Musically Montessori: "Head and Shoulders, Baby 1-2-3" Song with Fun Activities


If you aren't familiar with this old-fashioned song, which has been a traditional playground game from the musical history of "play party games," you'll surely fall in love with it! The first time I heard this one was during my Orff-Schulwerk children's music training decades ago, and I have enthusiastically offered it to my Preschool groups ever since. And, the children love it just as much as I do! I always introduce this fun song when we are learning about the parts of the human body. It is a delightful way to learn the vocabulary of the Parts of the Body.

You can listen to children singing the song in this Youtube video:

Whenever I begin a Music Circle Time with Preschoolers, I plan for a way to incorporate movement with the music. The "Head and Shoulders, Baby" song IS a movement song. That makes it quite engaging for the children. I have often used it for transitioning to another part of the day. 

However, the best part of this song is its rich way of exploring the names of the parts of the human body. And, this is one of those songs that you can embellish as you like. You can sing not only about head and shoulders, but also about knees and ankles, elbows, cheeks, wrists, neck, forehead, and the list goes on! Lots of vocabulary development can happen with additional verses to this song.

As Montessori educators, we like to understand the rationale of all activities we offer to the children. With movement comes understanding and refinement of how to use the muscles in an intentional and organized manner.
"The observation of the way in which the children pass from the first disordered movements to those which are spontaneous and ordered...this is the book of the teacher: this is the book which must inspire her actions." The Montessori Method by Dr. Montessori (1912)
In addition, when you combine movement with music, you as the teacher, give children more avenues of learning. Combining music, singing, and moving around is engaging for just about every young child.

Now, as Montessorians, we also love to provide follow-up activities  to reinforce learning. 

With songs, I always like to create a "Song Card" with the words of the song written on it. Then, the children enjoy "reading" the words to the song during work time. Reading the words is easy for the children because they have learned the song through singing it!

With this fun song, you can connect the words to a set of Montessori 3-Part Cards featuring the parts of the human body. This classic Montessori Language activity can serve to bring the vocabulary development to the child that can reinforce the words of the song. It also gives children more new words (parts of the body) to include in spontaneous verses to add to the song.

Making a prop, such as a Moveable Stick Puppet, is not only a fun art project, but is also an involved process that enhances cognitive development. When following the step-by-step process of creating a puppet, the child refines important skills necessary in developing reading and math operations. Then, there is the small motor development when cutting out the shape of the puppet, coloring it in, and attaching it to the craft stick. These activities build the muscles of the fingers and hand that are important for writing. 

Later, the children can move their puppet/props to go along with singing the song!

The activities I've presented in this blog article today are from one of my Musically Montessori eCourses.

This song is featured in Lesson One of my Musically Montessori eCourse "Let's All Sing" 15-Days of Songs & Activities for your Montessori Preschool music curriculum.

You can get a full lesson plan with downloadable templates for creating:
  1.  "Head & Shoulders, Baby 1-2-3" song card
  2. Song Picture Sequencing Cards
  3. Montessori style 3-Part Cards ("Parts of the Human Body")
  4. "Make your own Moveable Stick Puppet" 
  5. Links to resources
I even have a free "Let's All Sing" 5-Day Mini eCourse and most of my other eCourses have free sample lessons so that you can try them out at no cost! 

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Musically Montessori Let's All Sing "Old Miss Sally Likes to Bow" Free Activities


"Old Miss Sally"

This is a traditional and simple Movement song with a catchy little theatrical "bow" at the end of each phrase. I've always loved this Activity, because it is active, yet the "bow" after each action tends to calm down the energy. Great for teachers to not only give children opportunities to really move, but also to practice self control by reigning in the energy when taking a bow after each action.
Traditionally, this song has been titled, "Old Lady Sally" and that is the way you will most likely find it being performed. However, in the 1990's, when I was taking my Orff-Schulwerk music training, one of my teachers (Janet Greene) explained that she changed the words to "Old Miss Sally" because she thought that was a more respectful reference to the "old woman" in the song.
So I have always taught this song as "Old Miss Sally" and it works nicely that way.
Likewise, I have prepared my materials for presenting Extensions for this wonderful musical Activity with photos of happy, healthy and active seniors to continue the respectful and more appropriate image to be portrayed in the song!
This song has lots of room for participation from the children. Not only are they creatively moving according to the actions being sung about, they can also suggest the actions themselves! Working with the muscles of the body AND the brain!
And, we all know that songs with repetitive refrains (ex: "And, Old Miss Sally likes to bow!"aid in cognitive skills development. In this song: Language, vocabulary, and memory skills. 


~1. Old Miss Sally likes to jump up & down, jump up & down, jump up & down!
~2. Old Miss Sally likes to jump up & down...
~3. And, Old Miss Sally likes to bow.
~Repeat and change the action:
~4. Old Miss Sally likes to hop on one foot, hop on one foot, hop on one foot!
~5. Old Miss Sally likes to hop on one foot...
~6. And, Old Miss Sally likes to bow.
~Continue with new actions in each verse as long as the children are engaged
I always end this song in this way:
~7. Old Miss Sally likes to sit right down, sit right down, sit right down
~8. Old Miss Sally likes to sit right down
~9. And, Old Miss Sally likes to bow!

I've created a wonderful Lesson for this favorite song from my groups over the decades! You can access these activities and how to do them in my FREE eCourse,  "Let's All Sing: 5-Day Challenge." 


My groups always enjoy Movement Activities for the songs we love. "Old Miss Sally" is automatically a movement song! You can reinforce the fun of the movement with a classic Montessori-style shelf work for an individualized activity. 


Another classic Montessori individualized activity that is fun for reinforcing this song is a set of 3-Part Cards based on the lines from the song. 


A great way to engage children in a fun way is to create stick puppets to go along with the movement activities in this song. You can make these up yourself, or create a shelf work for the children to make their own!


I invite you to join hundreds of other Montessori educators who have been enjoying lots of musical activities from my "Let's All Sing" Musically Montessori eCourses.

Here are some of the comments from "Let's All Sing" eCourse Participants:

"My Montessori preschoolers loved this. Thank you so much for the idea ('Icky Sticky Bubblegum') and all the comprehensive materials you provided to prepare teachers to introduce this activity." from Sarah B.
"What a fun and simple song. I know that my children will love this. A great standing in line or transition song too." from Helen
"This is great!!!! We've been singing 'going on a lion hunt' since you sent out the freebie and my kiddos love it! Thanks for all you do!" from Beth B.

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Musically Montessori: Let's All Sing: "The Continents Song" with Ten Activities

DO YOUR MONTESSORI CHILDREN LOVE SINGING "THE CONTINENTS SONG" AS MUCH AS MY GROUPS DO? Here are ten fun extensions for creating learning experiences through Music and The Arts.

Fortunately, there are lots of materials in the Montessori pedagogy that lay a foundation for learning about the continents of the world through hands-on experiences with Manipulatives. 

There is the sandpaper land & water globe, the color-coded continent globe, and then the color-coded "Continents Map."  

Even if you don't have access to all of the Montessori Cultural Studies Materials, you can still offer children a Globe and Visuals of a World Map. 


After the children have had lots of hands-on experiences with globes and puzzle maps, you can teach them "The Continents Song," while you point to each continent when its name comes up in the song.

There are lots of versions of "The Continents Song" that you will hear in Montessori classrooms all over the world. 

My groups have two favorites: one that is short and one that is long!
1. "The Continents Song" 
I always introduce the short version to the children first. You can listen to my short version of the song at my Youtube channel HERE.

Eventually, you can introduce the children to the longer version, which is more repetitive and very fun rhythmically!

2. "The Continents Song"
Here's the YouTube video I created for the longer version of "The Continents Song."


There are lots of fun musical extensions to reinforce the names of the continents of the world. 

One activity is to clap the rhythm of each of the names of the continents. 

In Lesson #11 of my Musically Montessori eCourse, "Let's All Sing: 15-Day Challenge," you will be able to download a set of rhythm notation and recitation cards for each of the Continents.

3. Clapping the Rhythm of the 
Names of the Continents

In that Lesson #11 from my Let's All Sing eCourse, you'll find lots of ideas for extensions along with downloadable Printables to bring the Lesson to the children through many of the areas of the Preschool curriculum, including:
  1. Visuals of the Continents Map and Musical Notation Cards
  2. Rhythm Pattern Cards for Movement Activities
  3. Rhythm "Body Percussion"/ Command Cards
  4. "Make Your Own Musical Map" Individualized Shelf Work
  5. Picture Cards of rhythm instruments for creating a classroom "Performance"
Click here to learn more about the eCourse: "Let's All Sing eCourses."


4. Greet children in the Language of the
Featured Country of Each Continent

Saying "Hello" in Swahili, one of the languages of Africa, during 
our Cultural Studies of Africa

5. Provide Activities for Movement 
on the Montessori Line 

Give children baskets to carry, trays of tea cups, or flags for marching that reflect the lives of the people of your featured country or continent in your Cultural Studies Curriculum.

Here's one of my Blog Articles about this activity: "Musical Story for Preschoolers to Enjoy a Walk to the River."

6. Set up the Pattern on your Calendar Inserts 
that are the Cut-outs of the 7 Continents

I traced each continent from the Montessori Continents Puzzle Map, on color-coded paper, and then made calendar inserts, enough to create the pattern for the days of the month in which I first introduced "The Continents Song." You can sing the Short Version of the Song each morning so that the children can predict what comes next in the pattern.

7. Teach the Children Traditional Dances 
from the Country or Continent being Featured.

Providing long ribbons for children to dance the Chinese Ribbon Dance is a fun way to celebrate the continent of Asia. Put on some lively traditional music of China and invite the children to dance!

You can read about how I do this Activity with my groups HERE:

8. Create Stories for Dramatizing the Daily Activities of the People from the Country Being Featured   

This is a picture of children walking on a balance beam in our Drama Play Story of the "Alligator in the River" during our Cultural Studies of Africa. You can create stories for children to dramatize with Movement Activities, props, child-made stick puppets, masks, or with rhythm instruments that feature the country of study. 

You can see how I've created these stories for my groups in my Blog Articles:

9. Create "Sandpaper Continents" for Each 
of the Continents of the World

As you introduce each of the continents in more depth over the months, you can set up a fun station for creating "Sandpaper Continent" cards. My groups have always greatly enjoyed this activity!

  1. Provide a tray with pieces of cardboard, a pencil, glue stick, and colored sand in a shaker bottle. The sand is color-coded for each continent. 
  2. The child chooses the continent to work with, then fetches that puzzle piece from the Montessori Continents Map.
  3. Next, the child traces the shape of the continent on a piece of cardboard.
  4. Then, s/he fills in the tracing with glue.
  5. Now it is time to shake the sand onto the glue-filled shape.
  6. After, the child has filled in the shape with the colored sand, then s/he can pour off the excess sand into a container to save for art projects.
  7. Finally, the child (or teacher) can write the name of continent on the card.

10. Check Out My "Let's All Sing" eCourses 

or my TpT Continents Song Activity Packet 

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CLICK HERE to learn more about my TpT Activity Packet, Musically Montessori "Let's All Sing" The Continents Song 
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Musically Montessori Free & Fun: Let's All Sing The Bubblegum Song!

ARE YOU LOOKING AROUND FOR A FUN SONG WITH SOME SURPRISING COGNITIVE BENEFITS FOR YOUR PRESCHOOLERS? Here is my free Music Activity: "Icky, Sticky Bubblegum"... a favorite of my Montessori music groups!

"Icky, Sticky Bubblegum"
If you haven't yet discovered this funny little song, you'll be delighted to see how it can be used to develop vocabulary about the parts of the human body! To make this song really fun, I like to be very dramatic in acting out the motions and I also like to choose unusual body parts such as cheeks, jaws, elbows, forehead, etc. But don't forget some really funny ones for acting out like lips and nose and cheeks (hilarious!)
Great for your Cultural Unit about The Human Body! 
I like to combine these Activities today with my Music Unit #4, "Head & Shoulders, Baby" from my eCourse, "Let's All Sing: 15-Day Challenge."

This bubblegum song is fun for very young children, although they may not understand about bubblegum, in which case you can show pictures of people blowing bubbles with bubblegum before teaching the song to the children.

You can get my free Downloads, "Visuals of People Chewing Gum," when you enroll in my FREE "Let's All Sing" 5-Day Challenge HERE 


~1. "Icky-Sticky, icky-sticky, bubblegum"
~2. "Bubblegum...bubblegum!"
~3. "Icky-sticky, icky-sticky bubblegum"
~4. "And, it sticks right to my... elbows!" (Choose a part of the body, ex: elbows, cheeks, eyebrows, etc. Place the palms of the hands so they mimic being "stuck" to that part of the body, such as: "elbows.")
~5. Move palms up and down on the particular part of the body while singing "And, I pull it, and I pull it, and I pull it off!"
~6. Return to line 1 etc. of the song (see above)
~ Repeat:
~1. "Icky-sticky, icky-sticky bubblegum," etc... (continue with lines ~2, ~3...)
~4. "(And, it sticks right to my...") choose a new part of the body.
~5. Move palms up and down on the body part "And, I pull it, and I pull it, and I pull it off!"
~6. Return to line 1 and proceed as above with a different body part
Repeat ~1 through ~6 as long as children are engaged


~1.Clap palms together and flip hands over and under while keeping the steady beat.
~2. Continue to clap palms as above through ~3 of the song.
~4. Move palms of hands to the body partas if your hands are stuck to the body part by the sticky bubble gum.
~5. Move palms back and forth on the body part as if trying to get the sticky gum loose from the body part.
Repeat these actions (~1-5) with each new body part you sing about.


+Give each child a tambourine to tap instead of clapping palms of their hands together
+Children can hold a scarf in one hand and pretend it is the bubblegum
+ Invite children to stand during this song and they can move in larger ways(Ex: shoe is stuck to gum on the ground, knee is stuck to gum on the ground, elbow is stuck to gum on the ground, etc.)


Here is a Youtube video showing the motions to the song:

+ Individualized Shelf Work for 2 or more children: Print off pictures of parts of the human body and place them in a basket. One child picks a picture and then both children sing the song including that body part. You can purchase my set of cards to go along with this Activity at my TpT Store. (see below)

If you would like to create a little "Curriculum Unit" featuring this song...
I have produced some fun Language and Movement Activities with Printables and Templates for more musical fun for your group. 
Here is what is in my TpT Pack to complement today's Lesson:
~Visuals of people chewing bubble gum
~Montessori-style Command Cards to go along with the song lyrics
~"Icky Sticky" rhyming words cards (Great for using with the Moveable Alphabet)
~Body Parts visual cards for creating individualized shelf work games
~A Write-up including instructions on how to do the activities and links to hear and see the song being performed.


~Refining Large Motor Skills
~Developing the singing voice
~Enriching vocabulary
~Creatively exploring and coordinating movement to music
~Preparing for writing and reading


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