California USAS
Who says you have to sit still at story time? This book encourages toddlers and preschoolers to shimmy, shake, and stomp along with a story that's both fun and filled with layers of learning!
Who has wiggle-waggle toes? I do. Who has flip-flop feet? I do!
The girls and boys in this book have kissable noses, out-there elbows, big bold bottoms, and hokey pokey heads--which they crinkle, flap, shimmy, and shake. This joyful celebration of our amazing body parts encourages fun, high-energy learning about science, language, self-regulation and focus, and more!
Perfect for brain breaks and active story times!--from the publisher
Keywords: interactive, story time, preschooler, movement, human body, fun, Read aloud to 2 year olds, 3 year olds, 4 year olds