However, in those rare times that I have a few minutes at the end of a class - or when they just need a brain break, I have discovered something magical. Kids LOVE it. It's a game called "Just Dance." You have probably heard of it, and probably played it, but I have found that there are so many videos - free on YouTube - and the kids love it. I do these only a couple of times a year, but it's always a big hit.
The week before Christmas is always crazy - I feel it's way more about crowd control than anything else - but in the last 5ish minutes of class, I've put on one of these videos, and the kids walk away from my class smiling.
Here are a few Christmas favorites:
This one is "Bollywood." As my theme this year is music from around the world, it really fits in! However, it is at the advanced level, so it is best used with upper grades.
This one is "Crazy Christmas Santa Clones." It is great because it uses several different styles of music, and you can talk about them.
This one - "Jingle Bells" - is great for your K-1 kids!
And last, but not least, is "Let It Go." I actually found it funny that my boys had more fun with this than my girls, who were still having fun :)