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Can't Sit Still - #46-47



Can't Sit Still - #46-47
Equipment: Your own voice (if you are bold enough to sing)
Skill Theme(s): Following directions, body part recognition, non-locomotor skills, spatial awareness



  1. Children are sitting down in their own personal space or on a line where they can all see the teacher.


  1. Tell the children that they are going to pretend that they have been sitting for a very long time, and that they just “Can’t Sit Still” anymore.
  2. Sing the lyrics below while the children move and follow along:

Move your head up and down (8 counts).
Move your shoulders up and down (8 counts).
Move your knees up and down (8 counts).
Everybody say, “I can’t sit still! I can’t sit still! I can’t sit still!”
Flap your elbows like wings (8 counts).
Twist your waist (8 counts).
Wiggle your toes (8 counts).
Everybody say, “I can’t sit still! I can’t sit still! I can’t sit still!”
Raise your hands up and down (8 counts).
Circle your arms (8 counts).
Clap your hands (8 counts).
Everybody say, “I can’t sit still! I can’t sit still! I can’t sit still!”
Jump up, sit down (8 counts).
Spin circles on your seat (8 counts).
Bounce on your seat (8 counts).
Whisper: “Everybody Sit Still, Sit Still, Please Sit Still.”

Teaching Suggestions:

  1. Singing in front of children can be daunting, but they will enjoy this activity regardless of your singing abilities.
  2. It might be helpful to review all the vocabulary associated with the activity, i.e., twist, jump, toes, wiggle, hands, etc.
  3. A good resource to supplement this activity is Kids in Action by Greg and Steve (“Can’t Sit Still” – track #9).

Adapted Ideas:

  1. Children who use mobility devices may be able to transition to the floor with assistance. Children who cannot transition to the floor may participate while seated.
  2. Children with visual impairments may be allowed to participate with adult assistance. Verbal explanation should precede physical assistance. Verbal explanation should continue as needed.
  3. Children with auditory impairments will require modeling for success. Sign language and/or pictures may be used for clearer communication.


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