Tuesdays: Music and Movement

Updated: Apr 1

Infants, Toddlers and Preschool

Activity - Ways to Have a Smooth Flow to Your Day

The number of transitions that your child moves through during the day are multiple. Here are some ways to make these moments drama free and enjoyable. 

Use a song or poem to transition. Some ideas include:

Clean up time

Washing hands

Bath Time

Nap and bedtime

Transition with a timer

Children’s sense of time is different than adults.  If you say, “ you have five more minutes to play” a young child probably does not understand what five minutes means.  Providing children with a kitchen timer can solve this dilemma. A timer takes away the element of surprise about when it is time to stop what they are currently doing.  When you are ready to start a transition you can say “ Can you hold this timer. I am going to set it for five minutes and when the timer rings let me know because that is when we are going to …” This technique can help children feel in control , be in charge of their schedule as they make a transition. 

Transition with a story

You can start with this song and then cozy up with your child and read a favorite story before transitioning to the next part of the day.

Tune: “If You’re Happy And You Know It”

If you’re ready for a story, come sit down.

If you’re ready for a story, come sit down.

Let’s gather near, so you can hear.

If you’re ready for a story, come sit down.

Other ideas for transitioning:

  • Dim the lights and then have your child close their eyes while you help them guess what the next activity of the day is.

  • Put on classical music to refocus your child’s focus

  • Have an exercise challenge- How high can you jump, how many jumping jacks can we do, how fast can you run, etc.

  • Use a clapping response game where you clap and they respond. For example, clap two times and then your child parrots the clapping

Once you start thinking about your day in terms of blocks of time, transitions cues will come naturally to you and make these sometimes challenging moments of the day fun and stress free.