If you follow us on Facebook, you know that I’m a huge fan of the Dance n’ Beat program from Mother Goose Time. I share free snippets of video with different dances from You Tube on there all the time.
This month we are dancing our way through the alphabet, A – Z, by learning about different zoo animals.
I’m sharing one activity that you can try with your kids at home. If you like it, check out the rest of the Dance n’Beat collection. They are super fun and a great way to get little ones and families moving and grooving on rainy or cold days. The activity I’m going to share today is “V” is for “Vulture.” After all, we are a family of bird lovers 🙂
V is for Vulture Music
The music arrives via sheet music, CD, and on a DVD that also showcases the dance movements. We tend to use the CD the most and dance in our kitchen 🙂 I’m including a picture of the sheet music, since attaching the CD isn’t an option.
Now, I have to tell you I found the song that accompanies “V is for Vulture” pretty funny. It says “very vicious vulture.” I know a lot of animals I might consider vicious. Vultures aren’t one of them.
The most vicious thing I’ve ever seen a vulture do was throw up on me while I trying to do its annual exam. Vomiting is the primary defense vultures use against attack – and trust me it stinks worse than week old trash, but I’m not sure I’d call it vicious.
They do have very sharp beaks to rip and tear flesh, but still, vicious, no? Still the alliteration is helping in learning the letter “V” and the dance moves are fun and easy even for my two year old.
So….we just adapted the words a little…..we used “very voracious vulture” and “very victorious vulture.”
Changing the words also launched a great conversation with my kids about vultures as important players in our environment – they are the ultimate clean up crew. Avoiding throwing trash out on the road can help save the lives of many of our avian companions including vultures.
V is for Vulture Dance Movements
The movements for this song are very simple. Both my preschooler and toddler were able to do them with minimal instruction. You simply need to be able to swing your arms and use them to make the letter “V.”
Letter V Scavenger Hunt Activity
What do you think a vulture uses to make its nest?
Owl: Flowers, twigs, and string
There are many different species of vultures. Around here we have Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures. Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures typically don’t build full nests. They use rock crevices, soil or leaf litter, rotting wood, caves, ledges, thickets, or old mammal burrows or abandoned nests of other large birds. Notably both of these species often reuse their nesting sites for many years.
- paper scraps or shredded paper
- recycled newspapers and magazines
- nature items
- Invite the child to look through newspapers and magazines and cut out various letters (including V’s.)
- Tape each letter to a block.
- Make a nest in a box with paper scraps and nature items (grass, twigs, leaves, etc.).
- Hide the letter blocks in the nest and play the music.
- Take turns reaching into the nest and grabbing a block (without looking).
- Identify the letter. If it is a V, save it; if it isn’t a V, put it back.
- When the song is over, count how many V’s you each have.
Dance ‘n Beats is a ton of fun! The songs are catchy and the movements easy enough for my preschooler to learn and enjoy. The bonus activities are just icing on the cake and do a great job of reinforcing the thematic, play-based curriculum of Mother Goose Time.
The image below is perfect for saving for later on Pinterest!
What movements and exercises do you use to keep active in your home school?