Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Songs for Preschoolers to Learn and Perform

Christmas is right around the corner and you may students may be expected to perform some sort of song for parents at your Christmas party or program. A lot of teachers really get nervous about doing this sort of thing but always remember that with this age they're cute even if they don't perform up to your standard their audience will love them anyway. Some of the kids will sing your song beautifully while others will freeze in place. Here are some delightful songs I've collected over the years from various sources. The rule at this age is keep it simple and visual!

I just found this one on an email list--very cute--I think I'll use this one this year.

God’s Little Angels
Sing to the Tune of Shortnin' Bread
God's little angels, coming from heaven (Hands waving overhead)
God's little angels coming down (hands from up to down)
God's little angels, coming from heaven
God's little angels coming down!

Look for the star, look for the Babe (rt hand points up left, then reverse)
God's little angels coming down. (Hands from up to down)
Look for the star, look for the Babe
God's little angels coming down.

Where is the Baby, Baby, Baby (hands out to the sides, questioningly, tipping slightly side to
Where is the Baby Jesus, now? side)
Where is the Baby, Baby, Baby
Where is the Baby Jesus, now?


Sleeping in the manger, manger, manger (rocking baby arms in front of body, then finger to lips)
Sleeping in the manger, Shhhhhhh......

This is fun to do in class to burn off energy--it looks difficult, but practice it a few times and you'll see it's very repetitive. You can sing Jingle Bells or use a cd. I like to use a cd for this. We walk around the circle for the "Dashing Through the Snow" part.

Jingle Bells Circle Dance

To chorus of Jingle Bells:

Form a circle

pat thighs 4 times (jingle bells, jingle bells)
clap 4 times (jingle all the way)
turn in a circle in your own space (oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh)
step to center and back quickly on "Hay"

The Reindeer Pokey has been around for years and years. This is especially cute if you make some antler hats to go along with it.

Reindeer Pokey
Sung to: "The Hokey Pokey"

You put your antlers in. You put your antlers out.
You put you antlers in and you shake them all about.
You do the Reindeer Pokey and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!
You put your hooves in....
You put your red nose in....
You put your fluffy tail in...
You put your reindeer body in...

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