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If You're Happy & You Know It If You're Happy and You Know It
Linda shares this traditional action song to which there are many variations. 

If you're happy and you know it clap your hands (children clap hands)
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands
If you're happy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands

Other verses:
If you're sad and you know it have a cry (children pretend to cry)
If you're angry and you know it stamp your feet (children stamp feet)

Say to children "Are we sad today?" "Are we angry?" "Are we happy?"
Sing the first verse again in a loud voice.
 

If You're Happy & You Know It  Additional Verses
Enoka offers additional verses for the traditional song 
If you are happy & You Know It

If you've Sad and you know it cry a tear
If you've Sad and you know it cry a tear
If you've Sad and you know it, then you face will surely show it
If you've Sad and you know it cry a tear

If you've angry and you know it stamp your feet

If you've scared and you know it run & hide

If you've embarrassed & you know it hide your face

If your sleepy & you know it stretch & yawn

If you're happy & you know it smile & clap

If you're excited & you know it jump up & down

If you're in love & you know it blow a kiss.
 

Feeling Song
Danielle M. puts a twist on a traditional song to help children express and recognize their feelings. She suggests that you try this as a large group activity, or as a rainy day activity.

To the tune of  If Your Happy and You Know It
Instead of happy say.. 
If your cold and you know it go like this (pretending to shiver)
Or
If your hungry and you know it go like this (rubbing your stomach).

This can be done for almost anything: tired, happy, sad ,thirsty, grumpy, etc.
If you leave out the word that describes what you are feeling, the children can guess. For example; leave out the word cold, but still shiver.
 

If You're Happy & You Know It Music Activity
Wendy offers this musical activity for the traditional song
If Your Happy and You Know It

Materials: Bells, shakers, and rhythm sticks.

Description: Divide class into 3 groups
1 group gets bells
1 group gets shakers
1 group gets sticks

Children sing each verse with the feeling of that emotion in their voices and the emotion on their face.  They love it.

 (shaky voice = shake bells)
 If you're scared and you know it ring your bells x2
 If you scared and you know it, then your face will surely show it,
 If you're scared and you know it ring your bells.

 (sad voice = shake shaker)
 If you sad and you know it shake your shaker x2
 If you're sad and you know it then your face will surely show it,
 If you're sad and you know it shake your shaker

 (loud voice = beat rhythm sticks)
 If you angry and you know it beat your sticks x2
 If your angry and you know it then your face will surely show it,
 If your angry and you know beat your sticks.

 (happy voice = all play together in turn bells, shaker, sticks)
 If you're happy and you know it do all three x2
 If you're happy and you know then you're face will surely show it
 If you're happy and you know it do all three.

Comments: The children surprised me and really understood the last verse and when 
it was their turn to use the instrument.  I will be adding this to my year end 
 concert. GREAT!
 

When You're Angry
Rhonda helps preschool children with deal with there feelings of anger appropriately and says, "In circle, you talk to the kids about what they do when they are angry. Discuss healthy ways that they can express their anger and letting it go. For example going to a corner or another part of the room to be alone for a minute, talking to an adult, etc.  Discuss with children, "How do different parts of our body look when we are angry? How do we show it? What do we usually do when we are angry?"

If You're Angry & You Know It If You're Angry and You Know It
(Tune: If You're Happy and You  Know It)

 If you're angry and you know it, stamp your feet.
 If you're angry and you know it, stamp your feet.
 If you're angry and you know it,
 There are OK ways to show it.
 If you're angry and you know it, stamp your feet.

Make up additional verses, according to the answers the children gave for appropriate ways they show they are angry. For example: take a walk, count to 5, tell a teacher, hit a pillow, etc.
 

Hello Song
During this morning greeting from Joan C. children have the opportunity to share how they feel. This is an adapted activity for children who are non-verbal, or for those who may be in a wheelchair.

Materials: Pictures of facial expressions depicting: happy, sad, silly, tired, etc.
A mirror to view faces is optional.

Sung to tune of If You're Happy and You Know It.
Hello (full name i.e.mikey dillon), how are you?
Hello, Mikey Dillon, how are you?
You can stand up, you can tell it, 
You can show it , you can YELL it!
Hello, Mikey Dillon, how are you?
Child comes to the teacher holding mirror or pictures. Teacher asks, "How do you feel today?"  Child responds by selecting the appropriate feeling.

If You're Happy and You Know It Book
Shawna Y. encourages fine motor control and creativity with this song book. 

Materials: Paper, scissors, markers, crayons, and pencils. 

Description: First on a sheet of paper write the words 
If You're Happy and You Know It... at the top of the paper.  At the bottom of the page, the children draw a picture that illustrates the end of the sentence and teachers write what children say.  For example: stomp your feet, the child would draw a picture of feet stomping or whatever else they think of.  Each child can make as many pages as he or she wants and then make it into a book

My Looking Glass
Glenda U. sits in front of a mirror with children and repeats this little poem along with the appropriate emotional actions.

I looked into my looking glass
And what kind of face did I see?
I saw a happy face looking back at me.
I guess I am happy today.
Repeat using: sad face, hurt face, angry face, sleepy face, surprised face, scared face.

Who Feels Happy Today?
To accompany her Feelings Theme, Nicole H. uses this song. You'll have to improve your own tune.

Who Feels Happy Today?Who Feels Happy Today? 
Who feels happy today?
All who do, snap your fingers this way.
Who feels happy today?
All who do, clap your hands this way.
Who feels happy today?
All who do, wink your eyes this way.
Who feels happy today?
All who do, fold your hands this way.
Ten Little Children
Regina C. shares this song saying, "I use this song as an active gross motor activity, especially when we can't get outside. It encourages counting and body movement. And is a great active transition to quiet / group time.
Counting Tune: Ten little Indians

One little, Two little, Three little children.
(show corresponding fingers)
Four little, Five little, Six little children.
Seven little, Eight little, Nine little children.
Ten little happy children

They jumped in the boat and the boat tipped over.
(jump in place and lean over sideways)
They jumped in the boat and the boat tipped over.
They jumped in the boat and the boat tipped over.
Ten little frightened children.

They swam and they swam and they swam to the shore.
(move arms in swimming motion)
They swam and they swam and they swam to the shore
They swam and they swam and they swam to the shore. 
Ten little soggy children.

They ran and they ran and they ran to their mommies.
(run in place)
They ran and they ran and they ran to their mommies.
They ran and they ran and they ran to their mommies.
Ten little tired children.

She hugged them, and fed them, and put them to bed.
(hug self, pretend to eat with spoon, rest head on folded hands)
She hugged them, and fed them, and put them to bed.
She hugged them, and fed them, and put them to bed.
Ten little sleepy children.

One little, two little, three little children. 
Four little, Five little, Six little children.
Seven little, Eight little, Nine little children.
Ten little happy children.


Winter Song
Kids love to be told they can stick their tongues out and think it's funny when 
the teacher does, too! This happy fun song from Nancy S. is sung to the tune of 
Raindrops and Lemon Drops. 

Snowflakes and Cupcakes

If all the snowflakes were chocolate covered cupcakes
Oh, what a snow it would be!
I'd go outside with my mouth open wide (open mouth and stick out tongue)
ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
If all of the snowflakes were chocolate covered cupcakes
Oh, what a snow it would be!

Comment: A fun follow up would be to make and bake chocolate cupcakes.

Another verse for Row, Row Your Boat
Linda V. shares this fun verse saying, "My 3's love this silly verse.  I've never tried it with two's but it might be worth a try."

Materials: Paired off children sitting crisscross applesauce, facing each other, and holding hands.

Rock, rock, rock your boat 
Gently down the stream. 
Ha, ha fooled you, 
I'm a submarine!
Feelings Song
Amy C. helps young children learn about their feelings with this song .
Emotions & FeelingsFeelings
 (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

I have feelings,
You do, too.
Let's all sing about a few.

I am happy (smile).
I am sad (frown).
I get scared  (wrap arms around self).
I get mad  (make a fist and shake it).
I am proud of being me   (hands on hips).
That's a feeling too you see.
I have feelings  (point to self).
You do too  (point at someone else).
We just sang about a few.

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