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Song Posters
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Type: Music   Skills: Language & LiteracyPlay & CreativitySocial & Emotional Skills
A Song Poster is a fun activity that kids will love and any provider can do. With a song poster, children sing the lyrics to a song, such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” while pointing to their appropriate body part. Song Posters
What We Learn
Kids can learn a lot from performing along to a song poster, such as sound discrimination. They learn how to be able to differentiate between different sounds and the directions associated with them. Also, children develop their language skills by learning different words related to sound and movement. Finally, they will develop their motor skills by using different muscles as they follow the physical activity directions in the song.
Supply List
Poster board or paper bag
Marker
Song lyrics
How-To
First, take a sheet of poster board and use a marker to clearly print out the lyrics to a children’s song, such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.” If you don’t have poster board, you can simply cut open a paper bag and use it as your poster.

The lyrics to “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” are:
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes,
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

Introduce the listening activity to the children. Show them the lyrics written on the poster board. Have the children sing and follow the lyrics to the song by pointing to the appropriate body part. Then repeat the song, going faster with every subsequent repetition.

Observe children for their listening skills and ability to follow directions. Remember that this activity helps children identify and discriminate between different types of sounds. If a child care provider suspects a hearing loss, it should be through a gathering of observations over many activities throughout a course of time.
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