Move and Groove with Elvis!


Today is the birthday of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley.  To honor him and to celebrate his birthday, here are some fun ways to incorporate his music into your child’s learning and development.  Most children love music, but listening to children’s songs every day can get tiring.  Have some fun and change up your music selection by introducing them to Elvis.

Music can be a fun and important part of your child’s development.  While singing, playing musical instruments or dancing, encourage your child to get involved and move to the beat!

Elvis has a collection of songs that are fast paced with a strong rhythm and beat.  Songs such as All Shook Up, Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Blue Suede Shoes, We’re Gonna Move, etc. are great for motor movements.  While listening to these songs, encourage your child to:

  • Imitate motor movements and actions (clapping hands, stomping feet, etc)
  • Identify body parts
  • Follow directions
  • Bring their hands together to clap or bang on instruments
  • Use both hands at the same time to shake shakers or bang on drums
  • Move their body up and down, fast and slow, etc.

Other songs such as Kentucky Rain, It’s Now or Never, Can’t Help Falling in Love, etc. are slow, soothing and calming.  While listening to these songs, encourage your child to move slowly.  These songs can be used to “calm down” after getting all riled up with the fast paced songs.  Encourage deep pressure movements such as giving hugs, rubbing their legs and arms, etc.

Music is a fun way to work on developmental skills.  So, gather your kids, an Elvis CD and some musical instruments and start jamming!

Now It’s Your Turn:  What’s your favorite Elvis song?


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