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Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Music and Movement

Keep children engaged when you have to wait

  • Move to the beat
    Tap, clap, shimmy, or sway in time to music in the car or while waiting in line. Pretend to play band instruments, such as an “air guitar.”
  • Sing along
    Take turns choosing songs to sing together or make up songs about what you are doing.
  • Listen
    Investigate sounds together! Talk about musical concepts such as loud or soft and high or low pitches.
  • Create sounds
    Make sound effects with voices, fingers, and objects. Imitate animal noises or machinery sounds.

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Home
  • Family Child Care
  • Child Care Center
  • Preschool Program
  • Kindergarten

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family
  • Teachers / Service providers
  • Faculty / Trainer

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
Related IEL Birth to Three Guidelines:
Related Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards:
Reviewed: 2019