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Songs with hand motions?

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I help with Childrens Church at my church and I am looking to do some songs with the children with hand motions. Does anyone have any ideas how to get started? I suppose I could make up my own hand motions/dance, but I was hoping someone might know of a website or some books to help.

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It might not be quite what you are looking for, but you could try sign language... I've done a course in it, and have ended up using some of it with my church's kids..
Apart from that, it depends on what songs you are using.. we always either used songs that came with actions or we got together as a group and made up some..
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Your best bet is to take songs the children like, and come up with your own motions that seem logical for the song. Often times simple sign language will suffice for parts of the song that would otherwise be difficult to "motion out."
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There is a series of books that have all kinds of songs that have hand motions, called "Piggyback Songs". If you look at your local library or do a search on Amazon, you will find several that would work for a childrens ministry. One is specifically titled, "Piggyback Songs of Praise". There is also a "Wee Sing" series that has some Sunday School songs that have hand motions in them. The Piggyback series has a lot of songs that people have put to well-known tunes and a lot of them are geared toward preschoolers. You might prefer the Wee Sing series if you are working with grade schoolers.
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I could make a list of songs that I know have motions and I could then describe them to you, but I don't know that you are looking for that kind of thing. In the event that would be helpful, let me know.

On a different note, I once saw a Sunday School lesson done with a song. There was a particular sripture passage that was repeated in the song. The scripture passage was simple/not complicated. The scripture was read and discussed with a few questions. Then, they did some stretching. After that, groups were assigned. Each group came up with motions to demonstrate a phrase. They practiced having the groups go in the order that it was in the song. After doing that a few times, the music was turned on in the background. It was a dance! But that wasn't discovered until the end.
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I have seen a couple of sign language sites and they were ok, but alot of the words and signs they had were a bit odd, didnt seem like it would work well in a song, but I'll keep looking.

kaalee, Thanks for the book suggestion, hopefully I can find the ones you mentioned. Its so hard to look for if you dont know the titles.

I could make a list of songs that I know have motions and I could then describe them to you, but I don't know that you are looking for that kind of thing. In the event that would be helpful, let me know.
Hmm, would that be too much trouble? I wonder, how hard is it to describe? Maybe you could send me a list of songs, then I could choose a couple? If you dont mind, you can PM me and we can talk more about it.

The lesson done with the song sounds absolutely brilliant! As much as I like that idea, what I would really be doing is have them practice just one song for about a month (or however long it takes) and then they would perform it in front of the church during regular service. Then we would move on to a new song.

Also, I have a new question. Is this something that all the kids should do, or should it be offered to the ones who are interested? Most all of the kids love this sort of thing, but there is one girl who comes, she is very shy and refuses to participate in this type of thing, so I was just wondering if I should offer this to ones who agree. But if its only the one girl, maybe she can either sit out, or it may encourage her to participate, I dont know. Any ideas here? Have any of you done much of this? If so, do you have any tips or advice?

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About the girl, find something for her to do that is productive and within her comfort zone. Our children's groups have a couple kids with mental disabilities. They can't do what most can. However, they usually enjoy participating. They can't be expected to sing or do motions like everyone else, but they like being part of it. Perhaps she could hold cue cards? or help with props? Would it bother you if she stands there as part of the group but does not sing or do the motions?
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I know quite a number of action songs. Maybe you could get them used to the idea by using simple songs such as
"our God is a great big God"
"Great great brill brill"
"Who's the king of the jungle" etc etc
and teaching them really simple but fun actions to go along with the song. My sunday school class have grown to love to dance and sing. I dont FORCE them to join in, but I ask everyone to at least stand up and I find that even the shy ones will join in after a while when they realise that I look even more silly than they do!!
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Thanks to everyone for all the replies.

I guess I need to point out that our kids range in age from 5 to 12. So I would need something thats not too complicated for the smaller ones, yet not too "childish" for the older ones. I am not quite sure how that will work.

So newer praise type songs would be good, as long as they are not too "wordy" for the 5 yr olds. LOL

About the girl, find something for her to do that is productive and within her comfort zone. Our children's groups have a couple kids with mental disabilities. They can't do what most can. However, they usually enjoy participating. They can't be expected to sing or do motions like everyone else, but they like being part of it. Perhaps she could hold cue cards? or help with props? Would it bother you if she stands there as part of the group but does not sing or do the motions?
First off, theres nothing wrong with her, secondly, she wont, wont, wont participate. She is, well, maybe a little spoiled, comes from a great family, but her self esteem is awful. She doesnt want to embarass herself maybe? Once during craft she colored out of the lines... barely, then she threw the colors down in frustration and started crying.

It wouldnt bother ME if she just stood there, but it bothers her. Last time we tried a song she hid in the back, off to the side. Tried to be invisible.

Thanks again for all the great tips, if anyone has any more, or knows how difficult or easy it will be to figure something out with the varied ages, let me know!
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Thanks to everyone for all the replies.

I guess I need to point out that our kids range in age from 5 to 12. So I would need something thats not too complicated for the smaller ones, yet not too "childish" for the older ones. I am not quite sure how that will work.

So newer praise type songs would be good, as long as they are not too "wordy" for the 5 yr olds. LOL



First off, theres nothing wrong with her, secondly, she wont, wont, wont participate. She is, well, maybe a little spoiled, comes from a great family, but her self esteem is awful. She doesnt want to embarass herself maybe? Once during craft she colored out of the lines... barely, then she threw the colors down in frustration and started crying.

It wouldnt bother ME if she just stood there, but it bothers her. Last time we tried a song she hid in the back, off to the side. Tried to be invisible.

Thanks again for all the great tips, if anyone has any more, or knows how difficult or easy it will be to figure something out with the varied ages, let me know!
if she wants to hide....let her stand at the back...let her hide behind others if she feels better doing this. Or let her sit in her seat and join in with no one watching her..... lol
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