AOT therapists use a lot of music in their students’ programs. If you have a CD player, check your local library for titles, or download from online music services Here are our physical therapists’ recommendations for music that really gets kids moving!
Preschool/early elementary age:
Most of the songs for the preschool crowd have directions for motions built into the lyrics.
“Jump Start Action” by Ronno
“So Big, Early Childhood Classics,” and others – by Hap Palmer
“Kids in Action” by Greg & Steve
For the older kids, engage a family member to teach the steps to the Macarena or Electric Slide. These songs are often included on CDs for wedding receptions. Some songs of these songs are also appropriate for younger kids)
Dance Songs by various artists: Macarena, Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey, Alley Cat, Electric Slide, Cha Cha Slide, Cotton Eye Joe, Twist & Shout, Shout, YMCA, Limbo Rock
“Say G’day” by Genieve Jereb click here to listen for free on www.lala.com. This music is for young children. Its approach to sensory integration through rhythm and song support and sustain focused attention, organized movement, body awareness and self regulation.
“The Hey Song” – Gary Glitter
“All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming” – Hank Williams, Jr.
“Kids of the Future” – Jonas Bros.
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” – Lonestar
“Bullfight” – Ronnie Neuman (ball game organ music)
“Mexican Hat Dance” – Ronnie Neuman (ball game organ music)
“Play Ball” – Shawn Pody
“All Star” – Smash Mouth
“Basket Ball” – Superkidz & Chaka Blackmon
“Getcha’ Head in the Game” – Troy
“Load Up the Bases” – Whiskey Falls
“We are the Champions” – Queen
“We will Rock You” – Queen