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Games Children Sing and Play

Singing Movement Games to Play with Children Ages 3-5

Joan Carr Shimer and Valerie Baadh Garrett

Here is a treasury of 34 favorite, time-tested games to play with three- to five-year- olds. They help children develop in healthy ways and comprise both traditional gems and new games. The games have been created or adapted for today's children.

The magic weaving of rhythms, movement, songs, stories, and pictures invite children into worlds of vibrant wonder, helping them feel more at home in their bodies while building healthy relationships with others.

  • How games help child development and physical coordination
  • Tips for using the games with children
  • How healthy movement helps children's learning
  • How movement games help develop the senses
  • 34 singing and movement games

This book reminds us of the beauty and power of living song and movement. It will nourish children and adults alike as they share the music together. —Joan Almon, Alliance for Childhood

"What a delightful collection! The wide range of games is described so clearly that it's easy to find something to play with a lucky child or group of children. And then you"™ll want to play something else, just because it;s still so much fun to play and sing." —Rahima Baldwin Dancy, early childhood educator and author, You Are Your Child's First Teacher

128 pp.  
9 3/4" x 7 3/4"

Hawthorn Press


Published:  April 2013


Valerie Baadh Garrett and Joan Carr Shimer are leading spacial dynamics educators, who also draw on Waldorf early-years education. They believe that story games help educators and parents provide children with a shared, safe space for growing, learning, playing and for life. See all books by Joan Carr Shimer and Valerie Baadh Garrett

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