**this post is in no way sponsored by GoNoodle, although I did ask their permission to make sure they were okay with me posting it**
I may be a bit behind the bandwagon but I have recently discovered GoNoodle— and luckily in the middle of a 7 week music & movement session. I first saw it mentioned on the Storytime Underground facebook page and immediately spent over an hour watching all of the different videos.
For those that have never heard of it, Go Noodle is a web site that “helps teachers and parents get kids moving with short interactive activities”. It is originally designed for K-5 classrooms but I use many videos for my pre-k groups, although it takes more time to find those videos most appropriate for the younger crowd. When I googled ideas nearly all of them were for older kids in a classroom setting, whereas my focal point was the 2-5 year olds. So, after a lot of ‘research’ I have compiled a list of some of my favorite GoNoodle songs for pre-school age.
First, you will need to make a free (There is a paid plus account but I have no tried that yet) educator account. A cool thing about GoNoodle is after you use it in a library program you can inform caregivers that they can make their own accounts (as kids or parents) and keep on dancing at home!
In order to watch the videos you will need a computer, access to the internet, and a screen such as a projector or interactive whiteboard set up in your programming room.
*There is a paid plus account but I have no tried that yet*
After you create your account you will need to set up a classroom– I just named mine Music & Movement. Up at the top of your page you should see a menu bar that includes “Explore”, “Categories”, and “Channels”. These three areas are where you will find your videos. I highly recommend just playing around to figure out how everything works. It is a kid friendly interface, though, and not that hard to navigate. Now that you have an account let’s look at some of my favorites. Each video has the name of the video and the channel you will find it in.
Miss Meg’s Favorite GoNoodle Videos
For ages 2-5 in a library program
Action & High Energy Videos
Wobbly Man- Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Slo-Mo Machine- Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Roller Coaster- Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Too Hot- Zumba Kids (especially good for a crowd of 4-5 year olds)
Om Petalhead in “William Tell Overture”- The Champharmonic
Dance Like This Dude- Awesome Sauce
Ants In Your Pants- Youtube
*as a bonus please watch Disco Brain by Awesome Sauce because it is really hilarious*
Cool Down & Calming Videos
Hug it Out- Maximo
Belly Breathe- Youtube (from Sesame Street but on the Youtube channel)
Airtime- Game On (A little bit different concept than just watching a video… you pick grade level K-2 then where you are and breathe as a bubble floats as you breathe and then collect postcards as you go along)
Rainbow Breath- Flow
If you yourself ever feel the need to calm down and collect yourself before a program I recommend Chin Up by the Flow channel!
*another bonus: watch anything with Mr. Catman because also hilarious*
As you watch videos your ‘Champ’ will grow! I have already been able to max out Om Petalhead:
Let me know if you have any other favorite GoNoodle videos in the comments! I have yet to sift through them all and loving finding more songs to share in my Music & Movement program.