by Meghan Fitzgerald
During our weekly Tinkergarten at Home live sessions this past spring, we spoke, moved and sang to help kids warm up their bodies and minds for play. We also taught language and motor skills as sang and moved—and we most definitely to have fun!
To follow is more about the two rhymes we repeat each week to help you bring these rhymes into your Tinkergarten Camp experience at home this summer.
Warming Up Our Senses can be enjoyed as a spoken rhyme! It was launched as part of our Fall 2019 season focused on sensory learning and was designed to help kids learn the 7 senses we focus on at Tinkergarten.
Open our eyes to look around. [Place open hands around eyes.]
Tune our ears to catch some sounds. [Cup hands around your ears.]
Open noses, sniff smells in. [Wiggle nose and take a deep breath.]
Warm up hands—feel everything. [Rub hands together.]
Spin in circles, bending down. [Spin. Bend.]
Move our muscles, jump around. [Jump around!]
Open our mouths to take a taste… [Open mouth, and pause...]
When we know that tasting’s safe!
Whenever we sing a song or repeat a rhyme, especially one that involves body movement, we support various aspects of language development (e.g. vocabulary, rhyme, rhythm, imagination, etc.), mind-body connection and motor skills.
Warming Up Our Senses supports sensory learning in several ways:
A beloved part of Circle Time at any Tinkergarten class is our Come to Tinkergarten song. We designed the song to be a signal that a very special time together has started, to connect us all and to warm up our bodies, minds and hearts for play.
As you'll see, there are lyrics for a range of creatures to be sung and enjoyed while you move like that creature. Many of the best lyrics are not below, but are invented by kids, parents and Leaders on the fly! Wonder with your child what favorite creatures—real or imagined—could come to Tinkergarten, then wonder how they would move to get there. Sing your very own lyrics while you move for endless, creative fun!
We designed the Come to Tinkergarten song to develop the following skills, and to delight children and adults alike:
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