Sharing... A Circus of Song
We’re going to the circus! Bring your bear with and be entertained by a funny cast of circus characters and we get to help too"!
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Teddy Bear Band’s music is created to inspire a high a level of participation and fun to engage children. (See “Teddy Bear Party” CD information) This recording has a few exceptions as it was done during an era when the recording industry encouraged TBB to write imaginative story songs that teach positive behavior. These few non-participation songs written “solely” to stimulate imagination, promote good health, and “sharing and caring” are noted by an ** after the title.
Sharing... A Circus of Song - Descriptions and Instructions for participation
1) Feel So Good Today (A participation song that promotes good health habits)
Clap, sing, and dance while you get clean and ready to go to the circus!
2) The Sit Down Dance (A participation song giving fun things to do while sitting & waiting)
Clap & move to the music while sitting. Wiggle & giggle. Reach hands up & wiggle your fingers. Sway from side to side & continue to follow the words.
3) The Circus Parade (A participation song stimulating imagination)
Walk around the room & pretend you’re in the Circus Parade! Pretend you’re one of the circus performers or animals.
Are You Ready Teddy? (Get the bears ready for their performance! Promotes “being ready”).
Verse 1) Get your teddy ready! Get bear down low - Hide teddy under your arm - Pretend your bear can fly. Verse 2) Stand teddy on it’s head - Sit bear down -Stand bear on feet! Pretend your bear can fly. Give your bear a hug - Sit down with bear and listen. Excellent class!
Teddy Bears Balancing (Bear-Robics! A participation song that teaches counting, safety, stimulates imagination, promotes exercise / balance, and doing good quality work). Prepare a line to follow (for bears, kids, or both). Pretend you’re in the circus balancing way up in the air on a string (tight rope). Put one foot in front of the other & both arms out for balance. When the string breaks fall into the safety net and bounce! Tie the string back together carefully so it won’t break again! Climb up the rope ladder. Go across the string with all your friends & bears!
But Dad... ** (A song that stimulates imagination, drawing attention to consequences for breaking rules and limits set by Dad...& Mom of course)!
Teddy Bears Jumping on the Bed (A fun participation song that can also be used to draw attention to consequences for jumping on the bed / not following rules). Pretend you’re a teddy bear or take your teddy bear and jump. When “one fell off” gently fall & pretend to “call the doctor”. Rest until the next bear starts jumping. Continue these actions with all the bears until the doctor repeats “no more teddy bears jumping on the bed”.
8) Across the Mountains (A finger play-Promotes listening, imagination, following directions, and small motor skills)
9) You're All Wet (A participation song. Can be used to teach personal responsibility for decisions. Getting wet = you have to dry yourself off).
During the chorus “shake yourself off, shake yourself around, (pretend you have a towel) and wipe yourself head to ground, toes and nose.
10) Get Up & Get Down (Bear-Robics! A fun participation song & game stimulating exercise)
11) Jazz Jump (Bear-Robics! A fun participation song that stimulates exercise)
Jump! - jump up - jump back - jump to one side - jump to other side. Jump & follow the words!
12) Puppy Dog (A fun participation song that promotes imagination and exercise).
Verse 1) Dance like a puppy dog! Wag your tail - Flap your ears - Sniff all around.
Verse 2) Sway back & forth - Chase your tail - Stick your tongue out & pant.
Sing with the puppy dog & the canine choir! Wag your tail - Flap your ears - Sniff all around
13) Pass it on** (A song that promotes imagination, sharing and caring).
Time to think of who you would like to share with & help. Maybe friends, family, or your bear!
14) Teddy Bear's Picnic (Promotes rest, imagination, and hospitality).
Time to rest! You can lay out a blanket and maybe have a picnic and snack with your bear. As you listen to Teddy Bear Band, pretend you are at the “Teddy Bear’s Picnic.”
15) Together Build a Bridge to be Free** (A song that promotes sharing, caring, and working together with others).
16) Sandman Dreams** (A song that promotes imagination and rest).
It’s important to rest after a big day at the circus! Lay down with your bear and pretend to take a little nap or maybe it’s time to go to sleep. Listen to the words & dream with Teddy Bear Band.
Teddy Bear Band information
Teddy Bear Band’s family support perspective creates opportunities for parents to interact with their children with music that is adult friendly.
Teddy Bear Band’s child development perspective supports young children's natural interest in having hands on experiences. TBB music is a catalyst for their participation. When a child experiences a Teddy Bear Band performance there is a sense of “I did it”, “I was in the show”, and “I did it with all the other kids”, enhancing socialization skills. BYOTB ! Teddy bears are invited to join the party as objects of interaction to help children with participation concepts and add to the fun.
The Teddy Bear Band difference (Imagination and Education)
Most children’s music has a primary purpose of entertaining by telling a story, singing along, or teaching. TBB’s first commitment is to participation where the music is crafted so that any intended educational concept receives it’s primary support as children “learn by doing”. Educational support may also be provided by lyrical elements in the band’s music.