Warm-up activities and songs

Hey, my name is Joe...

Equipment: None

Method
Arrange the children in a semicircle. Inform them that they should repeat the words that you sing and that they should copy your movements.

Start the song by singing: (As you start singing point your arm and finger forward and rock rhythmically on your heals and balls of your foot).

"Hey my name is Joe
and I work in a button factory,
I have a wife and one kid.
(Here show one finger)
One day my boss said: "Joe, are you busy?"
"I said No" (At this stage bend lower and wriggle your buttocks)
He said good. Press this button with your right hand. (Demonstrate by pressing and imaginary button - still in rhythm)

Start the next verse as before and continue with the following changes:

"Hey my name is Joe
and I work in a button factory,
I have a wife and
two kids. (Here show one finger)
One day my boss said: "Joe, are you busy?"
"I said No" (At this stage bend lower and wriggle your buttocks)
He said good. Press this button with your other hand. (Demonstrate by pressing and imaginary button - still in rhythm - now pointing two arms)

Next verse

"Hey my name is Joe
and I work in a button factory,
I have a wife and
three kids. (Here show one finger)
One day my boss said: "Joe, are you busy?"
"I said No" (At this stage bend lower and wriggle your buttocks)
He said good. Press this button with your right leg. (Demonstrate by pressing and imaginary button with your foot and hands - still in rhythm - now pointing two arms and your right leg)

Next verse

"Hey my name is Joe
and I work in a button factory,
I have a wife and
four kids. (Here show one finger)
One day my boss said: "Joe, are you busy?"
"I said No" (At this stage bend lower and wriggle your buttocks)
He said good. Press this button with your other foot. (Demonstrate by pressing and imaginary button with your other foot - still in rhythm - now pointing two arms and hopping forward and backwards at the same time)

Last verse

"Hey my name is Joe
and I work in a button factory,
I have a wife and
five kids. (Here show one finger)
One day my boss said: "Joe, are you busy?"
"I said No" (At this stage bend lower and wriggle your buttocks)
He said good. Press this button with your tongue. (Demonstrate by pressing and imaginary button with your tongue whilst still hopping - still in rhythm - of course you and they will not be able to sing properly but you will be able to make sounds to the tune). Do not complete the verse instead close off by smiling and letting them enjoy the experience and to catch their breath.